Mark Cuban is grateful his team is 2-0 this season during games in which the NBA later admitted that the Dallas Mavericks got away with a call that could have forced overtime.
However, the Mavs’ owner would like to see more transparency when it comes to controversial calls. Cuban wants the league to admit to bad calls that were made throughout the game, not just near the end.
“No one ever wants or expects perfection, but when you’re not transparent people tend to think you’re hiding something,” Cuban said before Monday’s game against Orlando. “And I think that hurts us.”
Cuban believes total transparency will eliminate doubt about all the questionable calls.
“How are you going to evaluate the officials otherwise?” Cuban asked. “If you’re evaluating and you’re being held accountable and you’re proud of the work you do, why wouldn’t you [be transparent]?”
The NBA admitted that Minnesota’s Kevin Love was fouled by Shawn Marion with 1 second remaining in a game the Mavs won 100-98 on Dec. 30. The league said Love should have been awarded two free throws.
On Sunday, the NBA admitted the Mavs received another break Saturday against New Orleans when Monta Ellis was not called for a foul on Pelicans guard Austin Rivers as he attempted a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining. The league said Rivers should have been awarded three free throws in a game the Mavs won 110-107.
“I love the transparency,” Cuban said. “Now if I can just get [the NBA] to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes and 55 seconds, then they really would be making progress.”
Cuban also said he goes back and forth on whether NBA coaches should be able to challenge a call much like in the NFL.
“It’s not so much the missed calls I get upset about,” Cuban said. “It’s communication after the fact, because you’re going to miss calls.”
Marion, Larkin out
Shawn Marion sat out Monday’s game with a bruised right shoulder and bruised upper ribs.
Marion has missed four consecutive games after injuring himself last Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Guard Shane Larkin also missed the game after spraining his right ankle Saturday against New Orleans.
Harris will practice
Guard Devin Harris will go through his first full practice Tuesday before the Mavs fly to Los Angeles for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers.
Harris underwent left foot surgery in August and has yet to play this season.