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Happy birthday

Dec. 25, 1949

Bernie Fryer

(age 64)

The longtime NBA referee was born on this day in Bellingham, Wash., and attended Port Angeles (Wash.) High.

After a college basketball career at BYU, he made his NBA playing debut in 1973 with the Trail Blazers. He played 80 games over two seasons with Portland and was a second-team all-rookie selection after averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 assists per game.

His officiating career began in 1978, and he worked 1,696 regular-season games, plus 157 playoff games, 12 NBA finals and the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.

He is one of three people (Leon Wood, Stan Stutz) to both referee and play in the NBA.

He has been working as vice president and director of officials for the NBA since July 2008.