I saw Joey Crawford off the court a few years ago, after the incident, and I told him he looked like he'd stayed in shape.

"I run," he said with a smile, and then he scooted sideways across the room like a crab. That's how NBA officials always seem to move.

Crawford's sense of humor is one reason the media has always enjoyed him. Another is that he's been a top-five ref who runs a fast game.

He added another layer to that last week. Crawford didn't simply admit he was wrong in 2007. He went beyond that, calling it one of his biggest regrets, and that might come into play soon when Crawford shows up to work a Spurs game.

Tim Duncan, after all, might finally see Crawford as just another ref running like a crab.