Calling the shots

Bill Spooner, an Oak Park resident, has been an NBA ref for 30 seasons

NOTHING BUT NET—Bill Spooner, an NBA referee, at home with his family. From left, daughter Ally, Spooner, wife Chris and son Drew. Spooner started working in the NBA during the 1989-90 season. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn NewspapersBill Spooner remembers his first day in the NBA like it was yesterday, or as he calls it, a hundred years ago.
Naturally, he can’t recall every detail.
“The first quarter, I didn’t even know where I was,” Spooner said.
The referee was working the season opener between the Lo...

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