HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

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Silver is going to get the votes, even though there are some owners, including Mark Cuban, concerned about the precedent a forced sale might set. And once the votes are in, league sources say the NBA, Silver, and the league’s owners will control the franchise sale process — not Sterling. The league would vet bidders and make the final call on who gets to run the franchise next. The exact details of the process are unclear, but front-office and ownership sources across the league think the Clippers have a real chance to fetch the NBA’s first $1 billion sales price. Grantland

However, Cuban was the only one to express concern about the potential precedent that could be set by forcing Sterling to leave the league. "I think there's a constitution for a reason, right? Because this is a very slippery slope," Cuban said before Game 4 of the Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs series. "What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with, and I don't want to be associated with people who have that position. "But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope. "Again, there's no excuse for his positions. There's no excuse for what he said. There's no excuse for anybody to support racism. There's no place for it in our league, but there's a very, very, very slippery slope." ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent his regards after learning of the death of former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. "I miss Michael,'' Cuban said. "He was incredibly supportive of me.'' Heisley died Saturday at the age of 77 from complications of a stroke he had last year. Heisley and Cuban had formed a special friendship all the way back to when they both officially collected their NBA ownership papers in New York during a ceremony held on Apr. 11, 2000. "He made basketball in Memphis work,'' Cuban said. "He did so many things for people without anyone ever knowing. "He was a special man and will be missed by all that knew him.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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“Obviously if any business or entrepreneur says and does things that aren’t congruent with what the organization’s trying to convey, that’s a problem,” Cuban said. “But it’s not my problem. Not my chair, not my problem. I’m not going to offer any opinions. It’s just not appropriate.” ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban is a man of many talents. He is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the fearsome judges on ABC's "Shark Tank." Now Cuban is attempting to dive deeper into the mobile-app arena with his latest project, Cyber Dust. Forbes writes that this iOS app is described as "WhatsApp meets Snapchat." It's a free texting app that lets you send messages and photos in a sort of chat room, but the messages self-destruct after 30 seconds. businessinsider.com

April 18, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban considers the sale price of approximately $550 million for the Milwaukee Bucks to be a bargain, suggesting the true value of NBA franchises is north of $1 billion. Longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he had reached an agreement to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, a deal subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors. "I think they got off cheap," Cuban said. "I think that was a bargain. I think it's worth a lot more. I think it's worth a lot more than that. I think someone got a bargain. You can't look backwards. You've got to look forward. You don't value teams based off what happened in the past." ESPN.com

April 4, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban is putting his money where his mouth is and will fund a study aimed at finding out if Human Growth Hormone could help athletes at all levels recover from traumatic injuries. The Dallas Mavericks' owner said before Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers that he is investing "more than the (NBA) minimum salary" to fund the two-year study. "I want to find out," Cuban said. "I just want to know what reality is. And if we can improve recovery time, obviously that's a plus for all of us. "There was never any basis in fact for not allowing it for use (while recovering from injuries). So let's find out. Let's find out what's real and not real. If it turns out to have no impact, OK. If it turns out to have a negative impact, OK. If it turns out to have a positive impact, OK. There's not an outcome they're trying to get to." Dallas Morning News

He believes athletes could spend less time recovering from injuries. "It'll be geared around one type of injury that has hundreds of thousands of examples a year," he said, electing not to discuss details of what the injury would be an which doctors and scientists are involved. "So we'll be able to do a placebo environment without hurting anybody, right? So here's the way we do it now. And here's how we do it with HGH. So hopefully it will accelerate recovery. "We have to get permission, that's why I don't want to go into all the details. We have to get FDA permission, but there's no reason not to approve it because nobody gets hurt by it. It's not long-term usage. It's X number of weeks. When you're done with it, what was the benefit." Dallas Morning News

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Just 48 hours later, any creeping doubt about Dirk was crushed as he delivered one of the best all-around performances of his Hall of Fame career, carrying the Mavs to a much-needed, magnificently entertaining 128-119 overtime win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Dirk was Dirk," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who has seen Nowitzki respond to off nights with spectacular performances so many times. "He was fired up. That's what he does. It's no surprise. "He's done that his entire career. There's no reason to think it's going to change now. This is his time, right? This is where he gets to show everybody what he can do, and it started tonight, right when we needed it." ESPN.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was asked if Nets coach Jason Kidd, who split Rookie of the Year honors in Dallas in 1995 and in 2011 helped the team win its only championship, eventually will have his jersey retired, like it is in Brooklyn. “I don’t know,” Cuban said before the game. “We’ll see. We’ll find out. I don’t pre-announce.” New York Post

Cuban also was asked about Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and what he thought the impact on the league could be if Prokhorov was somehow caught up in the ongoing conflict over Crimea. “I’ve thought about it, but I don’t know who he is friends with and who he’s not friends with and all that stuff, so I have no idea,” Cuban said. New York Post

March 18, 2014 Updates

Asked why he was publicly challenging Nowitzki, Cuban said: “That’s only because I did it already personally.” “Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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