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Mark Cuban fires back at Chris Webber over “soft” comment

Apr 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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After the Mavs were laid to waste by the Lakers last night — and after they pulled out a classic NHL maneuver and started being physical once the game was out of reach — Chris Webber went on TNT and ripped the Mavs.

He called them “soft.” We linked to it in our Morning One Liners, but here is the money quote (courtesy the Dallas Morning News):

Jason Terry is the only Dallas Maverick that does something. Look at Dirk Nowitzki, look at these two big guys, look at Haywood. They deserve to be fined. I hate to say this, but I put the rules on me team that if were not in there, you deserve to be fined…. But what I am saying is, when your guard gets pushed and no one else on the team … the Lakers already won.”

Cuban went on ESPN Dallas radio and fired back (as transcribed by CBS Eye On Basketball):

“Chris Webber has never had an original thought. It doesn’t really matter. You know how these guys work. The last time I looked it was Jason Terry pushing and our guys responding — no one is backing down from anybody. And it’s the same nonsense talked by the same people who haven’t had an original thought in their entire lives. Look, we don’t care what Chris Webber says. It doesn’t matter what Chris Webber says. We just go out and do our thing.”

Cuban is right, calling the Mavericks soft is not original. And calling a team that prefers to shoot jump shots on the perimeter soft is not accurate. It’s not fair. But the Lakers were more physical when it mattered Thursday, and that feeds the common perception. Whatever you think of that perception. That physicality also leads to wins for the Lakers over Dallas.

  1. mharenza - Apr 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Chris Webber calling anybody else soft is utterly ridiculous, just like when he criticizes the work ethic of others. My lasting memory of Webber is of him jacking up mid range jumpers instead of going on the block and getting beat in transition as he lazily chugged back on defense. I don’t usually agree with Cuban, but he is right on this one.

    • ocgunslinger - Apr 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM

      What you said Mbarenza. Webber is so out to lunch if the quote “I hate to say this, but I put the rules on me team that if were not in there, you deserve to be fined”. Whattttttt?? Cubban is on the mark here and Webber should go back to high school, make that elementary school, to learn how to structure a thought and sentence. How did he get this job?

      • mytthor - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:03 PM

        It was taken a little out of context. Right before that statement he was talking about how he played for a coach in the league that would fine you if you weren’t sticking up for your teammates in a situation like that. And what he actually said was “I put the rules on my team.” Not perfect, but there’s a typo in the quote above.

  2. dvic13 - Apr 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Both are wrong. Webber would fit right in with Mavs style of play. But his comments while not original is accurate in the sense that perception is reality.

  3. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    ok, they are not soft, they just biatches, Dirk was at mid-court during the fight.

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Lakers are ready for the playoffs, Artest is on his best behavior and Barnes is back after surgery, they will do Mambas dirty work.

  5. philtration - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Chris Webber has always been a mental midget and I don’t take anything that he says seriously but that photo of Cuban makes me want to bitch slap him.

  6. kingkenley - Apr 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    why is their so much hate for Chris webber? even if he is a complete retard he has more money than we’ll probably ever see. now the mavs are soft point blank period

  7. metalhead65 - Apr 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    yea the mavs are soft because dirk did not get into a fight,because getting suspended for being involved in it would have done the mavs so much good right? or maybe getting injured from one of those big tough lakers would haved proved a point to right? who is webber to call anybody out anyway? did he ever actualy win anything once he left high school or even then? he may have gotten to championship games in college but guess what?he lost them both! and the one chance he had in the nba with the kings they choked! so who is he again to call anybody out?

  8. cjkrew32 - Apr 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    For those that think Chris Weber is soft must have not watched him play basketball most of his career. He was a BEAST in the paint. Only until he had the micro-fracture surgery did he lose his explosiveness around the rim and thus need to develop a jump in order to survive in the league. His take on the Mavs is right on point. They are soft and traded for Tyson and Brenden in order to beef up their front line, because their is no D in Dirk!!!!!

  9. cordae - Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Damn, you all act like youre sleeping with the mavs. THEY ARE SOFT! Hell the man didnt lie! A GOOD coach would chew you out if you didnt stick up for a teammate, you’d be the laughing stock in practice the next day. Thats why I question if most of the people who spend most of their time blogging actually ever PLAYED sports. And while all of you find it easy to mock chris webbers career, none of you would dare guard him in his prime (with healthy knees lol). He was doing what blake griffin is doing now. Go back and look at some film, when webber was healthy, nobody wanted it with him.

  10. zaavonb - Apr 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    yall are out yall damn mind if your calling chris webbber soft need i remind you he was on the fab 5 need i remind he fought shaq need i remind you that he got suspended a lot of times for fights now the mavs are soft they lakers be whipping that ass all of them was standing round but you saw our killers bs barnes,blake,brown go at it take nothing thats why we is the greatest franchise around

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