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Mark Cuban hopes the Lakers “suck.” They did for a night.

Oct 31, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

Lakers starters chat during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

There are a whole lot of people rooting for the Lakers to suck this year after forming their own West Coast superteam with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

Mark Cuban is just the most prominent of them. From Mark Medina at the Daily News (hat tip to SLAM):

“I don’t care,” Cuban said before the Lakers’ season opener Tuesday against Dallas at Staples Center. “I just hope they suck….

“They’re like any other team,” Cuban said. “Obviously Nash is great. Kobe’s phenomenal. But it takes a team. They have to come together and play as a team. Hopefully they don’t figure it out.”

It’s safe to say they haven’t yet — Cuban’s Mavs outworked and outplayed the Lakers to win the opener 99-91.

Steve Nash deferred a lot, floated around the perimeter off the ball and generally didn’t impact the game as Kobe had the ball in his hands a lot. Dwight Howard couldn’t hit a free throw and looked a little slowed by his back. The Lakers bench and defensive rotations were unimpressive.

It’s one game. Remember the first game of the Heat’s big-three era? They lost by 8 to the Boston Celtics, but it didn’t feel that close at all. LeBron, Wade and Bosh looked confused playing together.

The older Lakers with their shorter contracts don’t have a couple of years to figure it out like the Heat, but it’s not going to happen overnight.

Smart Lakers watchers realized it. Lakers radio play-by-play man John Ireland was doing his local radio show and predicted the Lakers would start the season 13-6 and had caller after caller (not to mention his radio co-host Mychal Thompson) come on and say “no, they are going to be 18-2.” Because that’s how fans view the world.

But they learned a hard lesson Tuesday. You can’t rush chemistry.

  1. staff2cj - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Love seeing the Corn Flakes crumble…

  2. cameltoehoe - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Well, at least they’re the ugliest team in the league. I wouldn’t blow them for $40mil/4years!

  3. michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    “I want my accountant from Princeton, not my offense.” -Charles Barkley

    Steve Nash just played the worst game of his professional career because he isn’t allowed to push the tempo, dribble penetrate, or run pick & rolls with Howard. It’s absurd. Mike Brown knows defense but he is clueless on offense. You can’t force 10+ year veterans to change for your system. RUN THE PICK AND ROLL YOU DOLT!!

  4. ebrownwareagle - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Mark Cuban should let sleeping Dogs Lie. Don’t Spit in the WIND Mark!

    • cowhawkfan - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Worked okay last night, but if you actually read his comment, he’s complimenting them in a sarcastic way.

  5. azarkhan - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Ditto.

  6. dedalus13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    “But they learned a hard lesson Tuesday. You can’t rush chemistry”

    that’s chemical engineer’s truth! Lol, too bad they did not trade for some this summer, I might have found a new job…

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    As do we all, Mark.

  8. openseason51 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    When it comes to sports. Cuban is the guy who always wanted to be the team captain but couldn’t even make the team.

  9. manchestermiracle - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Sez the guy who blew up a championship team. Maybe he’s just hoping for company….

  10. eventhorizon04 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    “Smart Lakers watchers realized it. Lakers radio play-by-play man John Ireland was doing his local radio show and predicted the Lakers would start the season 13-6 and had caller after caller (not to mention his radio co-host Mychal Thompson) come on and say “no, they are going to be 18-2.” Because that’s how fans view the world.”

    Exactly. Plenty of people here said, “STOP SAYING just because the Heat took awhile to gel, the Lakers will also take time to gel. The Lakers roster doesn’t have guys with overlapping play-styles like Wade and LeBron and Bosh. Nash and Kobe will get it working immediately.”

    Those guys apparently stopped commenting.

    And again – Miami losing to a Boston team with 4 All-Stars is less embarrassing than the Lakers losing to a Mavericks team that was missing its only All-Star (Dirk Nowitzki) gave Eddy Curry big minutes.

  11. omniusprime - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Mark Cuban can go suck on it. Every Laker fan is rooting for his Mavs team to suck and be the worst team in the league. Hey Mark suck on this, the Lakers have 16 championships and your worthless Dallas team has only 1. Go Lakers!!!

  12. paulhargis53 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Prime, it took you all of 2 games to dust off the trophies?! Really?

    Are you a Packers fan too?

    Here’s a question, whose title is more recent? Lakers are going on 3 years and counting without one…….

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