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With smile on his face, Cuban fires back at Deron Williams

Oct 9, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

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Mark Cuban loves this kind of through-the-media banter. Just ask Phil Jackson. Or Shaq. Or a host of others. Cuban is very good at saying something with a smile on his face but with a knife in his hands.

So when Deron Williams fired a shot at Mark Cuban saying the fact Cuban was off filming “Shark Tank” on the day Williams met with the Mavs sealed the deal he was going to the Nets, you knew Cuban would eventually fire back.

And he did, speaking to the media in Barcelona where his Mavs were about to lose a preseason game to FC Barcelona, via the Dallas Morning News.

“I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference,’’ Cuban said before the Mavericks’ exhibition game against FC Barcelona Regal. “I would have expected him to say – like I’d expect one of our guys to say – ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’…

“He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. That’s the important thing, to try to win championships.

“I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did.’’

Nice.

To be clear, Cuban could have been there and brought Kate Hudson to pour glasses of Cristal and D-Will still probably would have chosen the Nets. That is where he was leaning. And he saw what the Nets were doing and heard what their long-term plans were. (Apparently those plans were to go over the cap and lock themselves into basically this roster for years, but it’s a plan.)

What Williams said was he had questions about the long-range plans in Dallas that GM Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle couldn’t satisfactorily answer. Sounds to me like Williams really threw those two under the bus.

And of course, if you are building a team, step one is to get a couple of superstars together, like Williams and, oh, I don’t know, maybe… Dirk Nowitizki? Someone like that.

  1. zacksdad - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Wow, great come back from Cuban. Even from one of the hated teams. :)

  2. zerole00 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    “Apparently those plans were to go over the cap and lock themselves into basically this roster for years, but it’s a plan.”

    lol

  3. ohsoblessed1 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Cuban is a smart dude, but he is full of it.

  4. ihavenonickname - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    I love this comment, but it doesn’t change the fact that Cuban has his Mav’s going the wrong direction.

  5. themars211 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Hey sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. This guy deconstructed his team for the chance to get D-Will and possibly Dwight Howard and he does not even have the sense to show up to meet the guy. I mean he tore apart his championship roster to get D-Will….LMAO. Even if it was only a slightly improved chance that he would sign with you should’nt he show up to meet him? Now your response is we want to build a team not just a superstar point guard….SMDH. Too arrogant for his own good sometimes.

  6. calviso - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Check out nets.com… hilarious!

  7. davidcl77 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    You are trying to win championships? Could have fooled me. No Tyson Chandler? He’s a punk who got lucky that Lebron hadn’t matured yet. The Mavs are done. That jerk can smile all he wants. Dirk isn’t smiling.

  8. storebrandcookies - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Drinking that Diet Coke like a boss.

  9. ezwriter69 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    When the best known, most famous, biggest star on your team is the owner, you have an issue. Cuban = Dana White, no matter what the players/fighters do, ultimately it’s always about them. Steinbrenner is another equivalent, but at least the Yanks won multiple titles, and even George wasn’t as intrusive and spotlight grabbing as Cuban.

  10. slumdog66 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Your guys are talking smack like he cares. He’s a BILLIONAIRE. Sure, money can’t buy happiness…

    • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      But it can buy booze, drugs and hoes, sounds like happiness.

  11. latchbeam - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Kate Hudson??

  12. pw38 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Focusing on just this aspect of the Mavs/D-Will situation Cuban’s pretty much on the ball here. D-Will opened his mouth and Cuban was just there to put his foot in it.

    Now, from the bigger picture Cuban needs to shut up because I don’t care what he says, you sign Chandler and Barrea and give your shot a legit shot to defend their championship. It’s almost like he got over the hump and was satisfied with the one championship. I get that but I disagree with it. He put a lot of undue pressure on the team to perform and on Dirk in particular and essentially wasted a valuable year of Dirks remaining playing time.

    Now the roster is overturned, there’s really no assumption on anyone’s part that they’ll do anything in the playoffs, and Dirk is back to being the lone gunman. They don’t even have Terry and he was easily signable (and signed for far less with Boston than people thought he would get).

    It’s a pretty frustrating situation from a fans standpoint because yes we did win the title (and in an awesome way, revenge + LeBron) but man as quick as it came it was gone and the Mavs are back to being a decent team but no real threat to do anything. Ah well…

  13. hahapapa - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Cuban did right.. Williams is an ego maniac who would tear his team down.. He wants to build, hard to do with a thug as the center piece.

  14. kavika6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    If Jerry Sloan, one of the best coaches ever chose to retire rather than coach Williams, nobody can coach him. He is nothing but trouble. Sloan even managed to somehow coach Karl Malone, but couldn’t handle Williams. Anyone that chooses to coach or play with Williams is crazy. He and cuban are both d-bags.

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