Former NBA referee Joey Crawford to speak Saturday at officials summit in Alexandria

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The Louisiana High School Officials Association will hold an officiating summit at Alexandria Senior High School on Saturday, and former NBA official Joey Crawford will be the keynote speaker at the event. High school sports officials from across the state will travel to Alexandria to take part in the summit.

The 64-year-old Crawford, who retired in March during his 39th NBA season, was known for his charismatic style and strict interpretation of the rules. Prior to his retirement, he had worked more playoff games and NBA Finals games than any active referee.

During his career, Crawford worked more than 2,000 NBA games, including 313 in the playoffs and 50 in the NBA Finals. He worked at least one NBA Finals game in 29 of his final 31 seasons, missing only the 2007 Finals and this year’s Finals.

Crawford is a member of an officiating family with his father, Shag, and brother, Jerry, both being Major League Baseball umpires.

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