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Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for mcuban_cheers.jpgThings are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA.

This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers.

That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, on KRLD in Dallas. Here’s what he said (thanks Sports Radio Interviews), when he was asked if Dallas could beat Los Angeles:

“Hell yes. That’s it. Hell yes. We’ve got the size now. We’ve got the depth. We’ve got a lot more depth than the Lakers. It’s not even close there…

 “I’m excited about it. We’re going to continue our streak [nine straight 50 win seasons]. We’re going to have a great team. I think we have the depth, experience and are younger and more athletic to kind of fill some holes we had last year. We are going to be better… This is a really, really special opportunity for us. We’re going to have the deepest team in the NBA by far. I think our second unit, J.J. (Barea), Jet (Rodigue Beaubois) and probably Shawn Marion or Caron Butler switching back and forth with the second unit with rookie Dominique Jones playing the three, Tyson Chandler playing the four and Brendan (Haywood) or Ian (Mahini) playing the five. Our second unit could beat a lot of first units. We’re going to have so much depth that it’s really going to give us an advantage this year. All our guys are coming in with one focus only and that’s to win a championship. That’s the goal. “

I get what Cuban is saying. Dirk Nowtizki kind of is a wash with Pau Gasol. Jason Kidd, even at this point in his career, is better than Derek Fisher/Steve Blake. Shawn Marion is as good or better than Ron Artest. Brendan Haywood can hang right there with Andrew Bynum. Caron Butler can be Lamar Odom…

That’s everyone right? Can’t think of any other matchups that really tilt things toward the Lakers.

Oh, yea.

  1. Samy - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Amazing writing! Let me guess?
    Is it a snake?

  2. tb - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Fail. Do you really think Jet is the nickname for Rodigue Beaubois?

  3. Nobody - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Sounds like someone has been drinking a little too much tequila with Turtle and Vince

  4. Epic Fail on Nicknames - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Jet is not Beaubois’ nickname — it’s Jason Terry’s. Some sportswriter you are. FAIL!

  5. Josh - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    What about the coach? What about the system? What about the CHARACTER of the players? This isn’t fantasy basketball. If you’re going to actually win, then you have to win all those games and playoffs and defeat the best teams. There is a vast gulf between a team like the Lakers coming off 3 straight finals and 2 straight titles, with 5 titles in the last 10 years, coached by the most accomplished coach in NBA history, and featuring a player who is a true to life G.O.A.T. candidate in his prime, and some team that usually makes the playoffs but has never won. To say they will win because they are “stacked”, with Joe schmo and Joe blow and whoever else, is just so incredibly naive. Seriously… if you have unlimited resources and unlimited desire to reach the next level and be a worthy competitor for the Lakers, then invest in the very best coaching; find a way to create a tradition of greatness. Look at Staples Center, at the jerseys hanging in the rafters. Those NBA hall of famers, who played their careers with the Lakers, are still part of the team. They are still friends and family, and they still help out and teach and coach the young ones sometimes. I don’t pretend to understand all the subtle details and art of what makes one team able to be great across decades and eras… but I do know that whatever it is, the Lakers clearly embody it.

  6. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    The Lakers have the west locked and won. Bring on the heat!

  7. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    No way the mavs will beat the LAKERS, The LAKERS will 3-peat!!!

  8. DavesNotHere - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Must be a strategy by Cuban to strike fear into the Lakers hearts before the season begins.

  9. Dix - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Wow…Someone has been drinking. Has the Mamba read this..LOL. Kobe B is still the best player in the world. I don’t think the Mavs have addressed this problem. Do you?

  10. gary69 - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Cuban is right about the regular season, but when the playoffs come by, it gets serious. It’s MONEY time!

  11. jeff - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    you got that right, must be some good stuff

  12. D-Mack - Sep 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Cuban is officially delusional

  13. Drew - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    I will never understand the perpetual fixation sports writers have with individual matchups. First of all, Kurt Hein, you DON’T get it. Cuban wasn’t breaking down individual matchups against Laker players, he was speaking about units and overall lineups.
    Even if he was referring to that, Josh correctly pointed out the many variables attached to winnning. How about chemistry? How about experience together as a unit? Will players accept their roles? Yes, matchups do matter to a certain degree but it’s not the be-all-end-all. Comparing Artest to Marion is ridiculous. They are two completely different players who are asked to do completely different things.
    Yes, Dallas will be better and tougher inside this year. Will it be enough to beat the Lakers? I doubt it.

  14. Jared - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    At least he’s showing some enthusiasum for his team. I guess people prefer the old, “we’ve made upgrades in areas and we’re looking to always improve.” …..”We like the team we’ve assembled and we think we can compete.” …”We are robots and are not allowed to get excited for something we invest millions of dollars in to each year because that’s just how it is.”

  15. Laker4Life - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Mavs couldnt even beat the spurs last year. They have no chance against the Lakers. Give me a break.

  16. Josh - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    That’s a good point(s). Although when you say you have “way more depth than the Lakers”, you can expect people to raise a few eyebrows. The Mavs are a good team, no doubt; as a Laker fan, it’s hard to imagine getting all hyped up about the Mavs, but I can see that they are a nice team and I thought should’ve won a title in 07 or whatever against Miami. I guess they’d be more compelling if they had a really exciting individual talent, as well as some tough defensive specialist type players. Think Brandon Roy, Derrick Rose or John Wall or Kevin Durant. That one guy out there that’s gonna paint a Picasso every night on the court. And a nasty defender, like a Rodman or an Artest or somebody like that. Perhaps the point is, that a team doesn’t need to be 12 deep with “name” players that are mostly just glorified journeymen with big reps. You just need A. a system, coach and staff with continuity and that works B. 3 or 4 core players who are super good individually and together C. 5 or 6 solid role players who will do their jobs and defer to the stars. Think tennis, Federer vs Nadal, rather that football, Packers vs Giants. Of course I’m just a Laker fan, and of course everybody has an opinion, everybody’s an expert… but yeah. :)

  17. truelakerfan - Sep 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Hey Mark,
    I have a suggestion, if you’re planning on purchasing the dodgers perhaps you should stop trashing the Lakers…

  18. Jay in Dallas - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Jason Terry is the Jet, not Beaubois. If you’re going to write nicknames in your column, you could at least get it right. The Jet has been around for 10 years at the pro level now. Maybe you ought to cover water polo?

  19. RockinRick - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    The Mavericks will never beat the Lakers because even if they are better the league office will never allow it to happen. There will be one or two quirky games overly influenced by the officials that would tilt the sries in the Lakers favor. Read Tim Donaghy’s book Personal Foul. That’s exactly what happened when they played the Heat in 06. Through 2 1/2 games they were clearly the better team, then Dwyayne Wade starts going to the line 25 times a game. No chance to win. Donaghy details how the league would never let the Mavs win, because Cuban complains too much & causes the league office too much work among other things. Flip side of that, the Lakers have always been the faovrite son & been given excessive opportunities to win. Donaghy spends 6 pages detailing how game 6 between the Lakers & Kings was fixed in 02 to the Lakers favor as well as game 7 between the Blazers & Lakers in 00. David Stern famously was asked earlier this decade “Who would you like to see in the finals, Lakers vs. Knicks?”. He responded “Lakers vs. Lakers”. He really said that & that says it all.

  20. HHH - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    F the Lakers and F the Heat…………. GO MAVS!!!!

  21. Larry - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    The Mavs will never win a ttile until Cuban brings in a couple of top NBA execs, gets out of the way and lets them run the show. It’s not likely to happen. Donnie Nelson is not one of those guys.
    Come playoff time Dirk gets his points but his 8.5 boards per game and lack of low post defense don’t cut it at PF. Another early loss for Dallas come playoff time, unless somehow PHX who is worse off at PF sneaks into the playoffs and the 2 teams meet.

  22. davidly - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Looks like Nelly ‘ll be available. Hahahahhhaha!!

  23. davidly - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    The Thunder is gonna beat whoever they meet in the first round, and I’m telling you, it ain’t gonna be LA. Dallas maybe.

  24. Joey - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Josh…like your points. Bottom line Cuban, You put a decent team together. Now, go beat San Antoinio, get out of the first round, and then, and only then, we’ll revisit your application for NBA contender

  25. YesKay - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I will think about Lakes, first let them beat spurs.

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