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Mark Cuban complains about officiating. Again. Will get fined. Again.

Jan 6, 2013, 12:59 AM EDT

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The officiating in the Mavericks overtime loss to the Hornets on Saturday night was wildly inconsistent. It went both ways, but there were muggings that went uncalled and touch fouls called the next time down the court.

All this came after a Dallas overtime loss to Miami this week where the Mavericks were frustrated with a number of calls, particularly an out of bounds play.

Which led Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tweet:

Cuban earlier in the night said he sent film from the Dallas/Miami game to the league office but slapped the office around in the process. From ESPNDallas.com.

“Let’s just say I thought there was a misapplication of the rules when they didn’t review the out of bounds with 1:45 to go,” Cuban said. “At least from the replay on TV, it looked like Wade hit it. I would have thrown the challenge flag on that one….

“I will tell you this: We used to turn plays in all the time,” said Cuban, who did complain to the NBA office about the out-of-bounds play. “We don’t do it anymore. I just turned it in because I was mad, but it’s just not worth the time. You know the definition of insanity.”

Cuban might as well start filling out the check to the league now.

But he speaks for a lot of fans who become frustrated with the league on officiating. There is a feeling that it’s not transparent, that officials are not held accountable for bad calls and that they have biases.

Fans are always going to feel that way about the refs in any sport, and every time they don’t get a call they will say the refs are biased (if the call went the other way on that boarder line charge/block the ref clearly just saw it right). But transparency, that’s a place the league could do better. They have started to, and it’s not going to change minds, but they need to do more.

  1. 11thstreetmafia - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Officiating in the NBA is horrible. It has become very difficult to watch.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      nba has too many old, crazy white guys officiating games,
      most are out of shape, half blind and have no respect for the athletes on the floor.
      I noticed that half the time they are out of position and on many occasions they call
      a foul down in the paint while they are on the perimeter, basically behind the play
      with a blurred vision of the play in front of them.
      how can you force your forearm on the back of the offensive player.
      you don’t allow hand checking but allow the forearm to the back.
      and offensive fouls are called way too much.

  2. mazblast - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Mark, it’s not going to change until The Troll AND his minions, who currently occupy all the power positions in the league office, are gone. They don’t like you, they don’t like a lot of franchises, and they are going to call things to favor Little Caesar’s favorites and against the teams he doesn’t like until then. That’s how Stern wants the league to be run, that’s how it will be run by the yes-men he’s hired (and no doubt will “advise” after he “retires”), and it will be that way until enough owners get sick of it.

  3. bozosforall - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Here’s a suggestion, Mark. Shut your crybaby yap. Leave the crying to Boston fans.

  4. ron05342 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Mark, your team is 13-21. They suck.

    It’s not the officials’ fault. It’s your fault that your team sucks.

    Get over yourself.

  5. phreakin - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Whether Cuban’s team sucks or not doesn’t matter. What matters is he’s right, the officiating in all games is terrible. But like you’d expect he’s only vocal when it affects the Mavs. And rightfully so

  6. saintsfan1111 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Dirk’s been drawing BS fouls for years now.

  7. bowmanj35 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    the inconsistent officiating is the #1 reason I stopped watching NBA. one guys charge foul is another guys blocking foul. on a sour note the nfl is starting to pull this same BS with PI and defenseless receiver judgement calls.

    • mazblast - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      That’s because The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person has been admiring The Troll’s way of usually getting the result he personally desires for years.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:36 AM

      Dude do you know there is ProFootballTalk for people who stopped watching NBA and want to talk football?

  8. craigkleinpeter - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Complete BS on Cuban. Hornets were getting called fouls for looking at Dirk wrong tonight.

  9. themagicfanguy - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    @bozo Oh yeah that’s right! The lakers lost to the Clips eh? That must be why you’re on this tag instead of lakerluver. Perhaps you should worry about your own team instead if Boston.

    • bozosforall - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Maybe you should worry about your zero titles Magic and let the crybaby one measly title in 25 years Boston fans defend themselves.

      • raidmagic - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        What are you, 10?

      • bozosforall - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        That would make me twice your age, little boy.

    • scottheis82 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Really!!! This coming from a guy who calls himself “magicfanguy” and is constantly posting on Lakers stories you shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

  10. heathater4lifeson - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Is Cuban saying the heat get just about every call? Average fan can form that opinion after just about any heat game, when lebron draws 10+ fouls a game

  11. halfbaht - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    Anyone who is telling Cuban to shut his mouth and disagrees with him on the piss poor officiating obviously didn’t watch the clippers lakers game.

  12. mtheparrothead - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Maybe it’s because we know the officials bet on games?

  13. tmdill18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    NBA officiating is definitely bad. Stern doesn’t hold them accountable, because Stern doesn’t advocate fairness – he advocates for a star based league that promotes star based teams. Everything in the league is built to promote that. That said, NBA officiating is still twice as good as NCAA officiating. At least NBA officials are reasonably good at the charge calls and can usually see who knocked the ball out of bounds. College officials usually just guess or go with the home team.

  14. usm418 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Stern and his clone Gary Bettman can’t get out of their positions fast enough. Both preside over a league that has too many teams. The NBA has the means to to remove the air of partiality in officiating but prefers to worry about dress codes and fining people for commenting on bad calls.

  15. FinFan68 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Cuban has got to be my favorite owner of a pro team. In this case he is absolutely right. Officiating in most sports seems biased and wildly inconsistent. The officials (at least NBA & NFL) have transitioned from controlling the flow of the games to controlling the outcomes. It will continue until the majority of owners step up like Cuban. You’d think that the officiating would be scrutinized more since the scandal.

  16. losanginsight - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    NBA needs to get the NFL replacement refs a call. It seems like every game is dictated by the officials.

  17. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    The guy comes off looking like a shlub.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Right: he should dress like a right wing rich bastard so useful idiot pawns with narrow minds can maintain their limited perspective.

  18. davidcl77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Being that he ruined his team by letting the stars go, it’s best he sell the team to a competitor who cares more about the team than being on Shark Tank and always trying to get attention. He’s a punk extraordinaire.
    If the officiating is poor, it’s poor for all teams, idiot.

  19. 777cockymoney - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    i feel his pain.back in 06finals, wade last four games never got hit yet he got all the pathetic calls on him.last eastern finals wade kicked kg in balls he didnt get a foul,he threw rondo on ground game 2,no call.lebron hit kd on hand game two finals,miamicall.wade broke kobes nose never got suspended.wade gets away with anything.even doc rivers who is a well respected coach said the series was favored by refs towards

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