Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  58 responses

Mark Cuban: Jeremy Lin Wouldn’t Be a Big Deal in Charlotte

Mark Cuban playfully tried to throw some water on the Jeremy Lin fire that’s raging across the sports media landscape, which the Charlotte Observer (somewhat understandably) took offense to: “Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is good for the NBA because he’s so unfiltered. You need someone that unorthodox to balance a room full of Brooks Brother’s suits at the owners meetings. So I wasn’t surprised Cuban would tell ESPN of the Jeremy Lin phenomenon: ‘If it was happening in Charlotte, no one would know.’ He’s wrong. The Harvard-educated, twice-cut, Asian-American Lin would be a national story the past two weeks whether he played in Sacramento, Portland or — yes, even Charlotte. But, as Cuban was trying to say, it’s that much bigger because of the juice excelling in New York represents. ‘New York is still kind of the mecca of the media for basketball,’ Cuban added.”

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  • joshwho

    completely agree. He’s playing amazing, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of this has to do with the fact that he’s on the knicks. Really, it’s the combined factors of him playing on the knicks, being Asian-American, coming from Harvard, and being undrafted that’s making him so popular. However, if he were to play on charlotte, the attention he would be getting would still be great, but just on a smaller scale. He would still have created a huge fan base in Asia, and in Asian Americans. Casual basketball/sports fans and regular people in general probably wouldnt be creating so much fuss about him though. Knicks fans like to blow things out of proportion and they’ve taken the world along with them. I mean, let’s face it, everyone wants the knicks to be good.

  • Jono

    Kinda true.

  • http://www.slamonline.com phsyco B

    yeah he’s kinda right. it would still be a story and inspirational for nba fans but it wouldnt be as LINsane as it is.

  • JR

    He’s right.

  • MikeC.

    The nutso, overly obsessed with bball fans (like us), would follow the story, but it wouldn’t be all over the place like it is now. Lin likely wouldn’t be cashing in on anything other than a new contract. NY brings the attention and the endorsements.

  • crooklyn

    mark cuban wouldn’t be a big deal if he didn’t own the mavs. There’s a ton of rich people in this world that we don’t know or care about. Let the hating begin

  • James Aka…

    It has to do with the fact that he has teamates good enought to let him do what he does too. If ha had to run the pick and roll with Boris Diaw, those assists to dunks would not exist. So much depends on psychological outcomes, and if you get to be inovolved in soul crushing losses over and over, you might not get to showcase what do have. He’s sort of had a huge chance to show what he does best, and i think he’ll level off over time, but if he didn’t get a chance to fourish, maybe he never gets that confidence that allows him to maximize his potential. I would say that I’ve noticed a big negative in his game which is that he is a turnover machine right now, so once Carmelo comes and takes his share of shots ago, will LIN be allowed to have 7 assist 6 turnover games?

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    You know what he is kind of right, I mean Lin still would get the attention from basketball fans if he played at Charlotte, but since he is playing for the Knicks he is the recognition (which is well deserved) on a large scale. Everybody is talking about this guy they even had a full conversation about this guy on the view. Im not hating on Lin because what he is receiving is well deserved but what I think what Mark was getting at if he was at Charlotte his great performance would have been overlooked or not got the attention that it deserved.

  • crooklyn

    Man, listen you can have your hand in 6 wins especially in the 4th qtr and you should be a big deal, this is the nba. C’mon. yao ming got voted into the all star game plenty of times, sometimes having not even stepped on the court. It’s more about asian pride and that’s ok. If you saw the toronto game you saw the large groups of asian folk cheering lin on, heck when he hit the game winner it felt like they were at the garden

  • tomtom

    Mark Cuban making a big controversial comment about a hot topic?? But he is usually so level headed, reserved and humble..i just don’t get it!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Lin’s accomplishments also wouldn’t be the same outside New York. To rise from nothing to what he is now on a team like Charlotte, in a backwater city, wouldn’t be nearly as impressive.

  • Noel

    Cosign dagger. No one would know about MJ’s shot against Craig Ehlo if it was in the third qtr of a regular season game

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I agree with Mark Cuban (for the first time in a while).

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    He speaks the truth but really who gives a f*ck about Lin. Everyone whinning about the attention he’s getting and I’m tired of it too but it’s something much bigger than basketball. The Asian community is going crazy and rightfully so. Someone mad a comment about it yesterday on the PostUp but the thing that gets me is when they compare his humble demeanor to other players’ lack of this character.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Everyone would still know. You don’t break that many records unnoticed.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    True though.

  • http://youtu.be/0noHr-csjCA BreLon

    “everyone wants the knicks to be good” haha, no.

  • Zabbah

    True dat.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Bobcats are in the news for the first time since Gerald Wallace was traded for Joel Pryzbilla and a sack of basketballs.

  • charliewinning

    Knick fans have taken the whole world with them? I didn’ know we were that influencial. Thanks, I guess. How are Knick fans responsible for media coverage? At least make sense when you hate. Lin’s story is fascinating reagrdless of his ethnicity or team market. How many undrafted Harvard kids have any of you seen play the way he has the past few games, turnovers and all? ZERO. Cuban is a loser

  • RunNGun


  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Delusional New York Media and Knick fans play a role also.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Depends what kind of fans I guess. But I was excited the day he signed with Golden State. Back then I didn’t care what team it was, I was just glad he made it to the NBA. I followed his boxscores since we don’t get GS games unless they play the Raps. Sh!t, way back I was also excited about a guy named Yuta Tabuse making the NBA. He couldn’t make an impact though.


    JPriceless21 not to digress, but I thought of you when I read this tweet by Frank Isola: “I hear Miami media objected to J-Lin being at All Star Weekend. Demanded Norris Cole or NoCo as MM calls him, be picked. Those babies got their way.”

  • charliewinning

    So it’s our fault everyone pays attention to everything we say and do. Got it. The real question is why do people care what Knick fans and NY media think so much? Is your local team and media so boring that it doesn’t interest some people as much as ours does?

  • bike

    Cuban’s just jealous. If he had Lin’s story in Dallas don’t think for a second he would not be pulling out the stops to promote the guy. Sure, MSG is the biggest stage in the business but make no mistake about it, Lin would be huge in Dallas.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    niQ I’m with you, I saw him hold his own against #1 pick J Wall in summer league and thought he was great. Tabuse had some handle too!

  • snasty10

    no sh** cuban, but thats what makes this such a great story, that its happening in new york, for the knicks one of the most famous teams in the world, thanks for pointing out the obvious cuban

  • Mike Mihalow

    Cuban’s right. He could play on any smaller-market team and he wouldn’t be getting this attention. Hell, he could even play for the Spurs, with their 9-game win streak, and you’d still only be hearing about LeBron.

  • Youngindy21

    Mark Cuban is completely Right. That is not saying Jeremy Lin doesn’t deserve this success but The NBA Does a Really BAD Job of Marketing Small Market Stars which is why players like Dwight Howard and Brandon Jennings want to go to Large Markets. In Charlotte Jeremy Lin would just be another Basketball player scoring a lot of points and dishing out assist.

  • Nate C

    Mark Cuban wouldn’t be a big deal in Charlotte

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    Not for nothin, nobody would be a big deal in Charlotte. I think that’s why CP3 didn’t try to stay.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    He’s right, but it’s more to it than just being in NY. The Knicks were playing horrible basketball with two superstars, had a revolving door at the PG position with no hope in sight and the kid that was seconds from being cut came in and took over the whole team, put them on his back and mushed on like a soldier. Lin single handedly breathed new life into a franchise that was slowly and painfully dying…

  • http://modifiedlimitedhangout.com Dhalgren

    Cuban is correct. My argument. JJ Barea. If JJ Barea had been a Knick last season, he would have been all over the Daily News and Post back pages because Barea had a career year last season with the Mavs.

    In New York, the sports news is all about New York and how New York has the best stars in any league. What ever.

    What we have here folks is a very talented point guard who has had a breakout debut as a starter. Nothing to dismiss. But in New York, everything to embellish.

  • Riggs

    Riiiight, so new york just bullies everyone into following…

  • Chris

    yeah, because nobody noticed what that cam newton guy was doing in charlotte

  • Stel2582

    @Youngindy21, I’m sorry but you are way off. First off, EVERYONE knows who Dwight Howard is. He’s one of the most known athletes in the world and he’s visited several times here in Europe and in Asia as well during several NBA promotional tours so you can NOT say the NBA does a bad job in promoting players from small markets. It’s just not the case. And let me remind you that Miami is a relatively small market (it’s slighlty bigger than Cleveland and smaller than Minneapolis) but it doesn’t seem to me LeBron, Wade and Bosh don’t get promoted enough.

    It’s just that Howard wants the bright lights of Los Angeles. It has NOTHING to do with him not getting promoted enough. Like I said, he’s known all over the world.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    @Chris wrong sport buddy. @Stel all those guys were heavily followed preNBa and pre-small market pickups. We’re talking about a guy who was undrafted, and only hoop heads who happened to catch clips of summer league action knew of in terms Of publicity. You said you’re in Asia/Europe. I’m not generalizing, those are ur words: have u heard much about Brandon Jennings over there? What about the Nets in general? The Grizzlies? What about the Kings? They have very talented (young) players as well, but no pub. Of course winning is a part of it, but news of him blew up after the first 23 and 8. Dwill averages just slightly under that. the Grizz shook the playoffs last year. But I bet they’re not being televised in your hometown just yet…

  • andrew

    breaking stereotype, one at a time…

  • abaci

    @1982 you know CP3 played for the NEW ORLEANS hornets right?

  • Stel2582

    @1982..youngindy specifically brought up Dwight Howard, not Grizzlies or Kings players. And Brandon Jennings, too, but truth be told he’s popular, too, considered he’s played in Italy for one season so people still know him. Maybe if the Bucks had a winning record people would be talking more about him, idk.

    Like I said, his Dwight example was way off. We all know Howard wants LA because he’s interested to the bright lights of LA, the movies industry etc., which is something he can’t get in Orlando. It’s not because people don’t know him since he’s very well known all over the world. Recently he even visited Asia and Europe and people MOBBED him in both places and many of them were even wearing Dwight jerseys…and all of this despite playing in a small market like Orlando. So that’s why I don’t subscribe to the theory about Dwight wanting to leave Orlando because it’s a small market.

    I’m from Europe..personally, I’ve heard of them all, both the players and teams you are mentioning. Several Grizzlies playoffs games (a couple against the Spurs and 4 games of the Grizz/Thunder series) were televised over here. The Nets, Kings don’t really get televised but it’s not because they’re from small markets but because they are not good. Case in point, when the Nets and Kings were two of the top teams in the NBA in the early 2000′s they were on TV quite often over here.

    But obviously we (at least the diehard fans) know Tyreke Evans, Jimmer, Marshon Brooks and all of the other young kids on those teams.

  • MikeC.

    Who is cam newton?

  • MikeC.

    Nets were on TV plenty when Jason Kidd was throwing lobs and K-Mart was swinging from rims around league. They’re not promoted because they’re bad and they’re depressing. The NBA is not broadcasting Nets games as a Public Service. There will be a direct correlation between an increase in Nets broadcasts and the suicide rate.

  • Stel2582

    btw, games of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a SMALL market team, are televised quite often over here. Same goes with another very small market, San Antonio. This whole big/small market argument is vastly overstated if you ask me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    @Abaci damn you caught me typing faster than I think.
    @ Stel Playoffs are always played, but your points are well taken. The thing is, SA is a a playoff contender every year. OKC is highly touted as Championship contenders either now, or in the next few years. The Knicks were under .500 at the time and still get played. D’Antoni was about to get fired as they still get played. I bet an ATL vs Pacers doesn’t get much burn despite both being playoff teams. You’re right – if basketball has a following. Then the fans know what’s up no matter where they are. But it’s not just struggling teams that dont get coverage, it’s teams without stars. Small market/ big market is perhaps the wrong direct correlation to make, but the difference is still there. If Kobe went to the Kings (I know…just an example) they would get global coverage even if they were terrible. It’s aleague that promotes
    Stars and ratings, that’s for sure. But there is still a discrepancy in which select teams get coverage and hype, and that ratio is directly related to how much money that market offers, and not their standings. I have to get league pass to watch an OKC – Warriors game despite being in California. But then again the Knicks-NO game is only on LP too. I give up…Ill just admit I don’t get it. But I still think there’s a discrepancy.

  • TMay

    What people fail to realize is that the only reason why Mark Cuban is saying this is because he is thinking about ALL THE MONEY HE CANT make off of Jeremy Lin that he could have made if he would have signed him. Jeremy played on the Dallas Mavericks summer league team but they did not want him. Mark Cuban is just pissed because he gives up on players too quickly. His BIGGEST came when he said Steve Nash was too old and he didnt think his body would hold up.

  • robb

    he would be a big deal in Toronto

  • Ka

    Nate c with the burn lol

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    Wilt Chamberlain would never have scored a hundred in Charlotte.

  • era

    nikola pekovic agrees

  • swiftyk

    Well I would agree with Cuban if the Bobcats weren’t so horrible. If GS traded Lin to the Bobcats on a 16 game losing streak, and they won 7 in a row, the media would eat that up. But Cuban really is right. The Knicks are heavily marketed; New York is always under a telescope.

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    True the New York media build you up and break you down, anyone remembered the rise and fall of Lil Nate? Ahh still fresh in my mind

  • dazzy

    @Dhalgren: Knocking the NY media for covering NY sports is the dumbest argument on here. There’s a reason it’s called LOCAL media, genius… An undrafted Harvard player breaking records is going to get national attention no matter where he plays. Cuban is just hating. 1st he said it was because he’s Asian. Now it’s because he plays in NY. Cuban is bitter. His b*tching is getting annoying now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I can’t believe so many of you agree with Cuban. I’m chalking that up to people’s general hate of all things NY. He’s not just some bench players putting up points and getting wins. Lin’s story is WAY bigger than that and I don’t think it would matter where it was happening, it would be getting huge coverage. “Undrafted Asian basketball player from Harvard goes from being cut twice to having the record for most points scored after his first 5 career starts” Yeah, that’d get swept under the rug in Charlotte.

  • Mooney10

    The guy is a player, he will learn and he is in the right offense to gorw and keep producing numbers, not to mention the kid has range!! I am not a fan of hype at all, but the story..you can’t beat it. I hope he continues to be successful, otheriwse the media has played him up for a downfall, too much praise too soon I think, but from a basketball standpoint, the kid has skills!

  • phamie

    Linsanity would’t take too long. Lin’s number will be down very very soon. Hope he continues playing well but sorry I don’t believe in LINSANITY.

  • Southpaw

    If this… if that. Too many dumb arse with too many if. If Jordan and Magaic were only 6’2″, they wouldn’t have been hoops legends. If Bird could jump, he would be the greatest ever.

  • http://www.slamonline.com I Wont Tell

    Is Mark Cuban has a bounty on Jemery Lin similar to that of New Orleans Saints’? You should see the viedo of Jason (the wife beater) Kidd bullied Jeremy Lin with a shot to the head.