Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:28 PM
By Eric Morath
Cuban Gives Up on Payment From Texas Rangers.
"Outspoken sports mogul Mark Cuban and his co-bidder are giving up their demand for a $2.65 million payment connected to their failed attempt to buy the Texas Rangers baseball team."
Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:40 PM
Owner Cuban had concerns, but also sense to be patient. Eddie Sefko/Reporter
"Mark Cuban was no different than the average fan going into this Mavericks' season. He had his list of concerns. He wasn't sure how things would play out. But the difference between Cuban and a lot of other people is that he was willing to let the stew marinate and see how it tasted once the ingredients had a chance to mesh.
Now, during a 12-game winning streak, the thing is pretty tasty. When Cuban was on his nightly stair-stepper routine before Saturday's game, he gave a little glimpse into the way he sees things and analyzes things.
"Some parts of what we do have gotten better (during the streak),'' he said. "I think we've let up a couple times instead of really focusing on what it takes to be a championship team. We try to say this is what it takes to win this game. That's my biggest concern with this team. We try to win games instead of focusing on executing for 48 minutes so that we're championship caliber. That's just my concern.
"There's always concern. You don't know until you know. OK, I had concern, and then what. You see what happens and that's what no one gets. You can't do anything about it. You go with it and adjust. That's what we try to do as an organization.''
By the way, it's a crazy statistical note that the Mavericks' win over Utah on Saturday put them at 1,226-1,225 as a franchise. That's the first time their total win-loss ledger has been over .500 since they were 1-0 after the first game in franchise history."
Posted 01 January 2011 - 08:57 PM
Mark Cuban: Mavs are 'too cocky.'
Comments By Tim MacMahonDALLAS -- "Mark Cuban wasn’t paying much attention to the flat-screen television while working out and chatting with reporters before Thursday’s game until Charles Barkley said something that really bothered the Mavs’ owner.
“The best team in the West is the Dallas Mavericks,” Barkley told the TNT audience.
Cuban’s reaction: “Shut up, Charles!”
The last thing Cuban wants is to have people patting the Mavericks on the back and telling them how great they are right now. Cuban’s biggest concern about his team is that the Mavs have a tendency to get "too cocky."
That’s what happened during Tuesday night’s loss to the injury-ravaged Toronto Raptors. Cuban, who was vacationing in the Cayman Islands, didn’t need to be courtside to see that. Several players acknowledged after the game that they took the Raptors lightly, even though Dirk Nowitzki was out.
“Sometimes we fall in that trap of looking over there and seeing who we’re playing might not be a team that’s over .500 or something like that,” Jason Kidd said. “We fall in that trap of just coming out and going through the motions.”
At this point of the season, Cuban cares much more about progress than winning. There have been too many games in which the Mavs have done just enough to beat a subpar opponent. Cuban considers those nights to be missed opportunities to improve.
“We can’t be that way,” Cuban said. “We’ve got to learn to compete against ourselves to be the best that we can be. If we do that, then I’m going to be singing our praises every which way.”
This isn’t Cuban trying to play coach. This is him echoing something that Rick Carlisle preaches on a consistent basis.
But Cuban doesn’t believe the Mavs, a team loaded with accomplished veterans who don’t own championship rings, have fully bought in to the concept. He points to the Spurs, the team the Mavs are chasing in the West standings, as an example of a team that has embraced that obsessive approach.
The Mavs have proven they have the potential to be an elite team. They have the NBA’s best road record and have fared well against the top teams on their schedule so far, highlighted by snapping 12-game winning streaks owned by the Spurs and Heat.
However, the Mavs lose focus on far too many possessions for the boss to be pleased.
“We’ve bought in for the big game,” Cuban said. “Now we’ve got to buy in for every game.
“When we learn that’s what we have to do to win a championship, at least in my opinion, I think we’re going to be unstoppable. But we’re not there yet.”
Posted 05 January 2011 - 06:29 PM
Lakers' Phil Jackson: Mavericks will find it 'very hard' to fill in hole left by Caron Butler.
Posted by SportsDayDFW sports.
Lakersplay at Dallas on Jan. 19."
Phil Jackson fires back at Mark Cuban's recent comments, says the Mavericks owner 'must be worried.'
"Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson could not resist responding to Mark Cuban's jabs on Tuesday.
Jackson started the back-and-forth mocking by saying that the Mavericks would have a tough time overcoming the loss of Caron Butler.
Cuban then followed by saying: "I love that Jeanie Buss' boy toy had something to say about us.''
Buss, who is dating Jackson, is the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
Cuban added: "I don't know if it was his thought or Jeanie's thought, but it's nice to know she lets him speak in public about other teams.''
Well, Jackson wasn't going to let the war of words end there.
When asked about Cuban's comments, Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that: "Mark must be really worried. If he's got to comment on that, he must be really worried."
And the 65-year-old Jackson didn't stop there.
"I love it," he said. "I consider myself an old man, to hear that I'm a boy-toy? That's terrific."
In an attempt to clarify his remarks, Jackson finished by saying: "I feel badly for [the Mavericks], that's what I was saying. It's hard to replace a player that good. They do have a good player that's sitting behind him. Shawn [Marion] is a fine player, but it's not Caron Butler, so it's hard to replace a player like that."
Posted 07 January 2011 - 05:44 PM
Mark Cuban talks trades, acquiring Carmelo Anthony.
"Mark Cuban spoke with 105.3 The Fan Wednesday morning and discussed Caron Butler's injury and possibly making a deal before the trade deadline.
On the Mavericks championship hopes coming to an end because of Caron Butler's injury:
"Don't give up on us yet. I mean, one, we'll get Roddy back. Two, I think we're going to use this time without Dirk, Roddy and Caron to hopefully improve even more defensively. It gives us a chance just to focus on getting better as a defensive unit because without Dirk in there, particularly, we're not going to be able to come in and just outscore teams. Everybody on the roster knows that we got to do it with defense. Building that confidence, building that execution, and improving execution on the defensive end is only going to make us better. Then we're going to make a trade for Dirk, he'll come back. And then we'll make a trade for Roddy, he'll come back. I think with Roddy coming back, hopefully that'll replace Caron's production."
On if Mavericks fans can expect Cuban to be aggressive at the trade deadline:
"I take the exact same approach every year that we're going to be opportunistic. But what I think might make it more interesting this year is: A.) we got a bunch of exceptions that we've never had before. We still have our mid-level. So, with the uncertainty of next year and the collective bargaining agreement who knows what teams are going to do try to deal with their finances. If a team releases a good player we have our mid-level exception. If we're able to find a good young player, they can be traded into one of the $4.3 million trade exception we got when we sent Matt Carroll for Tyson Chandler. And there's always other types of opportunities. We got some weapons that will help us in the event that we see a trade that we like."
On trying even harder now to acquire Carmelo Anthony:
"We always pay attention. Carmelo's a great player. I don't think we have the assets they need or that they want. They want a boat load of draft picks and other things. And that's not something that we have. With that said, whenever there's a big trade like that, particularly if it's a multi-team trade. You always need another team to help you make the numbers work. I think that creates an opportunity for us. When a team really wants a great player like Carmelo, They'll get to where their backs are against the wall and need that last piece to make that trade work. Hopefully, that's where we can squeeze in and pick up a piece."
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