Mark Cuban Reportedly Hired Ex-FBI Agent to Sniff Out Ref Conspiracy After 2006 Finals Loss

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If you'll indulge us for a moment, Dallas we're going to briefly revisit one of the darkest points in our city's history, a time when an unspeakable tragedy plunged millions into a state of bewildered mourning from whence sprang talk of shadowy conspiracies.

We're referring, of course, to the 2006 NBA Finals, when the Dallas Mavericks had the title ripped from their grasp by the pre-Lebron Miami Heat. Up 2-0 and rolling, the Mavs dropped four straight through some combo of subpar play, Dwyane Wade, and terrible officiating.

It still smarts a bit, all these years later, but we're not dredging up the series out of a sense of masochism. Rather, The Oregonian's John Canzano has uncovered a bit of new information:

Retired FBI agent Warren Flagg, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said he consulted with Cuban after that playoff debacle. Flagg now runs his own New York-based investigation and security firm. He looked deep into officiating, as Flagg said, Cuban was considering a lawsuit.

"Cuban asked me what he should do," Flagg said of the 2006 Finals. "I told him, 'Sue and you'll win your case,' but he knew he'd be killing the Golden Goose."

When asked about his discussions with Flagg, Cuban said: "I don't remember."

If Flagg was fibbing, dropping salacious allegations to draw attention to his firm, Cuban would presumably say so. We'll take his non-denial to mean yes, all that happened. Which is great.

Cuban issued an actual denial on Tuesday afternoon:

The Oregonian piece doesn't detail the precise nature of the alleged skulduggery, but it presumably involved refs sitting in a back room and plotting to give Wade as many free throw attempts as possible. He went to the line 97 times during the six-game series, including 25 trips in the Heat's pivotal 101-100 Game 5 win.

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dingo
dingo

Basketball is a great participatory sport. 

As a spectator sport, I am always put off by the nagging realization that the NBA is filled with the best extremely tall athletic types instead of the tremendously larger pool of the best overall athletes.


NBA average height = 6 foot 6 inches =  198 cm

Height distributions, US population:

http://saravanan.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/heights1.gif



Oxtail
Oxtail

Can't blame Cuban if he did:  "Tim Donaghy (/ˈdɒnəɡi/;[2] born January 7, 1967)[3] is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons, from 1994 to 2007.[4] During his career in the NBA, Donaghy officiated in 772 regular season games and 20 playoff games.[4] Donaghy resigned from the league on July 9, 2007[5] before reports of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegations that he bet on games that he officiated during his last two seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in those games.[6] On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation. However, he could face more charges at the state level if it is determined that he deliberately miscalled individual games. Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on July 29, 2008.[7] He served 11 months in a federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida to spend the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house,[8][9] but was sent back to prison in August for violating his release terms. He was released on November 4, 2009 after serving out his sentence."

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

Cuban likely came to the same realization that many of us fans who were there came to, the 2006 championship games weren't "rigged" and there was no conspiracy by the Association or the refs.

There was simply one team who had a coach who knew what to do to win the title and a team with a coach who didn't.

Unfortunately for Dallas, we had the coach who didn't.

But in the 2011 rematch, Dallas had the coaching advantage. revenge is sweet.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

Cuban was constantly sticking his thumb in Stern's eye prior to the 2006 finals, getting fined, stating that he did not care and matching the fines with contributions to charity.  Stern was never going to reward that behavior with a title.  Cuban's behavior gradually improved (from Stern's perspective) over the coming years and Dirk got his title. 

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

At some point, Mr. Cuban will grow up and realize that fighting "The Man" is stupid and juvenile when you are "The Man".  Who was he going to sue - himself?  Until then he will live out his fantasy of being a cool guy that hangs out with the team because he is so cool.  You are rich sir.  Deal with it.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Nba = No Basketball Allowed. It's essentially a quintuple tag team bout an there just happens to be a ball involved.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Foul calling in nba is particularly foul. Just as bad for non calling... as it was put one eve about non calls on Jordan, "he's got more rushing yardage than Emmitt Smith. "

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

There is no doubt in my mind that the 2006 finals were rigged. But 2011 brought me closure. Dirk got his ring and the Mavs got revenge.

lftay
lftay

I don't pay much attention to the NBA after the shenanigans that went on in 2006. That was eclipsed only by the 2002 Lakers/Kings series which was in many ways even more egregious.  And this year in the playoffs, the Pacers are unlikely to beat the Heat, as losing the Heat in the Finals would be a ratings disaster.  Instead, I prefer watching sports that are not so contrived, like pro wrestling.  And unlike other sports where the refs strive to remain anonymous, NBA refs seem to relish having an impact on the game.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3436401

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Karl Rove purportedly hired a team to sniff out a conspiracy that Hillary Clinton has going with outer space aliens to turn loose a computer virus on humans. 

JFPO
JFPO

Yes, revenge is sweet but I can't help but think the NBA swept the Donaghy thing under the rug too cleanly and swiftly. I don't think there was a league orchestrated conspiracy, but I don't think Donaghy was the only crooked ref, either.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter  and what's even better, they beat the Heat, WITH Lebron James

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  The funny thing is it is nearly impossible to tell when Myrna is trying to be funny and when she is just being batshit crazy.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@JFPO

"crooked"? no, I do not believe there are multiple Donaghy's.

do refs favor players? absolutely. are they consciously determining the winner and the loser? not in my opinion.

nrojb
nrojb

@ScottsMerkin @P1Gunter  Why didn't the same forces that "fixed" the 2006 finals "fix" the 2011? 

nrojb
nrojb

@P1Gunter  The federal court system sent him to prison, and that really is irrelevant. No one was making comparisons to other leagues. 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

As far as I know, the NBA is the only major league to have an official sent to prison for rigging games.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@nrojb I don't think there is a conspiracy in the NBA, I just think the officiating is turrible, and they make it real easy to look like a conspiracy though

nrojb
nrojb

@ScottsMerkin @nrojb  You're right. "They" paid manu and kawhi leonard to miss those free throws, and willed the perfect rebound and shot for ray allen. It's obvious when you say it like that.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@nrojb  The fix was in the other way.  the league had to make it right, knowing that Cuban had all the info from the FBI guy!  How else was Lebron gonna lose a finals.  Notice a trend since then?!?!?!?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@tdkisok @ScottsMerkin  nah, I just think running an almost 70 year old woman for the democratic nomination is a terrible idea.  How does she appeal to the young and middle aged voter, what does she have in common with them.  What vision and change does she bring that isnt already on the table, and has been since her husband was President.  The world has changed a ton in 25 years since then

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