In my two decades as an NBA scribe (
I was closer to the older generation of retired refs (
In the case of
With the help of co-author
Delaney resists what would've been the simplistic notion of tying his current occupation to his previous one.
"The development of your off-court personality is a reflection of your on-court personality," Delaney said on Thursday when we chatted by phone about the book. "I'm sure the situations I dealt with during my undercover years help me as an official because I understand how to function when I'm under pressure."
No ref is immune from criticism -- Delaney describes an incident in Madison Square Garden when his own mother hooted at him for blowing a foul call
"I used to argue with Bob a lot," Boston Celtics coach
A few years ago,
Several years ago during a TNT game Delaney was working, the announcers spotted
Before getting the whole story in
But he does, and that is one of the messages (I'm not going to call them lessons) of
"In my profession," Delaney writes, "there's no worse feeling in the world."
Delaney's undercover life was spent in that same agitated state, wondering if he'd be found out the next day, worrying that he was losing what he describes as "the tug of war within," trying to ingratiate himself to the very people he was trying to bring down, thereby experiencing some form of the Stockholm syndrome. I can't imagine what a life it was, but it's all laid out in
And when I put it down, I was glad that the same era that gave us