LOS ANGELES --According to an NBA source with knowledge of the situation, that $50,000 fine the league slapped on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Tuesday wasn't just for his critical tweet of the officiating following last Saturday night's 99-96 overtime home loss to the New Orleans Hornets.
The source said the fine also was for comments Cuban made prior to the game against the Hornets. Before that game, Cuban said he thought about selling the Mavs after they lost a 2-0 lead and fell to the Miami Heat in six games in the 2006 NBA Finals.
“We put out feelers,’’ Cuban said Saturday. “I was really questioning the integrity of the game.“After 2006, I was probably ready to sell. But I took some time off.''
That comment, the source said, along with a tweet from Cuban following the surprising loss to the Hornets is why the league tagged him with a $50,000 fine.
Cuban's tweet read: “Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help.”
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