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Officials call end to long careers

Associated Press / June 9, 2009
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Three NBA officials, who have combined for 73 seasons of service to the league, have announced they will retire at the end of this season. Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, and Jack Nies all will be stepping down.

Clark officiated 21 seasons. During his career he was on the floor for 1,345 regular-season and 96 playoff games, including one contest in the finals. Clark also was a member of the crew that worked the 2003 NBA All-Star Game.

During Grillo's 21 seasons, he worked 1,171 regular-season and 41 playoff games. He was a member of the crew that worked the 2003 NBA All-Star Game and the 1993 Legends Game in Utah. Nies officiated 31 seasons. He worked 2,046 regular-season and 150 playoff games, including 10 NBA Finals games. He is one of only six NBA officials who have worked over 2,000 contests. Nies was a member of the crew that officiated the 1995 and 2005 NBA All-Star Games and the Legends game in 1987.

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