Mark Cuban Rumors
Silver said he spoke to Cuban, and the NBA examined whether the Mavericks players showed any signs of losing game to get a higher draft pick. “Yes, it is not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said. “I would say that Mark has a long track record with provocative [statements]. It is something that we spoke to him directly about, he acknowledged it was a poor choice of words. “When we looked at what was actually happening on the floor, which was most important to me, there was no indication whatsoever that his players were intentionally losing games. So we were satisfied with that and everyone moved on.”
As for the Greek Freak: Who made final call to pass him up, and why? “It was me,” Cuban said. “Donnie [Nelson] was like, ‘OK, I’m putting my you-know-whats on the table.’ He was doing the Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel dance. … It’s all in. And I’m like, ‘Donnie, we have this plan.’ Because even as good as the Greek Freak has turned out to be, he was still three years away, and we wanted to try to get somebody who could help get us to the top right there and then. Didn’t turn out that way, it is what it is, that happens.”
“Our guys were like, ‘We should take the Greek Freak,'” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said recently on Sirius XM NBA Radio, recalling the 2013 draft. “All we had was two tapes, and someone who would go to see him, but we were trying to get Dwight [Howard] — that was the Dwight year, too. And, OK, we’re trying, we have a plan, we’re gonna stick to it. We thought we had a good shot. Didn’t turn out that way.”
Meanwhile, back East, 41 wins will likely land you a spot in the playoffs, as it did last season for Chicago (though not Miami). “When a conference is weak, teams in that conference don’t have to invest as much to succeed,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said via email last week. “Nor is there as much pressure to succeed. That impacts the decision-making process.”
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Making an appearance on the ESPN telecast of the Mavs’ Las Vegas Summer League game against Phoenix on Sunday, Cuban said things would different if his team — coming off its first losing season since he took over in 2000 — were in the Eastern Conference. “We’re rebuilding, there’s no question about it,” said Cuban, who made headlines in May when he admitted the Mavericks tanked after being eliminated from playoff contention. “If we were in the East, we would not be rebuilding. We’d be handling things completely different.”