Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, might just get another fine before January is over.
David Stern’s latest interview about his 30-year run as NBA commissioner, which ends Feb. 1, made Cuban say he has been telling Stern for months that he is determined to get fined one last time before he goes.
“We talk about it all the time,” Cuban said. “I’m going to have one final fine before he leaves.”
The 55 year-old owner made the comments in a lighthearted manner before Dallas went to meet the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and suffered a disappointing 129-127 loss which made Cuban walk onto the floor after the final buzzer at Staples Center and chastise the referees who worked the game.
As owner of the Mavericks, Cuban has been assessed 19 league fines that were made public, 13 of which were triggered by either criticizing referees or interacting with them in ways the NBA deemed inappropriate.
The Pennsylvania native has paid in excess of $1.8 million in fines during his 14 years of Dallas ownership.
According to YouWager experts, the most expensive of those fines was the infamous $500,000 that Cuban had to pay due to the January 2002 statement that he wouldn’t hire then-NBA head of officiating Ed Rush to manage a Dairy Queen.
The most recent fine was of $50,000 and took place a year ago after Cuban responded to a home defeat versus the New Orleans Pelicans by tweeting: “Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help.”