HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

August 11, 2014 Updates

Finishing the 2013-14 season tied for the fifth-oldest team in the league with an average age of 28.5 years old, the Mavs still managed to sprint to a 49-33 record before pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the Mavericks hope that an injection of young blood will help get them over the hump. “I mean, it gets us younger,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said while watching the team’s summer-league squad last month in Las Vegas. “The good news about all the experience we had is it really allowed us to modify and give the Spurs a run for their money last year. The bad news is that we had to restrict minutes, and so restricted minutes was a bigger challenge. [Parsons] is a guy that we can keep out there a lot longer, whereas with Vince and with ‘Trix [Marion] and Dirk we really had to balance minutes.” mavs.com

Cuban has been railing about NBA player involvement in international competitions for years, decrying the financial payoff that comes to the International Olympic Committee rather than the NBA and its owners, or its players. To that end, Cuban has proposed the NBA develop its own World Cup of Basketball. "For the IOC, basketball is an afterthought," Cuban wrote via e-mail Friday. "We may create more money than any other Summer Olympic sport, but the profits are not re- invested into the NBA, or into developing basketball around the world. They are reinvested in the IOC's bank account. So as a result, the NBA still has to pay to develop the game globally. So its worse than it looks NBA.com

"But if we owned a World Cup, guys would still love playing for their country. The standards for safety, trainers, etc., would be ours. Profits from TV, and there would be profits from TV, would go not just to the NBA/Players, but we could take a big chunk and actually develop the game worldwide. The IOC does nothing to develop basketball. We would be able to do far more because we would own the whole vertical chain "So right now, not only do we not benefit at all, we have to pay to develop the game worldwide and that comes out of the owners' and players' pockets." NBA.com

Cuban believes that, despite the additional workload of an NBA-sponsored World Cup for players in the offseason, they and the union would agree to the new arrangement. "There is a huge difference between an exhibition game and a game for your nation," Cuban e-mailed. "No one dives for a loose ball in a pro-am game. In a game for your country you are remembered for generations as a quitter if you don't." NBA.com

August 6, 2014 Updates

Jerry Colangelo believes a lot of folks missed the point when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was critical of the NBA’s and FIBA’s involvement with the International Basketball Committee. After Indiana’s Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg Friday, sidelining him for the 2014-15 season, Cuban heavily criticized the IOC for raking in all of the dollars pertaining to international basketball, while the NBA and its owners have to absorb all of the risk. Cuban’s comments fueled a national debate and pointed out the unfairness in the IOC’s one-sided financial relationship with the NBA and FIBA. But Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and USA Men’s National Team managing director, viewed the firestorm set off by Cuban in a different manner. “I think people need to read between the lines, which is basically he’s not against international competition,” Colangelo said during a Tuesday conference call. “He’s against international competition when he believes the beneficiary — being the IOC — is getting the money. “So he’s basically saying it’s OK for our players to play internationally if the money goes to the NBA and to the team owners. That’s the difference.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 4, 2014 Updates
August 3, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an outspoken critic of sending NBA players to international events, reasoning the NBA pays the players' salaries and receives no financial benefit. When reached by e-mail on Sunday, Cuban replied, "Nothing to add. Nothing has changed. We are just as dumb today as we were ten years ago." USA Today Sports

Cuban said the Olympics made significant revenue from NBA players. He pointed out that players in all sports, not just basketball, often declined to participate in international tournaments when they were free agents, or were about to be, out of fear that they would be injured. That, he said, was the smart financial decision. Cuban said the only parties left financially vulnerable in such situations were the league and its clubs. “We are so stupid that we are willing to commit what amounts to more than a billion dollars in salaries to help the Olympics line their pockets so we can pretend that the Olympic Games are about national pride,” Cuban said. Dallas Morning News

August 2, 2014 Updates

In the wake of Paul George's gruesome leg fracture suffered Friday while on Team USA duty, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has renewed his call for the NBA and its players to organize their own quadrennial competition separate from the sport's international governing body. Long known as the NBA's most outspoken critic of international basketball, Cuban has again questioned when NBA teams allow their players to play for their national teams while taking on the bulk of the financial risk in the event of injury. ESPN.com

"The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA. The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake. The IOC (pulls in) billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint. "The pros in multiple sports are smart enough to not play when they are eligible free agents. But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets. "The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball." ESPN.com

July 30, 2014 Updates
July 24, 2014 Updates

What impact did Mark Cuban's presence have on your signing the offer sheet? Chandler Parsons: I've developed a relationship with him throughout the years. I truly think he's the best owner in sports. It's comforting playing for a team and an owner that you know they're never gonna let you be bad; they're always going to look for ways to improve the team. I just have a special relationship with him. I trust him. The way he pitched me in that system with coach Carlisle and the core guys that they have was too good to turn down. The whole night I signed; it was kind of random. His flight (Cuban's) was getting in late. We had finished dinner downtown. So me and my friends and my parents just walked to this lounge in downtown Orlando. He texted me wanting to know where it was. I told him. And he just showed up there with a contract. It's gotta be the first time a player has ever signed in a club. Dallas Morning News

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Tony Jones: Mark Cuban may be the only owner I've ever seen at summer league. And he's chilling with his players, not greasing palms. Cool stuff Twitter @Tjonessltrib

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