Mark Cuban on the NBA’s refereeing: “There’s still a lot of room for improvement but I think transparency makes a huge difference. I think the biggest change that’s going to happen that (NBA commissioner Adam Silver) has really started to push through is in recruiting and training. I remember back after 2006 when I was just going bananas and it really was the only time I was looking at selling the team, sitting down with them and showing them a list at that point and time where all our most recent refs over the past 10 years had worked at prior to coming to the NBA, and they were all from two conferences: the Southern, I think, whichever conference had Belmont. They were two really tiny conferences and it was because the college coach of the then head of officials, Ronnie Nunn, was the head of officiating in those two conferences. So we had this little back scratching arrangement which nobody even knew existed. Didn’t even know existed. Since that time we’ve started to make headway in better recruiting of officials but now we’re really starting to take it seriously.”
Pete Pranica: Also from NBA meetings: the Instant Replay Center exceeded expectations with reducing time of reviews, getting calls correct. Of calls reviewed, the toughest and that take longest are clear-path and out of bounds plays.
The committee, made up of owners, general managers and coaches, also discussed a variety of rules and instant replay procedures, including the so-called Hack-a-Shaq rule. No consensus was reached on those issues, or on possible changes to the free-agent moratorium — a waiting period between free-agent commitments and contract signings. Last week, Clippers free agent DeAndre Jordan committed to sign with Dallas during the moratorium, only to change his mind and re-sign with LA when the signing period began on July 9.