HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

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

Since the Los Angeles Lakers are under new ownership following the death of their previous owner, Jerry Buss, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't believe the Lakers will ever be the same. "Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers,'' Cuban said prior to the Mavs' 94-89 win over Boston on Monday. "I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss, so that’s tough to replace. "I don’t think people realize just how good of an owner Jerry was. I looked up to him a lot. Absolutely. So I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Buss died of cancer on Feb. 18, 2013 at the age of 80 after owning the Lakers since 1979. So why was Buss such a great owner? "He just understood fans, entertainment, players, how to balance all of it together, how to deal with the NBA, when to listen to (ex-NBA commissioner) David (Stern) and when to ignore him and when to tell him what to do,'' Cuban said. "He had that breath of skills that every time I spoke to him -- usually I’m used to doing to the talking, just force of habit. "But he’s one of the few people that when we sat down I did all the listening. So I don’t think there’s any question he’s by far the best owner in the history of the NBA. No exception.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 17, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a point to publicly challenge superstar Dirk Nowitzki to play with more effort and energy defensively. "I think we've got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively," Cuban said before Monday night's game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs' recent performance. "I think [the Mavs need] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don't start well." ESPN.com

Mark Cuban on Adam Silver denying tanking exists in the NBA: "No one thinks it doesn't exist, it's just a question of whether or not it's effective. And when so many teams tank in one conference, it's not effective." Cuban went on to explain that in the Eastern Conference, tanking actually becomes difficult on account of there being so many teams all trying to tank at once. With so many teams planning on tanking from the beginning, plus teams who weren't trying to winding up there (Milwaukee), it creates a competitive tanking environment, basically. CBSSports.com

March 15, 2014 Updates

Procopio is in his first full season as director of player development for the Mavericks. Team owner Mark Cuban is paying Procopio to take castoffs like McConnell and second-round pick Ricky Ledo—players who, relatively speaking, cost the team pennies—and turn them into contributors, players who can move from the end of the bench to coach Rick Carlisle’s rotation. If Procopio turns a single pupil into a reliable player, or even merely good enough to serve as trade bait, he will give the Mavs a great return on their investment. After all, people like Cuban become billionaires and build championship teams not only because they land players like star power forward Dirk Nowitzki, but also because they find ways to maximize their assets—even those at the bottom of the roster. Need proof that Cuban takes this seriously? Consider that he is personally responsible for hiring Procopio, the trail to his door blazed by Cuban asking, “Who’s the best guy not in the NBA that I need in my organization?” “He is a great asset,” Cuban says. “He is the best player development coach in the NBA.” Suffolk Magazine

March 8, 2014 Updates

The NBA Draft has been two rounds since Mark Cuban became the Dallas Mavericks’ owner on Jan. 4, 2000. But he would like to see that expanded. “I’d like to see four rounds so you can draft guys overseas, get more guys drafted that are your property so you can try to develop them,” Cuban said before Friday’s game against Portland. “Because once they get into the ‘I’m a free agent, I wasn’t drafted grind,’ ... you’ve got to realize that toward the bottom of the second round there are teams that pick for financial reasons, and that takes advantage of guys that might have otherwise been picked. “Rather than me making a call, ‘Hey, so-and-so, you’re the 61st pick in the NBA draft,’ It would be better to have the draft [expanded], but again, it’s not my say.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 1, 2014 Updates

Either way, Cuban said, the current system is too flawed and not in the best interest of 19-year-olds who attempt to jump to the NBA. "Because the NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there's absolutely no reason for a kid to go (to college for one year)," Cuban said. "Because he's not going to class, right? He's actually not able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he's there, he starts playing basketball. "So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League. And hopefully at some point we'll have some kind of a secondary draft like baseball, where you can draft a kid starting in the third round and let him play in the D-League." Dallas Morning News

Cuban emphasized several times that these are his opinions, not that of the NBA's leadership, though Cuban is hardly alone in believing the one-and-done rule doesn't work. "I don't think a lot of (college) coaches like one-and-done," he said. I think it helps enable all the bastardized AAU scenarios. It helps create graft (corruption) with agents. I just think there's absolutely no upside to one-and-done." Dallas Morning News

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

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