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Mark Cuban upset with Jason Kidd for picking Knicks over Mavs

Mark Cuban is really upset with Jason Kidd over the point guard’s decision to back out of a deal with Dallas in favor of signing with the Knicks.

“I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed,” Cuban said on “The Ben & Skin Show,” according to ESPN Dallas. “J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters.

“It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”

Kidd shocked most people when he decided to sign with the Knicks over the Mavs. His choice was part of what seemed like a disappointing offseason for the Mavs. They freed cap space after winning the title in 2011 with the hope of signing Deron Williams and Dwight Howard this summer. Of course, Howard waived his right to become a free agent, and Williams chose to remain with the Nets. Then out of nowhere, Kidd left for the Knicks.

Even though he’s upset, Cuban says he’s actually happy that Deron Williams chose the Nets.

“But in hindsight, I don’t know if I would have been happy. I think we’re in better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him,” said Cuban.

The Mavs filled the voids with a trade for Darren Collison, and by signing Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, and O.J. Mayo. Their underrated moves have paid off in the past, so maybe we’ll see the same thing again. And if Dwight Howard doesn’t like the way his season goes with the Lakers, he could always sign with the Mavs next year.

Since Cuban isn’t planning to retire Kidd’s number, maybe he can give the honor to another former Dallas player instead.

H/T Black Sports Online

Mark Cuban, Bill Simmons in Twitter argument over Mavs’ personnel moves

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ESPN writer Bill Simmons aka “The Sports Guy” spent part of Sunday and Monday arguing on Twitter. It all started with a comment from Simmons on Friday that jeered the Mavericks for picking up Elton Brand off waivers after he was amnestied by the 76ers, and for signing free agent Chris Kaman. Brand and Kaman were teammates on the Clippers for five seasons and Simmons made a crack about Dallas signing both players.

Sorry, Mark, but we have to award this round to Simmons, even if Dan Gilbert is backing you up. The Mavs took a big gamble by breaking up their championship team with an eye toward signing Dwight Howard and Deron Williams this summer. They could still land Howard, but they missed out on Williams. And I agree with Simmons about their decision to acquire and then let Tyson Chandler go.

Cuban took a shot with Dallas and missed. He needs to recognize that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go into full rebuilding mode in a few years. After all, we know his thoughts on running a mediocre team.

Skip Bayless called out by Mark Cuban on ‘First Take’ (Video)

I’ve said many times before that I don’t waste my time watching “First Take.” I never have, and I never will. I have no interest in being agitated by someone whose job is to say the most outrageous things possible in order to upset his audience and get a reaction, especially when everything he says is horse manure.

But I realize many of you love to hate him, so with that in mind, you’ll enjoy the above video of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban destroying Skip Bayless on “First Take” Friday morning, the day after the Heat won the NBA title.

Even though Cuban accuses Skip Bayless of speaking in generalities and terms that can’t be proven (and he’s right about that), Cuban himself speaks in generalities when he accuses all sports writers of doing the same thing. But Mark did bring some excellent points to the table that silenced Bayless.

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Mark Cuban got Bon Jovi to play at private party at his house?

We already knew that Mark Cuban doesn’t mind spending money or living lavishly, so is it possible that he booked Bon Jovi to play at a party at his mansion? Delonte West says that’s the case.

The Mavericks guard tweeted on Friday about going to his owner’s house for a private party, and he was clearly impressed:

But that’s not even the half of it. According to West’s next tweets, popular ’80s rock band Bon Jovi came out to play in the backyard:

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Mark Cuban rips Olympics again, says he hopes Team USA is in shambles

At this rate, Mark Cuban fans had better hope he can make it through the London Olympics without having a heart attack. To say that Cuban despises the Olympics would be an understatement. The Mavericks owner simply cannot say enough bad things about the Olympic format and the fact that paid NBA players represent their countries and risk injury for free.

With Andrew Bynum not interested in playing for Team USA, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and Derrick Rose all battling injuries, and other players talking about how they believe Olympic athletes should be paid, the attitude surrounding the Summer Games is not all that positive at the moment. This makes Cuban very, very happy.

“I hope (the team is in trouble),” Cuban told FoxSports.com. “Maybe that’ll be my next business. F*** up the Olympics.”

From there, the Mavericks owner returned to the same old rant we have heard from him about Olympic competition multiple times in the past.

“It’s the biggest mistake the NBA makes,’’ he said. “If you look up stupid in the dictionary, you see a picture of the USA Dream Team playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make millions of dollars. If you come up with something that you own, that you give it to me for free so I can make billions of dollars, I want it.

“And it has nothing to do with patriotism. It’s all about money. You don’t see the Olympic Committee saying, ‘Oh we made so much money. Let’s give it to people.”’

When asked if the Dream Team turned basketball into a global sport, Cuban responded by saying 7-footers like Dirk Nowitzki weren’t going to play tennis if not for the Dream Team. He also said he believes the team should be 22-year-olds and under, and that perhaps even high schoolers should play to gain experience. Team USA would get destroyed, but in Cuban’s mind at least the business assets of NBA teams would be protected. As much as I love the Olympics, you’d be lying if you said you don’t see Cuban’s point as an owner.

Mark Cuban cautions Mikhail Prokhorov about potential fight, references WWE past

Mark Cuban has one response to Mikhail Prokhorov’s promise to “crush” the Mavs owner in a kickboxing fight: not so fast my friend.

The Nets owner said he would fight Cuban over free agent-to-be Deron Williams, who is likely to express interest in Dallas, but Cuban cautions Prokhorov.

“He obviously didn’t see me be the first in WWE history to put Sheamus on the mat,” Cuban told Tim McMahon. “He knows not what he gets himself into.”

Cuban was referencing the guest host appearance he made on “Monday Night Raw” in 2009 when he was thrown out of the ring by Sheamus.

Cuban can talk a good game, and I’m sure he would go dark side in a fight, but I’ll still take my chances with the Russian.

Mikhail Prokhorov says he’ll crush Mark Cuban in kickboxing over Deron Williams

Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to the media Tuesday at the construction site of the Barclays Center which will be the Nets’ new home in Brooklyn. Prokhorov has been somewhat of a mystery man since buying the team two years ago. Although he was initially vocal and present for some Nets games, he was consumed with running for presidency in Russia and became an absent figure. Luckily for us, he reignited his rivalry with Mark Cuban.

Asked about Mark Cuban’s Mavericks pursuing Nets point guard Deron Williams in free agency after the season, Prokhorov gave a classic response.

“Let the best man win. If he wins, I will crush him in kickboxing throwdown.”

I know Mark Cuban has a rugby background, and I don’t doubt his ability to fight dirty, but I’ll take the 6’8″ Russian in a clash. Can you just imagine if team conflicts were solved by opposing owners fighting in kickboxing throwdowns? It would be fantastic.

Between Cuban’s past comments about the Russian, and Prokhorov’s shot in return, there is no doubt this would be a heated affair.

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