Hwang In-tae, first Korean NBA referee debut… Whistle at Phoenix-Houston game | Joongang Ilbo | JoongAng Ilbo

ⓒ JoongAng Ilbo / JoongAng Ilbo Japanese version2022.11.01 10:14

Hwang In-tae (43) became the first Korean umpire to step onto the stage of the NBA league.

On the 31st (Japan time), Huang served as an assistant referee for the 2022-23 NBA League match between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first time that Hwang, who took over as assistant referee in the NBA Open game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Washington Wizards on the 11th, blew the whistle in the NBA league. Mr. Hwang finished the match with stable management.

Hwang became a referee for the Korean Basketball Association in 2004 and served as a referee for the Korean professional basketball KBL from 2008 to 2019. He has played 466 games in total.

In early 2020, Huang was invited to join the NBA referee training program and traveled to New Jersey. The NBA has drawn attention to Huang, who played an active role on the international stage, including refereeing the women’s basketball final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

After passing through the G League, one of the lower leagues in the United States, Mr. Hwang will stand in the NBA League, which is his “dream stage.”

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