John Walters of NBC Sports reminds us this morning that in 2001, Mark Cuban said of NBA referee Ed Rush, who's also the league's Director of Officiating: "His interest is not in the integrity of the game or improving the officiating. The No. 1 priority of Ed Rush is maintaining power. There's no question in my mind that David Stern is not the most powerful man in the game. It's Ed Rush." It was a sentiment for which Cuban was filed half a million.
But in the wake of what could turn out to be the biggest scandal in the league's history, the Dallas Mavericks' owner is considerably more contemplative: "As bad as the allegations facing the NBA today are, its also an opportunity to face every allegation that has ever been directed towards the NBA and its officials and pre-empt them from ever occurring in the future. Calamity can be a catalyst for significant change." Incidentally, how long do you think this stays up? Methinks the doc's just a little less proud of that eye-surgery endorsement this morning. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.