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Mark Cuban on Chandler Parsons participating in USA Basketball: ‘I can’t stop him’

Aug 3, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Mavericks signed Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet in restricted free agency this summer, and when the Rockets chose not to match, Dallas was committed to guaranteeing Parsons in the neighborhood of $46 million over the next three seasons.

Mark Cuban has always been against NBA players spending their summers competing internationally, essentially because NBA owners assume 100 percent of the risk with the players’ contracts being fully guaranteed should they suffer any injury. There also isn’t any financial incentive for the owners, which is another point of contention as far as Cuban is concerned.

But the reality is, at this point, he can’t do anything about it if his players decide on their own that USA Basketball is of a significant level of importance.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

Parsons’ participation isn’t Cuban’s preference, but Cuban does not have the power to deny Parsons from playing, as was the case for the many summers that Dirk Nowitzki suited up for Germany.

“Like Dirk, I can’t stop him,” Cuban said in an email reply to “It’s his decision.”

Cuban said he did not specifically tell Parsons that he didn’t want the small forward playing for Team USA after signing a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas. Cuban didn’t think it was necessary and isn’t allowed to pressure players to not play international ball.

“He knows how I feel,” Cuban said.

As of now, that’s as far as it can go. But with the injury to Paul George rocking the basketball world, it’s more than likely that this topic will be revisited by the league’s owners, and will undergo some serious discussion.

  1. campcouch - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    So next CBA, work in a provision that if you get hurt while participating in a non-NBA sanctioned event, you can be docked pay for the time missed or have your contract voided. You want to protect your investment, but at the same time understand it’s not servitude. This should be something players understand as well.

    • bballhistorian - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Which would effectively end the “Love of the Game” clause…

      • campcouch - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        You can love it, but it doesn’t mean the guy paying you has to take the risk of your love.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM


      it’s like insurance. it’s something you pay for all the time and rarely need.

      if the owners were to get this in the next CBA (I doubt it) they would have to pay a lot, like give back many percentage of the BRI back to the players as the players wouldn’t just give this up without getting a lot back. I’d imagine that the players would ask for a lot of money in return for giving this up.

      so the owners would pay more each paycheck due to giving more of the BRI back and these injuries happen rarely in these types of games so far. One article said it was the first serious injury of a pro player since they began playing.

      the owners would have to weigh whether paying how much back to the players that it took for them to give up playing or to agree to the terms you mentioned was really worth it to them with how infrequently the injuries like this happen.

      there is a lot of over reaction right now and of course Mark Cuban has been against this for a while so there are some who might do it but I think cooler heads will prevail.

      Now if the players are dumb enough to cave and give in to the owners while not getting much back then it will happen.

      • tdl8 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Why would the players ask for a lot of money back in return if they weren’t allowed to play? They do not get paid a dime for playing in the Olympics or the World Cup! If anything they should side with the NBA owners, hold out and demand FIBA or the IOC pay them some revenue share for the millions of dollars their Team USA gear makes while they play for free!

  2. succulentnipples - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Hard, hard nipples.

  3. jcrileyesq - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    or team usa get insurance policies for all the players for the full value of their contracts

    • csbanter - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Thank you thumbs up

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      that would be good and it would help a lot.

      but even if the Pacers were to have all of Paul George’s contract covered free for them, they still don’t have Paul George on the court this season.

      so the insurance IS a good thing but even that can’t make things whole.

  4. milkman1989 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    As with the rest of the NBA, its about money at the end of the day and marks right, the IOS and fiba are loving it. Sorry to be that guy, my dissertations is due soon so this will stop i promise…..

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    • hojo20 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      I did it.

      • milkman1989 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Thanks duuuuude

  5. csbanter - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    USA basketball should reimburse the Indiana Pacers for George injury. If that were Lebron everyone would be calling for USA basketball to cease its operations ASAP.

  6. dacapt704 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    People are overreacting as usual….this is the 1st injury of its kind we’ve seen after many many years of USA hoops. Sure it was nasty but its just a broken leg from which he will recover. There is no greater honor than wearing that USA on your chest and representing this great country! Guys like Cuban moan and complain bc they control every aspect of a player’s lives…..he’ll get over it.


    • tdl8 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Ummm, it’s not “just” a broken leg! That break could be a career ending injury! Have you seen the video? Don’t down play it like it’s a regular broken bone!

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