HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will reach into his wallet once again after the league docked him $50,000 Tuesday for sending out a tweet that was critical of the officiating in the Mavs’ home loss to the New Orleans Hornets Saturday night.
A league office spokesperson confirmed the fine to NBA.com. The league did not announce the penalty publicly one day after it handed down two public reprimands to Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (one-game suspension for making contact with a game official) and Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry ($15,000 for inappropriate interaction with game officials).
Following Dallas’ 99-96 overtime loss to New Orleans on Saturday, Cuban tweeted this message to his 1.46 million followers:
Comments made by Mavs coach Rick Carlisle after the Mavs’ 100-94 loss at Utah could also come under scrutiny from the league office on Wednesday. Carlisle, unhappy with the physical play employed by the Jazz in the decisive fourth quarter, said the Jazz were “thugging it up,” a tactic he said turned the momentum in the game.
“Yeah, they went to a, basically thugging it up, and that’s when the game turned,” Carlisle told reporters. “I thought that’s when the officiating went their way. That’s when they started to get calls and then we weren’t. We weren’t able to get the whistles; probably a function of their aggressiveness, but at the same time I thought there were a couple times where a whistle could have blown for us.
“Vince [Carter] was driving, [Darren] Collison took it to the rim one time, looks like he got hit in the head. I haven’t seen those plays, so I still got to look at them, but off the top of my head, if you’re asking me, it’s kind of factually what I think.”
Carlisle’s comments Monday night made it three consecutive games in which either he or Cuban made their frustration with the officiating public. Prior to the New Orleans loss on Saturday, Cuban said he was upset with the officiating in Dallas’ overtime loss at Miami last Wednesday.