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Mark Cuban: Lakers fans come hard with Twitter threats

Mark Cuban has made plenty of anti-Lakers comments over the years, but he wasn’t in the mood to do more Laker bashing prior to Saturday’s Mavericks-Lakers game in Dallas. He says the reaction from Lakers fans on Twitter has scared him straight.

“I’ve said enough about the Lakers,” Cuban said on Saturday, per the Dallas Morning News. “Let’s just say, when you say something bad about the Lakers, you get a ton of Twitter threats, so it’s just not worth it.

“There is more Twitter courage in Southern California than probably any other part of the world. I could say ‘Kobe tied his shoe laces wrong’ and I’d probably get death threats on Twitter.”

Instead of providing fresh quotes for the media, Cuban told writers to copy and paste what he said about the Lakers in October. Back then, the Mavericks owner says he hoped the Lakers would suck. He says he still feels that way.

The Lakers got revenge on the Mavs. After losing to them 99-91 in their season opener, they won 115-89 on Saturday.

I understand where Cuban is coming from. There are some fan bases that get so offended by comments that they will respond by making your life miserable with non-stop Twitter comments. Of course, Cuban just probably gave his haters more fuel to continue their threats now that they know it works.

Mark Cuban, Donald Trump in Twitter beef

Mark Cuban and Donald Trump are using Twitter to go at it like a couple of little rich kids arguing over whose dad has a sweeter car. The ongoing beef seems to stem from Trump offering to donate $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if the President agreed to show the public his college transcripts and US passport records. In response to that, Cuban offered Trump $1 million to shave his head for charity.

As we know from watching this hilarious clip over and over again, Trump doesn’t need to shave his head — he can just take his hair off. In any event, Cuban made the offer and Trump declined.

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Mark Cuban on Lakers: I hope they suck

The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their new-look lineup at the Staples Center on Tuesday night, but the Dallas Mavericks were there to spoil their debut. On paper, most fans, analysts and so-called experts expect the Lakers to run away with the Western Conference once their core of superstars begins to mesh. Mark Cuban, who has been quick to remind people that championships are not won on paper, hopes that won’t be the case.

“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said when asked for his take on the Lakers before Tuesday’s game. “You know, like any other team.”

This is the same guy who hoped his own country sucked in the Olympics, so we’re not surprised. Cuban praised the Lakers talent level but also noted that talent doesn’t mean a thing without chemistry.

“Obviously Nash is great. He’s phenomenal, Dwight’s phenomenal, Kobe … but it takes a team,” he continued. “They’ve got to come together and play as a team. Hopefully, they won’t figure it out tonight.”

They did not. The Lakers got out to a hot start and scored 29 points in the first quarter, but their offense sputtered from there while the Mavericks remained consistent. Does that mean L.A. isn’t as good of a team as we thought it would be? Hardly, but it is important for fans to remember that not all “Super Teams” win a championship in their first season together like the Celtics did in 2007. The concern with the Lakers is obviously age. They may need some time to figure things out, but guys like Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant don’t have a ton of that.

Mark Cuban says Deron Williams’ reason for not signing with the Mavs makes Nets front office look bad

For a while it looked like Deron Williams could sign with the Mavericks this past offseason, but he wound up back with the Nets. Earlier this week, Deron explained that Mark Cuban’s absence from his free agent meeting with Dallas helped him choose to re-sign with Brooklyn. When asked about Williams’ comments, Cuban couldn’t resist responding with a little mind game.

“I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference,’’ Cuban said according to the Dallas Morning News. “I would have expected him to say – like I’d expect one of our guys to say – ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’

“That’s what I expect our guys to say and that’s the way I feel about our team. Again, I’m a big D-Will fan, but it’s not about individual players, it’s about building a team. And I really think we put together a good team for the current team and the future.”

Cuban added that he is “flattered” his presence could have affected Deron’s decision, but he made his point loud and clear. While the Mavs owner is simply defending himself for filming a reality TV show instead of meeting with a superstar who is possibly interested in signing with the team, Cuban makes a good point. Williams should be saying he chose the Nets because that’s where he wanted to be, not because Cuban blew him off.

Deron Williams: Mark Cuban missing free agent meeting helped me choose Nets

Deron Williams said on Monday that Mark Cuban missing their free agent meeting helped him choose the Nets over the Mavericks.

Williams was the top point guard on the market and considered the top free agent available over the summer. He was said to be considering signing with the Mavericks or remaining with the Nets. He ultimately chose to stay with the Nets, and he says now that Cuban missing their meeting and sending Mavericks representatives instead affected his choice.

“I think (Cuban) would have been able to answer a lot of the questions me and my agent have for him that really didn’t get answered that day pertaining to the future,” Williams said according to the New York Daily News. “And I think if he was there he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. It maybe would have helped me.

“(I wanted to hear about) the direction of the future of the team, other than Dirk — players they were thinking about. Everything was basically just about their track record, trust their track record, which is, you know, I can honor that, because they do have a good track record, but it’s not enough for me, especially when (Nets GM) Billy (King) was updating me daily.”

Williams also compared the situation to when he was coming out of high school and considering his college options. He says he dropped Maryland as one of his finalists because coach Gary Williams was not going to be there for his visit.

Cuban was filming the TV show “Shark Tank” in Los Angeles at the time and couldn’t make the meeting.

“Obviously, I had a conflict, but I was texting him. I was texting him. We were going back and forth quite a bit,” he said at the time.

Could Cuban have made a difference had he attended the meeting?

“Maybe,” he responded. “You know, because I always think I can close the sale.”

Cuban has indicated since then that he’s happy with the team despite failing to sign Williams and trade for Dwight Howard. The Nets have built up their roster around Williams. Maybe things worked out well for all parties.

Mark Cuban dances ‘Gangnam Style’ at Bloomington bar (Video)

Is there a billionaire in the world who enjoys having fun more than Mark Cuban? The Dallas Mavericks owner may be 54 years old, but he still loves to party.

According to Shot of Ginn, the video you see above of Cuban dancing to the hit pop song “Gangnam Style” was taken at Kilroy’s in Bloomington, Indiana, nearby the campus of Indiana University — Cuban’s alma mater.

Cuban, who has made a habit of partying at bars in Bloomington over the years, is seen holding a bottle of beer and grooving to the tunes before breaking out the popular horse dance that defines “Gangnam Style.”

Legendary Mark Cuban partying stories
Cuban spends $110,000 celebrating Mavericks’ title
Cuban hired Bon Jovi to play at private party
Cuban saves St. Patrick’s Day parade with $40,000 donation

Via Deadspin

Mark Cuban says he thought the Mavericks had traded for Kobe Bryant in 2007

When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers front office had a rift back in 2007, it may have been more serious than some of us thought. Most Lakers fans never felt as though Kobe was going anywhere, and for the most part I felt the same way. However, Mark Cuban insisted the spat was real during an interview with “The Ben and Skin Show” and that Bryant was extremely close to becoming a Maverick.

“When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,” Cuban explained according to the Dallas Morning News. “Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and (Lakers GM) Mitch Kupchak changed (Kobe’s) mind and brought him back.”

If you find that tough to buy, you will likely find it even more difficult to believe after hearing that Cuban says the deal would have kept Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas as well.

Now that the Mavs have won an NBA title, Cuban can tell this story without infuriating the fans. They may still wonder how many championships Kobe and Dirk could have won for Dallas over the last five seasons, but at least they have that one Larry O’Brien trophy to fall back on when they start picturing Kobe in blue and white.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk