Mark Cuban e-mails artist of mural showing Luka Doncic asking for help to tell him it's disrespectful

Mark Cuban e-mails artist of mural showing Luka Doncic asking for help to tell him it's disrespectful

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Mark Cuban e-mails artist of mural showing Luka Doncic asking for help to tell him it's disrespectful

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A new painting in Deep Ellum is causing quite a stir. On the side of St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, a neighborhood bar and grill, muralist Preston Pannek hung a painting of Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic. Rather than just featuring a likeness of the Slovenian superstar, it includes a message. The painting shows Doncic holding a sign over his head that reads, “PLEASE SEND HELP,” with some of Doncic’s recent astonishing stat lines surrounding it. It’s a sentiment that many Mavericks fans have expressed this season. However, not everyone is happy with the artwork, most notably Mavericks’ governor Mark Cuban. “It’s disrespectful,” Cuban wrote in an email to Pannek, which the artist shared with Mavs Moneyball. “But it’s your choice to do what you want. If that’s the way you want to be a fan. Go for it.”
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What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Parsons working the refs like Luka. – 8:50 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The modern version of LeBron and D-Wade teaming up would be Luka and Morant teaming up in like five years. – 8:07 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Also, good for Kessler to just recognize he’s better than Luka Garza and to take it to him on both sides of the floor.
He’s going to be better than a lot of bigs in the NBA, can’t be shy about punishing them for it. – 5:37 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Naz Reid has been grabbing his lower back all second quarter. He missed a few games recently with back spasms
Rudy has already left the game and KAT is obviously out. So Naz, Luka Garza and Nate Knight are what they have left at the 5. Anderson could plays some 5 in a pinch too – 5:01 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Looks like Rudy Gobert re-aggravated that groin strain. He’s no longer on the bench, and Luka Garza is in the game. – 4:38 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Cuban should find the mural of Luka asking for help as disrespectful.
It is.
Unfortunately, poor FO performance will always ultimately invite criticism and disrespect towards players and/or coaches – almost impossible to voice anger at a FO without collateral shade to players – 2:36 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG in home games this season:
35.1 — Embiid
35.0 — Doncic
33.9 — Giannis
32.8 — Tatum AM

BasketNews @BasketNews_com
We already know that Luka Doncic watches more EuroLeague than NBA 🍿
Now, the Dallas Mavericks star revealed which EuroLeague team he watches the most:…7:18 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavs end disappointing road trip with shorthanded loss in Portland without Luka Doncic…12:08 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Keegan Murray now has has 95 3s through his 40 career games. He ranks third in NBA history in successful 3-pointers through a player’s first 40 contests.
Those top 3:
1. Lauri Markannen, 98 (37.3%)
2. Luka Doncic, 96 (37.4%)
3. Keegan Murray, 95 (40.4%) – 10:05 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Billups on facing Mavs w/o Doncic: “It’s like a free swing for Spencer, for Christian, 2 guys that have played well against us this season. It’s a free swing for them to go out and just ball, hoop and not look over your shoulder. That’s a very dangerous player to play against.” – 9:25 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Confirmed from J-Kidd for tonight, Luka is out. Wood is in. – 7:32 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic to sit out Sunday’s game in Portland for rest…7:14 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
Updated Mavs game notes list Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness) and Christian Wood (right ankle sprain) as questionable. Tim Hardaway Jr. (left ankle sprain) is out. As are Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber. Mavs at Blazers, 8p BSSW. – 3:45 PM

More on this storyline

Pannek says he has been a die-hard Mavs fan since 2000. His concern is that the front office isn’t doing everything possible to build a championship contender, and he doesn’t want to see Doncic’s talent squandered. So, when Cuban reacted that way after he reached out to him, Pannek said he was taken aback. “I find it an odd way that he handled the emails the way that he did,” Pannek said. “He could have easily just invited me down to a game and talked about this if he was really that upset that he seems to be. But he took it a different way.” -via / January 16, 2023
In a follow-up email to Pannek, who attempted to explain his rationale for the mural, Cuban again dismissed the mural’s message before expressing his appreciation for Pannek’s work. “Not being the first to say something always justifies what you say, Preston,” Cuban wrote. “I appreciate the other murals you have done. You truly have artistic talent.” -via / January 16, 2023
As for his “PLEASE SEND HELP” painting of Doncic, it’s certainly garnering a lot of attention. Multiple news outlets have spoken with Pannek about it, and it’s racking up plenty of likes on social media. It just didn’t land with the man whose opinion matters most regarding the Mavericks’ future. “I was hoping he would be the kind of person that would see like, ‘Oh shit, the fans really are upset,’” Pannek said of Cuban. “People really want Luka to get some help. I thought he would take that and go get the help, but it doesn’t look like that’s how this is going to work out.” -via / January 16, 2023

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