Crawford in 2012
November 23, 1953 |
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Danny Crawford (born November 23, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford, made his 23rd straight NBA Finals appearance in Game 1 of the 2017 Finals. Crawford has been an NBA referee since 1985 and has worked at least one NBA Finals game each season since 1995.
Crawford grew up in East Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago. He attended Ryerson Elementary School and was a basketball star at the now defunct Cregier High School. In 1976, Crawford graduated from Northeastern Illinois University. As a guard, Crawford played hoops for NEIU, averaging 18 points as a sophomore. He majored in physical education, with hopes of becoming a gym teacher. Officiating was something he did on the side, for rec games and intramurals, to make a little extra cash while he was a student-teacher. He began to take it seriously in the late 1970s. He started with high schools, then junior college, and then Division 1 college basketball, where he officiated games in the Missouri Valley Conference. Crawford's first NBA game came in the 1984–85 season. In 2016, Crawford officiated his third NBA All-Star Game.
On August 2, 2017, Crawford retired.
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