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Mark Cuban: Mavericks care about chemistry – not like those Rockets

Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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Daryl Morey, in a bout of confusion over Dwight Howard’s free agency last summer, called a bitter Mark Cuban about trading for Dirk Nowitzki.

Of course, Dallas said no, and Howard actually signed with Houston. But story showcases Morey’s approach.

He’s about assets more than emotion.

Morey allowed the narrative about declining Chandler Parsons’ team option to center on searching for a bigger star. He used Jeremy Lin’s number on a billboard for Carmelo Anthony, because Melo is that bigger star. He has allowed two stars (Howard and James Harden) who’ve publicly belittled their teammates to set the tone.

To be fair, Morey’s strategy has advantages. He doesn’t get too tied to players, and his constant tinkering has steadily improved Houston.

But the Rockets’ way is not the Mavericks’ way, and Cuban went out of his way to make sure you know that.

Cuban on KRLD-FM 105.3, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News:

On the Rockets making inquiries on Dirk in the trade market:

“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He asked if we’d trade Dirk. At first I thought it was taunting, but now knowing more about Daryl I don’t think it was in hindsight. That’s just not his style. It says a lot about their approach more than anything else. They just have a different understanding and approach to chemistry than we do. Some teams, and that’s not just the Rockets, just put together talent and the talent takes care of itself. We think chemistry matters. When Carmelo came to visit us, there was no chance that we were going to put him in someone else’s jersey number and put it on the outside of the arena. That’s not our style.”

The Mavericks’ chemistry-focused approach also has its advantages. Nowitzki – despite receiving a larger offer from Houstonre-signed this summer. Parsons feels wanted in Dallas, too. That type of comfort can pay off on the court.

Really, blending asset collection and chemistry is the ideal framework for building a team. Both Cuban and Morey know this, but Cuban probably leans more toward the chemistry side. That’s especially valuable if his players his realize and appreciate it. So, Cuban is reminding them – at Morey’s expense, which also serves the double purpose of undermining Houston.

In emphasizing his emphasis on chemistry, Cuban is making strategic gains.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Haha! Thank you Cubes for poaching Parsons. The rivalry just got realer!
    Should make for some very interesting television when they meet up.

    Hopefully they play each other in the 1st round too!

    • avb300 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I don’t like Morey and his approach but I agree with him not matching Parsons’ offer. Ariza is very capable of replacing him and brings championship experience for half the price.

      I get why Parsons is offended but it’s hard to be mad after getting a 1400% pay increase. I’d take a lot of shiet for a raise like that.

  2. nicktomfrank - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Interesting read but hire an editor already. The juvenile typos that appear in nearly every article distract from the quality of the content.

  3. mackcarrington - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    There isn’t any other owner in the NBA who constantly takes personal shots at other owners or teams the way Mark Cuban does.

    • pburghballin - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Can’t disagree with you…but often times Cuban is right. Which I think might tick people off a little more lol. Ya can’t deny the fact he’s an awesome owner.

      • ddarqwon - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        He’s an entertaining owner, but apparently the stars of the league don’t really trust him to build a winner.
        So far he’s been rejected by:
        Deron Williams
        Chris Paul
        Chris Bosh
        LeBron James
        Carmelo Anthony
        Dwight Howard

        …and instead has had to settle for the likes of:
        Chris Kaman
        Elton Brand
        OJ Mayo
        Samuel Dalembert
        Chandler Parsons
        and Monte Ellis

        All despite having an established star in Dirk, a well regarded coach in Carlisle, and some of the better facilities in the league.

      • sprest83 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Hes only been rejected by Dwight Howard. The rest of your list is fluff.

        Deron Williams – He wasn’t even present on the pitch to lure Williams to Mavs. He was on the fence about shelling out that kind of money for him. Turns out he was right.
        Chris Paul – Mavs or any other team had an opportunity to pursue Paul due to him resigning with Clips.

        Chris Bosh – Mavs have never mentioned or much less pursued Bosh…Houston Did.

        Lebron James – Every team tried to get James, but that wasn’t happening

        Carmelo Anthony – Mavs knew that there was little to know shot to land Anthony, which is why the meeting only lasted 2 hours and Cubans house. Not 6 hours like the Rockets…2. Anthony even publicly said it was always between two teams, Chicago and NY.

        Dwight Howard – Howard was the one guy that the Mavs really wanted and tried to lure out of your busted list.

      • sprest83 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Hes only been rejected by Dwight Howard. The rest of your list is fluff.

        Deron Williams – He wasn’t even present on the pitch to lure Williams to Mavs. He was on the fence about shelling out that kind of money for him. Turns out he was right.
        Chris Paul – Mavs or any other team had an opportunity to pursue Paul due to him resigning with Clips.

        Chris Bosh – Mavs have never mentioned or much less pursued Bosh…Houston Did.

        Lebron James – Every team tried to get James, but that wasn’t happening

        Carmelo Anthony – Mavs knew that there was little to no shot to land Anthony, which is why the meeting only lasted 2 hours and Cubans house. Not 6 hours like the Rockets…2. Anthony even publicly said it was always between two teams, Chicago and NY.

        Dwight Howard – Howard was the one guy that the Mavs really wanted and tried to lure out of your busted list.

  4. bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Does this guy cuban have long term memory loss or something. Dirk’s whole career he threw away chemistry to constantly blow up his teams to chase shiny objects, including his only championship team.smh Also the same guys that houston was chasing he was chasing also.This guy is delusional. They should put him in a real shark tank.lol

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      my thoughts exactly

  5. Hard On For Harden - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Memo to Cuban: you hired Rockets executive Gersson Rosas as your GM summer, seeking insights into their organizational approach, the one you now continuously bash publicly while Morey says nothing. He left three months later due to a poor fit and you tried to convince him to stay. Hypocrisy anyone?

    • sprest83 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      I guess there is always two sides to a story and the one you provided is clearly from the Houston sports talk. The departure was a mutual agreement. I laugh at the “organizational approach” comment…The Rockets team hasn’t been great in quite sometime, why would the Mavs care about their approach?

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        They hired him in the first place, which renders anything after the fact moot. Rosas came out and said Cuban asked him to stay, if he’s lying whatever. As to the Rockets “not being great in some time” (spare me the bs, Mavs fans didn’t exist before 2001), you’d have to ask Cuban why he felt it necessary to hire a Morey disciple in the wake of losing out on Dwight if this is the case. You can’t bash me for having a Houston view of things, and then come back with an even more biased opposite viewpoint. Why is Cuban so up in arms over Houston anyway if they are as low on the totem pole as you claim? He should be getting his panties in a was over San Antonio.

    • avb300 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Hard On For Harden – lmao

  6. timpiker - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I love Mark Cuban!

  7. raysfan1 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    The #1 cause of having good team chemistry: winning.
    The #1 cause of having bad team chemistry: losing.
    Generally chemistry follows production, not vice versa.

    • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      I’m reminded of the 1972-73-74 Oakland A’s and the 1977-78 “Bronx Zoo” Yankees (both with Reggie Jackson). They fought each other in the clubhouse, sometimes literally–then went out and fought their way to five World Series titles in seven years.

      “Chemistry” is usually something front offices and media hacks talk about, little more, the former to try to rationalize bad moves and the latter to sell stuff.

  8. jsala02 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    2 years ago, Houston had zero superstars, now they have 2 of the top 10 players in the league. Id say their GM is doing something right. Cuban seems like the chubby rich kid in school that just wines all the time.

    • ecnuob51 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      2 years ago, Houston had zero superstars. They still have zero superstars.
      Lebron, kd, noah, love, Carmelo, Chris Paul, Davis, lilliard, Aldridge ,Westbrook all over those two guys who aren’t meant to be #1 on a team.
      Cuban is constantly keeping a competitive team out there while still having cap flexibility. And no the gm in Houston can’t be doing very well if they’ve gotten worse than less season. He’s busy chasing a real superstar to lead that team

      • rohlo - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Lmao…love who has never been to the playoffs..your list loses credibility..

    • sprest83 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Houston has two stars but are still an average team.

  9. ddarqwon - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    One might buy Cuban’s chemistry claims if they didn’t know his history, namely:

    1) Letting a prime, future MVP Steve Nash walk because he thought he was replaceable.

    2) Completely dismantled a championship team immediately after winning their only title, ironically in order to chase Chris Bosh, Deron Williams, and Dwight Howard among others.

    3) Repeatedly flipping his roster after failing to land a long sought after star to pair with Dirk.

    Sorry Cubes, your own record betrays you.

    • mazblast - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      “Cubes” not only doesn’t care what you (or I, or we) think, he has a ring that says he must have done something right somewhere along the line. In spite of David Stern’s best efforts.

      • ddarqwon - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Au contraire, if Cuban didn’t care what others thought, he wouldn’t spend so much time in front of cameras and microphones trying to convince us all how smart he is.

        And if rings are the measuring stick, that still makes Cuban the worst NBA owner in Texas.

        Look, I don’t necessarily dislike Cuban (I deal with people with haughty opinions of themselves all the time), l just think he’s a blowhard who gets carried away sometimes. Some of his statements just don’t hold up under scrutiny, as was the case here.

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