The NBA league office. NBA referees. Something he’s not involved in directly.
Yup, all the ingredients were there for Mark Cuban to speak up.
The NBA admitted Blake Griffin shouldn’t have been been ejected from the Clippers’ game against the Warriors on Christmas, an Cuban praised the admission.
“I think it leads to fans trusting everybody involved more,” Cuban said. “We’re still the only sport where people question the integrity sometimes, and I hate that more than anything because I know the integrity is above reproach.”
“Just like players miss free throws, guys are going to miss calls,” he said. “But we have to have transparency with the fans. You’re only transparent when you think your guys are good. You’re only not transparent when you don’t think your employees are good. I think what the league did was a great first step.”
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I’m not sure why Cuban called this a “first” step. The NBA has admitted officiating mistakes before, including one late in a Dallas loss last season.
I also have heard fans question the integrity of other sports, though basketball probably gets the most scrutiny.
But to the substance of Cuban’s comments, I totally agree.
The NBA reviews these calls in order to grade the officials. There’s no reason not to make the determinations public. That transparency, as Cuban says, builds trust.
Everyone knew Griffin shouldn’t have been ejected. It’s comforting to hear the NBA also say that rather than mindlessly defending its officials.
Defending the integrity of its process goes a lot further.