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Actually, he doesn't look as scary as he usually does in this picture. Also, this one time at Summer League, I called him Ed Hochuli and he chuckled. Then my heart melted.
Actually, he doesn't look as scary as he usually does in this picture. Also, this one time at Summer League, I called him Ed Hochuli and he chuckled. Then my heart melted.

Kevin Cutler began refereeing as a hobby about eight years ago. He was discovered at a Los Angeles camp by Ed T. Rush, the N.B.A.'s former head of officiating, and began working in the D-League.

Cutler became a curiosity in N.B.A. arenas this season when he worked a half-dozen games as part of a new program to develop younger referees. Seven D-League referees were chosen. They are the top contenders for promotion when the N.B.A. has an opening in its 60-person staff.

Under the agreement with the referees union, the D-League referees worked games in December and January, so Cutler will not officiate in another N.B.A. arena until next season.

Of Cutler's size, Fryer said: "It definitely could help him. Presence helps."

The January game between Washington and Portland was generally well officiated, with no major flare-ups or disputes. At times, Cutler hardly stood out at all - after all, about half of the players on the court were his height or taller. But he towered over Wizards Coach Flip Saunders. He was about a head taller than Joe DeRosa, a veteran referee working the game.

Kevin Cutler's long been known in D-League circles as being a great official.

Now the New York Times knows as well.

Basically, the story seems to be about the NBA shifting toward more athletic officials, but I chose to focus on the parts about "The Big Whistle" Kevin Cutler.

Hopefully he reads RU and lets me know next time he'll be in North Dakota so I can get an  autograph.