Chris Paul criticizes on female ref Laure Holtkamp & comments were about a bad call.Chris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Feb 07, 2015 01:41 IST
According to the report from NBA,The Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul was unhappy with the way Lauren Holtkamp, one of two current full-time female officials in the NBA, called Thursday night s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul was assessed one of five technical fouls called against Los Angeles during the game.They lost 105-94 to LeBron James and the surging Cleveland Cavaliers winners of 12 straight but the final score was a lot closer than most of the game.
In the statement from the NBA gallery, Lauren Holtkamp is the NBA s third female referee, and has vaulted into the news due to Chris Paul s criticism of her after the Clippers-Cavaliers game on Thursday night. She is one of two current full-time female officials in the NBA. Holtkamp is one of only two women who currently ref in the NBA, as the third woman in league history stopped a long time ago.
In details Holtkamp, 34, played basketball at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, a Division II school, where she also pursued her master s in marketing and communications. Her start in referring came when she was invited by a former teammate s father to a local refs meeting, and in 2004 reffed her first game, a middle-school girl s game.
The play that upset Paul occurred early in the second half, with 10:17 remaining in the third when Paul picked up his technical. The Clippers were already down by 23 at that point, and Cleveland rested most of their starters after lengthening their lead to 31 by the end of the third period.
George Toliver, the NBA s associate vice president of referee development, runs the program. He and his staff put dozens of refs through the program, and highlight those they believe are good enough to advance to the NBA.
Don Vaden, director and vice-president of NBA officials It is a farm system for us, said. We basically try to bring in the best that we can find, regardless of where they are in their careers.
Holtkamp was not upset about the incident, In order to be in the space to make the best decisions night in, night out, it really demands 100% effort physically, mentally, emotionally, she said. I am able to participate in a career where I can bring the fullness of who I am to the work. She also said she doesn t feel added pressure despite helping open up the space for other women.
And she also said in another announcement I don t feel pressure, she says. The pressure I feel as a new referee is no different than any other pressure that a first-year referee feels coming in.
Chris Paul criticizes on female ref Laure Holtkamp & comments were about a bad call.