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NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:20 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 9:44 pm
By Matt Moore

The NBA announced Friday it has fined Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $75,000 for his comments regarding the officiating during Dallas' loss to the Thunder earlier this week. Cuban had gone on another tirade about "accountability" and how "nothing ever changes" with bad calls. He wasn't very specific in what he was upset about outside of a 3-seconds call on Yi Jianlian. Dallas routinely sends video evidence of what the team feels are questionable calls. 

And of course, due to the public nature of Cuban's comments, the fine hammer came down Friday. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was also fined $35,000. Carlisle had also actually punted the ball into the stands, kind of on accident, in fourth quarter and apologized afterwards. Cuban's is pretty routine, and Carlisle's may be procedural, but seems a bit excessive. Video doesn't exactly show Carlisle going Shane Lechler on the ball or anything. 

Carlisle took responsibility for his actions on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
 "I think it's fair. It's irresponsible for a ball to go in the stands. You're subject to a fine," Carlisle said during the shootaround before Friday night's game against Indiana. "So I accept it and regret that the situation happened even though it was accidental."

 Right after the game against the Thunder, Carlisle said the "incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that can't happen."
Sometime someone should do a total count on how much money the Mavericks have contributed to charity through NBA fines. The number must be stunning. The Mavericks are exceptionally active in charity works anyway, so you have to think they're one of the most active donors of charity works in the country over the past decade at this point.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:50 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

Take notice to the numbers commenting on this compared to other sports. Yes it is a very small amount becuse of David Stern and his turning the game into WWF. Take notice to the crowds at the games. Yeah about as many as comments you see here. Stern hasturned the game into a dead poort and until he goes it will continue to decline util it is finished in all but about 6 cities. If a competent replacement for Stern is not found and soon the only basketball entertainment that will be left is the Harlem Globetrotters. Oh yeah that is what the NBA is now. The name of the Washington Generals changes from night to night and city to city.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:13 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

AWESOME!  Well put sir.

Stern is a crooked troll who needs to retire!  We need young blood in the Commissioner's office!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:50 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

I wonder how many people, like me, are not watching NBA games because only the WWE has worse officials, and those guys are just doing it as part of the act.

Officiating has been terrible in the NBA for years and it makes the games unwatchable. 

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:24 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

Cuban donates to charity the same amount of $ as his or his team's fines.  So in this case, he will be writing a check for $220,000 with $110,000 of that going to local charities.  The N.B.A. donates 100% of the fines they receive.  At the end of the day, the fines are producing a lot of good out of the Mavericks and the N.B.A.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:12 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

Instead of mouthing off you could have given that money to charity or someone who needs it.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:37 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

Enough of the Stern bashing.  Here are some verifiable, but little-known facts regarding the greatest commissioner of human history's greatest game:

- Is the only person to win multiple Slam Dunk and 3-Point competitions at All-Star Weekend.

- Embarrassed Ken Jennings on Jeopardy, $75,900 to $100, in an episode Jeopardy refuses to air.

- Walked on the moon four years before Neil Armstrong.  Still gracious enough to let Neil have the credit.

- Won a 1-on-3 wrestling match against Vince McMahon, HHH and Steve Austin by simultaneously putting McMahan and Austin into submission chokeholds and HHH in a scissors pin.

- Was Dr. James Naismith in most recent prior life.

- Lived near Jerusalem in another prior life approximately 2,000 years ago.  Nicknamed The Messiah.

- Reached a 'gentlemen's agreement' during a pick-up game in 2007 with then Senator Obama and agreed he, not I, would seek Democratic nomination for president the following year and I would continue as the greatest commissioner of human history's greatest game.

- In my spare time, it was I, not Al Gore, who invented the internet.

- Have perfected cures for cancer, AIDS and ALS.  Very close to perfecting cures for world hunger and poverty.  Will announce my retirement as the greatest commissioner of human history's greatest game when I announce cures for the five above-mentioned plagues.   

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:01 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

I think Cuban's beef isn't so much any one single call. It's the fact that there is zero consistency in how the game is being called. It's one thing to have an official who consistently lets things slide or consistently calls the game tight. It's a pain but it can be dealt with and game-planned around. But when officials call the same activity differently within the same game, it's detrimental to the game as a whole. Think a major league baseball umpire whose strike zone varies from pitch to pitch; wide on strike one and two but incredibly narrow on 3. Or narrow on one batter and wide for the next one.

Referees are supposed to call the game, not decide it. A player should reasonably be able to predict what's going to be a foul and what's not over the course of the game. Otherwise, the integrity of the finished product is questionable. And NBA refs have already given the public plenty of reasons to question their behavior. This doesn't help.

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:11 pm
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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:07 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

PB are right.  The game was poorly officiated both ways.  However, that is not why the Mavs lost.  They lost because the were outrebounded 55-44 and Dirk shot 2-15.  In fact their starting five shot 17-63..............terrible.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:05 pm

NBA fines Cuban, Carlisle

The shoddy work, criminal elements, no accoutabliity,  have made the NBA refs a horrible joke. They are terrible. Stern is the Emperor with no clothes on.

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