Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle of Dallas Mavericks double fined by NBA, combined worth $110,000

By on Feb 4, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle have both been fined by the NBA, with a combined worth of $110,000, after they lost to Oklahoma City Thunder (95-86) last Wednesday.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and
team owner Mark Cuban (right) in 2008

Image Credit: Vernon Bryant/

As noted at on Friday, February 3, 2012, NBA Basketball Operations Executive Vice President Stu Jackson announced the fine to Cuban and Carlisle, of $75,000 and $35,000, respectively.

According to the report, Mark Cuban was fined for criticizing some NBA officials after the Mavericks-Thunder match, while Rick Carlisle was fined for intentionally kicking a ball during the final quarter of the game.

Apparently, Carlisle kicked the ball as it rolled toward the Mavericks bench, hitting a young boy seated a few rows back in the floor, with 9:34 remaining in the fourth quarter; and was ejected from the game. Before he left the floor, he went to the boy and apologized to him.

“The incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that can’t happen.” Carlisle was quoted in a press conference after the game, apologizing to Mr. Cuban and the fans for his negative behavior, after he was frustrated over a non-call on an earlier play that led to a fast break by the Thunder.

On the other hand, Mark Cuban reportedly criticized the the referees for allegedly missing the calls not only during that game at American Airlines Center but throughout the entire first month of the season.

“Look, I haven’t said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven’t seen it this bad in a long, long time. Guys miss calls; that’s part of the game.” Cuban was quoted telling to after the game.

“But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens.” Cuban added, who did not receive suspension from the NBA.

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