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In Focus: Dick Bavetta, ironman referee

Dick Bavetta and The Raptor in 2006. (Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images) Dick Bavetta and The Raptor in 2006. (Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

In honor of NBA stalwart Dick Bavetta officiating his 2,633rd consecutive game Wednesday night in New York, passing Cal Ripken Jr.'s MLB ironman streak, we decided to to revisit some of our favorite photos of the 74-year-old referee, who has been calling games for 29 seasons. Without further ado -- and before he whistles me for a five-second violation -- here's Bavetta:

Dick Bavetta Dick Bavetta was honored before Wednesday's Knicks-Nets game. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Bavetta speaks with an angry Shaquille O'Neal. (John W. McDonough/SI) Bavetta speaks with an angry Shaquille O'Neal during the 1995 Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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Bavetta speaks with Michael Jordan. (Vincent Laforet/ALLSPORT) Bavetta speaks with Michael Jordan in 1998. (Vincent Laforet/ALLSPORT)

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Bavetta tries to calm down an irate Matt Geiger during the 2001 NBA Finals. (AP/Rusty Kennedy) Bavetta tries to calm down an irate Matt Geiger during the 2001 NBA Finals. (AP/Rusty Kennedy)

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Bavetta shares a tender moment with Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images) Bavetta shares a tender moment with Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Bavetta and Barkley compete to see who's faster at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) Bavetta and Barkley compete to see who's faster at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Bavetta is honored by the Nets after reffing his 2,135th career game. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) Bavetta is honored by the Nets after reffing his 2,135th career game. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Bavetta feels the wrath of Kobe during a 2009 Lakers-Thunder game. (AP/Mark Terrill) Bavetta feels the wrath of Kobe during a 2009 Lakers-Thunder game. (AP/Mark Terrill)

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Bavetta gets in the middle of the action during a tense moment in a Heat-Hawks game. (Doug Benc/Getty Images) Bavetta gets in the middle of the action during a tense moment in a Heat-Hawks game. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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Dick Bavetta Rufus, the Bobcats mascot, gets a little friendly with Bavetta. (McClatchy-Tribune/Getty Images)

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Dick Bavetta Benny the Bull hands thy basketball to Bavetta. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

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Dick Bavetta Bavetta gets in the middle of an angry trio of Knicks. (Willie J. Allen Jr/AP)

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