See the 2013 NBA Finals Through the Eyes of a Former Referee

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See the 2013 NBA Finals Through the Eyes of a Former Referee
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Meet Bob Delaney, a retired NBA referee whose take on the game will change the way you watch basketball.

You could say that Bob Delaney knows a thing or two about officiating in the NBA Finals, but you'd be selling him short.

Way, way, WAAAAY short.

Delaney was witness to nine championship series during his 24-year career as a pro basketball official. He's seen some of the greatest players and teams in the sport's history—from Magic Johnson's "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird's Boston Celtics, through Isiah Thomas' "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, and on to the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O'Neal Lakers, Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs and LeBron James' Miami Heat—on the grandest of stages.

Delaney now spends his days talking about his life as a New Jersey state trooper and undercover operative-turned-basketball referee, enjoying retirement in Florida and (of course) watching the occasional NBA game.

He took some time just prior to Game 1 of the 2013 finals to talk to Bleacher Report about flopping, officiating superstars, the peculiarities of playoff basketball, and more.

Read on to get a glimpse into the hectic world of referees in the heat of the postseason.

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