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Report: League cleared Cuban, Mavs ESPY appearance

Jul 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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The NBA league office apparently has nothing better to do during the lockout than monitoring team officials to make sure they don’t even have causal contact with players. Say just one wrong word and you can get threatened with a $1 million fine.

So what was the deal with Mavs owner Mark Cuban standing with a bunch of the Dallas players on the stage at the ESPYs Wednesday night, as the Mavericks won some sort of other award because they won the NBA championship (sorry, don’t really get the point of the ESPYs).

Is Cuban getting a $1 million fine? Nope, the league cleared it in advance, according to Tom Ziller at SB Nation.

As they should have. As we said when talking Michael Jordan and golf earlier today, these kinds of things are no big deal. It’s not like Cuban and J.J. Barea were at the open bar backstage and Cuban cornered him and started preaching hard cap. (Barea might be the one guy Cuban could corner, although Barea is quick and slippery. Just ask the Lakers defenders.)

Just another reason this whole lockout is silly. The entire NBA should be in Las Vegas this week getting drunk at the circle bar at the Hard Rock Hotel during Summer League (and watching Kyrie Irving), not worrying about David Stern’s fines.

  1. thetooloftools - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Cuban would have sent the NBA front office $2 million and told them the other mill is for “the next time I choose to hang out with my boys”.

  2. cosanostra71 - Jul 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t get the ESPYs either

    • oumoonunit - Jul 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      They have the ESPYs because baseball sucks. It is almost like having no sports until football starts…I hope.

    • jjared1101 - Jul 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      IMO, i would say that it has to do with our (fans) obession with ranking everything and everyone. That’s why you see all the shows on NFL Network about who’s in the top 100 players. Or who is the all time greatest basketball players. You saw it with Dirk this post season: “where does Dirk rank all time now?” ESPN’s horrible “Who’s Now” show. In the ESPY’s you get to rank who had the best team this year, who was the best NBA player, who was the best this and that. It’s more stuff for websites, radio hosts, sports shows and the like to discuss, argue, and disagree with. And we as fans feed in to that. As much as we hate it, it’s what we show them we want by ratings, which drives what they talk about on said shows (ie…LeBron, Lockouts, Gay Slurs…). Unfortunately, ratings aren’t as high for conversations like “Why the Mavericks won the Championship” ….”USA Womens Soccer”….ect.

      • jjared1101 - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        It just occured to me, to further my point, it’s why we have a thumbs up and a thumbs down on our posts.

  3. oumoonunit - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I do like the thumbs up/down. It doesn’t even matter which one you get. Pissing people off and getting thumbs down is just as satisfactory as getting a thumbs up if not more.

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