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Cuban called in to my radio show (Line 2) and said he, too, wanted to clear up the context of any possible conversation he had with Flagg, "I don't recall calling the guy. But when the whole (Tim) Donaghy thing was going on I talked to a lot of people so I don't think it's inconceivable that I could have talked to him." The Mavericks owner said of the 2006 NBA Finals (Dallas-Miami) officiating, "There's a reason why I got fined. It was horrible. It was beyond horrible." Oregonian

"Adam Silver's been very very open to. I don't want to speak for David (Stern) but my attitude and my battle with David when David was commissioner was that he didn't care who won. He knew one team had to win, and one team had to lose, and officiating may or may not impact who won, but for him, because he didn't care who won, the officiating was way down the list. "What Adam recognizes is that it affects our brand. It impacts TV viewership, it impacts merchandise sales, and as a result, it's something we should deal with." Oregonian

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has taken to Twitter to set the record straight, saying he "never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006." Finals. On Friday, Oregonian columnist John Canzano reported Cuban consulted with a retired FBI agent and considered a lawsuit following controversial calls made during the 2006 NBA Finals. Canzano spoke with 20-year-FBI veteran Warren Flagg for his series about NBA officiating, and Flagg brought up the talks he had with the outspoken owner. Dallas Morning News

We’ve heard rumblings and reports that the NBA would implement a centralized video replay center as early as next season, in order to help the officials in the arena more efficiently determine the outcome of reviewable calls in real time. The league has made it somewhat official, according to a survey it sent out to fans asking for opinions on what they should call this video review location. “The NBA is in the process of building a central location to aid officials in the review of video replays during games,” the survey said, which the NBA sent out via its Fan Forum program. “The central location will aid officials in the review of video replays during games in an effort to improve the accuracy and speed by which reviews are conducted.” NBCSports.com

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Former referee Tim Donaghy, who served 15 months in prison for fixing NBA games, says the NBA is pressuring officials to side with the Nets in their series against the Raptors. "(The Raptors) are not only going against the Brooklyn Nets but going against the league office," Donaghy said in a radio interview in Canada. "They have a very talented team and have to be that much better than the Brooklyn Nets." FOXSports.com

Why would the NBA want the Nets to advance? Donaghy says it's all about television ratings. "In this situation, Brooklyn would be put at an advantage. A Brooklyn-Miami matchup (in Round 2) would bring great ratings and that's what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices -- bringing in as many dollars as they can. ... Some of the things that the league does and continues to do puts these teams at a disadvantage -- like the Toronto Raptors -- because moving forward they won't bring in the big dollars for the league. It's terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team but really they're going to have trouble moving on based on talent and what takes place on the floor when they're really going against the refs and the league, along with the Nets." FOXSports.com

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