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Dennis Rodman ripped Mark Cuban for being too hands-on during brief Mavs stint

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Dennis Rodman apparently did not care much for Mark Cuban’s style of ownership during his very short time with the Dallas Mavericks.

On Sunday, Marc Stein of The New York Times revealed that Rodman, who was the subject of Episode 3 of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary, once ripped Cuban. Rodman felt Cuban was being too close to the team “like Jerry Jones.”

Stein called that incident, which also saw Rodman criticize virtually everyone on the Mavs roster, the “last straw” that led to The Worm being waived after just 12 games with Dallas.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rodman signed with the Mavs in 2000 in what would end up being his final stint in the NBA. He averaged a healthy 14.3 rebounds per game with the team, but Dallas went just 4-9 with him around, as Rodman was an actively negative presence with technical fouls, ejections, and other out-of-control antics.

As for Cuban, who purchased the Mavs at the start of 2000 and had yet to be fully ratified as the new owner at the time, his hands-on approach to running the team has since become his trademark over the ensuing two decades. Cuban has had toxic relationships with other past Mavs too, seemingly because of that style, and Rodman was no exception.

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