NBA ANNOUNCES 36 OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR 2021 PLAYOFFS
– Playoff Roster Averages 17 Years of NBA Experience –
NEW YORK, May 17, 2021 – The NBA today announced the list of 36 officials who earned spots to work the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The same group also comprises the officiating staff for the State Farm NBA Play-In Tournament.
“Our officials are an integral part of the NBA family and we thank them for their dedication, commitment and service to the game,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “Congratulations to the group of 36 on their overall performance during the regular season and selection to work the 2021 NBA Playoffs.”
Below is the list of officials for the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs:
Brent Barnaky, Curtis Blair, Tony Brothers, James Capers, Derrick Collins, Sean Corbin, Kevin Cutler, Marc Davis, JB DeRosa, Kane Fitzgerald, Tyler Ford, Brian Forte, Scott Foster, Pat Fraher, Jacyn Goble, John Goble, David Guthrie, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland, Karl Lane, Eric Lewis, Mark Lindsay, Tre Maddox, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer, Rodney Mott, Kevin Scott, Michael Smith, Ben Taylor, Dedric Taylor, Josh Tiven, Scott Wall, Tom Washington, James Williams, Sean Wright and Zach Zarba.
Longtime NBA official Tony Brown has been named as an honorary referee for the playoffs. Brown will not officiate during the playoffs after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month.
The following officials are alternates for the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs:
Eric Dalen, Mitchell Ervin, Lauren Holtkamp, Gediminas Petraitis, Justin Van Duyne and Leon Wood.
Playoff officials are selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on three specific criteria assessed throughout the season: NBA Referee Operations graded rankings, play-calling accuracy and team rankings. Officials will be evaluated after each round of the playoffs to determine who will advance in the 2021 postseason.
The officials who comprise the 2021 playoff roster average 17 years of NBA experience. Twenty-four officials (67%) have five or more years of playoff experience, highlighted by Ken Mauer in his 27th postseason. Tom Washington and Scott Foster will be officiating in the playoffs for their 23rd and 22nd seasons, respectively.
Referees assigned to first-round games include nine with more than 100 playoff games worked: Mauer (223), Foster (201), Washington (172), Tony Brothers (153), James Capers (150), Marc Davis (147), Ed Malloy (116), Bill Kennedy (113) and Zach Zarba (104).
Making their debut as members of the playoff staff are JB DeRosa and Jacyn Goble.
The State Farm NBA Play-In Tournament begins Tuesday, May 18. The first round of the playoffs tips off Saturday, May 22. Individual game assignments for referees are posted at NBA.com/official at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.
Please be advised of the updated schedule for the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament:
Tuesday, May 18
Wednesday, May 19
West 9th Place
West 8th Place
West 7th Place
Thursday, May 20
Winner of Game 1
Loser of Game 2
Friday, May 21
Winner of Game 3
Loser of Game 4
Additional scheduling information will be provided as soon as possible consistent with the need to fulfill league obligations.
All games in the Play-In Tournament are exclusive network telecasts on ESPN or TNT, and not available for local telecasts.
R* – All Play-In Tournament games to be aired on ESPN Radio
TBD – To Be Determined
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Mike Gorman, Mel Greenberg and George Kalinsky Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2021 Curt Gowdy Media Award
Springfield, Mass. (May 16, 2021) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the 2021 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients: longtime Celtics play-by-play commentator Mike Gorman, women’s basketball media pioneer Mel Greenberg and iconic Madison Square Garden photographer George Kalinsky.
The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President. This prestigious award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. A complete list of past winners can be found in the attached document.
Gorman, Greenberg and Kalinsky will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball media during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend September 10-11, 2021. For further details, including ticket information, visit www.hoophall.com/Enshrinement.
Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award Winner – Mike Gorman
Mike Gorman began his broadcasting career at WNBH radio in New Bedford, Mass. in the late 1970s, focusing on high school basketball and football. He moved to Providence in the early 1980s where he covered URI basketball on radio and eventually Providence College basketball on television. There he met Dave Gavitt, leading to his involvement with the Big East and eventually landing on ESPN for Big Monday Big East games, working alongside Bill Raftery. Gorman was also the sports anchor for WPRI TV in Providence.
Beginning in 1981, Gorman became the play-by-play voice for the Celtics home games. In 1990, he gave up college basketball to become the Celtics commentator for all regular season and playoff games. This season, he celebrates 40 years broadcasting for the Celtics. Gorman also worked for CBS covering the NCAA Tournament, Turner covering the NBA Playoffs and NBC broadcasting tennis from the 1992 Olympics and basketball at the 2016 Olympics.
Curt Gowdy Print Media Award Winner – Mel Greenberg
A pioneer in the coverage of women’s basketball, Mel Greenberg began following the women’s game in 1975. Greenberg began his career with the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1969, three years before the passage of Title IX when sweeping legislation would transform the landscape of women’s sports. Greenberg began following collegiate basketball powerhouse Immaculata at a time when newspapers largely ignored women’s sports.
Covering the sport proved difficult when there was little to go on for information, comparison, or measurements of success. He began collecting the necessary information and the voting commitment of coaches to produce the first-ever women’s poll, a Top 20 national ranking of the best teams in the women’s game. The poll debuted in November 1976 and within two years The Associated Press approached Greenberg and officially attached the organization’s name to the poll. As the popularity of the women’s game grew, The AP poll aided the capacity of other newspapers to cover the growing sport.
The unofficial historian of women’s basketball at the collegiate and professional levels, Greenberg has covered every women’s NCAA Final Four since its inception in 1982 and continues to follow local programs at Temple, Villanova, and Rutgers. He is a regular contributor for the WNBA following the New York Liberty, Washington Mystics, and Connecticut Sun as well as USA Basketball. In 1991, the WBCA established the Mel Greenberg Media Award to “recognize a member of the media who has best displayed a commitment to women's basketball and to advancing the role of the media in advancing the women's game.”
Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award Winner – George Kalinsky
As the official photographer of Madison Square Garden since 1966, award-winning photographer George Kalinsky has created many iconic images capturing some of the most important faces, places and events in the world of sports, entertainment and politics including Patrick Ewing, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and President George H. W. Bush.
Kalinsky’s work has been featured in Times Square and exhibited at the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Olympus Plaza Gallery. In 2019, the Library of Congress in Washington added his photography to their permanent collection. Kalinsky has authored 10 books including two with Hall of Famers Phil Jackson and Willis Reed, and photographed 1,000 covers and almost 10,000 events. His photographs have also appeared in publications such as Time, Life, People, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek.
In 2001, George was honored with the highest award you can win in the photography industry with PMDA’s “International Photographer of the Year”. In 2010, he was awarded the National Arts Club Medal of Honor. In 2010, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and later in 2015, into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame. In 2018, George was awarded Pratt Institute’s prestigious “Legend of the Year” honor.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #GowdyAward or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.