THE BASKETBALL journey continues for Philly native Mike Bantom, who on Wednesday was named the NBA's executive vice president of referee operations.
Bantom grew up at 28th and Somerset. Learned to play basketball at a nearby schoolyard. Starred at Roman Catholic High (1969) and Saint Joseph's University ('73). Played for the 1972 Olympic team that got cheated out of a gold medal. Played nine seasons in the NBA, finishing his career with the 76ers in 1982.
Bantom has worked for the league for the past 23 years and had been the senior vice president of player development since 1999.
In his new position, he will be in charge of all aspects of the league's officiating program, including recruiting and training.