Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had no problem with the $25,000 fine the NBA levied against his team Friday because of some inappropriate tweets by public address announcer Sean Heath.
“It’s a hurricane in a urinal,” Cuban said. “We flush and we move on.”
After the Mavericks lost to the Golden State Warriors 122-120 in overtime on April 1, Heath used his Twitter account to criticize the game’s officials, because he felt they missed a late goaltending call which possibly cost the Mavericks a victory. The NBA first suspended Heath for two games, then rescinded the suspension and instead decided to fine the Mavericks $25,000.
However, Cuban said Heath “absolutely” remains in good standing with the organization.
“We told him to stay off Twitter when it comes to games,” Cuban said. “We talk about how important it is to have an amazing in-game environment, and then to have somebody get all hyped up like I do and then criticize them for doing basically what I do, that would be awful hypocritical of me.
“He shouldn’t have said it, as far as the league is concerned, so we’ll just drop it. I have no problem paying the fine, and we should have told him in advance it should have been me to go there.”
NBA spokesman Tim Frank would not confirm the amount the league fined the Mavericks, but he did say in an e-mail: “Several disciplinary options were discussed, but ultimately we decided to be consistent with past practice on violations of game operations staff.”
Cuban on Nowitzki
Other than he knows Dirk Nowitzki will re-sign with the Mavs, Cuban was in no mood to make a firm decision on how many more years his 16-year veteran will play.
“As long as his body holds up,” Cuban said. “The last time I made a decision on how long somebody was going to hold up, he won two MVPs, so I’m not going to come to any judgments.
“That’s one of the reasons we’ve made such a significant investment in the training staff and health-related technology. I don’t want to make those mistakes again.”
Cuban was referring to Steve Nash, who he thought was basically done when the popular point guard became a free agent in the summer of 2004. The Mavericks didn’t meet Nash’s free-agent demands, and he ultimately signed with the Phoenix Suns and became the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006.
Nowitzki, by the way, turns 36 on June 19 and becomes a free agent on July 1.
Carter climbs charts
With a 3-pointer early in the second quarter Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, Vince Carter moved pass Adrian Dantley and became the No. 25 all-time leading scorer in NBA history.
But coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged that Carter is not a player who only looks to fill up the basket.
“He’s not just a scorer, he’s a terrific all-around player,” Carlisle said before the game against the Suns. “We need him to play his total game tonight.
“If he does that he’ll keep going, and he’ll keep picking off guys on the scoring list. I have no doubt about that.”