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Callahan to make 15th appearance as NBA Finals referee

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By Agence France-Presse

Referee Mike Callahan will make his 15th appearance in the NBA Finals as one of the 12 officials announced Wednesday by the league to oversee the best-of-seven championship series.

Callahan has officiated 19 games in the finals, making him to most experienced referee among the group that will whistle foul calls when the defending champion Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers starting Thursday.

Ken Mauer, in his 13th NBA Finals, has handled 18 career games.

“The 12 referees chosen to work the Finals have had outstanding years, earning the right to contribute their expertise to this year’s series,” said Monty McCutchen, NBA vice president and head of referee development and training.

“I know how much pride accompanies this honor and I congratulate these fine referees for reaching the pinnacle of their craft.”

Exactly which officials are assigned to a particular contest is not revealed until the morning of each game.

The referees were selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the first three playoff rounds, evaluations after each round determining which officials advanced deeper into post-season play.

The lineup includes one first-time NBA Finals referee, David Guthrie.

Others include Tony Brothers, James Capers, Marc Davis, Scott Foster, John Goble, Ed Malloy, Jason Phillips, Zach Zarba and Derrick Stafford. (AFP)