Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Dec 6, 2016

Ex-referee Vanak helped improve job with courage

by Sam Smith

John Vanak was a quiet revolutionary. The humble, simple man from his beloved Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, about 145 km northwest of Philadelphia, was one of the four men who defied the National Basketball Association and, effectively, created modern refereeing in the NBA. Vanak, a 30-year pro referee ...