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Ron Olesiak Nba Referee Assignments

One of the approximately 65 locked-out NBA referees al leges the below issue to be the deal breaker in negotiations between the league and the striped shirts’ union/association that broke off two weeks ago after an agreement seemingly had been reached but was subsequently vetoed by its membership.

“The NBA proposed the use of Development League officials during the regular season working between 50-100 assignments, whenever and wherever it saw fit,” discloses the whistle blower, who shall remain anonymous for the time being though I can’t recall him (that eliminates Violent Palmer) requesting it Friday during our half-hour phone conversation.

“We understand the benefits of giving young referees on-the-job training alongside experienced professionals. The stalemate is the NBA’s inflexible position barring these refs from joining our association. Both sides evidently view this as a deal breaker.”

Not unexpectedly, the league’s perspective, presented by someone in the know, is a whiter shade of pale: “The D-League assignments we agreed on with their union allowed for 50 appearances. They rejected the entire deal and did not come back on any specific issue.”

I have yet to verify or invalidate that assertion. However, sources on both sides of the table confirm each replacement ref earns the fixed amount of $1,100 per exhibition game. Their wages will go unchanged once the regular season gets underway. Upper echelon refs like Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Dick Bavetta, Bob Delaney, Bennett Salvatore and Dan Crawford, working an 82-game schedule, get paid anywhere from $5,000 to 7,000 per appointment.

Salaries aren’t the only vast savings by the NBA. Their expired contract entitled locked out refs to fly first class and drive full-size cars, modus operandi projected to continue once this matter is resolved.

Replacement refs, on the other hand, must fly coach and rent mid-sized vehicles. Furthermore, they had to share a room during last month’s training period, which is not the case now that they’re on the road; they get an unspecified per diem and book their own hotel rooms, the same procedure as previously.

“If we’re locked out for, say, three months, the NBA figures to save $1.5 million,” my original source estimated. “I hope David Stern feels it’s worth it when games are won and lost every night due to inconsistent calls, not being up on the rules and overall inefficiency.”

During The Finals, readers were alerted old hands (and relatively big money makers) Jack Nies and Luis Grillo unofficially had retired, and Jim Clark and Ron Olesiak had been quickly fazed out of the playoffs; they’ve since retired as well.

Olesiak purportedly was told by superior Bernie Fryer, “You’re just not getting up and down the floor like you used to.”

No argument there. The 62-year-old was forced to sit out the 2007-08 season due to thyroid cancer and its consequential radiation and chemotherapy.

So, yeah, Olesiak, a Vietnam vet, Hall of Fame slow- and fast-pitch softball player and habitually perfect specimen, hadn’t quite made a full recovery from cancer in ’08-09.

Not that players or coaches noticed. Not that co-workers felt compelled to cover for him. Not that it distantly made him an incompetent referee.

Nevertheless, Olesiak, an NBA tweeter for 21 seasons, was notified by a league official in early July to “retire or be fired.”

The commissioner has the right to get rid of any ref within two weeks after the season, for whatever reason. So, with no recourse, Olesiak retired.

But, wait, it gets worse, bad enough to be ejected by your second family, the one that professes to care. Topping those irreconcilable feelings, I’ve got to believe, is seeing son Ron Jr. working as a replacement official during the lockout.

In contrast, Tom Mauer, brother of Ken, who worked last June’s Finals, rejected the NBA’s offer to become a replacement. Both brothers are busy rooting for their cousin, Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

Initially, that was going to be the kicker to this story. Until learning Fryer, who re-joined the NBA as a replacement ref a couple decades ago after being fired seasons before, is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for prostate and rectum cancer.

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Shades of Yinka Dare: Chris Douglas-Roberts has one assist in 67 minutes. Nate Robinson thinks he’s a chucker.

As if the Spurs didn’t reload enough weapons — Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess, Theo Ratliff — Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair is giving them an injection of muscle and young blood. Against the Rockets the 6-foot-8 forward bagged an unreal 16 points and 19 points in 22 minutes. That ain’t right!

Donnie Walsh should not look know. While Jordan Hill looks lost more times than not, Brandon Jennings, the Bucks’ find (after the Knicks passed on him at No. 8) piled up 18 points (5-11 FG, 6-10 FT), six assists, six steals, four rebounds and five turn overs in 27 minutes against the Pistons.Nice to see Speedy Claxton healthy for a change. On the shelf injured for as long as I remem ber, the Queens guard actually played 17 min utes (six points, four as sists) for the Warriors against the Lakers.

Phil Jackson says Pau Gasol is the best offensive center he ever coached. Yes, better than Shaquille O’Neal.

“Get him the ball 10 times and you score seven of them,” Jackson said. “He’s the ideal complement for Kobe because he has no personal agenda.”

peter.vecsey@nypost.com

Referee data is available for the 1988-89 through 2017-18 seasons.
Active referees are listed in bold.

RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ray AcostaOctober 20, 2017March 6, 2018
Brandon AdairOctober 25, 2017December 20, 2017
Bennie AdamsJanuary 15, 1996March 8, 2018
Pat AdamsNovember 4, 1995April 14, 1998
Bruce AlexanderNovember 5, 1988April 19, 2000
Steve AndersonFebruary 2, 2012April 12, 2017
Hank ArmstrongNovember 5, 1988April 17, 2001
Ron ArthurNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Suren ArzoumanianNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Mark AyotteDecember 5, 1995March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Mark BakkoDecember 7, 1995December 7, 1995
Brent BarnakyDecember 4, 2009March 6, 2018
Dick BavettaNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2014
Bruce BellNovember 4, 1995December 10, 1995
Gary BensonNovember 4, 1988January 7, 2005
Ted BernhardtNovember 11, 1988November 11, 2005
Curtis BlairOctober 29, 2008March 7, 2018
Mike BobiakNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Matt BolandNovember 3, 1999March 6, 2018
Scott BolnickNovember 5, 2010January 25, 2013
George BorgiaDecember 19, 1995December 19, 1995
Joe BorgiaNovember 4, 1988April 15, 1999
Eric BrittoNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Lorenzo BronsonMay 2, 2004May 2, 2004
Tony BrothersNovember 8, 1994March 7, 2018
Tony BrownOctober 30, 2002March 9, 2018
Nick BuchertDecember 16, 2009March 7, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Mike CallahanNovember 6, 1990March 9, 2018
James Capers Sr.November 5, 1988April 25, 1993
James Capers Jr.December 5, 1995March 9, 2018
Jim ClarkNovember 4, 1988April 26, 2009
Ken ClarkJanuary 6, 1990January 6, 1990
Ed ClarkeNovember 7, 1995November 27, 1995
Derrick CollinsNovember 2, 1999March 6, 2018
Sir Allen ConnerFebruary 5, 2012December 5, 2012
Keith CooperNovember 7, 1995December 9, 1995
Sean CorbinNovember 5, 1993March 9, 2018
Mike CostabileNovember 3, 1989April 20, 1993
Dan CrawfordNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2017
Ed CrawfordDecember 27, 1994December 27, 1994
Joe CrawfordNovember 4, 1988November 8, 2015
Mike CrumbDecember 3, 1995December 3, 1995
Kevin CutlerDecember 1, 2009March 8, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Eric DalenNovember 1, 2008December 28, 2017
Marc DavisFebruary 7, 1999March 7, 2018
Bob DelaneyNovember 5, 1988May 21, 2011
J.B. DeRosaOctober 18, 2017March 5, 2018
Joe DeRosaNovember 3, 1989June 15, 2010
Tim DonaghyNovember 9, 1994May 12, 2007
Tom DrakefordNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Terry DurhamNovember 5, 1988December 22, 2001
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ron ElisiakDecember 18, 1994March 25, 1996
Mitchell ErvinNovember 5, 2014March 8, 2018
Hugh EvansNovember 4, 1988June 13, 2001
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Kevin FehrDecember 5, 1995April 17, 2013
Nolan FineNovember 5, 1988April 14, 2004
Kane FitzgeraldOctober 31, 2009March 4, 2018
Tyler FordNovember 7, 2014March 9, 2018
Gary ForestMay 14, 2000May 19, 2005
Brian ForteApril 25, 2006March 9, 2018
Joe ForteNovember 5, 1988January 18, 2010
Scott FosterNovember 9, 1994March 8, 2018
Pat FraherDecember 8, 1995March 9, 2018
Bernie FryerNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2007
John FulliloveNovember 4, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ed GainesNovember 4, 1995December 9, 1995
Darell GarretsonNovember 5, 1988November 11, 1994
Ron GarretsonNovember 4, 1988March 9, 2018
Michael GlassNovember 7, 1995December 11, 1995
Jacyn GobleNovember 1, 2016March 9, 2018
John GobleOctober 31, 2007March 9, 2018
Marcel GodfreyNovember 4, 1995December 11, 1995
Jason GoldenbergNovember 5, 2016March 2, 2018
Luis GrilloNovember 8, 1988April 15, 2009
Roy GulbeyanNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
David GuthrieNovember 2, 2005March 8, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
John HeatleyNovember 3, 1995December 11, 1995
Joe HendersonDecember 5, 1995December 10, 1995
Michael HendersonOctober 31, 2001April 19, 2006
Rusty HerringNovember 4, 1988April 20, 1991
Hue HollinsNovember 4, 1988May 12, 2003
Lauren HoltkampNovember 2, 2012March 8, 2018
Jim HuetterNovember 4, 1988April 21, 1991
Darrell HumphreyNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Steve JavieNovember 4, 1988June 12, 2011
David JonesNovember 4, 1989April 1, 2016
Lee JonesNovember 5, 1988April 20, 1996
Anthony JordanNovember 3, 1995April 19, 2006
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Dee KantnerNovember 5, 1997April 17, 2002
Bill KennedyNovember 3, 1995March 9, 2018
Jess KerseyNovember 4, 1988April 14, 2007
Jim KinseyNovember 4, 1988January 18, 2002
Courtney KirklandNovember 9, 1999March 9, 2018
Kipp KissingerOctober 31, 2014November 10, 2014
Marat KogutOctober 31, 2009March 6, 2018
Mike KromNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Karl LaneOctober 30, 2010March 5, 2018
Mike LauermanNovember 4, 1988December 10, 1995
Eric LewisNovember 8, 2004March 3, 2018
Joe LindsayNovember 3, 1995November 25, 1996
Mark LindsayNovember 2, 2007March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Jack MaddenNovember 4, 1988January 2, 1996
Tre MaddoxNovember 6, 2010March 9, 2018
Ed MalloyNovember 1, 2002March 8, 2018
Mike MaloneyNovember 12, 1995December 9, 1995
Mike MathisNovember 5, 1988December 16, 2001
Ron MathisDecember 7, 1990April 16, 1991
Ken MauerNovember 5, 1988March 6, 2018
Woody MayfieldNovember 5, 1988March 1, 1998
Keith McClellanNovember 3, 1995December 29, 1995
Monty McCutchenNovember 12, 1993December 14, 2017
Rashan MichelNovember 3, 1995April 18, 2001
Ed MiddletonNovember 4, 1988April 28, 1998
Paul MihalakNovember 5, 1988February 23, 1997
Rodney MottNovember 3, 1995March 8, 2018
Quintin MurphyNovember 7, 1995December 10, 1995
Matt MyersFebruary 4, 2012December 28, 2017
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Brett NanselNovember 3, 2014March 2, 2018
Jack NiesNovember 5, 1988April 13, 2009
Tommy Nunez Sr.November 4, 1988April 16, 2003
Tommy Nunez Jr.November 3, 2004April 26, 2012
Ronnie NunnNovember 4, 1988May 6, 2003
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Jake O'DonnellNovember 4, 1988May 9, 1995
Tom O'NeillNovember 5, 1989April 20, 1990
Bill OakesNovember 4, 1988January 29, 2000
Ron OlesiakNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2009
Larry OnuszNovember 3, 1995November 25, 1995
J.T. OrrDecember 8, 2009March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Violet PalmerOctober 31, 1997April 15, 2015
Brenda PantojaNovember 4, 2012December 1, 2013
Gediminas PetraitisNovember 15, 2014March 7, 2018
Jason PhillipsNovember 3, 1995March 9, 2018
Olandis PooleNovember 6, 2004April 11, 2014
Michael PriceNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Pete QuinnNovember 3, 1989December 4, 1990
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Phenizee RansomNovember 5, 2016December 27, 2017
Troy RaymondOctober 29, 2003March 13, 2004
Blane ReicheltNovember 4, 1988May 17, 2005
Derek RichardsonNovember 3, 1995March 7, 2018
Leroy RichardsonJanuary 12, 1996March 5, 2018
Randy RichardsonNovember 4, 2017December 23, 2017
Phil RobinsonFebruary 15, 1999February 22, 2011
Robbie RobinsonNovember 3, 1995April 17, 2007
Eli RoeNovember 5, 2005April 12, 2016
Nicholas RoeNovember 29, 2005November 29, 2005
Doug RoganNovember 3, 1995December 10, 1995
Wally RooneyNovember 5, 1988April 25, 1993
Ed T. RushNovember 4, 1988April 1, 2000
Eddie F. RushNovember 5, 1988January 5, 2014
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Bill SaarNovember 5, 1988April 15, 1994
Bennett SalvatoreNovember 4, 1988May 9, 2015
Bob SchoeweNovember 7, 1995December 10, 1995
Kevin ScottNovember 6, 2010March 9, 2018
Lamont SimpsonNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Aaron SmithNovember 10, 2015March 9, 2018
Bert SmithNovember 7, 1995November 7, 1995
Michael SmithNovember 6, 1993March 7, 2018
Bill SpoonerNovember 3, 1989March 9, 2018
Derrick StaffordNovember 12, 1988March 9, 2018
Jonathan SterlingOctober 18, 2017March 3, 2018
Troy StevensonNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
Earl StromNovember 5, 1988June 12, 1990
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Ben TaylorFebruary 6, 2012March 8, 2018
Dedric TaylorNovember 1, 2013March 9, 2018
Jess ThompsonNovember 4, 1988March 13, 1991
Josh TivenDecember 4, 2009March 9, 2018
George ToliverNovember 5, 1988March 3, 2004
Scott TwardoskiDecember 12, 2009March 9, 2018
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Don VadenNovember 4, 1988March 18, 2003
Justin Van DuyneNovember 12, 2013March 9, 2018
Vladimir Voyard-TadalNovember 5, 2016December 26, 2017
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Scott WallDecember 4, 1995March 9, 2018
C.J. WashingtonNovember 14, 2014March 6, 2018
Tom WashingtonNovember 9, 1991March 9, 2018
Tom WhiteFebruary 18, 1992February 18, 1992
Greg WillardNovember 4, 1988June 3, 2012
Allen WilliamsNovember 5, 1995December 10, 1995
James WilliamsDecember 14, 2009March 9, 2018
Kenneth WilsonNovember 3, 1995December 7, 1995
Keith WinfreyDecember 8, 1995December 10, 1995
Leon WoodNovember 7, 1995March 7, 2018
Tommie WoodNovember 4, 1988April 12, 2000
Barney WoodfieldMarch 3, 1990March 3, 1990
Haywoode WorkmanOctober 29, 2008March 9, 2018
Sean WrightNovember 4, 2005March 8, 2018
Mark WunderlichNovember 7, 1990April 7, 2010
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Lionel YatesNovember 3, 1995December 9, 1995
RefereeFirst GameLast Game
Zach ZarbaOctober 30, 2003March 9, 2018
Gary ZielinskiNovember 8, 1995March 8, 2018

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