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Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:19 pm
 
Mark Cuban should probably warm up that checkbook. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Mark Cuban has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for things said about and to officials. And I think he better prepare to get that checkbook ready to write another check to the league office.

Cuban, upset about the officiating and the Mavericks 95-86 loss Wednesday to the Thunder, let loose after game. Via ESPN Dallas:
"Look, I haven't said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven't seen it this bad in a long, long time," Cuban said. "Guys miss calls; that's part of the game. You're not always going to have a great crew. Officials have got to learn that's part of the game.

"But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And, if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens."

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was ejected early in the fourth quarter for picking up a second technical foul, the last one for punting the ball into the stands.  The crew who tossed Carlisle weren't household names -- Ron Garretson, Michael Smith and Mark Ayote.

"It all comes down to this: I understand that it's tough for the officials now," Cuban said. "They're going through the same travel stress as everybody else, but there's absolutely no transparency right now. I mean, you get games like tonight where it was just horrible. Who knows, I'm not saying it impacted the game, but you can just start naming the calls.

"All I'm saying is some of these guys are bad. Let me rephrase that. Some of these guys are having really bad nights, and it's having an impact. The league's got to come out and say, 'OK, look, we understand they're going through some tough travel or whatever. It's just the way it is.' Otherwise, if that's not an impact, you have to wonder how some of these crews are still on the court."

The free throw disparity really wasn't anything outrageous as Oklahoma City went to the line 33 times compared to Dallas's 25. And that's with the Mavs fouling a little at the end because of the Thunder's lead. But it was a couple of other calls that irked Cuban.

"Then they'll call three seconds on Yi [Jianlian] because it's Yi, and that's it. I mean, it's just ridiculous. Something needs to be done; someone needs to stand up and say something. So here I is.

"If no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens. We turn in stuff not after every game, but we turn in stuff all the time and we get 'inconclusive; inconclusive; yeah, we missed this; yeah, we got it right.' That's all fine and good, but there's nobody reporting to us on accountability. And that needs to change.

"There's a lot of guys and teams that aren't having great starts to the season and there's a lot of crews that aren't having great starts to the season," he said. "The league needs to make some adjustments, because you can't have it like this all the time."

Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

Until David stern is fired the nba will remain a joke, more akin to pro wrestling than a real sport.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

The NFL Officials are really bad too. Baseball ones aren't that great either.



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

Does anyone think the NBA has impartial referees?



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:34 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

"It does not address in any fashion what the consequences of your "speech" might be."

Incorrect. Freedom of speech is the freedom to say whatever you want WITHOUT censorship. In AMERICA, in the public square, there are no consequences for enacting on your right. HOWEVER, in the business world, we do NOT have free speech and our employer HAS the right to censor us. Cuban can exercise his right, but within the framework that is the NBA, they will attempt to censor him by levying fines against him.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

hey idiots, mark cuban OWNS the mavericks and his business and should be able to say what he wants! lmao what u guys think david stern can fire mark cuban for complaining bout the refs??? lol go back to north korea!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

The refs are off to a really bad start. Cuban is right for calling them out. We expect the players to come in ready to play. we should expect the same from the refs.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

punk



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

I am so tired of reading material from people who have the IQ of a gnat! For the 1000th time, freedom of speech just ensures that you have the OPPORTUNITY to say what you want. It does not address in any fashion what the consequences of your "speech" might be. 

Come on, people, can we please raise the level of our game here? 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

Ok, Cuban is right. The officiating is by far the worst out of all the sports in the NBA. These guys control games, control outcomes, control tempo which allows other teams to win. They can guarantee a team they want to win, wins every time. It's outragous and has made the NBA come close to the WWF, or WWE. Offiicials in the NBA are terrible!

Now as far as you guys talking about freedom of speech, that has absolutely nothing to do with this. You can't say whatever you want to while bveing paid by a company, think about it really hard. Can you say whatever you want to at work? No. Cuban can't either, the NBA has rules and these things are under contract. Free speech doesn't hold up in this situation.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Mark Cuban tees off on NBA officials

cuban is right about holding the refs accoountable. last i checked, this is america and we have this thing called freedom of speech. to fine cuban for stating the facts is completly ludacris! these refs are grown men so stop treating and protecting them like fragile little babies. if some1 at my work place screws up and somebody else holds them accountable, nobody is fined money?!?!?!?!? remember....this is america not north korea where u can not say anything negative bout the deer leader. sheez!


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