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November 10, 2014 Updates

As far as Wade is concerned, there was a time when Cuban thought the Miami guard was nothing more than a self-promoting prima donna, albeit a very talented one. That's changed, he said. "Not anymore," Cuban said when asked if he dislikes Wade. "At the beginning, I did because I think he thought he was entitled to everything that happened in that (2006) series. But it's been eight years. I mean, I take a little bit of joy in games where he doesn't go to the free throw line. But I like D-Wade now. He's a guy who does a lot of good things off the court and I have to respect that. "But if you'd have asked me eight years ago, it would have been a different answer. There was a time I did a commercial and he was there. He walked out of the room so I wouldn't see him. I walked out a different door so I wouldn't have to talk to him." Dallas Morning News

"I give him credit off the court," he said. "He's gone from flash to being a good representative of the NBA. I respect that. He seems to be more about family and community. He went through some off-the-court hardships, I guess. But yeah, I have a lot of respect for him now. I think he and LeBron helped each other grow up. I don't hold a lot of animosity at all." Dallas Morning News

In an obvious attempt to make sure folks with the Oklahoma City Thunder have to answer questions about the subject, Cuban wondered aloud if the perennial contender would consider junking this season after injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put them on the sidelines for another month. "The question I don't think anybody's asked is why they don't try to pull a David Robinson and try to get Tim Duncan?" Cuban said. He insisted he wasn't suggesting anything inappropriate. He was just curious why the question hasn't been asked. And no, he wouldn't say whether he would consider tanking the season if he were in the Thunder's position. Dallas Morning News

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Would Carlisle consider resting Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler or any of his other 30-something players? “It’s possible,” he said. “We did a strategic rest thing once or twice last year. We did it more frequently when [Jason] Kidd was here and he was 38, 39. We’re keeping an eye on all that. When it’s appropriate, we’ll certainly do it and we’ll certainly consider it.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki considers Stotts a close friend. That doesn’t mean he’s not above giving him a ribbing. “He knows our team well, and he basically stole all our plays,” Nowitzki said. “We were going through the scouting report and I was like, we’re going against our own plays. He took our whole playbook here to Portland. But I get along with him great and I wish him nothing but the best.” Dallas Morning News

Before the question was even asked in its entirety, Dirk Nowitzki was ready to tap the brakes. The subject was Portland star and Seagoville product LaMarcus Aldridge and the possibility that Nowitzki and other Maverick players might want to start their sales pitches to Aldridge as soon as possible. The 6-11 power forward will be one of the NBA’s most attractive free agents in the summer of 2015. “Ease up on that,” he said. Dallas Morning News

OK, admittedly, Game No. 5 is a little early to breaking out the speculation for free agents of next summer. Having said that, Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position. And yes, even though Aldridge has stated his desire to return to Portland and cement himself as the greatest Blazer of all time. “I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …” Dallas Morning News

November 6, 2014 Updates

What's the worst move you've made as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks? Mark Cuban: Letting Steve Nash go. I learned an expensive lesson. It took me too many years to realize that for some GMs, their number-one job wasn't winning a championship, it's keeping their job. It's easy to look back and see my mistakes today. I wish I would have been smart enough to know better back then. I loved taking risks to win. Unfortunately some of them were not as educated as they should have been. Rolling Stone

During the Donald Sterling situation, did you ever empathize with him? Did you ever think to yourself, "I've been in the news more than once for something I've said?" Mark Cuban: Did I empathize with him? Yes. Of course I did. This is an elderly man who grew up in a generation that is night-and-day in how it understood race and culture. And yes, I empathized with him because this was a conversation that took place in his kitchen and he had a right to expect privacy in his home. But none of that excused him from the rules of the NBA. He put the business of the NBA at risk. That is a situation that, while I have been fined, I have never found myself in and don't expect to. Rolling Stone

Mark Cuban: I loved D-Steve and never had a problem and didn't anticipate one. As far his arrest, it was for public intoxication. He wasn't driving. He was wandering. Or wobbling, I guess. As long as you aren't driving or in a position to inflict harm on someone, and over the age of 21, feel free to get as fucked-up as you please after you win a championship. I know I did. We have a team psychologist who spends time with all of our guys. While he won't divulge specifics, we do discuss whether or not there are red flags regarding a player's personal, professional or social life. We've had a functioning alcoholic on the team in the past and we put together plans and programs to help him. We've had other issues when we have asked the player to leave the team. Rolling Stone

November 5, 2014 Updates

The injury-hit Indiana Pacers are in the process of signing free-agent guard Gal Mekel, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Mekel, who's in his second NBA season and ranks as one of Israel's two exports in the league alongside Sacramento's Omri Casspi, also drew interest from Oklahoma City since his release by the Dallas Mavericks last week. ESPN.com

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