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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. peter finestone - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Mark your kinda stiff as a actor, but i do like your enthusiasm as a owner. However, who cares if you get 50 wins or 80 wins. The mavs had their 15 seconds and they choked it away against the heat and they will not get another look in the near future. on another issue. pls buy the dodgers.

  2. Badmax - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Mark Cuban can be a jerk, Jason Terry is a classy guy. Kobe is the best player in the NBA. Some may think I’m drinking the same stuff as Cuban, but I stand by my opinion.

  3. JP - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Hey Cuban- Bad acting on Entourage, and bad acting now. Talk is cheap, Cuban.
    You’ve been telling everyone every year how the Mavericks are going to beat this team and that , etc. And still, what have you done? Your team underachieves EVERY year. They gag every year in the playoffs. Zip it until your Mavericks actually DO SOMETHING.

  4. JP - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    …And being a lifelong, diehard Dodger fan all I can say is PLEASE DON’T COME NEAR THE DODGERS! Stay out of LA.

  5. odog - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM


  6. Bob - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Why do you writers continue to listen to this jackass.This TEAM of his WILL NEVER EVER beat LA.Enough said for my proof is in titles not talk. It must suck to live in Dallas is The Two Jackass’.

  7. Dianne - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Mavericks, couldn’t beat the Lakers when they had R. Blackmon, and Harper, and Harper thought the mavericks had a one point lead and let time run out with the game actually tied, went into overtime and M. Johnson, Kareem, and THE SHOWTIME LAKERS took care of business. Pressure when you’re not use to winning makes one delusional.

  8. romeo - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Please tap hard Mark Cuban! He sleeps too much. He’s dreaming! Hey! Wake up!

  9. Stevie - Sep 18, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Actually,, the Mavs have pretty much matched tit for tat with Lakers as far as regular seasons go,, over about the last decade! The Mavericks HAVE indeed, blown out the Lakers,, and IN Los Angeles! Examples: March, 2007 (IN LA Staples): Dallas Mavericks 109 LA Lakers 72;;;; Oct, 2009 (IN LA Staples): Dallas Mavericks 99 LA Lakers 83. The Mavs have kicked a$% over the Lakers,, a BUNCH of times over the past decade,, and IN Los Angeles! Ever since Cuban bought the team (about 10 years ago) the Dallas Mavericks have been on the steady improve while the Lakers are slowly deteriorating (especially at the aging Guard position,, considering ages of Derrick Fischer and Kobe Bryant). Even though that have not outright “Won” a title yet,, the Mavericks came VERY Close in 2006 (and very easily could have,, over the Heat). In 2007 the Mavs won a whopping 67 games (were 67-15). So yes,, look for the Lakers to get eliminated early this upcoming season, and for the Mavericks to (once and for all) GO all the way!

  10. pete - Sep 18, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    Yes the Mavs had a great regular seasons the last 10 years, BUT the Lakers have five titles in that time! Enjoy your regular season success!

  11. Omnius - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Hell No the Mavericks can’t beat the Lakers! Not in the playoffs that’s for sure, only in Cuban’s delusional dreams. A real shame that this idiot with more money than brains doesn’t pay more taxes. Sorry Mark but your loser team won’t be beating the Repeat World Champion Lakers as they will Threepeat this June because they have Kobe Bryant – the greatest player in the world. Not to mention Phil Jackson – the greatest pro sports coach of all time.

  12. Kenny - Sep 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    “The jet” nickname belongs to Kenny “the Jet” Smith.

  13. Jimee Johnson - Sep 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    What a shock! I thought Cuban would have conceded defeat before the season even started.
    Note: if you believe that I’ve got this bridge…

  14. JR - Sep 18, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    If anyone has a shot to beat the lakers, the last thing you do is tell them you’re going to kick their butts! Cuban just gauranteed his team losing to the Lakers in the playoffs if they should meet. Cuban..I thought you were smarter than that,

  15. Man In Black - Sep 19, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Jet = Jason Eugene Terry

  16. SFWA - Sep 19, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Is there a bigger jerkoff than Mark Cuban? This guy has gotten into it loudly and publically with opposing players and fans, the refs, the media, and anyone else who doesn’t agree with him. His under-achieving team wins 50 games a year (so what) then they lose in the first or second round of the playoffs every single time. They remind me of the old Buffalo Bills who did well enough, but could never win the big one. “Hell yes we can beat the two time defending NBA champs”. What an blowhard Cuban is with his childish and stupid statements! Dude…saying it and doing it are two completely different things. Please just shut the f up.

  17. TC - Sep 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    If game 6 was fixed for the Lakers to win, that means the Kings also helped out.Remember, the officials do not take shots in a game, the league also do not take shots either. It doesn’t matter how many times the Lakers went to the foul line in game six,they did not make every shot.

  18. Moe - Sep 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Ahhh of course the old blame everything on the officials when a good team you don’t like wins the series. Come on give me a break the better team wins everybody seems to overlook the spurs winning 4 championships when the conspiracy theory of david stern wanting big market teams to win is brought up. As far as mark cubans comments go he probably wants to believe what he’s saying more then anyone else but he knows Dallas beating LA 4 out of 7 games would be a huge upset

  19. The Anti-Crust - Sep 20, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    About the “Jet” nickname, that’s true, and honestly, Jason Terry is no jet. Except for the fact that his name is closer to the nickname. As to regular season blow-outs versus the Lakers, when the Lakers are going to lose, Phil lets the game go. So you can have your blowouts, and hang banners with those. Seven game series against the Lakers??? Won’t happen for years, first they have to get there, second, the Lakers will take them down in 4 or 5. They do not like the Mavericks and their loud mouthed owner.

  20. Alexander G. Nyekan - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    JR, i’m shock at ur comment. What has Mark C. saidof done that gave that made u to think that he was smart when it comes to basketball. The first rule is “let sleeping dogs lie”.

  21. Stryker - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Well said. I’m a Laker fan but I do appreciate what the Spurs have brought to the NBA table.
    Indeed, their multiple championships have debunked those preposterous conspiracy theories.
    All I see is sour-graping. I bet if their favorite teams win multiple championships, they would be singing a different tune. It’s so convenient to put down the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Spurs championships and blame it on officiating and conspiracies.

  22. ocgunslinger - Sep 22, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Josh…..occasionally you run into someone on these posts that actually has a level of intelligence, can articulate and make his point without insulting everyone else who disagrees. (Even when they are dopes). Each of your posts are well written and on target.
    Congratulations and I look forward to reading more from you in the future as it won’t be a waste of time.

  23. Sean Jobitoo - Sep 24, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Lakers have the West locked up. Cuban says the same stuff every year, yet has nothing to show for it. As long as Kobe and Pau plus Phil Jackson are on the Lakers, the only way the Mavs will get to the Finals is if they buy a ticket like every other deep pocket fan that can afford them.

  24. pffffff - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    ppppffffffffffffff u know nothing about basketball

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