Mark Cuban Calls Out Referee Ken Mauer For Swallowing His Whistle On This Travel
So this is the NBA officiating equivalent of an air traffic controller falling asleep at his desk, pretty much. Referee Ken Mauer is physically present here, but mentally he's checked out of the hotel and his hailing a cab. WTF, Ken?
This isn't only a travel, but also a double-dribble -- and the only way it could have been any closer to Mauer is if it had occurred in his own pants.
This infuriated Mark Cuban, and it wasn't even a Mavericks' game. It was the Nets and Clippers, which Cuban happened to be watching on TV. But for a guy like Cuban who's constantly complaining about the low quality of officiating in the league, it was too much to take. Cuban says Mauer should be disciplined for this.
"Suspend him, demote him, make him ref a game in the D-League,” Cuban said during his pregame workout Wednesday night.
“That call? At the beginning of the game? Right in front of him?” Cuban said. “That wasn’t an error in judgment. Refs are going to miss things because there’s other things going on, but there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there.”
Why would Cuban care so much about a missed call in the first minute of a Nets-Clippers game?
[…] “Because the quality of officiating matters in this game, you know?” Cuban said. “Standings are impacted. Mistakes happen. Lots of calls are hard, but not all of them. Some of them are just lack of focus and attention, and that’s the one thing you should be able to avoid at all times, particularly from such an experienced ref.”
That's Nets shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic at the top of the key, taking a pass, dribbling once and then picking up his dribble. First he travels, badly, and then he decides to dribble again with his left hand.
That's JJ Redick trying to guard him, which is a little difficult under these circumstances. It's like the ref is allowing one team to play by Canadian Football League rules. Redick gives Mauer a dirty look when Bogdanovic dribbles for the second time, and still manages to stay with his man on the back-cut.
No wonder Doc Rivers was in such a bad mood (he was ejected by Mauer during the Nets' double-overtime win).
Should refs be disciplined for such blatant screw-ups? Perhaps they are -- the NBA doesn't reveal such things. But forcing Mauer to ref a D-League game not only wouldn't be a punishment (to me it would be kind of fun), it would screw up the ref schedule for multiple NBA games. It's like retiring a host in Westworld -- it impacts several narratives.
This, however, is embarrassing to the league. Sixth-grade basketball players everywhere were pointing and laughing. You know, just like when the Mavericks play this season.
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