Mark Cuban Left Rose Garden Early During Portland’s Comeback

There are few owners in sports who love their team more than Mark Cuban, so it’s safe to say losses by the Dallas Mavericks sting him more than the average fan. Apparently Saturday’s Game 4 loss in which the Mavericks blew a 23-point lead and lost to Brandon Roy and the Blazers became unwatchable for Cubes.

The Dallas Morning News reports Cuban left his bench-area seat in the final minute of Game 4 in Portland and went to the Mavericks’ locker room. Brandon Roy had just hit the go-ahead shot to make it 84-82, completing Portland’s comeback. Cuban apparently watched Jason Kidd and Jason Terry missed three pointers from the locker room.

To many people Cuban comes across as a spoiled rich kid who likes to pick fights with rival players and owners. With the amount of passion he has, I’m not surprised he had to essentially “turn the TV off” during the comeback. Like so many other Mavericks fans have said, they’ve seen this movie far too many times in the past. Or maybe Cuban just wanted to avoid being pelted by flying objects.

Mark Cuban Uses Foot Cream on His Face to Look Young

Normally when we bring up Mark Cuban, it’s to talk about how he called a fellow owner a name, made fun of the Miami Heat, or got into it with a player’s mom. Not this time.  Right now it’s all about the 52-year-old’s beauty secrets.  Ben Maller called our attention to the following blurb from the NY Daily News on Sunday morning:

When Mark Cuban taped a guest spot on the upcoming season of ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” panelist Barbara Corcoran asked the billionaire how he stays so young-looking. Cuban said his first girlfriend told him to use foot cream on his face, and he still does. Barbara invited Cuban to the April 5 book party for “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into A Billion Dollar Business,” which she co-wrote with Bruce Littlefield. Maybe he’ll share more beauty secrets if he goes.

I really don’t have anything to add to that. That is all.

Mark Cuban Wants College Football Playoff, But BCS Is Still Good Solution

I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m actually someone who supports the BCS. Sure, my ideal college football postseason would be a four-team playoff between the top four teams based on an average of the polls, but that is unlikely. People always want more and more teams to be involved in the postseason, and my four-team playoff would quickly become 16 teams, and eventually 32 if we’re not careful. Anyway, Mark Cuban made some waves when he said he wants to develop a college football playoff system that will oppose the BCS.

Cuban’s idea is to have a 12 or 16 team playoff where homefield advantage for the higher seeded teams helps keep the regular season relevant. He wants to offer schools money to play in his playoff each year and is willing to mustang up the cash that makes the BCS so enticing for school presidents. I’m against a 12 or 16 team playoff for a number of reasons.

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Mark Cuban Calls Mikhail Prokhorov a P***y

Either Mark Cuban and Mikhail Prokhorov are really good friends — the type of friends that can insult each other’s mommas without hard feelings — or Cuban has no respect for the Nets’ new owner.  Before the Mavericks handled the Nets on Thursday night, Cuban was asked about Prokhorov during his pregame workout in the locker room.  According to the NY Daily News, the Mavs’ owner didn’t speak highly of his Nets’ counterpart.

He’s a p—y,” Cuban quipped Thursday when asked about Prokhorov.

“(Prokhorov) doesn’t come to games,” Cuban said. “Who the hell knows? I think he recognizes that his job is progress more than rings right now. But you never know. If Prokhorov does what I did to try to make deals and get something before the trade deadline then all that changes. But, you know, building a true professional team means having to spend money. We just haven’t seen it.”

Though not surprising when taking into account some of his other antics, that’s some pretty harsh criticism from Cuban.  Prokhorov has vowed to build a championship team out of the Nets, but clearly Cuban’s not buying it.  As for whether or not he’s a (word that usually means someone who’s not tough and has no stones), I don’t know.

P.S. — We apologize for the slight vulgarity here at LBS today.  It’s just one of those days.

Mark Cuban on Miami Heat’s Early Season Struggles: Hallelujah

Unless you live the Miami area or are a Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, or Chris Bosh fan, you’re more than likely rooting for the Miami Heat to fail.  When their superstars are saying things like “it’s all about being on TV,” and the organization thinks it’s a good idea to use individual spotlights in the pregame introductions, pulling for the Heat is no easy task.  Mark Cuban may be a Western Conference guy, but he isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to rooting against the talk of the East.

Deadspin drew our attention an interview ESPN Dallas Radio’s Ben and Skin Show had with Cuban on Monday morning.  The Mavericks owner made no bones about the fact that he wants the Heat to fail, but his assessment of the team’s early season struggles was spot on.

Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what? … How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you’re starting to see some of the problems. Any team with a strong, big guy that can score, they’re getting abused by. Paul Millsap goes out and pulls a Tracy McGrady. What, Tracy McGrady scored 13 and 30 and Paul Millsap scores 11 in 29 seconds or something like that? They just don’t have size to battle. They have the fewest points in the paint of any team and that’s tough.”

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Cuban, Kerr Fined for LeBron Comments

As well all know, the LeBron James sweepstakes are just getting started.  That’s not to say he hasn’t already cost a couple front office figures a few thousand bucks.  The NBA — like all pro sports leagues for the most part — has strict rules drawn up for the proper ways to deal with free agency.  More specifically, teams are prohibited from commenting on free-agents-to-be until July 1st, even if that player’s season has already ended and they have played their last game under their previous contract.

Just over a week after the Cavs were bounced by the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, two team officials have been fined for comments regarding LeBron James’ upcoming free agent status; one of which is an absolute given.  Mark Cuban — who has never been afraid to speak his mind or express his emotions physically – was fined $100,000 by the NBA, which is fairly light considering the maximum penalties can include a fine of $5 million and forfeiture of draft picks.  Here are the comments Mark Cuban made that cost him $100,000, courtesy of ESPN:

Come July 1st, yeah, of course, anybody would be interested in LeBron James. And if he leaves via free agency, then it’s going to be tough. If he does like I’m guessing, hoping he will, which is say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,’ if he decides to leave — there’s still a better chance he stays — then he’ll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance.”

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Wrestler Sheamus Does to Mark Cuban What Many of us Have Wanted to Do

With the Monday Night Football game being low-scoring early on and relatively boring, some sports fans may have found their way to Monday Night Raw. The event took place at American Airlines Center in Dallas and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was a guest host for the evening. Because Cubes loves to be in the middle of things, you knew he had to get a piece of the action. Since I’m not exactly in the WWE loop, I’ll have to defer to their website for the storyline:

WWE Champion John Cena and Sheamus met in the ring with moderator, special guest host Mark Cuban. As the Dallas Mavs owner asked questions, The Celtic Warrior answered with bombast, stating why and how he will defeat The Champ. For his part, Cena demurred, finally asking his opponent whether he believes what he’s saying.

The question riled Sheamus. He appeared ready to leave the ring, but instead he attacked Cuban and took a cheap shot at the WWE Champion. When Cena came to, Sheamus kicked him in the skull to put him down again. That’s when The Celtic Warrior went all psycho on Cuban, slamming the host through a table!

Yes, Cuban got thrown through a table and it was pretty cool. You know David Stern’s going to love this video. Not great quality, but still worth a look at the video of Mark Cuban slammed through a table by Sheamus:

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