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March 1, 2014 Updates

Either way, Cuban said, the current system is too flawed and not in the best interest of 19-year-olds who attempt to jump to the NBA. "Because the NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there's absolutely no reason for a kid to go (to college for one year)," Cuban said. "Because he's not going to class, right? He's actually not able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he's there, he starts playing basketball. "So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League. And hopefully at some point we'll have some kind of a secondary draft like baseball, where you can draft a kid starting in the third round and let him play in the D-League." Dallas Morning News

Cuban emphasized several times that these are his opinions, not that of the NBA's leadership, though Cuban is hardly alone in believing the one-and-done rule doesn't work. "I don't think a lot of (college) coaches like one-and-done," he said. I think it helps enable all the bastardized AAU scenarios. It helps create graft (corruption) with agents. I just think there's absolutely no upside to one-and-done." Dallas Morning News

Cuban said that he, for one, would be willing to guarantee those college tuition costs. "I'd rather have the scenario where I work out something with the University of North Texas or the University of Texas at Dallas or SMU or whatever," he said. "And it's just like you're majoring in piano. You're able to focus on it. We work with you and help you graduate. You're able to practice five on five in the summer. You're able to make phone calls. You're able to have a stipend _ or you're paid, actually. "You can get rid of all the hypocrisy, improve the education. Because I think when the whole plan is just go to college for one year, maybe _ or just the first semester _ that's not a student-athlete. That's ridiculous." Dallas Morning News

"I actually (told the AD), 'For your conference of top 10 teams, I would put up $500 million for you to withdraw from the NCAA and create a new conference, a new setup without the same hypocrisy geared toward student athletes.' " Cuban said the athletic director laughed. "But I was serious," Cuban said. Is that offer still on the table? "I don't know," Cuban said. "I'd have to see. It was a little while ago, but I'd consider it, for sure. But they'd have to completely withdraw and still have it represent the school." Dallas Morning News

Jae Crowder and rookie first-round pick Shane Larkin of the Dallas Mavericks will play at least one more game for the team's NBA Development League affiliate. Crowder and Larkin were reassigned to the Texas Legends for a game Saturday night against the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. Both played Thursday night in the D-League, with Crowder recording a triple-double. Crowder has started eight games for the Mavericks this season but played sparingly or not at all in the past four outings. USA Today Sports

In November, Cuban revealed that when it became obvious that Howard was going to sign with Houston, Morey sent Cuban a text, asking if Dirk Nowitzki was available in a trade. At the time, Cuban viewed it as taunting. “It was like 'na-na-na-na-na.' I don’t know if there were two nas in there or three. But they were in there," Cuban said in November. "I said, are you serious?” But on Friday during the MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Morey told attendees the reason he contacted the Mavericks was out of momentary “panic” that Howard would bypass the Rockets. Dallas Morning News

His net worth is in excess of two billion dollars. He owns a basketball team, is on television every week and only wears a suit if it's a "damned good reason." Well, apparently joining "Piers Morgan Live" for an hour-long interview isn't enough incentive for Mark Cuban to wear a suit and tie. But just because the Dallas Mavericks owner wasn't able to channel his inner Justin Timberlake, that doesn't mean he wasn't rather colorful during his visit with Piers Morgan. "I remember the second it happened because, I was working at home in the morning, and watching the stock, because we were getting close," he explains, recalling the day he became a 10-figure man. "And I was literally naked in front of my computer when it crossed the line, and I was a billionaire." CNN

February 28, 2014 Updates
February 27, 2014 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Jae Crowder, Shane Larkin and Bernard James to the NBA Development League for a likely one-game stay and have recalled Ricky Ledo. All three regulars on the Dallas roster were set to be available for a home game Thursday night for the team's D-League affiliate in suburban Frisco. The Mavericks play at home Friday night against Chicago. USA Today Sports

February 26, 2014 Updates

Vince Carter was a little surprised when New York's J.R. Smith tugged at Carter's headband and pulled it over his ear. Surprised, but not upset about it. Carter said Wednesday that he thought Smith's action in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 110-108 victory over the Knicks on Monday was all in good fun. "It didn't bother me," Carter said after the Mavericks' shootaround. "I hear everybody making a big deal about it, but he didn't pull it over my eyes where I couldn't see or play the game, so it wasn't a big deal. But I know because it's him, it's an issue. He didn't want me to make any more shots. It was just funny to me." Dallas Morning News

Carter said he considers Smith a good friend and realizes that, because of Smith's past, that's why the headband issue has been such a hot topic. "I didn't argue with the refs or anything like that," he said. "It wasn't a big deal to me." Dallas Morning News

The NBA really has changed quite dramatically under Adam Silver. We know this because Mark Cuban is now gushing over decisions made by the commissioner’s office. It happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden, when Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner, was asked a general question about Silver, who took the commissioner’s reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. “I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.” Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000. Bleacher Report

February 25, 2014 Updates

Guarded tightly by Carmelo Anthony, Nowitzki lofted a desperation turnaround jumper that bounced off the glass, twice hit the rim, before bouncing high in the air and through the basket at the buzzer. Mavericks 110, Knicks 108. “Dirk hit a hell of a shot,” Woodson said. “What can you say?” Carlisle said: “It was only fitting; the two best players out there were man-on-man.” New York Post

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