Joey Crawford has Refereed His Last Game

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For those of us who had hoped to see Joey Crawford ref his last Philly game – raises hand, looks around, sees no one else’s hand raised – here’s some bad news: He’s already done it.

According to, Crawford’s nagging knee injury has already forced him into retirement.

Sidelined since November by recurring pain and arthritis in his right knee and recovering since surgery Dec. 4 on a meniscus tear in that knee, Crawford had hoped to return March 1 for what was left of his 39th and final NBA season and postseason. But his knee has not responded well enough to rehabilitation to allow that. So there’s zero chance he and Kobe Bryant will work their final games together.

After years as one of the NBA’s most recognizable non-player faces, Crawford has hung up his whistle and his quick technical foul trigger-finger. The Cardinal O’Hara grad spent 39 years officiating at the NBA level, making friends (few) and enemies (many) along the way. Crawford’s final game was a 101-97 win by the Cavs over the Pacers.

Check out some of his greatest hits after the jump.

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14 Responses

  1. A buddy of mine used to bang his niece back in the day. She was a douche like her uncle. Good to see it runs in the family. She got booed out of a bar, you’d think she’d know to handle that.

    1. Villanova 81
      Georgetown 67

      Now go back to sleeping with your 300lb bucktooth cousin from Ridley you moron.

    2. none of it matters till next weekend, by then they should all be home, easter is coming and im from jersey the balls to admit that you nova fans…with your mommy and daddy mainline money…

    3. Save the Nova bashing for when it counts (and it’s normal schedule in the real tourney). That squad has another Sweet 16 written all over it, let’s go Kentucky!

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