Mark Cuban is the most outspoken owner in the NBA. His habit of sharing his thoughts changed the league, and his bank statement. The league has fined Cuban more than $2 million over the years for his public criticism of officiating, and we can expect that number to rise after last night. The Mavs lost against the Hawks 111 – 107, and Cuban was not happy about the refs.
We recently had a league-wide conversation about the review policy when Damian Lillard went off after the refs cost the Blazers a game against the Jazz. An obvious goaltending call was missed, but the rule says you can’t review a non-call; which is absurd. Crew chief Rodney Mott explained the call after the game.
“The ball was blocked and reviewed. The ball hit the rim, so it was deemed an inadvertent whistle because it was ruled a good block. By rule, it’s an inadvertent whistle. It’s Rule 2. Because he (Collins) was in his shooting motion when my whistle blew, it’s deemed a continuation, so therefore, the basket counts.”Rodney Mott, via ESPN
This is the first year of the coaches’ challenge, and the league will surely adapt its policy on that and reviews in general. But, Cuban’s issue with the refs goes way back, and according to him, the NBA keeps making the same mistake over and over again.
Monty Mccutcheon is the league Vice President of referee development and training, basically the head guy for referees in the league. Cuban obviously has an issue with former refs being in that position, having a bias, and potentially a conflict of interest in making decisions. It would be interesting to hear Cuban’s plan on how to reform and improve the entire system.
Until that happens, we will have to keep an eye on his twitter and Cuban will keep sending them checks to the NBA.