EMW Camp 2008
Director of Officials
National Basketball Association
Ronnie Nunn, the NBA’s Director of Officials, is a veteran of 23 NBA seasons. During his officiating career, which spanned 19 seasons, Nunn worked 1,134 regular-season, 73 playoff and four NBA Finals games, as well as the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, the 1993 McDonald’s Championship in Munich, Germany, the NBA Japan Summer Charity Games in 1996 and the 2000 Mexico Challenge. He has also been involved in the WNBA’s mentor program and is an NBA instructor during the summer.
Nunn handles the day-to-day management of the officiating staff, including daily instruction on the correct application of NBA playing rules. He reports directly to Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
Nunn was an assistant coach at Pace University from 1978-1980 and at his alma mater, Brooklyn Tech High School from 1976-77. He played professionally on the National Basketball Circuit of Mexico from 1972-74 and was named MVP in 1973, and Best Player of the Decade (1970s). Nunn played collegiate basketball for three seasons at George Washington University where he became the Colonials’ leading scorer and a member of the 1,000 points club in 1972. He was inducted into the George Washington University Hall of Fame in 1997 and named to the school’s All-Century Team. Nunn received his undergraduate degree from George Washington and an M.S. at the College of New Rochelle and an M.S. at Queens College.
Costas Rigas (GRE)
Costas Rigas started as a basketball player with 1st Greek division club. Later he became a coach and a referee in the same time. In 1974 Mr. Rigas decided to follow his referee career only.
1977 – Mr. Rigas became an International referee
1992 – He finished his ref career at Barcelona Olympics
Costas Rigas officiated big finals and he is very happy and proud to choose the refereeing road which is not easy but as he said: “You are dealing only with yourself. Not with the presidents of the clubs, not with players, fans, media could fire you as it happens with coach job.”
Among the 23 big finals officiated we have to mention the Los Angeles Olympic Games Men’s Final in 1984 and Barcelona Olympics Women’s Final in 1992.
He also officiated World Championships Final in 1996. European Championships Finals in 1985 and 1991. Club's Champions finals “Korac Cup” four times and Intercontinental Final, America's Final twice and the first MacDonald final in Milwaukee and other Zones Championships Finals.
He decided to finish 2 years earlier than the limit says, becoming the first General Director of the Professional League in Greece while at the same time he was FIBA commissioner and National Instructor.
With the unanimous decision of the clubs Costas Rigas became Director of the Euroleague referees on 2000 when the new organization was established.
Lubomir Kotleba (SVK)
Mr. Kotleba`s basketball career was the following:
1960 - 1968 - a player,
1968 - 1970 - a coach,
1970 - 1975 - a team manager,
1963 - 1975 – a referee on national level,
1975 - 1989 - an international referee ( FIBA )
Mr. Kotleba became a Central Board member of Slovak basketball federation in 1972, and since 1981 he was a Central Board member of Czechoslovak basketball federation.
Since 1989 till now Mr. Kotleba is a FIBA full-time staff. ( FIBA Sport Director )
Mr.Kotleba officiated 4015 games, three Olympic Games ( two finals), five World Championships, twelve European Champioships, six championships of other continents and ten European Club Competitions finals.
As a commissioner he officiated five Olympic Games, twenty two World Championships, twenty one European Championships and about 100 European Club Competitions games.
Besides as a FIBA lecturer he participated in 96 referee clinics in 57 countries of five continents.
Tommy NUNEZ (USA)
Officiated over 2,000 regular NBA season and 75 play-off games in his career.
Now Supervisor of Referee's for the NBA - Ronnie Nunn's (Director of Officials) assistant.
Officiated the 1992 NBA All-star game, the 1992 and 1996 Mexican Challenge, the 1994 European Tour in Paris, France and Spain and the NBA-ABA Tour in Japan in 1974.
Officiated 12 years of high school and junior college football, basketball and baseball .
His autobiography, "Taking My Best Shot," was published in 1996, with proceeds from the book benefiting his scholarship program. He is also a member of the "Hispanic Heroes of America" book series, with the proceeds to benefit youth and youth programs.
Recipient of the "1999 Gold Whistle Award of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO)" for community involvement, achievement in officiating, strong integrity and ethical standards, one of only 12 to rever receive the award.
Received several prestigious awards, including, the "Rising Voices Award" from Nestle, USA and the "Robert Clemente National Humanitarian Award" from the National Council of La Raza for his accomplishments and community service work.
Awarded the "National Hispanic Heritage Award - Sports and Community Service" by the Hispanic Heritage Commission in Washington D.C.
Founder of the Arizona Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Romas Brazauskas (LTU)
Referee since 1973
International referee since 1987
3 Olympic Games ('92 Barcelona, '96 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney incl. Men's Final USA-France); he is going to Olympics this year too.
1998 and 2002 World Championships;
1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 European Championships for Men
10 times Euroleague Final Four (1995-2008)
– 2005 in Moscow with a big final game Maccabi Tel Aviv – TAU Vitoria
- 2006 in Prague
- 2008 in Madrid
2004 Our instructor on East Meets West Camp in Bydgoszcz
Kuba Zamojski (POL)
Referee since 1989.
International referee since 1999.
From 2000 in ULEB. Refereeing EUROLEAGUE and ULEB CUP games.
2003 referee of European Championship in Greece.
Attend many camps and summer league in USA.
2004, 2005, 2006 our instructor on East Meets West Camp in Bydgoszcz.