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Mark Cuban to Dirk Nowitzki: I’m not trading you, you’re going through this s*** with me

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a rough 15-23 start to the season, and at the moment they look like a team that could be destined for the playoff bubble. Two years removed from an NBA championship, Dallas has lost some key players like Jason Kidd and Jason Terry and is dealing with an aging and oft-injured Dirk Nowitzki.

Some feel that the logical thing for Mark Cuban to do would be to start rebuilding, and Dirk would be a valuable trade piece should he decide to go that route. While Cuban acknowledged that there’s close to a “one hundred percent chance” he will make a move before the trade deadline, he said there is no way he’s trading Nowitzki.

“No one’s panicking,” Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re going to be opportunistic through the trade deadline. We’re not going to trade Dirk. I told Dirk we’re not going to trade Dirk. I told Dirk if I’m going through this [expletive], you’re going through it with me. He actually appreciated it.”

Generally speaking, comments like the ones Cuban made about Dirk would mean nothing. Owners say stuff like that all the time to squash trade rumors and wind up dealing their stars anyway, but I doubt that will be the case in Dallas. Cuban and Nowitzki have always had a genuinely close relationship, and I’d be shocked if Cuban wasn’t open and honest about Dirk’s future with the team. Not to mention, he still thinks his team can contend with him.

“I’m as confident as I can be,” Cuban said. “We didn’t go into this just to be middling. If you look at every team that’s any good now, pick a team. Other than the Spurs, every single one of them had to take a huge step backward.”

With 44 games remaining, there’s no reason to believe the Mavericks can’t turn things around and charge into the postseason. And once the playoffs begin, anything can happen.

Mark Cuban live-tweets while passing kidney stone

Mark-CubanPassing a kidney stone is said to be one of the most painful processes a person can experience, including child birth. Don’t believe me? Just ask Cosmo Kramer about it. So when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a kidney stone this week, he was understandably looking for any possible distraction. That included live-tweeting while attempting to pass the stone.

Cuban first mentioned the stone on Wednesday morning.

Cuban went on to retweet a few music-related items before resuming to tweet about his kidney stone about 12 hours later.

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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.