Mark Cuban actually likes progress of refs

April, 19, 2011
4/19/11
8:06
PM CT
DALLAS -- Amid the hubbub surrounding NBA referee and Dallas Mavericks nemesis Danny Crawford officiating tonight's Game 2, Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who has been fined millions of dollars through the years for his criticism of the league's refs, said he approves of the overall job being done by third-year ref head General Ron Johnson.

J0hnson, a two-star General recently retired from active duty as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- the second highest ranking engineer in the Army -- after completing 32 years of military service as a combat engineer.

Johnson, a two-star General who retired from active duty as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 32 years of military service, is finishing his third year as senior vice president, referee operations. NBA Commissioner David Stern created the position and hired Johnson in July 2008 to oversee all aspects of the NBA’s officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement.

One aspect of Johnson's regime has been to introduce a new, younger crop of refs into the league. Cuban said he likes what he's seen.

"No question. Particularly with the younger refs," Cuban said prior to Tuesday's Game 2 pitting the Mavs and the Portland Trail Blazers. "The younger refs coming into the league right now are much, much better prepared and are more trained than five or six years ago or when I came into the league."

We assume Cuban is really pleased with the situation and not just saying that to say out of trouble with the General.

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