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Comment from: Double Par [Visitor]
Do you really believe that Cuban will cost his team fans?

You can call him a loudmouth blowhard who whines about the officials, but you also described a lot of die hard Mavs fans who act and feel the same way. They just don't get to say it in front of a camera or microphone.
06/21/06 @ 09:58
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Well, he cost them at least one.

Your second comment makes my point. There are always a percentage of fans who gripe about the officiating when their teams lose. Fans are allowed to be blowhards; they pay for the tickets.

Cuban is an owner and therefore has access to those cameras and microphones. By using that to belittle the refs, he belittles himself and his team, as well as the game. He knows nothing about the game.
06/21/06 @ 10:05
Comment from: EJ Brown [Visitor]
Tim, you hit the nail right on the head when it comes to Mr. "Whiney" Cuban. Your articles, unlike your colleague Baldwin, have substance!!!!
06/21/06 @ 10:53
Comment from: Ron [Visitor]
He whined about an alleged backcourt violation, which turned out to be completely wrong.

Actually Cuban was 100% right on this one, reviews showed it was indeed a back court violation according to NBA Rules, I doubt the officials purposely ignored it because of Wade as the game moves so fast and some of these guys are so old. I agree with Cuban that NBA officiating is bad, favoring the stars and the home team, but there is no conspiracy against the Mavs. There is probably a subtle league wide tendency to favor home teams to keep a series going as long as possible, which means more revenue, higher ratings nd more exposure to the NBA which had its highest ratings this year since the MJ years!

BTW - in game 7 the officials gave the Mavs one last chance to tie it by calling the ridiculous traveling call with 10 seconds, unfortunatley the Mavs could not capitalize given the home gift!
06/21/06 @ 11:19
Comment from: mavsguy [Visitor]
I agree with this so much! Game 6 is what you meant but you can't honestly say officials didn't give the Mavs one last try with 5 seconds left? NBA is crap! That should have never been called that would have given the mavs one last chance...CRAP! Just like DWADE foul call with 1.2 seconds left to tie the game....CRAP! NBA stands for WWE!

"BTW - in game 7 the officials gave the Mavs one last chance to tie it by calling the ridiculous traveling call with 10 seconds, unfortunatley the Mavs could not capitalize given the home gift!"
06/21/06 @ 14:30
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
As I say, fans are allowed to be blowhards. Still, one of my original premises holds: it is weakness to complain about the officiating. The Heat beat the Mavericks, not the officials.

Having said that, I would agree that the NBA refs tend to have a bias toward superstars. Shaq can break a guy's jaw and not be called for it.

Also, you have to ski across the court to be called for traveling.

06/21/06 @ 15:10
Comment from: Snapster [Visitor]
It is weakness to NOT complain about poor officiating and let obvious inconsistencies go on unaddressed.

If there were SUBJECTIVE calls in golf, you'd think differently. The NBA's product could have two different outcomes by two different officiating crews.

Things are improving and "whining" is still justified sometimes regardless of your knee jerkified "sounds childish" reaction to it. The NBA now spends 1 mil a year to analyze the problem - it took whining to do that.

Withhold from a business owner the right to improve his product? Go play another round - some people have work to do.
06/21/06 @ 16:50
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
06/21/06 @ 16:52
Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
I prefer my NBA owners annoying and passionate over fat-catty and smug. By all accounts, the players love playing for him, and I appreciate his willingness to attack the league. He's an immature dork who lacks common sense at times-- and it's refreshing. He also put together a hell of a basketball team.

06/21/06 @ 19:34
Comment from: noel [Visitor]
I agree totally. I think Dallas is a good team and fun to watch, but Cuban made me pull for Miami even though we (LA Fans) do not like to see Shaq win anymore. I like Cuban less than Shaq and was glad Cuban's team lost.
06/22/06 @ 13:46
Comment from: Greg [Visitor]
Tim understands only slightly more about golf than basketball. You vastly overestimate the sensitivities of the average NBA fan if you think any of them were offended by Cuban. It's a show...and Mark is essential. He's simply the ownership counterweight to Jack Nicholson or the other thousands of fans who go to these games and think their important by shouting non stop obscenities...harassing player's wives..etc
The NBA is low class entertainment a notch or two above wrestling and roller derby...Check out the pre game intros...the "cheerleaders."
No...they may hate Cuban...but they'll come to the next game their home boys play against the Mavs just to see if he's there. It's money in the bank.
06/23/06 @ 01:48
Comment from: Snapster [Visitor]
perhaps the nfl will heed this advice and obtain the quintessential, loud-mouthed, arrogant corporate jerk to grow their audience. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5714172
06/24/06 @ 03:30

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