HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

November 21, 2014 Updates

Cuban tells Goldberg he talks to his players during games: "I've said things to rookies. I'm like, 'Get your ass in the game'" And: "What the (expletive) are you doin' talking about this (expletive) where we're playin'?" Says Dirk Nowitzki: "He'll say, 'Hey Dirk,' I think this guy, you know, he's goin' to the right on you. He's playing the left.' He gives us little tips." Nowitzki, by the way, has no tips for TV star Cuban. He says he has never watched Shark Tank. "He thinks he's a rock star and an entertainer, which he's not," Nowitzki says with a laugh. Dallas Morning News

Judging from Cuban’s responses to The News, he’s clearly taken note of the practice facility boom and has brainstormed possibilities for the Mavericks — though he stressed that “what we have now works, so there’s no rush. “It’s too early right now, I think, to design a facility that’s going to be optimal for medical technology that’s coming down the road,” Cuban added. Dallas Morning News

November 19, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban: As far as the Lakers go, I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are saying, “I’ve got a ton of cap room,” and signing three big free agents to come play for them. Los Angeles has always been considered a destination city, so maybe they feel that’s a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever. KFWB - The Beast 980

November 18, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, joined The Fred Roggin Show to talk about Roger Goodell’s suspension of Adrian Peterson, looking the other way on off-the-court problems, competitive balance in the NBA, and more. While Cuban admits that 36 years old is not as old as it once was, thanks to better training programs and advanced in medical science, he also says that he hopes Kobe Bryant’s Lakers stay noncompetitive for a long time. As far as the Lakers go, I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are saying, “I’ve got a ton of cap room,” and signing three big free agents to come play for them. Los Angeles has always been considered a destination city, so maybe they feel that’s a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever. KFWB - The Beast 980

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban On turning around the Mavericks: “When I took over the team it was January of 2000. We were 9-23 and the general manager and coach at the time, Don Nelson — who came from the Knicks actually —said, ‘We can lose and try to get a good draft pick and da da da da da.’ As it turns out it was one of the worst drafts ever. I’m like, ‘No. At some point this team has to learn how to win.’ So we focused on winning and as it turned out, we had a nucleus of a great team. People just didn’t expect us to win, so the players didn’t expect us to win. So I walked in and said, ‘I expect you guys to win. We’re not going to mess around anymore. If you don’t lay it out, if you don’t put it all on the line, I’m going to trade your ass. And guess what? This is going to be a premier destination in the NBA. You can laugh because that’s what everybody did, but I’m going to kick everybody’s ass. They just don’t know it yet.’ ” Dallas Morning News

November 10, 2014 Updates

As far as Wade is concerned, there was a time when Cuban thought the Miami guard was nothing more than a self-promoting prima donna, albeit a very talented one. That's changed, he said. "Not anymore," Cuban said when asked if he dislikes Wade. "At the beginning, I did because I think he thought he was entitled to everything that happened in that (2006) series. But it's been eight years. I mean, I take a little bit of joy in games where he doesn't go to the free throw line. But I like D-Wade now. He's a guy who does a lot of good things off the court and I have to respect that. "But if you'd have asked me eight years ago, it would have been a different answer. There was a time I did a commercial and he was there. He walked out of the room so I wouldn't see him. I walked out a different door so I wouldn't have to talk to him." Dallas Morning News

"I give him credit off the court," he said. "He's gone from flash to being a good representative of the NBA. I respect that. He seems to be more about family and community. He went through some off-the-court hardships, I guess. But yeah, I have a lot of respect for him now. I think he and LeBron helped each other grow up. I don't hold a lot of animosity at all." Dallas Morning News

In an obvious attempt to make sure folks with the Oklahoma City Thunder have to answer questions about the subject, Cuban wondered aloud if the perennial contender would consider junking this season after injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put them on the sidelines for another month. "The question I don't think anybody's asked is why they don't try to pull a David Robinson and try to get Tim Duncan?" Cuban said. He insisted he wasn't suggesting anything inappropriate. He was just curious why the question hasn't been asked. And no, he wouldn't say whether he would consider tanking the season if he were in the Thunder's position. Dallas Morning News

"I don't know; it would be a tough call," he said. "When Dirk [Nowitzki in 2012-13] got hurt, we didn't. But it's a little different, because I had a lot of one-year guys, and we had to see who we wanted to keep. And I never thought he [Nowitzki] would be out that long. Honestly. I thought he'd be back at the start of the season. … It kept dragging on. "He never would have sat out the whole year. So I'm glad we did it the way we did because I like the fact I've never had a losing season." Dallas Morning News

November 6, 2014 Updates

What's the worst move you've made as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks? Mark Cuban: Letting Steve Nash go. I learned an expensive lesson. It took me too many years to realize that for some GMs, their number-one job wasn't winning a championship, it's keeping their job. It's easy to look back and see my mistakes today. I wish I would have been smart enough to know better back then. I loved taking risks to win. Unfortunately some of them were not as educated as they should have been. Rolling Stone

During the Donald Sterling situation, did you ever empathize with him? Did you ever think to yourself, "I've been in the news more than once for something I've said?" Mark Cuban: Did I empathize with him? Yes. Of course I did. This is an elderly man who grew up in a generation that is night-and-day in how it understood race and culture. And yes, I empathized with him because this was a conversation that took place in his kitchen and he had a right to expect privacy in his home. But none of that excused him from the rules of the NBA. He put the business of the NBA at risk. That is a situation that, while I have been fined, I have never found myself in and don't expect to. Rolling Stone

Mark Cuban: I loved D-Steve and never had a problem and didn't anticipate one. As far his arrest, it was for public intoxication. He wasn't driving. He was wandering. Or wobbling, I guess. As long as you aren't driving or in a position to inflict harm on someone, and over the age of 21, feel free to get as fucked-up as you please after you win a championship. I know I did. We have a team psychologist who spends time with all of our guys. While he won't divulge specifics, we do discuss whether or not there are red flags regarding a player's personal, professional or social life. We've had a functioning alcoholic on the team in the past and we put together plans and programs to help him. We've had other issues when we have asked the player to leave the team. Rolling Stone

November 3, 2014 Updates
November 2, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban had an interesting take on the competitive nature of the Western Conference before Saturday’s game. “I think there’s a realistic chance that 10 teams win 50 games in the West,” the owner said. Dallas Morning News

Cuban said: “When we came here that year he goes, ‘You’re going to win the championship. I already know it, I’m positive of it.’ “It was early in the season, and he goes, ‘If you win, do I get a ring?’ I said, ‘If we win, you’ll get a ring.’ ” On Saturday, Menzies was sporting the championship ring Cuban gave him after the Mavs indeed captured the 2011 title. It’s the same authentic ring Cuban gave his players, and it has Menzies’ name on it. “The only games I wear it are when the Mavericks play here,’’ said Menzies, who previously worked 17 years as a security guard for pop superstar Michael Jackson. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 31, 2014 Updates

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