HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

December 19, 2014 Updates
December 18, 2014 Updates

According to the NBA source, owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle are ready to pull off a potential deal, realizing they would likely not make it through the West without a major upgrade at point guard. The Mavericks are No. 1 in the league in scoring offense (109.8 points per game) and the presence of Chandler in the middle, a legitimate shot-blocker, could allow Rondo to take more chances on defense. Boston Globe

Mark Cuban's negotiations with Sony might have been released by a hacker, but don't expect the majority of his communications with Mavericks players to ever make it into the public sphere. The Mavericks owner told For The Win that he communicates with his team using Cyber Dust, the private messaging app he introduced earlier this year. The app quickly deletes messages after they are read and alerts users when a screengrab is taken. "What happened … can and will happen to more athletes," he said in a conversation with For The Win over the app. Indianapolis Star

December 17, 2014 Updates

U.S. authorities have determined that North Korea is behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a formal announcement of attribution by the U.S. government could come as soon as Thursday. Sony Pictures Entertainment was hit by hackers Nov. 24. A glowing red skeleton appeared on screens throughout the Culver City, Calif.-based Sony subsidiary. USA Today Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates

Cuban, who plans to alert league officials with video examples of Ellis' drives to the basket and the contact that he creates/receives, said it's incumbent on the 6-3 guard to sell his case to referees. "(He) won't scream during the play," Cuban said. "You got to scream and flail to get a call. You got to scream while you're up there, not when you land. Some of these guys you got to teach to make the refs' job a little easier. He gets hit on his body all the time." Dallas Morning News

December 8, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban considers Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis to be kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of NBA paint attackers. “Monta gets no respect on his drives ever,” Cuban said. “He gets hit on his body all the time and it’s like nothing. I told him he’s got to flail like all these other guys. I mean, I don’t know how he doesn’t get to the line. It’s crazy.” ESPN.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

Nowitzki? He has a somewhat different view. “I still don’t think we would have been in position to repeat,” Nowitzki said. “That was a lot of games; I was struggling. That’s when my knee started to act up, and I missed some games. Training camp for some of our old guys was just too short. “I don’t know if we’d have had it. And there was a stretch of six games in eight days, and I don’t think that would have set us up perfectly for a deep playoff run, but who knows?” Dallas Morning News

December 6, 2014 Updates

The question wasn’t only whether Ellis traveled before his game-winner, but whether he had complete control of the ball, which would make traveling impossible if he didn’t. “Did the league say anything about that last play, whether it was a foul, a travel or anything?,” Cuban asked media members. “I don’t think there’s ever been a game that ended on a travel on the last shot. If he didn’t have control of the ball when he was spinning … I’m not saying one way or the other. I’m just saying it would be nice for the league to clarify so that we all understand better going forward. That’s all. “The last few years, when there have been end-of-game calls that were uncertain, the league has said something. For some reason, this year they haven’t. I don’t know what’s happened.” Dallas Morning News

December 4, 2014 Updates
December 3, 2014 Updates

All the Mavs cared about is that Ellis knocked down 16 of those shots, and they needed every single one to beat the Bulls. "People talk about the efficiency and this and that," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. "But in a game like this, you need shots and open looks and scores at the right time. When it counts, baby, when it counts. When it counts! "S---, they gave Allen Iverson an MVP for being half as efficient as Monta is." ESPN.com

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