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    Smile Former Pacer now in charge of Referee Operations for the NBA

    This is for the 5 or 6 of us old enough to remember when Mike Bantom played for the Pacers.


    === NBA tabs Bantom to head referee ops ===

    New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NBA has named Mike Bantom as its executive
    vice president in charge of referee operations.

    Bantom, a former NBA player and long-time league executive, will oversee the
    officiating program as it relates to recruiting, training and development of
    all NBA officials.

    "Mike has been an invaluable part of the NBA for over 20 years and has
    excelled in leadership positions across both our domestic and international
    businesses," said NBA commissioner David Stern in a statement. "That
    experience, together with his considerable accomplishments on the court and
    his respect in the basketball community, make Mike an outstanding choice to
    lead the NBA's officiating program."

    Bantom had served as the NBA's senior vice president of player development
    since 1999, directing player programs that included rookie transition and
    substance-abuse.

    A member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, Bantom averaged 12.1 points
    and 6.4 rebounds in a nine-year NBA playing career. He became an NBA executive
    in 1989.
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