With a possible referees' strike looming over the 2009-2010 NBA season, the league is assembling a roster of potential replacement officials willing to cross picket lines in order to take whistle between teeth in prime time again.Among those listed is Michael Henderson
, whose union went to extraordinary measures to protest punishment meted out against him because of a call that turned a Nuggets victory into a loss a few years back.
The incident took place in 2004, during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. With only seconds remaining, guard Andre Miller tossed up an off-the-mark shot that Carmelo Anthony put back, giving the Nuggets the lead. However, Henderson disallowed the bucket, claiming that Miller's miss hadn't touched the rim, resulting in a 24-second violation -- something definitively shown to be untrue in replays. Nevertheless, the Lakers were awarded the ball, and Kareem Rush (now a guard with the 76ers) promptly drained a three-pointer to give the Lake Show the win. Afterward, the NBA rebuked Henderson -- a then-rare action that most of his fellow referees commented upon one night by turning their uniform shirts inside out and writing Henderson's number, 62, on the back.
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Now, Henderson, who was later fired, seems ready to thank the refs for their support by acting as a scab. Betcha they're no happier at the thought of him calling games again than the Nuggets are.