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Mark Cuban calls Dwight Howard’s judgment childish

Oct 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

Samuel Dalembert,Dwight Howard

Billionaires usually get their way.

That’s why they’re billionaires. Those who didn’t get their way never amassed such a large fortune.

Then, once they reached that status, they have the means to continue getting their way.

The best NBA example is Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter when LeBron James left Cleveland. That was whiny and shameful, and Gilbert should regret sending it. (As of last check, he doesn’t.) Gilbert didn’t get his way, so he threw a tantrum and blamed others.

The latest example: Mark Cuban didn’t get what he wantedDwight Howard – so now the Mavericks owner is acting childish.

Cuban, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

“Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban said with a laugh when asked if he could blame the 6-11 center for choosing young James Harden and the Rockets over older Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”

So he doesn’t have any ill feelings?

“None,” Cuban said. “Not even a little bit, because I think we came out pretty good. If we were stuck, then maybe. But like I say about every other team, I hope they suck. I say that every year. It’s nothing personal. I still like Dwight as a person. But I still want the Rockets, like every other team, to have a horrible season. It’s nothing personal. I just want them to suck.”

The irony is so rich – how rich is it? – it would whine incessantly if it didn’t get its way.

Most of what Cuban says is forgettable talk from an admittedly sore loser. But comparing Howard’s judgment to that of a child, even if said somewhat in jest, crosses a line.

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Howard brings a lot of the derision upon himself, and he can be immature. But he’s still a grown man who handled his free agency, once he finally got to that point after the true Dwightmare, as well as possible. He heard from interested teams and then made a decision.

Unless Cuban and Howard are closer friends than I think – and Howard passing on the Mavericks suggests they’re not the very best of buds – Howard doesn’t deserve that type of public swipe from someone like Cuban.

  1. kingwithringz - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Mark is talking about Mistakes? This is the same guy who won a championship, then broke the team up to chase imaginary superstars. Wow. He’s talking about Mistakes.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      I still can’t believe he didn’t let that team defender their title.

      You blow up teams that can’t get past the early rounds of the playoffs – not teams that just won the Finals…

    • spthegr8 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      I’m not particularly a fan of Dwight’s act. But for Cuban to call somebody “childish ” or their actions ” childish ” is LAUGHABLE!!! Pot, met kettle!! Just Sayin’!!!

      • jjared1101 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        It’s really funny that you quote the word “childish” as if it’s an actual part of what Cuban said. Read the ACTUAL quote before you decide to quote.

        Classic example of someone getting trolled by the blogger.

  2. thekingdave - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Hey Kurt, float me $10 for the two night fantasy basketball contest? I’ll pay you back $20 if I win.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM


  3. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Mark Cuban calling someone else childish?

    Cuban calling him childish is like Blaine Gabbart calling Mark Sanchez a bust.

  4. antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    He’s right, it was immature. Just like how the Kobe-Shaq feud was immature. But that happens with star athletes – they can’t see the forest for the trees. Unfortunately for Howard, Kobe never matured – so two immature stars on the same team was never going to work, so one had to go.

    It’s rare to find a mature superstar who is unselfish and can see the big picture. Magic is rare, LeBron is rare, Wade is rare.

    • kingwithringz - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      @Antis Yes, Wade is very rare. Gave up his team so LBJ could dominate. Got him two ringz in the process (so far).

    • kb2408 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      This guy never ceases to use any opportunity to bash Kobe. Speaking of childish! I’m just glad that those who actually matter, you know like Kobe’s peers, aren’t as thick headed as some online bloggers are. Whether Kobe was immature or not, is irrelavant. The LAKERS made the right move by trading an aging, overweight Shaq who only had one more semi-good year after he left L.A. Meanwhile, “immature” Kobe and the LAKERS went on to win two more titles. Wade’s situation was completely different. His choice was easy: keep getting beat in the 1st round for the rest of his career, or move over and let the best player in the world help you win titles. As for Dwight and the LAKERS…it didn’t work. End of story.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        The Lakers wanted to keep both Shaq and Kobe, but Bryant said he was leaving if they kept Shaq so they were forced to trade one. In any case, the point was that both Shaq and Kobe should’ve been mature enough to understand the advantage they had – they could’ve kept winning if they put their differences and selfishness aside – but it didn’t happen.

        Some guys are about winning unconditionally, other guys are about winning with conditions. Kobe is one of those latter types.

      • kb2408 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:48 AM

        The LAKERS were not willing to lose Kobe for Shaq. Nor we’re they willing to pay Shaq what thought he was worth. But slice it anyway you want. All I know is Kobe is the winningest player of his era. And didn’t Dwight want to win with conditions? He wanted to be the man but didn’t want to actually earn it. He wanted to choose his own coach but hasn’t won jack in the league. Kobe earned the right to be the face of the LAKERS. Dwight wanted things handed to him. Kobe is beloved in Los Angeles. Only Phil, Magic, Jerry and Dr. Buss rival Kobe’s popularity. Dwight is hated from Orlando to California. And Shaq’s career was cut short because he didn’t have the dedication to his body that a Kobe, KG or Duncan has.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:11 AM

        No, not exactly kb2408. Certain members of the Lakers wanted to keep Shaq and trade Kobe. According to Phil Jackson the reason that didn’t happen was because Dr. Buss considered Kobe his pet project since he drafted him – and he didn’t draft Shaq. That’s not the point though – if Buss had his way he would’ve kept both. He didn’t want to have to split them up but he had no choice.

        And what is this BS about Kobe being the “winningest player of his era”? You must be including the years when he was Shaq’s sidekick because he wasn’t winning by himself, that’s for sure.

        And Dwight just wanted what every prime superstar coming to the Lakers is going to want – Kobe retired or retiring soon. What’s wrong with that? Kobe would’ve wanted the same thing if he was in Dwight’s shoes.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Wow! Are people really still saying the Lakers made the wrong choice? How many titles did the Lakers win post-Shaq? How many Finals did they make? How long after he left the Lakers was it before Shaq was a shell of himself?

        Yeah, they definitely made the wrong call there.

        Your obsession with Kobe is kinda scary.

  5. jjared1101 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    “Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban said with a laugh when asked if he could blame the 6-11 center for choosing young James Harden and the Rockets over older Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”

    “Cuban said with a laugh”

    “Cuban said WITH A LAUGH”


    I bet fans and the media will take more offense to this than Dwight Howard will.

  6. metrocritical - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Although Cuban can be an impetuous blowhard, it’s impossible to evaluate this statement without knowing the full context of his words and tone of the delivery. Maybe Cuban was just an attempting to be funny.

    • jjared1101 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM


  7. mintberrycrunch1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Am I the only one who saw this as sort of an off the cuff joking type statement, and not a big deal in any way whatsoever? This is kind of a silly article.

  8. jadaruler - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I love what Cuban has done in his time in Dallas but I feel the Rojas debacle and these comments prove he won’t admit he screwed up. The Rockets made great moves and Dwight made the best decision for his career.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Let’s not forget that Dwightmare vowed to convert his soon-to-be NBA team to Christianity and then immediately starting having illegitimate children. How many does he have? Not one, not two, not three, not four…

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Eight? Or was it 6? I forget…

  10. allday420ap - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I call mark cubans income proposterous!

  11. wsuperman4445 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Wow! Mark Cuban calling Dwight Childish? that is like saying Dwight Howard is Childish! ( snicker,smirk!)

  12. sportsfan18 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Hey, Not a Mavs or Cuban fan, but he’s still a breath of fresh air as an owner…

    Far too many stuffy suits. Cuban is slowly (& I mean slowly) helping to change that some.

    The old guys in baseball wouldn’t let him buy a team because they were too stuffy and afraid of Cuban to allow him to be an owner…

    I’m not commenting about Cuban and how he’s done, just the way he is.

  13. Anoesis - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Cuban and Howard. Those two doofuses deserved each other.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Both a couple of over-grown children.

  14. wowwowbad - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    It’s not that Dirk is older than Harden those stuff. The Mavs simply don’t have a better team comparing to the Rockets.

  15. mp8441 - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    wow…this article was something else. The attempt in trying to make mountain out of a molehill is laughable. Cuban never called him a child and your perception of “young kid” to another person’s may differ but I doubt the statement he gave was meant as a swipe since he stated he has no ill feelings toward him as a person. Hell, I’ve seen this site take more swipes at Howard and calling him names for not making up his mind on what the YOUNG MAN wants to do during his NBA career. If you want to say Cuban has sour grapes over the decision Howard made that’s fine because Cuban’s had plenty sour grapes in the past but don’t make it seem like the guy was trying to talk down to Howard like he was a little kid.

  16. lastdukestreetking - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I like Cuban but he can be a bit of a whiny, sore loser.

  17. wlubake - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Heard this quote on Dallas radio this morning. You can tell from his voice that it is clearly a joke. The reporters laugh right along with him.

    Truth is, though, if an owner really believes in what he’s putting together, then any player that chooses not to come there is making a mistake to him.

    The point local radio made, and felt was the only possible truth to Cuban’s statement, was that Dwight chose roster over organization. That in the long run, good organizations produce winners. The roster will turn over, so you better pick an organization that can handle replenishing it when it does. I happen to think Houston has a good organization that got burned on Yao. But you can see the point.

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