DALLAS (AP) — Phil Jackson and Mark Cuban just can’t help themselves.

Either the Los Angeles Lakers coach or the Dallas Mavericks owner seemingly always has a jab for the other one, especially when their teams play.

Before the Lakers played Saturday night in Dallas, Jackson said while Cuban has toned down over the years, he believes the outspoken owner’s criticism of referees might then have cost the Mavericks the 2006 NBA finals against the Miami Heat.

Cuban, who earlier this year referred to Jackson as “Jeanie Buss’ boy toy,” says his opinion hasn’t changed but that he’s not going into what happened almost five years ago. Cuban says he’s already been fined for that.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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