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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Articles tagged: Mark Cuban

Warriors teammates defend Draymond Green after Mark Cuban criticism

Draymond Green

Draymond Green’s teammates came to his defense after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he “owes the NBA an apology” for suggesting that the word “owner” should be phased out of sports.

Green suggested “chairman” as an alternative term, stating that the word “owner” set a negative precedent. Green avoided questions on the subject of Cuban’s response, but Golden State forward Andre Iguodala did respond.

“I understand both sides,” Iguodala, also the vice president of the NBPA, via ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “I think Mark Cuban has the right to defend himself because he has a majority stake in an NBA team. But he’s done a great job of carrying that position with integrity, with respect, with equality to everyone who’s involved with his organization. So, I understand because he’s removed himself so far from the other incident that owners have gotten themselves in trouble with references to American historical events. So, I understand that he has to defend himself, but at the same time, he’s not able to understand what it’s like to be an African-American and certain terms being thrown around and how we feel about them.

“It’s the same as if we said a derogatory statement toward somebody who represents the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community. You have to be very careful with that, and any time you say something about that, you can get into real trouble. But, when it comes to us, [people] just want to say it’s about race. You understand? There’s an interesting two sides that goes with that. On one side, you’ve got to be very sensitive because they feel like they should be treated equally, but on the other side, we feel the same way, and it’s not treated the same way. I understand both sides, but I do think Mark has done a great job at running his organization and making sure everyone, no matter your color, your gender, whatever it may be that’s going on in our crazy world, that everybody is respected.”

Forward David West also backed Green.

“Cuban, I guess he’s a little sensitive about that comment,” West said. “I don’t think it’s nothing wrong with the idea that people [should] make it clear that you don’t own the player, you don’t own the individual people. You own the enterprise.”

The Warriors as a whole have been quite outspoken about the current political climate. It’s no surprise they’d have some good thoughts to share here.

Mark Cuban tried to pitch NBA on getting rid of draft

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban apparently tried to go full Shark Tank on the league.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN on Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks owner attempted to pitch other members of the NBA’s board of governors on abolishing the draft and moving towards a system where each team would get a pool of money to sign rookies based on record.

“The team with the worst record gets the most money and the team with the best record gets the least money,” said Cuban. “It’s like a free agency. It makes it a lot harder to tank because you don’t know if you get the best players if you’re horrible all the time. Nobody liked that at all, not a single person.

Cuban, who was the only owner to abstain from the recent NBA lottery reform measure, also had another idea to lock the team with the worst record into a given draft slot (either third or fourth). It similarly failed to gain traction.

The billionaire owner is never short of revolutionary ideas, and he might actually have the support of one NBA head coach. Nevertheless, doing away with the draft entirely is probably a bit too radical of an idea to be realistic.

Mark Cuban beefs with CJ McCollum on Twitter over viral video

Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum are cooking up some juicy Western Conference drama, it seems.

On Monday, McCollum tweeted the latest installment of his viral video series “Law and Order: CJ’s Victims Unit,” which features clips of him victimizing a certain player or team for the week. This time around, it was the Mavs’ turn.

The video wound up getting the attention of Cuban, who called out McCollum for conveniently spotlighting the two meetings between the teams last season that the Blazers won rather than the two meetings that the Mavs won.

Cuban is known to be rather hostile when it comes to Dallas’ opponents, but perhaps he should lighten up a bit here and let sleeping tweets lie.

Cuban, Van Gundy believe Kaepernick’s activism would be embraced in NBA

Colin Kaepernick is still without a job in the NFL. Despite the league’s widespread need for serviceable quarterbacks, not one team has taken a flyer on the 29-year-old former 49er.

At this point, it’d be hard to argue that his unemployment is completely unrelated to his protests of the National Anthem earlier this year. Even Doug Baldwin now believes that’s why Kaepernick is unsigned. But would Kaepernick be treated differently if he played in another league?

The NBA is known as a progressive sport entity. How would things be going right now if Kaepernick were a basketball player and he had taken his knee before an NBA game?

The Washington Post sought to answer that question and asked a couple of the more outspoken NBA figures.

“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Post. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights. The NBA is such a global game, I think our players exposure to different political systems among their teammates may help them appreciate our country even more and encourage their participation.”

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy praised league commissioner Adam Silver.

“Commissioner Silver embraces all kinds of different ways of thinking,” Van Gundy said. “I think he encourages activism. And because of that, I believe, some of our players in the NBA feel very empowered to speak their mind. That’s healthy that we embrace different thoughts. You can agree with Kaepernick, you can disagree with Kaepernick, but what I don’t think you should believe is that he doesn’t have the right or he should be muzzled in any way.”

Regardless of Kaepernick’s age, statistical record, and availability (at what’s probably a reasonable price), teams continue to look elsewhere for help – like at Jay Cutler.

Mark Cuban admits he made final call to pass on Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013

Mark Cuban

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo might have actually been a Dallas Maverick if not for the meddling of owner Mark Cuban.

In a recent interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Cuban admitted that he made the final call to pass on Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft, overruling some members of the Mavs front office.

“Our guys were like, ‘We should take the Greek Freak,'” said Cuban, per SportsDay. “All we had was two tapes, and someone who would go to see him, but we were trying to get Dwight [Howard] — that was the Dwight year, too. And, OK, we’re trying, we have a plan, we’re gonna stick to it. We thought we had a good shot. Didn’t turn out that way.

“It was me,” Cuban continued. “Donnie [Nelson] was like, ‘OK, I’m putting my you-know-whats on the table.’ He was doing the Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel dance. … It’s all in. And I’m like, ‘Donnie, we have this plan.’ Because even as good as the Greek Freak has turned out to be, he was still three years away, and we wanted to try to get somebody who could help get us to the top right there and then. Didn’t turn out that way, it is what it is, that happens.”

Dallas owned the No. 13 overall pick that year and drafted Kelly Olynyk before trading his rights to the Boston Celtics for No. 16 pick Lucas Nogueira. The Mavs then flipped Nogueira’s rights along with Jared Cunningham and No. 44 pick Mike Muscala to the Atlanta Hawks for No. 18 pick Shane Larkin, who played only one season for them and has been out of the league since 2016.

Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo was selected by the Bucks with the No. 15 pick and has since developed into one of the NBA’s brightest young stars at the age of just 22. The raw talent and physical gifts were always there for The Greek Freak, but in fairness, nobody could have possibly envisioned him getting this good this fast. Still, that won’t be of much solace to Cuban (who has made other interesting draft decisions in recent years) and the Mavs for passing on a legitimate franchise player and having essentially nothing to show for it.

Adam Silver critical of Mark Cuban for pro-tanking comments

Adam Silver

Mark Cuban is never afraid to voice his opinion, but it was still a little surprising when Cuban blatantly admitted the Mavericks tanked for part of this season.

“Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything we could to lose games,” Cuban said recently.

It’s a sound strategy, of course — look at the 76ers and Lakers and how they got to the prime position they’re in today. But you had to know the NBA would contact Cuban and reprimand him. The league can’t have owners advocating for intentionally losing games.

“Yes, it’s not what you want to hear as commissioner,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at Wednesday’s Board of Governors press conference. “I will say that Mark has a long track record of being provocative, and it was something that we spoke to him directly about. I think he acknowledged it was a poor choice of words. When we looked at what was actually happening on the floor, which is most important to me, there was no indication whatsoever that his players were intentionally losing games. And so we were satisfied with that, and again, and we moved on.”

Another situation that Silver handled adeptly. He didn’t sweep it under the carpet or avoid it; he took action and handled it with maturity.

Dallas waived its starting point guard, Deron Williams, but after watching Williams in the Finals for Cleveland, can you really blame the Mavericks? In retrospect, that doesn’t seem like a complete tank-oriented move.

Dallas went 2-5 after the Mavs, who finished 33-49, were eliminated from postseason contention. They eventually landed the No. 9 pick, which they used to select NC State’s electric guard Dennis Smith.

Mark Cuban has funny response to JJ Barea’s ejection for pushing Blake Griffin

Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is on a roll with his humor lately.

Mavs guard J.J. Barea was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected in the third quarter of the team’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday after pushing Clippers big man Blake Griffin on a screen.

While there was some shoving action on the part of the 6-foot-0 Barea, it was also a fairly egregious flop by the 6-foot-10 Griffin. So when asked about the play on Saturday, Cuban replied with this funny tongue-in-cheek response, according to Isaac Harris of FanSided.

Cuban also joked that Griffin might duck Barea the next time the Clippers and the Mavs meet on April 5, per Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 58-year-old billionaire has been the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to entertaining quotes these last few days, so perhaps there’s some incentive for the rest of us to root for the Mavs, who are currently 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets, to make the playoffs this year.

Video via NBA Reddit

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