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Mark Cuban Says NBA Should Admit Every Missed Call by Officials

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 30:  Mark Cuban holds a coffee cup as he prepares to enter the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse on September 30, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Mark Cuban is expected to testify in the government's insider-trading case against him. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

Mark Cuban loves himself some honesty.

In less than two weeks, the NBA has announced that officials missed two pivotal late-game calls—both of which worked in the Dallas Mavericks' favor.

First, there was Shawn Marion's obvious foul on Kevin Love in the waning seconds of Dallas' 100-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Per the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski (via Yahoo! Sports), the league announced a whistle should have been blown.

Soon after, Monta Ellis blatantly hacked New Orleans Pelicans sophomore Austin Rivers as he attempted a potential game-tying three. Upon review, the NBA announced Rivers should have been awarded three free throws:

"I love the transparency," Cuban said of the league's decision to admit when there's been a mistake, via The Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend. "Now, if I can just get them to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes, 55 seconds, we’ll really be making progress."

Are we reading this correctly? Does this, in fact, mean Cuban thinks the Association should publicly cop to each no-call or wrong call?

That's exactly what it means. But is it realistic?

"Yeah it is," Cuban explained, via Townsend. "Because if you’re evaluating and you’re being held accountable and you’re proud of the work you do, why wouldn’t you?"

This is what it feels like when many of us actually agree with Cuban, if only because of the timing.

It was Cuban's Mavs who benefited from two missed calls, allowing them to pull out victories. Cuban could have looked the other way or waited to comment on league practice until Dallas fell victim to late-game follies, but he didn't. We can respect that.

What he's suggesting, though, while sensible, is tedious work. Combing through game footage for evidence of every single blunder feels excessive. But for Cuban, it's quite tame, so we'll allow it.

Not to mention, he came up with his own way of making said task easier.

"All you’ve got to do is do a tweet search for NBA refs during any multi-game night," he said, per Townsend. "And it’s an interesting source of knowledge. I think the more transparency we have, the stronger the connection we make with our fans."

Even with his suggestion, this remains a tall order that requires plenty of manpower and profound devotion to perfection. The NBA isn't there yet. And why should it be? What's to be gained from admitting every misstep?

Nothing can be done about it. Hindsight won't turn back time. Piece of mind isn't even found now, when we're dealing with game-altering mishaps.

"It's like moral victories,'' Love said of finding out he should have taken two free throws, via Krawczynski . ''You don't really count those. It's just something that we'll just get past.''

Cuban's latest "fix" is something he must get past, too. And he will.

Two victories that could've been losses can have that affect.

 

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