Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Mark Cuban: ‘I Hate the Spurs’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Psychological warfare between Dallas and San Antonio has begun in full earnest.

The two old rivals are locking horns in the postseason for the umpteenth time, and with critical Game 2 looming (tonight at 9.30pm ET), both sides are trying to gain an advantage anyway they can. For Mark Cuban, this apparently means baring his soul.

Cubes told the assembled media how he truly feels about the Spurs organization. From the Express-News:

He still hates the Spurs. It’s a respectful loathing, but still hatred. “I hate the Spurs,” Cuban said. “I have a hard time being civil to (Spurs majority owner) Peter Holt at the Board of Governors meeting, and he has a hard time being civil to me, even though we like each other.”

The fact that the Spurs blocked the Mavericks’ path to the NBA Finals in a memorable 2003 Western Conference finals, and that the teams have hooked up in two more playoff series since then has established the Spurs as Dallas’ No. 1 rival. The four NBA championship trophies Holt displays at the AT&T Center stoke Cuban’s odium, as well. Still, the Mavericks owner believes the mutual contempt has been good for both franchises.

“It’s just what it represents,” he said. “We can both be 0-80, and if those last two games are Spurs-Mavs, it’s going to be like a playoff game because we dislike each other that much. It’s crazy that in the nine, 10 years of playoffs, in five of them, we’ve gone through each other. It’s unfortunate because they’re always great series, except for maybe the first one, after we beat Utah. That was the only blowout series, though we did get the last game in Reunion (Arena), which was nice.They’ve been dogfights.”

OK, so it’s not true hatred. Just grudging admiration, and perhaps a bit of championship envy. Nothing wrong with that.

Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, did his best yesterday to plant the seed in referees’ minds that Dirk Nowitzki — who shot 12 freebies in the series opener — is getting to the free-throw line a bit more than perhaps he deserves: “Sometimes we fouled, sometimes we didn’t. That’s going to happen in a game. You’re going to get calls one way or another, and he’s great at selling it.’ Not exactly the stuff of Phil Jackson, but food for thought.”

This series has the potential to go the distance, giving both sides plenty of opportunity to entertain the masses on and off the court.

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  • Ken

    You and me both, Mark. You and me both.

  • Omar3

    How can you hate a team that has so much Class and Success? Spurs are old, yet they can still hang with the Mavs after Dallas gets good trades. Dirk is not going to only miss 2 hots tonight and hopefully the refs wont favor the Mavs at the free throw line again. “Omar3: I Hate Mark Cuban!”

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    We all knew Mark can’t stand not being in the playoff spotlight, so: yawn. But Pop, shut your piehole, 12 FT’s is an unfair amount for someone who gets pushed on every shot? Really? Making excuses in case you lose already? Take a page out of Phil’s book; blab to the refs before the series, man. Jesus, not like u are seeing Dirk for the 1st time.

  • neaorin

    Somebody should send Joakim Noah the link to that interview.

  • JoeMaMa

    World: ‘We hate Mark Cuban’

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    blablabla to be under the spotlights … this is not basketball man

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Mark Cuban is good for basketball.

  • Logues

    i hate mark cuban and the spurs

  • Ghost (of Roy Tarpley)

    ..and the spurs (by spurs i mean everybody on earth) hate you.

  • Gabe

    I also hate Mark Cuban and the Spurs.

  • franko

    Who is M cuban?

  • CubanCigar

    I hate Spurs fans who don’t understand that their glory time is gone……bye bye

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I met Mark Cuban several years ago, he is very nice. I love everything he has done for the Mavericks. I hate the Spurs.

  • Franko

    at least we had a “glory time”…

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    LDR4, you are the first person I’ve ever heard say that Cubes is nice, let alone very nice. He embodies everything that makes Dallas bad, and none of the good.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    he says he hates the spurs, but if you read his quote, his explanations doesn’t really back that hate; though i suppose bird and magic had a healthy dose of hate and respect for each other.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    spurs fans can be intolerable. manu flops too much and pop can be a jerk, but i’m not sure i hate the spurs. they have a bar in the stadium where admission only costs $10. and the view is actually decent. you can’t beat that.

  • K

    Well, other than Divac. Dirk had a phenomenal shooting night; hard to see how to stop that. But I have to agree with Pop – other than Divac, I have never seen a 7-fter flop as much as Dirk.

  • JD

    4 some reason i like that Mark Cuban hates the spurs even tho i’m a spurs fan,he’s just jealous money can’t buy you rings

  • Omar3

    True that JD. The only team in Dallas that will win another Ring is the Dallas Cowboys. Period.

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    I’m not sure he really flops as much as he’s awkward as f*ck

  • Yesse

    I don’t even have to say anything about this. Mark likes to talk, thats all.

  • Sarah

    I wish people would stop sticking a microphone in front of this dipsh*t.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    THIS is the stuff of a pure unadultarated RIVALRY; at least they’re not tying to sell us some hack Miami-Boston rivalry dirt.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    @Omar3: How can you hate a team that has so much Class and Success?
    It’s easy when you’re a Tacky Failure like Cuban.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Thanks for that soundbite, Mark. Timmy and co. just responded by taking back homecourt advantage. Cheers, idiot.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    ….cause they always win !!!!
    By the way: GINOBILI !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rob

    GINOBILI!!!! SA: 4 rings, D town bums: 0 one more run! its an even year, i like our chances