Wednesday, May 10, 2006
NBA fines Cuban $200K for antics on, off court
ESPN.com news services
The NBA fined Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $200,000 for going onto the court after Game 1 of Dallas' series against the Spurs and criticizing league officials on his blog.
Cuban was fined $100,000 for going onto the court and another $100,000 for being critical of the league regarding the selection of playoff officials, and how to improve playoff officiating on blogmaverick.com.
"The NBA knows all, does all, and far be it for me to question any of this." Cuban told ESPN's Jim Gray.
Cuban also said that he wrote the article before the playoffs and simply reposted it after Game 1.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the fines.
Dallas lost 87-85 in Game 1 on Sunday, but rebounded Tuesday night with a 113-91 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
Cuban was punished eight times for more than $1 million and
suspended from three games in his first two years after buying the
Mavericks in 2000.
He was quick to publicize each one -- especially a $500,000
penalty for saying he wouldn't hire the NBA's head of officials
"to manage a Dairy Queen" -- and matched each with a donation to
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.