Phil Jackson: Mark Cuban's Referee Mind Games are Working

February, 8, 2006
2/08/06
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Dallas owner Mark Cuban made a name for himself complaining about NBA referees, and has never let up. He's sophisticated and consistent in his complaints, and watches over the referee statistics possibly more than anyone else.

The result? According to Phil Jackson, Cuban has referees scared to make calls against the Mavericks:
"I know there's a lot of pressure on the refs when they come here because Mark [Cuban] has them review the tapes and send them into the league. These guys are nervous Nellies when they come in to referee in this building. But they have to do a better job than they're doing. That's not acceptable."
That's Phil Jackson's way of saying: "two can play at that game."

Of course, to those with the secret referee statistics, Jackson's claim could be quickly proved or disproved. Either the Mavericks are getting favorable treatment at home or they aren't. I'd love to hear the truth.

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