The Buddha Remembers – Pervis Pasco KOs Korean referee

Unless you’re a big-time Kansas State Wildcats (The Travel) you’ve probably never heard of Pervis Pasco. He’s a pro basketball mystery man. But this mystery man was once upon a time a fan favorite in Changwon, South Korea. But in 2007, during a Korean Basketball League playoff game ‘Never Nervous Pervis’ went from hero to villain in a matter of seconds.

Here’s why.

Pervis was a good player and a good guy altogether. But to understand the situation at hand you need to know exactly what was going on before this happened. What led Pasco to go wacko?


Pasco is a long high-energy player who crashes the boards and challenges shots at the rim. Korean referees are not accustomed to this style of play (circa 2007) so throughout the season he got hosed on a lot of 50/50 calls. So his relationship with the Korean refs is no where near the relationship Charles Barkley has with Dick Bavetta. In fact, it’s the total opposite. The referee’s were not fans of Pasco and his after dunk showboating/in your face shot blocking. The referees were on him all year leading up to “The Punch”.


We all know the old ‘Hack-a-Shaq” move. You foul a poor free-throw shooting opponent, he misses the free throws and you get the ball back. Well Pasco is a terrible free throw shooter and opposing teams quickly realized that the ‘Hack-a-Pervis’ tactic was successful. As soon as Pasco touched the ball, opposing teams would intentionally foul him and send him to the free throw line where he would miss more shots than he would make. This frustrated Pasco. He was humiliated at the free throw line during the second half of the season and during the playoffs.

Hack-a-Pervis + Referees = Wrong in Changwon

This happened early in game 3 in the first round of the 2007 KBL playoffs. Pasco was intentionally fouled five times within four minutes of play. Obviously that would frustrate anybody. The last straw was the fifth time he got hacked. The Korean player took a swing at Pasco which should have drawn the referees to the scene. instead, the Korean player saw Pasco’s frustration and walked towards him to size him up. From there, Pasco shoves the 6’7 Korean forward who flops to the ground and holds his neck as if he’s just been put in a chokehold. Again, the referees do a pour job of separating the players. From that point on, Pasco blacks out, does what he does and disappears from the KBL forever.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of

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