Former crew chief Bob Delaney spent a quarter-century on the hardwood stage as a highly decorated official, which made him the ideal tour guide for a look behind the curtain at life as an NBA referee.
With more than 1,700 regular season games, 160 playoff contests and nine NBA Finals under his belt, Delaney has seen everything the league has to offer.
Delaney sat down to talk with Bleacher Report about topics ranging from the offseason habits of officials to the amazing lengths he pursued in order to review game tape. Without spoiling anything, let's just say that Blockbuster Video played a prominent role.
Many NBA fans spend a little too much time criticizing the guys blowing the whistles. If everyone knew how much work these chronically under-appreciated officials put in, the general attitude toward them would certainly change.
You've watched them break up fights, hand out technicals and keep order in the wildest environments imaginable. Now take a peek at the side of NBA officiating that nobody sees.