When he was about 22, Fitzgerald decided he wanted to pursue refereeing full time. "She’s the rock who holds everything together for our family.The NBA was the ultimate goal."I was always a huge fan of the NBA growing up," Fitzgerald said. I would say most of the credit goes to her in that department."Fitzgerald, who gave Le Bron James his first career ejection in 2017, says he still experiences nerves before assignments.Palmer is not the worst referee by any stretch, but her visibility, novelty, and growing amount of dodgy calls in the presence of 30 NBA fan bases has won the movement its fair share of detractors.Of course, this isn't really a "movement." This is just an acknowledgement by the NBA that Holtkamp and Pantoja are ready for the job.This still doesn't take away from the tone of the column, though, and our take on the NBA's approach to announcing the additions to staff.)Chicago Bulls triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brenda Pantoja was part of the crew that oversaw Atlanta's win over Oklahoma City on Sunday.The two joined longtime vet Violet Palmer, and in a sign of just how times have changed since Palmer and former ref Dee Kantner joined the league in 1997, the NBA didn't even bother to type up a showy, self-congratulating announcement when Holtkamp and Pantoja were hired, or made their debuts." data-reactid="21"Quietly, without any fanfare or so much as a press release on the league's main or media website, the NBA introduced two more female referees to its 70-person referee crew for the 2012-13 season.Fitzgerald and the other 11 Finals referees were honored at a recent dinner in Chicago, where they were presented with commemorative white jackets and a video montage highlighting each official was shown. "Ten years of striving to be the best referee you can be each year, every night.No matter what the game is or where it is, everything’s evaluated so you have to be on the best of your game at all times."Officiating has always been a part of Fitzgerald's life. Fitzgerald officiated at the college level, working games for the Ohio Valley, Atlantic Sun and Big South Conferences.
These officials were selected by their provinces and approved by the CABO national executive.The league just handed out promotions to two D-League veterans that it thought were worthy of an NBA gig.No post from the NBA.com's great longtime league follower Scott Howard-Cooper regarding their consideration from last July, and a short anecdote by the just-as-great Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the hirings have been mostly overlooked.network: • Fantasy football video: Monday night predictions for Eagles-Saints • UK not considering hiring Bobby Petrino after firing Joker Phillips • Ex-Mariner Edgar Martinez helps NYC heal • Y!News: Mail-in ballots as risk of being dismissed" data-reactid="33"Other popular content on the Yahoo!Palmer is not a good NBA referee, but because she was a groundbreaker in joining the league with Kantner back in 1997, she has unfortunately become the NBA's most celebrated bad referee.Even more visible types like Joey Crawford and Dick Bavetta — though loathed in many fan circles — are grudgingly acknowledged as fine referees by grumbling NBA fans even after being shouted down as bums just a second before.It is a testament to their hard work and dedication that they are selected for these important and prestigious assignments.We know that each one of them will represent our national federation with great skill and professionalism.The CBOC would like to congratulate all of these individuals for their outstanding performances.International Assignments The following people have been chosen for upcoming international assignments as either on floor officials, commissioners at specific events or as instructors at FIBA camps or clinics.