Every time the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks play each other, Mark Cuban has bad memories. He doesn't think of the 2011 NBA Finals, he thinks of the 2006 NBA Finals. The one where Dwyane Wade dominated and led his team to the championship.
But that's not how Mark remembers it.
"I think about Jack Nees. I think about Bennett Salvatore," Cuban said, naming a couple of retired referees. "I think about 937 free throws." Added Cuban: "It's the only Finals where you had other players asking if it's fixed. But you know I don't hold 10-year grudges." -- Source: ESPN.com
He went on to say this: "I don't think there's any question that it will go down as the worst officiated Finals in the history of the game. I think the league would even agree with that. Maybe I'll stop talking about it on the 10-year anniversary."
Wade averaged 34.7 PPG on his way to the Finals MVP. He went 75-97 from the free throw line in six games, a record and averaged 16 FTA per game.
Cuban also added that him and Wade have never spoken. It will be ten years since this took place this summer. It's time for Mark to move on. Wade was dominate that series, and was an emerging superstar. The Mavericks had plenty of chances to alter that series that weren't about Wade at the free throw line. They blew a double digit lead in the 4th quarter of Game 3 that could have sent them up 3-0. They had a chance to win a game at the buzzer in Miami, but didn't. And they had the home floor for the final two games but couldn't win the first.
Dallas, memorably, planned their victory parade after winning Game 2. They lost. And now, he's making me wonder if ten years from now Donald Trump is going to be talking about how the Iowa caucus was fixed.
Move on boys.