After Dallas dropped Game 3 at home to the Rockets, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle ripped the officiating through the media.
During the game, however, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban delivered the message directly to the commissioner himself.
Near the end of the regular season, Cuban was critical of the way Monta Ellis was being officiated, and said it was “criminal” how Ellis doesn’t get the calls on drives to the basket. He met with commissioner Adam Silver in person to review film and get some clarification, but evidently whatever was explained to him wasn’t being enforced to his satisfaction.
From Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com:
During the fourth quarter, Cuban made a point to express his displeasure to commissioner Adam Silver, who was seated next to the midcourt tunnel. Cuban briefly exited the floor after an offensive foul called against Mavs forward Al-Farouq Aminu, walking from his baseline seat by the Mavs’ bench into the midcourt tunnel, glaring at Silver and shaking his head as he walked by the commissioner. When Cuban returned moments later, he complained to Silver, shouting over press row as he walked.
“That’s exactly what we talked about!” Cuban shouted. …
Cuban said the following week that he traveled to New York to review film with Silver, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and other league officials regarding the rule of verticality for defensive players.
Cuban has long had a crusade against the inconsistent way with which the game is officiated, so this latest outburst shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
But one or two calls not going your way, during a game where the fouls were even at 28 apiece — and one in which the Mavericks were awarded seven more free throw attempts — really shouldn’t be a source of this much consternation.