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NBA On Verge Of New Agreement With Locked-Out Referees
Published October 21, 2009
|Locked-Out NBA Referees Expected To Return
In Time For Start Of Regular Season Next Week
WELCOME BACK: Jazz coach Jerry Sloan yesterday said that he "doesn't fear the league's referees will have trouble being ready without an exhibition season of their own." Sloan: "They'll do fine. You're talking about guys that have been around and know how to officiate, so I don't think it will be a problem." Sloan this preseason has had "little negative to say about the NBA's replacement referees." Sloan: "It's like having rookies -- what do you expect them to do? Not make any mistakes? ... Some of these guys are going to be good officials, I think" (DESERET NEWS, 10/21). Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of the locked-out officials returning, "I hope they're in shape. It takes a while for them to get their game back in order too. We always see them starting slow. ... But we'd be happy to see them back" (L.A. TIMES, 10/21). Spurs F Tim Duncan: "I'll be very happy to have them back, and I mean that from my heart." Spurs F Antonio McDyess added, "You don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone." Spurs G Roger Mason Jr.: "That's the best news I've heard today" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/21).