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Danny Crawford retires on top after 32 seasons of NBA officiating

Danny Crawford retires on top after 32 seasons of NBA officiating

As soon as Wednesday's news landed that Danny Crawford is retiring after 32 seasons as one of the NBA's most respected officials, fellow Chicago native Dwyane Wade tweeted congratulations and "nothing but respect."

Naturally, Crawford, who turns 64 in November, didn't see it.

"I'm not on social media, so I'm totally oblivious to it," Crawford said in a phone conversation.

That's classic Crawford, whose run of 23 straight NBA Finals culminated with the season-ending Game 5 assignment and who also added three All-Star Game assignments to more than 2,000 regular-season and more than 300 postseason games.

Crawford didn't see the outpouring of...

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