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February 25, 2015 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the NBA is seriously considering altering the schedule to go later into the summer as a means of reducing or potentially eliminating back-to-back games."I've been bringing it up for years," Cuban said before the Mavs' 99-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, one of three games in four nights for his team. "[Commissioner Adam Silver is] more open to it, and he's going to be considering it. Everybody's for it now." ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

Cuban's belief in the value of the physical-performance data tracked by Catapult Sports is so strong, he invested several million in the company last year, and Dallas has been a pioneer in investing in technology and new ideas on the health side, with Don Kalkstein serving as their full-time "psychology coach." "Analytics have been an important component of who we are since I walked in the door 15 years ago," Cuban told ESPN.com. "What's changed is that all teams now use all the data available to them to make personnel decisions, so the market has become more efficient. We have strived to introduce new and exclusive sources of data so that we can improve performance of our players." ESPN.com

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If nothing else, these semi-frequent Barkely feuds on the topic of analytics are, in essence, serving as a demand that the dialogue continues. Cuban, for his part, "I don't think there were any new takeaways," Cuban told USA TODAY Sports. "I think it's not an easy job, it's not an easy business. There's only one winner and 29 losers every year, so because there's no one template everyone does the best they can. Charles has his views. Vivek has his views. You have legends, RC Buford with more rings than anybody else up there other than Phil. So there is no template. I just try to learn, and to give everybody a hard time every now and then." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

Richard Jefferson: “I have no plans. I’m going to a wedding in Phoenix and coming back here. My house is under construction in L.A., so I can’t go there. So I’m just going to lay low and get ready for the final stretch of the season. I know, it’s disappointing.” Dwight Powell: “I’m going to L.A. My girlfriend lives out there. I’ll go for the weekend.” Mark Cuban: “I’ll be up there [in New York] for a technology conference. Take the kids up there and hang out. The kids want to see snow. You’ve got to let your kids make their mistakes while they’re growing up.” ESPN.com

What’s your reaction to Charles Barkley analytics debate? Cuban: He’s half right; the Mavs have been using analytics since the day I bought the team. The fun story behind that is I took graduate level statistics at Indiana University, and after I graduated, never thought about it again, and then after I had bought the team, I’m watching Jeopardy and who should be on but my old stats prof. And then a month later, we’re in Indiana playing against the Pacers, and who should be in the stands screaming “Hi” to me, my stats prof, Wayne Winston. I met with him and pretty much hired him then. We started using advanced plus/minus to help us, and it started to help us quite a bit…it eventually helped us come back from a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs against Houston, based on what the numbers said. Putting JJ (Barea) in the mix in the championship run had a lot to do with analytics. What happens is when a couple teams are using it, you have an advantage, but now that everyone is using it, that advantage is pretty much gone, and that’s where analytics has gotten to now. Dallas Morning News

Why do you think this debate has gotten so personal between people who defend these numbers and those who say it’s the eyeball test? Cuban: I don’t think it’s gotten that personal. Here’s where this has changed the most, the turnover of NBA owners. When I first got into the league, it was a lot of old school guys who didn’t like me, I was the young guy who had no clue what he was doing, just trying to make a name for himself. Now the old school guys have sold their teams to hedge fund guys, data driven guys, guys who understand numbers, understand investing, and understand trying to hire the best people possible in order to win. These guys are much smarter in that area, and because of that, they bring in GMs who are data driven, as well. Dallas Morning News

February 8, 2015 Updates

Cuban was asked what he thought about the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul getting fined $25,000 for criticizing rookie official Lauren Holtkamp. “I’m just glad someone else is getting fined about the refs, other than me,” he said. Dallas Morning News

Turning serious, he said: “Guys respond to calls. I don’t think anybody cares about the gender. They can be Martians for all I care. I just want the best refs we can get.” Asked if he thought Paul was out of line, Cuban said: “I’d be kind of hypocritical if I judged somebody who made a comment in the heat of the moment about officiating. I’m not going to judge the message he was trying to communicate.” Dallas Morning News

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