Ed Rush

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Ed Rush
Basketball • West Chester

At the age of 24 Ed Rush was hired as a referee in the National Basketball Association while still living in West Chester. In 1973, he left for the American Basketball Association but returned to the NBA when the ABA merged with that league in 1976. During his career, which spanned from 1966 to 1998, Rush officiated 1,990 regular season, 247 playoff, and 32 NBA Finals games, as well as five all-star games, the 1987 McDonald's Championship in Milwaukee and the 1991 McDonald's Championship in Paris. Rush was one of 50 people who earned the Medallion Award from the National Association of Sports Officials for giving the most back to their sport. In 1998, Rush was appointed NBA Director of Officiating. He held that position until 2004, supervising all of the league's referees.
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