NBA referees officiating the Finals are wearing number 57 on their jerseys to recognize NBA referee Greg Willard who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The gesture of support for Greg and his family was arranged in cooperation with the NBA, whose referees are NASO members.
Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers and Tom Washington worked game two of the Finals Thursday night. Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford and Ed Malloy officiated game one.
Willard has been an NBA referee for 24 seasons and has officiated more than 1,500 regular season games, 120 playoff games and has been officiating in the NBA Finals since the 2009-2010 season.
“Greg’s professionalism and integrity have made him a role model within the NBA community,” said National Basketball Referees Association general counsel Lee Seham. “We want him and his family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.”