Ohhh Mark Cuban. Will you ever shut that big mouth of yours?
(Probably not, so this is why all the sports blogshpere goes kaboom when this guy speaks….how entertaining)
Dallas Mavericks Owner, Mark Cuban, has recently dismissed the Los Angeles Lakers offseason moves this summer, making the comment that the NBA season will not be decided before it begins. Obviously he is talking about the doosey of a Laker trade, getting rid of Andrew Bynum and picking up Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in return (yeah-yah!).
When this Steinbrenner wannabe doesn’t get what he wants or when things aren’t going so well for his Mavericks, he let’s everybody know about it:
“The Lakers have done this before,” Cuban said. “Remember Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work.
“It takes great chemistry, like coach (Rick Carlisle) alluded to, it takes guys wanting to be there — I don’t know if all their guys want to be there — it’s going to be interesting.
“Look, (the Lakers are) going to be a great team, but I remember when we made our run,” Cuban said. “We weren’t supposed to win any series. The Lakers were defending champs when we swept them, and they had everybody back. A lot of teams do a great job winning the summer, but I never get so antsy about what happens over the summer.”
“The CBA now isn’t just about money,” Cuban said. “Now it is about flexibility as well. And, for instance, going to the Lakers, this time next year, they wouldn’t be able to do a deal for Steve Nash. … The Nets and some other teams who have just said, ‘we’re going to spend whatever it takes,’ that is their team for a long time. Somebody gets hurt, something happens or it doesn’t work, they’ve got big problems.”
Almost politician like….don’t you think?
Hmmmmmm…didn’t that Laker squad work perfectly well?……despite Malone’s injury on top of the Kobe and Shaq-tastic feud. I think it did work Cuban. The Lakers dominated the league on pace to win 66 games and make it to the conference finals. The only reason they were defeated in the Western Conference Finals by the Pistons is because Malone got injured AGAIN, his knee no less. The Pistons were a healthier team. It wasn’t because of bad chemistry.
Cuban does make a point about chemistry though. Who knows what will happen with these two new players coming into an already older veteran squad. Remember in Miami? Things didn’t go as planned for the Heat until their second year together as the three musketeers. Damn Lebron, now he has a ring. Sigh…..
It is known that Kobe and Dwight don’t have the best relationship. But in the scheme of things, I think they can set their differences aside and play some competitive ball. Nash is going to have to learn some more defense than offense if you know what I mean. I know the dude can assist and run down the court till the cows come home, but can he guard these young point guards? I’m sure it will be a good season just as long as nobody gets injured.
I just love the burn Cuban gives, “I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.” What a bitch. The only one who didn’t want to be there isn’t there anymore. He is in Philly, praying to GOD his risky knee surgery in Switzerland this summer will save his NBA career. Dwight obviously wants to be there now, even though the Lakers might have been his second choice, he is making the most of it. It’s like getting into your second college choice, hey man, it’s better than getting into NO college, just take a keg stand and enjoy life.
It is long ways away to say who is going to dominate the NBA this upcoming season. Ahem….CUBAN. Who knows, the Mavericks chemistry can come out of nowhere, leaving the Lakers forlorn and defeated. However, there is more pressure on the Lakers to perform this season….well not according to Catty Cuban. Who is to say that both teams might fall watching a much younger team pass them by to the championship finals (cough: cough : Thunder)
Even though I am quick to judge Cuban and his snarky remarks, he could have been talking to a different audience, an audience full of Maverick fans, sponsors, donors, etc. I am not the ideal audience to catch wind of his comments. Nevertheless, you got to hand it to Mark Cuban to really piss you off in this “snore” of a Laker offseason. I mean seriously, can you name another owner who has been photographed with the championship trophy before the actual team and coaches, who WON the freaking game, has?!