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
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