Mark Cuban: “As well as Deron was playing and even Andrew defensively … we had to match up to our criteria of trying to position ourselves to get a lot better. Then you combine that with the fact that I’ve always said, when a lot of teams are tanking, you don’t want to tank. And when there aren’t many teams tanking and everybody’s trying to compete, that’s the best time to consider trying to go for a draft pick. You can try to play as well as you can and still be in competition for a great pick.”
Bleacher Report did not delete the tweet right away, and so Cuban went ahead and backed up his threat to communicate with the millennials. A little less than an hour and a half after emailing Levy, Cuban tweeted screenshots of their exchange alongside the message “@BleacherReport-Delete Your Account.”
About 20 minutes after Cuban shared the screenshots, Bleacher Report backed down and deleted their joke— choosing, apparently, to prioritize the hurt feelings of a team owner over the Bleacher Report social media team’s editorial judgement. With the Nowitzki joke deleted, Cuban deleted his own tweet with the screenshots of his conversation with Levy.
The facility, privately financed by Pistons owner Tom Gores and Palace Sports & Entertainment at an expected cost of $50 to $65 million, will include 100,000 square feet of practice and training space for Detroit’s NBA club, which currently practices in a separate facility in Auburn Hills. The Pistons will continue to practice and operate in Auburn Hills during the 2017-18 season.
Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood.