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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  49 responses

Mark Cuban Enjoying the Miami Heat’s Struggles

Like everyone else, Cuban is tuning in for all Heat games, and cracks a smile whenever they go down. SRI has the quotes (via ESPN radio): “On the slow start for the Miami Heat: ‘Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what? … How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you’re starting to see some of the problems. Any team with a strong, big guy that can score, they’re getting abused by. Paul Millsap goes out and pulls a Tracy McGrady. What, Tracy McGrady scored 13 and 30 and Paul Millsap scores 11 in 29 seconds or something like that? They just don’t have size to battle. They have the fewest points in the paint of any team and that’s tough. … My buddy Dan Gilbert is smiling all the way, too. Again, it’s early in the season and you never quite know how it’s going to play out, but how glorious.’”

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  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Mark Cuban showing class for a change …

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Imagine if you had one of those big, bulky scoring bigs, Cubes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Better yet, imagine if you had a franchise player who could close out a Finals series instead of having your team get a*s r**ed on national TV for 4 straight games, Mark.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick tha Quick

    NBA VP Stu Jackson announced that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be fined $50,000 for inappropriate public comments about the perceived weaknesses of an opposing team. These comments were made in an ESPN radio show over the weekend.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The Heat will still pull through and win a good chunk of games in the regular season, but I just don’t see them winning a 7 game series over Boston or the Lakers. But people forget, this is only year one. They can still win four or five titles together.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    But really, it’s hard to get mad at Cuban….if my team was as*ra*ed on national tv in the NBA Finals by the team he’s referencing, I’d be sour that I have a superstar player that couldn’t get my team over the hump.

  • MikeC.

    If the current CBA doesn’t end up getting changed too much, then the Heat will become a major problem. They’ll be able to use mid-level exceptions, veterans exceptions, etc. to fortify their team. Like Enigmatic said, this is year one. When they’re able to start adding veteran buyouts X and Y later in the season, and start working their roster in the offseason, things will start getting scary for the rest of the league. Damn Heat.

  • MrSuper

    Ahem, Dirk isn’t exactly dominant in the paint Mark… Lebron should take his game closer to the paint to make up for what Bosh seems to be lacking.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Eboy – you can make fun of the guy but he’s speaking the truth. The Heat are weak inside. And that’s not something that more time to gel together is going to fix.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    All of this could be fixed if the Heat go get a dominant post presence like Erik Dampier. That’s the difference maker right there!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Diesel, they’re dominant on the perimeter….what’s your point? Only two teams in the league that will compete for the title have dominant bigs. Who knows who will be peaking 6 months from now? That’s what an ignorant fool like Cuban doesn’t understand. He’s stuck in a conference where, until Kobe and Pau go away, his team won’t matter. It would make me pi*sy too.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    I think the Heat are a good team, but everyone keeps saying “they still need more time playing together”. Well we’re a month in and the same problems/weaknesses are still there. Have the Heat improved AT ALL from game one? It’s the exact same team out there. I could understand people saying that if we’re seeing signs of improvement so far, but we’re not. We’re talking about veteran players here. If they can’t at least start to figure it out in a month’s time, then that tells me it’s a problem that is going to be around all season.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    It doesn’t even need to be a dominant big tho Eboy. Milsap isn’t a dominant big. I think Bogut, Noah, Horford, The celtics carousel, Dwight, Amare..these are all the top teams in the east that can/will cause problems with their bigs.

  • MooButter

    I think Eboy got his feelings hurt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You really just put Horford and Amare out there as guys who’s teams the rest of the league should fear? Wow.

  • Bruno

    good one eboy but the picture of bosh guarding dirk has to be a nightmare for coach spo

  • Groves

    Sign Erick Dampier! waive Jamaal Magloire… Get Mike James or Get Gary Payton Out of retirement, waive dexter pitman

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Haters gonna hate.
    Lovers gonna love.

  • JTaylor21

    Who is Mark Cuban to talk, it’s not like the Mavs have anybody in the paint to challenge the lakers or celtics. Way to take shots at someone else when your own house is not in order.

  • vtrobot

    can an overabundance of free throws really equal an as*ra*e? they don’t seem quite brutal enough. it was more like MIA held DAL down and the refs were the assailants.

  • michael

    so is bosh or rashard lewis the most overpaid player in the league at this point?

  • The D Train

    @Eboy’s 10:38 comment: don’t forget them getting the business from the refs, too. Wade averaged over 16 FT’s a game…97 over a 6 game series. No matter how aggressive you might argue he was, that is above and beyond ridiculous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    vtrobot and d-train must have had their feelings hurt.

  • The D Train

    I loved Wade heading into that series. I felt dirty rooting for him after watching it, though. I find it dismissive to simply say that Miami stuck it to them, when the way the games were called obviously played a huge role. It wasn’t the only reason, but you have to factor it in. When someone is shooting more FT’s than the entire opposing team for a playoff game, that is something that has to be taken into account when looking back at the series.

  • LB

    Looks like ole’ Cubes and his big mouth set his team up for a real ass kicking when the Heat come to town next week. When will this guy just shut his trap? Yes, everyone is amused at the Heat losing Mark. Keep it to yourself. Guy never learns!!

  • basketblogger

    which teams can make a realistic offer for melo? dallas and the nets are about the only teams i see making a move

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    I’m not saying anyone should fear the hawks or knicks. I’m just listing possible playoff teams in the East that can take advantage of a weak inside presence for the Heat. Heat are still most likely going to be top 2 or 3 in the East, but there’s no denying there’s a kink in the armor that opposing teams can attack. And you’re right Eboy, the Heat’s perimeter is dominant enough to where it can cover for the weaknesses inside. You run into problems though when you face a team that has a decent big and strong perimeter players. Or if one of your perimeter players is having an off night. Cuban is just saying there’s a weakness. I don’t think he’s saying they’re bad.

  • JTaylor21

    DWade went to the FT line more than the Mavs combined because he was 5-times the aggressor and attacked the rim with reckless abandon while the Mavs were getting their euro on from the perimeter. Don’t blame the refs, blame Dirk and his teammates for their refusal to attack the rim consistently. The player who attacks the rims more goes to the line more than one who settles for jumpshots; it’s simple logic morons.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    As for the Dallas/Heat finals. Dwade got more calls because he got fouled more. He was faster than anyone gaurding him on the Mavs. Why do people assume games need to be called so that the fouls are about even? The mavs were slow at the two so they were fouling Wade on every play. The refs aren’t supposed to call it because it happend so often?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Diesel, should other teams owners go on the radio and point out the Mavs obvious weaknesses? Or is that just being corny and douchey?

  • vtrobot

    I’m not saying anything negative about D. Wade or his abilities. I’m just saying that I never want to watch another Finals with that many free throws. I blame DAL except for those fouls where there wasn’t actually physical contact. Those, I blame the officials. Also, besides those in the greater MIA area, EVERYONE is enjoying watching MIA struggle. It’s human nature. Even if Bosh and LBJ had given enough warning, thanked their respective teams/fans profusely, we’d still be enjoying watching them fail because they’re supposed to succeed. We like the OKCs of the world. At least until they succeed. Then maybe KD will be hated as much as KG. A’ight, maybe not quite.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    vtrobot, so basically you’re saying that any team or player that can build themselves up and be successful, they will be/should be hated on?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    This is Cuban though. He’s been doing this since he joined the league. That’s why people love or hate him. You shouldn’t be shocked by this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ‘Cause I’m still confused how Carlos Boozer and Amare got a pass for “b*tching out” on their prior teams.

  • The D Train

    You know, JT, for someone who always is calling people morons, you say some of the most closed-minded sh1t on these boards. It doesn’t always boil down to the way you perceive NBA basketball, although you should feel free to readily dismiss anyone who disagrees with you, and maybe throw in some name-calling for good measure. I loved MJ, but every time I watch him push off of Russell, I cringe. I feel the same way about that Miami title. I wanted to see Wade take over, which he did, but I didn’t want to have it feel cheapened by the perception that he was getting a lot of help from the way the refs called those games.

  • JTaylor21

    DTrain, how am I close-minded? I just stated what any person who watched the series with an open-mind and that wasn’t a fan of either team saw. DWade was the aggressor, so therefore he went to the FT line the most. It’s simple logic not my perception, go and look at the leaders in FT attempts in NBA history and you will only see guys that attacked the rim with reckless abandon or post bangers not guys like SNash and Dirk who are mostly jumpshooters. Stop being so sensitive and just accept reality; the heat and wade especially were the aggressor which led to their win and the mavs demise.

  • The D Train

    Dirk was 8th in the league in FT attempts last year.

  • The D Train

    Is Kevin Durant primarily a jump-shooter?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Mark Cuban was/is exactly right. The Heat are weak in the paint and it’s still early enough in the season for them to figure it out. Ovearll sounds like a fair and balance opinion. I’m sure Cuban, along with Dan Gilbert, Paul Pierce and many other NBA owners, players, fans and executives are happy to see Miami go through these troubles. But I don’t think anybody believes that the Heat aren’t still a threat. Personally, I think they should have signed Shaq when they had the chance, and they wouldn’t be going through these issues, in my view that was a Pat mistake – as Shaq is just a former shell of his former self but would have been great down low and Bosh’s numbers would be looking a lot better.

  • The D Train

    Close-minded: Intolerant of the beliefs and opinions of others; stubbornly unreceptive to new ideas. Check that last part (and this is a reoccurring theme for you and a few select others on these boards). If you refer to your reasoning as “simple logic,” you are instantly minimizing, if not completely dismissing, anyone who has a different perspective. If Dirk, Durant, Kobe and Pierce, all who one could argue are “mostly jumpshooters,” are in the top 20 in the league in FT attempts (I will admit I am not using concrete evidence, just going off the guys I think shoot jumpers more than they attack the rim), that at least provides evidence that one can’t simply boil down FT attempts to the guy(s) “that attacked the rim with reckless abandon.”

  • MUBWAR

    i think Cuban remember the 2-0 lead his team blew up in 2006 NBA Finals to Wade. I’ll be embarrassed too. Dirk is trash(i prefer soft boy Bargnani or like I call him Banana)

  • JB

    It all comes down to the fact that LeBron didn’t even give Cuban the time to MAKE him an offer in Dallas. He didn’t want it. So, sour grapes prevail. We are 10 games into the season. Get a grip. Maybe we should revisit this topic come January for a better analysis.

  • JTaylor21

    I’m talking about in history not this season or last, sheesh people have a hard-time reading nowadays. Also Dirk is mostly a jumpshooter who attacks the rim occasionally, while guys like PP, Kobe and especially KD are mostly attackers even though they like to settle for jumpshots from time to time. Go to BBreference and checkout the top-10 ALL-TIME leaders in FT attempts and then talk.

  • The D Train

    Thanks for proving my close-minded point JT.

  • vtrobot

    @ E: I’m talking about the teams who try to buy championships or create “all star” teams that don’t end up gelling. Besides the diehards and bandwagoners, pretty much everyone else is going to be happy to see the experiment fail. Then there’s all the hate when the experiment succeeds (see Boston). I think things will end up a’ight down in MIA, but there will be no shortage of hate for years to come. At least your town has one of the better seats in the L right now.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nobody is entitled to a title, and we should stop speaking of the Heat like they are expected to win, let along multiple rings. If Wilt/West/Baylor couldn’t get over the hump, why are we ready to call the Heat a failure if they don’t win THIS season? And why are we already predicting how many rings they are going to win in the first place?

  • vtrobot

    Yeah, D. Wade was very aggressive and drove to the basket a lot. Does that alone mean that every foul call he got was warranted? Yes, I realize that DAL folded, but that series, the MIN/LA WCFs and the SAC/LA series are the three that come to mind where it seemed like the officials at least deserved some assists of their own in the final box score. @ Teddy: Because our society is less intelligent and more impatient than we were back then? And because there are 1,000,000 times more sports writers now who need a “new” story every day? Peace.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Robot, min/la wcf? I didnt watch that series yesterday, but I dont remember anything really blatant. Of course, we all know how terrible 02 wcf was. And wade earned most of those fts. Naturally, no game is ever officiated perfectly. But refs didnt give wade anything. He took it from mavs soft as damp tp d.

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