The Cavaliers lost to the Bobcats 94-87 last night and the game was awful for an assortment of reasons. I hope they learn from it tonight when they tip off against the Mavericks at the Q. But I also hope the Cavaliers aren't the only people in learning mode tonight. Here's hoping that Mark Cuban can learn a lesson in coolness, class, and controlled rage from his Cavalier counterpart, Dan Gilbert.
Cuban has the habit of making his ire for officials known by screaming at them all game long - while rocking a Dirk Nowitzki football Mavericks jersey, from as close to the court as the NBA will allow him to be - but Dan Gilbert takes another approach. When Gilbert feels the need to take a swipe at the officials, he just hops on the television broadcast, and rips the them both in general, and in the game he's watching specifically, for as long as he wants to. All the while joking about the possible fines that may emerge from his commentary.
Case in point, when Dan Gilbert joined the telecast of the Cavaliers-Pistons game on Wednesday, he offered up gems like this:
"Anybody who says that LeBron James is getting superstar calls in this league, strong no. That's an absurdity, its the exact and total opposite, and everybody knows it in Cleveland."
And also calculated an in-game tally at one point of fines he had probably racked up by then; estimating the damage to be at about 250K.
Below is a full transcript of Gilbert's commentary on the officials: