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For one referee, path from Korea to the NBA wasn’t easy

Intae Hwang wanted to play basketball. His parents wouldn’t allow it.

He reached the NBA anyway.

Hwang took the ultimate leap of faith nearly three years ago: Move his family halfway across the world, from their native South Korea to a new home in New Jersey, to follow his dream of becoming an NBA referee. He’s getting closer to making that a reality, after working some preseason games this month — including Monday’s Washington-Charlotte contest — and is expected to get some assignments as a non-staff official during the regular season.

“The NBA was just my dream,” Hwang said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I watched it on TV, right? That’s it. I never, ever tried to get into the NBA by myself.”

Instead, the NBA found him.

Hwang has been an official for nearly 20 years, and it wasn’t…

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