HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

November 26, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a come up with a proposal to level the playing field between the NBA's two conferences. Cuban suggests a conference realignment that would result in a total of eight teams, including the Mavs, switching conferences. In Cuban's plan, the Mavs, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans would move to the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would move to the West. "It's not like it'd be the first time we've ever realigned," Cuban said. "It's happened many times before, so there's precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting." ESPN.com

"It's not like you're reducing competition," said Cuban, who noted that the teams he suggested moving to the West are approximately the same distance from Portland as Dallas and closer than New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston. "You keep Cleveland, Washington and other good teams in the East. It kind of shakes things up in terms of not just interest but also in terms of how people rebuild. "It just changes things up and it changes the thought process of a lot of teams. It makes both conferences very competitive, at least for the short-term and I think, based on the history of the teams, for the long-term as well." ESPN.com

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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times earlier this month, Silver lobbied for the federal government to allow states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards. "I agree 100 percent," Cuban said Saturday night before the Mavericks lost 95-92 to the Houston Rockets. "I think we're the world's biggest hypocrites when we say, 'Oh, we don't want you betting on our games,' and then we get all excited about the sports betting line and people go to Vegas on trips won from the NBA or NFL. I mean, it's hugely hypocritical. "I just think that Adam did the exact right thing. I think by focusing on the federal regulations and making the changes there, that it will change. It's just a question of when. ESPN.com

"I think it'll be legalized in casinos (outside Nevada)," he said. "Then we'll charge the casinos for information sources, video sources. All you got to do is look overseas. You can go and legally bet on the NBA in the UK and other countries and they're actually big customers of NBA video. The gambling sites overseas can't just show NBA video. That would be copyright violations. So they must be paying for it. You got a template already where it's legal in the rest of the world other than North America." Dallas Morning News

November 22, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: Mark Cuban on relationship between Rockets/Mavs: "I absolutely hate 'em. I get so mad every time I hear the word Houston. I won't even go to the restaurant Houston's. I made them change the name of the 1 close to me. So now it's some other name.(laughs) I'm serious. The way it was said & the way it'll B read will B totally different. It'll B fun listening to people read it & what they turn it into. So let's just go with it. Hate 'em". If they had a Riverwalk here I hate it too" Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

Could a player make $24 million in the NBA's current punitive financial climate (as Bryant does this season) and legitimately say they’re interested in winning? "Yeah, of course, as long as you can convince everybody else that you need to come play for the minimum," Cuban said with a laugh. Cuban has long been poking fun at the Lakers on this topic, once calling them Shaq, Kobe and the "band of merry minimum [-salaried players]" in 2000 during Cuban's first season as an owner. Nowitzki echoed Cuban's point that his deal was about winning, not money. "I wanted to be on a good team," Nowitzki said. "I wanted to compete my last couple of years at the highest level. ESPN.com

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

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