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Mark Cuban thankful Mavericks not “stuck” like Nets

Dec 5, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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Mark Cuban tried to just spend his way to an NBA title. It didn’t work. It rarely does in the NBA — you need an elite player or two, but you can’t just go Steinbrenner and try to buy all the talent in the world to go around them. You need the right kind of role players and a system they fit in.

Cuban figured that out and Dallas won a title in 2011 — then promptly broke up that roster post lockout to try and rebuild a winner. Cuban knew if he just overpaid that roster to stay together he may well not win another title (Oklahoma City was on the rise and the Heat would improve) and he would be paying a lot of money for an inflexible roster.

Sort of like where Brooklyn is now, which is what Cuban told ESPNDallas.com.

“That’s exactly right,” Cuban said Wednesday night. “You get stuck. That’s exactly what I thought. … That was definitely a fear.”

However, it’s not necessarily the money that concerned Cuban. Rather, it’s the difficulty of improving a roster as a team paying the luxury tax under the current set of rules that led him to bid farewell to key championship pieces such as Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and current Nets guard Jason Terry.

“Those two go hand in hand,” Cuban said. “If we were [a team full of 25-year-olds], the massive luxury tax bill is nothing. But when you know as you get older, you get stuck. … It’s not just that you’re stuck for a week or a half a season, you’re stuck. Now that the rules got even more stringent, you’re even more stuck.”

He’s right but the fact he got to take a little dig at Mikhail Prokhorov was something Cuban couldn’t quite pass up.

Cuban’s plan to recruit a superstar to go next to Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t panned out so far, but he has the flexibility to do it. Cuban also recognized that his 2011 team came together perfectly at just the right time — a feat that was not likely to happen again. He got his ring with that group, he had to move on.

It’s just that moving on to something better sometimes takes time.

  1. sportsfan18 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Cubes is at least refreshing if nothing else.

    I’m not a Mavs fan but it’s nice to have an owner who is so outgoing. Sure he says and does stupid things from time to time, but that only makes him more interesting than the usual stuffy suits that are owners of most pro sports teams.

    I wish he could have purchased a major league baseball team but Bud Selig and the other stuffy owners were afraid to let him in their ranks.

    Cubes is right about getting stuck. Not only are the Nets old and paying a lot, like an $80 million luxury tax for just this season, but they also gave away a lot of their future for the right to obtain old and high priced players too.

    So they will now not win a championship and will be old this yr and even older next yr, will pay enormous sums in penalty taxes and not be able to draft in the first round for most of the next 3 to 4 seasons to boot.

    Nets fans, this is your HIGH water mark for the next few yrs!

    • zerole00 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      The Nets are literally screwed for the next 3-5 years unless they hit a diamond with a low draft pick. Seriously, what kind of idiot mortgages the future to be a 3-4th seed team? The stars would have to align (Pacers/Heat suffering key injuries, Nets being perfectly healthy) for them to seriously contend for a championship.

      Mind you, Pierce and Garnett only have 1-2 years left in them (whether their body or will gives out first it’s hard to say), and they 3 first round picks for them? One in a loaded 2014 draft (that’s looking to be high given their current record).

      Thanks Billy King, the rest of the East loves you.

      • kinggw - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Its still December. The Nets look horrible now, but once Deron Williams returns they will at least return to the middle of the weak East at the worst. That means there wont be a lottery pick for the C’s this year.

        Say what you want about 3 seeds, but Cuban’s own team won in 2011 with a bunch of mercenaries that got hot at the right time and knocked off the defending champs and took out the Heat.

        All things considered, Cuban’s Mavs aren’t in a much different place than the Nets. They might not have the financial obligations of the Nets, but they have a mediocre roster in a stronger conference and it doesnt appear it’s going to change anytime soon. If they couldn’t attract big name free agents during Dirk’s prime, we probably shouldn’t expect them to start during Dirk’s twilight years or after he retires.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    So Kurt, he blew up a championship and they havent done anything since and you defend his positon? Pathetic, but not suprised as youre aften wrong in your analysis…They should have definately kept Tyson Chandler as he is the perfect fit next Dirk and maybe even JJ.

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Mavs suck, who cares what he has to say.

    • zerole00 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      They’ve got a better record than the Knicks a ton more financial flexibility – what does that say about your team then?

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Mavs still suck and I still don’t care what Cuban has to say
        ah, you better check your figures and stop listening to espn.
        and just so you know, I would trade Melo before he leaves to
        play with Mamba and I think the Knicks are way better off, we
        have Shumpert and Hardaway and tons of money coming off
        our books and we are locked into a aging German player.

        and who wanted to play for Mavs and the tons of financial flexibility.

      • sprest83 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Mavs have a better record, better team, and better ran organization from the top to bottom than the knicks.

      • zerole00 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Check my figures? Dirk is the only one making over 20 Mil and it’s well known around the league that he’s planning to take a pay cut for them to have even more financial flexibility. The Knicks have both Carmelo and Stoudemire (LOL) making close to 25M, there is NO QUESTION that the Mavs have more financial flexibility – but hey, don’t let facts get in the way or anything.

      • sprest83 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        LOL, fanofevilempire is clueless. Tons of money coming of the books for the knicks? Like who? As of right now, you are already over the cap for next season…unless you are expecting Stoudemire, Anthony, Bargnani, and World Peace to opt-out of their current contracts.

        Stoudemire – $23mill
        Anthony – $23mill
        Bargnani – $12.6mill
        World Peace – $1.6mill.

        Then you also have Tyson Chandler at $14.6 million and JR Smith at $6 million.

        Currently the Knicks have 30+ million committed for next season without factoring in Anthony, Stoudemire, Bargnani, and World Peace.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        zero take spiss and get lost.

      • sprest83 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Zero take? I just gave you a great take…knicks signed stupid contracts and my post proves that. Nice comeback tho

      • kinggw - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        evilempire has a point. After next year the Knicks will be in better shape than the Mavs. They’ll only have approximately $13M on the books (as of right now) the Mavs have $17M. In 2015 players like Rondo, Aldridge, Matthews, Asik, Love and a few other guys are available.

        New York is still New York and would be a preferred destination over Dallas when it comes to it.

    • bougin89 - Dec 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Bozosforall is that you??

  4. themagicfanguy - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Mavs may suck, just not as much as the Knicks. Don’t sit there and act like the Knicks will make the right move and trade Melo when we all know how poorly run the team is, the Knicks will trade shumpert/sign Melo and continue being a terrible team for years to come. At least the Mavs have room to build a winner on their team.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      why don’t you stop listening to those two schmucks, I don’t really see anyone knocking down
      Mavs and Magic doors with all their money, wtf would play there.
      This is NYC, not those two sheety locals.

      • sprest83 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Its hard for you to admit it, but you team is terrible and will be for the the for-see-able future…maybe not as bad as the nets. Hell the knicks can’t even win in the weak east, pathetic.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        just because you type something doesn’t make it true and people don’t have to believe what you say without eveidence.

        today is Friday January 1978, the time is 4:30 eastern.

        see, I typed it but it is a lie.

      • tved12 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Is this LogicalVoices from PFT? You’re delusional evilempire. In all the moves the Knicks have made in the last decade, how many of them have they come out ahead?

        Great you got Melo, but you’re paying a guy who needs to be the second best player on a team to win a title.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        evil: face it: the Knicks bite the big one. Take it like a man, not a mouse, or in the case of NYC, a rat.

  5. themagicfanguy - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Oh yeah EVERYBODY wants to play for the Knicks right? I mean, it’s not like they’ve been terrible for two decades or anything. So what amazing FAs have they attracted? Oh yeah… That’s that Melo power pulling them in huh?
    Your team is awful. Your team is going to be awful for the next few seasons, don’t like it? Tough.

  6. uncledrew22 - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Cuban is just gloating because if he would have signed DWill or D12 and other players, he’d be in the same boat as the Nets. He just lucked out that none of the top FA’s wanted to play for Dallas. Dallas roster at the time wasn’t good, as the only great player was Dirk. So now he’s playing the “I told you so” card.

  7. jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    New York, got the ways and means,
    it just won’t let you be,
    NO-NO!
    Excuse evilempire. He’s a product of one, messed up place. New York sucks so bad, except for art, Chinese food, commerce, music, history, pizza, museums, bagels…..

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      ….higher education, some of the best weed around (thanks to Northern Cal), theater, farmer’s market (NY is a big farm state), shopping, pastrami and corned beef, BARS and liquor, nightclubs, diversity, and of course sports, which at this time SUCKS for New Yawkers, except for the Rangers.

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