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Remember the 2006 NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat? Most of you probably recall the basics of the series, like the Heat winning it in six games. But did you realize that during that series, Dwyane Wade took 97 free throws? And that's not a typo, people. This stat bothered Mavs owner Mark Cuban so much so that he sought the assistance of a former FBI agent to look into the NBA's officiating crew.
Here's an excerpt from The Oregonian''s five-part series on NBA officiating:
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.”
Given Cuban's history of feuding with the refs, are you really all that surprised to hear something like this?
[via For The Win]