HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

March 1, 2014 Updates

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

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 26, 2014 Updates

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

Mark Cuban vehemently let the world know Monday night how he feels about Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay player to participate in one of the four major professional sports in the United States. “I don’t [care] about a guy’s sexuality,” the Dallas Mavericks’ owner said. “Period. End of story.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 19, 2014 Updates

On the Mavericks and the trade deadline Mark Cuban: We're answering the phone, we're always open minded. There's no slam dunks. It wouldn't shock me if we did something; it wouldn't shock me if we didn't. It's weird right now. Traditionally at the trade deadline, there's teams looking to get off of money. But most teams that needed to get off of money have gotten off of money because of the new CBA. Dallas Morning News

February 18, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban: We're answering the phone, we're always open minded. There's no slam dunks. It wouldn't shock me if we did something; it wouldn't shock me if we didn't. It's weird right now. Traditionally at the trade deadline, there's teams looking to get off of money. But most teams that needed to get off of money have gotten off of money because of the new CBA. Dallas Morning News

February 15, 2014 Updates

On dropping down to a lower pick with the increased success the team is seeing: Nelson: “This year’s draft we’ve got Boston’s pick, which is going to be at the very top of the second (round), and with the depth of the draft, sometimes it’s as good as a first-round pick. We got the ability to take that and take our other second-round pick and certainly maneuver and move up. So if that comes to pass, it’s not the absolute worst thing in the world, and we’ve always been aggressive during draft time and (owner Mark Cuban is) not opposed to do whatever it takes to do to make the team better — and we’re creative, as you know, so it’s not like an Earth-shattering situation that we can’t overcome.” Dallas Morning News

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently joined The Musers on KTCK-1310 AM to talk about the team. Here are some highlights. On having a team psychologist: “We’ve had a team psychologist that travels with the team. I don’t know if we were the first. But we’re the only team that has a full-time psychologist that travels with the team and sits behind the bench because what I learned early on was guys all think that if they play 48 minutes, they’ll be Michael Jordan or Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas Morning News

Mark Cuban On how many NBA teams have team psychologists: “None that I’m aware of. Some will have a psychologist that’s available on call, but none will have it fill-time. He’s got like a 7-year contract. I think one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made since I bought the Mavs was Avery (Johnson) didn’t want him there, and we let him go. I think that impacted 2006. He wanted that control. It was more of a control thing.” Dallas Morning News

February 12, 2014 Updates

His predecessor David Stern publicly butted heads with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, but new NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Cuban is good for the league. "There has been some public stuff around the edges between Mark and the league," Silver said, "but Mark's input has been hugely beneficial to the league in so many areas the public will never hear about." ESPN.com

Silver said Cuban, who is a part owner of AXS TV and made his fortune by selling his Broadcast.com Internet radio company to Yahoo, made strong suggestions on how the league should deal with its digital assets as well as helped the league with its marketing initiatives. "Mark epitomizes the new generation of owner who is all-in to his franchise and is involved in every aspect of the team," Silver said. "It's not necessary that that be the model for others, but we welcome it. While you won't hear this from many owners directly, Mark has attracted many of the new generation owners to the league." When told of Silver's comments, Cuban replied by email: "I like Adam :)" ESPN.com

February 10, 2014 Updates

Michael Zarren, the Celtics assistant general manager and team counsel, whose alternative draft system is being considered by the NBA, has caught the attention of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban, however, disagrees with one aspect of the proposal, which gives every team a predetermined spot atop the draft every 30 years. “I would tweak (the draft),” he said. “I know Mike Zarren came up with the wheel, and I didn’t like the idea because if you’re in the wrong spot in your life cycle and all of a sudden when you don’t need the draft pick you get the draft pick, and then when you need it you’re 30 years away, that’s tough. Yeah, you can plan for it, but the law of unintended consequences could mean that teams just don’t ever have a shot for a long time.” Boston Herald

February 9, 2014 Updates

In a league where coaches are losing their jobs at a higher rate than ever, Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks have been in the minority as a consistent and successful organization. Cuban has employed just three coaches in his 14 years of ownership, while Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons have hired 10 in that same span. With news breaking Friday of the firing of Mo Cheeks, Cuban discussed the challenges of managing an NBA franchise. "Hiring a head coach is the hardest thing to do in professional sports, by far," Cuban told CLNS Radio. "There is nothing else even close and so you just never know until you know. Celtics Blog

Detroit made significant moves this offseason, trading for Brandon Jennings and signing Josh Smith to go with a young core built through the late lottery and mid-first round. But a lack of a coherent system and on-court chemistry has a team with playoff caliber talent out of the playoffs in an Eastern Conference with only four teams above .500. "I feel for [Pistons owner] Tom Gores up in Detroit," Cuban said. "He made a tough decision and I'm sure it was the right decision. Mo Cheeks is a great coach, but sometimes that's not enough." Celtics Blog

February 2, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban on how he gets along with Stern: “I’d say we agree on 99 percent of things that don’t have to do with officiating and disagree 100 percent on officiating. I understand David’s perspective on it. From the league’s perspective, one team’s gotta win and one team’s gotta lose, and they don’t care who it is. And so from an officiating persepctive, all things balance out. My point has always been: We’re the only top-four league that people think is fixed. They might be upset about a call in the NFL, this and that, why don’t they call it this way, that impact this style of play… But in the NBA, people literally think it’s fixed, and I think if we changed the perception, our ratings go up, and our business go up.” Dallas Morning News

Mark Cuban on the legacy of David Stern: "He took the NBA from a sport that wasn't on television for the Finals game to making it the second most popular sport in the world. You couldn't ask for a better legacy. Now, any NBA player that goes to China is a superstar, even if they've only played one minute in their entire career. That was just inconceivable 20 years ago, 25 years ago. He deserves 100 percent of the credit for that. Dallas Morning News

"I think he understood that soccer—all you need is a ball, and with basketball, a ball and a hoop. It’s an inexpensive game that anyone can play around the world, it’s easy to understand, and that with a little bit of momentum and visibility for the players, you could turn it global. And that, plus the fact that our players, like in soccer, are very identifiable. You could be sitting next to Richard Sherman, and you wouldn’t know how he is. You could look at the 10th guy on the Knicks bench, and you’ll know exactly who that is … And so I think he recognized that our players are very identifiable, and he could leverage that from a marketing perspective.” Dallas Morning News

February 1, 2014 Updates

As commissioner, Stern lived up to his title. He was the league’s chief cop, stamping out behavior that could make sponsors skittish. He was swift with suspensions when a player refused to stand during the national anthem, went into the stands to fight a fan, or choked his coach. (He also hit Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with almost $2 million in fines over 13 years, mostly for criticizing referees.) “He was very effective at being the sheriff,” says Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and chairman of the NBA board of governors. BusinessWeek.com

January 31, 2014 Updates

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