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Mark Cuban isn’t happy with the officiating. Stunning.

Feb 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has a valid point — by my subjective measures the officiating seems to be worse this season. Cuban certainly has objective measures — he’s got guys breaking down the numbers — ones I’m sure show up in David Stern’s inbox quite often.

Cuban told ESPNDallas.com he is not happy with the officiating this season after the Mavericks loss to the Thunder Wednesday night.

“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 told ESPNDallas.com in the Mavericks’ weight room after the loss. “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.”

Here’s the thing — this is on Cuban and the owners. They locked everyone out and then pushed for a condensed 66-game schedule so they could make their money back. Kelly Dwyer puts it well over at Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie.

Secondly, the sheer amount of games that the NBA has greedily mashed together (66 will be placed this year in a space that usually seats about 50) is forcing the referees to officiate even more games than the players are playing. This is a long work week, with insane amounts of travel; and as the cliché goes, every game is a road game for the referees.

Basically, just like the players in the games, it’s all a little sloppy right now. Yes there are a lot of new officials, yes there could be better transparency, but in the end that’s not going to change the product. It’s very, very hard to referee the game at this level and these men and women are better at it than anyone. What they could use is a little more rest.

  1. dadawg77 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    If it wasn’t for the replacement refs debacle a few years ago, I would disagree that they the current refs are the best at it. But no sure if this is a good thing as the same system allowed a crooked ref to go unnoticed. Then again you still have to wonder if Donaghy,like Canseco, is a POS who telling the truth in self-congratulatory but still the truth.

  2. stadix093 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    It seems like they are letting them play a bit more physical this year and I like it. I really enjoy them letting defenders have the chance to jump straight up and not get called if somebody rams into them, if the offense creates that much contact, it’s his own fault. Leave the flopping for the soccer players and play some damn basketball.

    • bobulated - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Agreed, love seeing guys who usually get the anticipatory whistle before contact actually occurs not constantly getting bailed out by the refs for flinging themselves into the lane w/o any control and tossing up a prayer.

  3. ramblingalb - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Except it is 100% incorrect. They are playing about half a game more a week than they normally would, so it’s 66 games instead of 58.

    These are highly paid positions with many begging for them. I have not noticed any difference from the norm, in fact, I feel they’ve been more consistent as to fouls being called. Sure they miss calls, it’s tough seeing things at the speed they play. But if the league shows more problems, let’s not pretend these guys are mining coal 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. One more game every 14 days is hardly overwhelming.

  4. skids003 - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    What do you expect from Cuban? He couldn’t referee a checker match if his life depended on it, so who cares what he thinks?

  5. delius1967 - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Cuban knows that the Mavericks probably aren’t headed back to the Finals, which is why he feels comfortable mouthing off about the referees. If he thought they had a chance he wouldn’t risk a repeat of 2006.

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