Longtime NBA referee Delaney to join Naismith Hall of Fame board

In a nod to the notion that there are three teams involved in every basketball game – the home team, the road team and the referee team – the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is adding former NBA referee Bob Delaney to its Board of Trustees, a league source told NBA.com.

Delaney, currently the league’s vice president of referee operations, becomes the first game official to be part of either the Hall’s 30-member Board of Trustees or its 23-member Board of Governors. The announcement of Delaney’s addition is expected with the boards’ meetings Tuesday in Springfield, Mass., home of the basketball shrine.

Longtime NBA ref Dick Bavetta will be enshrined with other members of the Class of 2015 on Sept. 11. Bavetta, who officiated in the NBA for 39 years, will become the 15th referee honored among more than 300 inductees representing professional, amateur and international basketball.

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