David Stern is set to officially hang it up on February 1, which meant there was one more order of business to take care of before he bounces for good: Penalizing Mavs owner Mark Cuban one last time. Per ESPN Dallas:
The NBA office granted Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s wish, fining him one more time before commissioner David Stern’s Feb. 1 retirement.
Stern announced Saturday that Cuban has been fined $100,000 for confronting officials on the court and directing inappropriate language toward them at the conclusion of the Mavs’ 129-127 loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cuban took to Twitter in response to the fine:
I couldnt let the commish go without a proper farewell. Its been a fun 14 years of trying to create change and donating to the donut fund !
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 19, 2014
He added in another tweet that he would donate an equal amount to a charity.
Cuban’s latest outburst occurred after the Mavs blew a 17-point lead and Clippers guard Jamal Crawford scored the go-ahead points on free throws after a controversial foul call against Dallas forward Shawn Marion.