Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 3:05 pm  |  35 responses

Mark Cuban Blames New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Mavericks’ Shortcomings

Mark Cuban elected to let the Dallas Mavericks’ key free agents walk away last summer, choosing to half-heartedly defend their championship, while biding biding their time and saving money for the future. The result? A humiliating sweep at the hands of the OKC Thunder. Cuban says the NBA’s new labor deal is to blame. From the Dallas Morning News: “He said he understands why, emotionally, fans are disappointed that Mavericks management didn’t bring back last season’s NBA championship team intact. But Cuban reiterated his season-long stance that he and vice president of operations Donnie Nelson put together the best team they could under the guidelines of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. ‘I’ve heard some of the talking headless (media), and all I can tell you is, within the collective bargaining agreement we did everything possible to put the best possible team on the court,’ he said. ‘Period. End of story. If someone wants to read it (the CBA) and tell me otherwise, go ahead.’ […] So he has not had any second thoughts about not offering Tyson Chandler a multi-year contract in December, or taking the same approach with departing free agents J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler. ‘Hell no,’ Cuban said. ‘Nope. Not even a millisecond. Because those who are talking otherwise haven’t read the CBA and are just talking out their (expletive) without any foundation. But that’s what you guys do. Given what happened, I think we put together a damn good team. If we had one break, one call, one bounce, we’re having a completely different conversation and you’re thinking how smart we are instead of how stupid we are.’ Clearly, Cuban believes the biggest culprit in the Mavericks’ bumpy defense of the NBA title is the CBA. ‘If you want to nail me for something, I’ll be the first to admit that it was a huge (expletive) that I didn’t fight for the new (CBA) harder,’ Cuban said. ‘I said it before, I’ll say it again. It put us and other teams in a bad spot, and it was an overnight handshake deal that I should have fought harder. I’m the first to say that. That was my mistake, because once that thing passed, our hands were tied in a lot of respects. But within that, we did the best we could. And we’re not out of it yet.’ Cuban has chastised media members for not taking the time to read and fully understand the new CBA before forming opinions, and he reiterated that disappointment Saturday. Cuban pointed out that the Mavericks were under the luxury tax threshold before they agreed to acquire Lamar Odom from the Lakers. He said all of the roster decisions were based on trying to defend the title with the best team possible while keeping salary cap flexibility moving forward.”

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    “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” – Mark Cuban

  • FnF

    Would the same, less hungry, fresh off a championship team like Dallas really have been able to compete this year. Deshawn “celebrated” his championship for a good 3 weeks after the final buzzer. They even admitted the same drive wasn’t there anymore. Last I checked, they had Vince Carter on their team.

  • toinefan88

    Would’ve been nice to have Odom playing ball for them around this time of year. Losing Tyson was huge though, good centers are the rarest species in the NBA.

  • jamaal87

    Cubes is always complaining about something….


    gotta agree with the 1st comment so waaaaaaaaa lool. No excuses. the defensing champs got sweep in the 1st round. disgraceful

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    F*ck Mark Cuban

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Cubes is a smart guy so I am not going to argue with him. But I am just saying that defending champions usually get the chance to defend their title with the same core group. And that group is usually broken AFTER they can no longer win. But Cubes broke up his core group BEFORE they had a chance to defend their championship. Sometimes you should not overthink stuff, LOL.

  • robb

    yeah, yeah yeah yeah, whatever you say Mark

  • JRSD

    Mavs fans even if Derron Williams decides to sign with Dallas he won’t solve all your teams problems and won’t make you title contenders anytime soon.Face it last season’s Mavs championship team got hot at the right time and now they are 1 and done championship wise. No dynasty for you guys. Dirk partied to hard last summer and showed up after the lockout FAT & out of shape.I seriously think Dirk is the type of player who is no content with winning 1 ring and is no longer hungry for more rings.DEAL WITH IT!

  • LA Huey

    Hey, if he’s able to make some good moves with the flexibility letting those parts go afforded him, then kudos to him. I won’t blame any owner for trying to avoid paying as much luxury tax as possible.

  • Andrew

    Blame the CBA all you like but the CBA didn’t sign LO for the
    season when the Lakers clearly gave him away for a bag of chips and then defend his sorry arse
    all season long till it was too late (when anyone paying attention could see the experiment WASN’T working). People said it was letting Tyson, JJ and Deshawn walk, but it was more the uncertainty of your mainstays like Jet and Trix and JKidd, the foundation who got you your first championship play this season not knowing (but really knowing) if they’d be here next year or not. How do you let ex

  • Andrew

    Blame the CBA all you like but the CBA didn’t sign LO for the
    season when the Lakers clearly gave him away for a bag of chips and then defend his sorry arse
    all season long till it was too late (when anyone paying attention could see the experiment WASN’T working). People droned all year that it was letting Tyson, JJ and Deshawn walk, but it was more the uncertainty of your mainstays like Jet and Trix and JKidd, the foundation who got you your first championship play this season not knowing (but really knowing) if they’d be here next year or not. How do you let expect these guys to go to war for you when they know you’re gonna
    cut them loose in your potentially fruitless pursuit of DWill (who got his hall of fame coach to quit on him and for all his skills hasn’t won a damn thing yet in the bigs?) Take a good hard look first Mark you blew this one.

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

    What a disgrace to Cuba.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Co-Sign BP.

  • MikeC.

    I can’t blame Cuban for not wanting to overpay for bench players. Who really wants DeShawn Stephenson for a long term contract? I kinda get the feeling that even if they’d retained their full team from last year that the Mavs weren’t winning another one.

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  • Bt

    why cubes didn’t aim for a dirk Tyson and deron big three I’ll never know.

  • http://slamonline.com neitel

    Mr. Cuban, you can blame Lebron James! It’s defenetly HIS fault. My laundry is dirty, so it’s Lebron fault! My sargent yelled at me for being late to formation…man, it’s lebron james fault. I messed up the corners of my Panini Lebron james basketball card, it’s gotta be Lebron fault too! wait a minute, i dirty my air jordan’s…damn lebron!!! The mavs got swept, it’s lebron fault too…

  • ClydeSays

    Sorry, Cubes. You gave Haywood 50 mil and agreed to take on 16 mil of Odom’s contract? You could have resigned Chandler to a multi year deal and still had enough to pick up some decent role players. You don’t hear the Spurs complaining about the CBA and they’re still in the hunt…

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Is this the first time the reigning champs have been swept?

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

    ^ Nope, a few teams were swept after winning the chip. Most recent before Dallas was the Lakers last season, at the hands of Dallas; that was second round, not first round though. Miami was swept in the first round after their ’06 championship.

  • Jerome

    The Mavs’ real problem is their owner … who runs an All-World point guard out of town, honestly. Would have had more rings with Nash.


    Thet didn’t re-sign tyson because they got lamar. the didn’t sign barea because of delonte west. Ya it’s the CBA’s fault.

  • jpm34

    Shoulda kept Chandler at all costs. Amnesty Haywood. Barea and Stevenson were replacable, Chandler was not.

  • Y.C.Chen

    i think whatever is the word when i hear their excuse of losing. I have agree that OKC was a tough team to beat. but if it was 4-2, they wouldn’t look so bad. so Mark, if the Mavs lose next year, what’s your excuse?

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Everyone stop it! Mark Cuban has 1 NBA title he obviously is a legend whom we should all.. I can’t even finish that.

  • http://hotmail.com Gangsta

    careless mark cuban.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Miami Joe

    LA was also swept in 89 by the Pistons in the Finals.

  • furiousfunkfanatic

    I remember, when the deal for the CBA was done, and they leaked some information about the new rules over the internet. I was like “omg, the mavs are done!” Their strategy was very simple: We have one superstar and surround him with overpaid allstars. Problem was, that they would have had to resign Chandler, Barea, Butler and Stevenson.
    With the new rules for luxury tax, that would have been crazy. So Cuban is basically right.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nobody ran Nash out of town. He left for more money.
    Cuban didn’t explain how the CBA prevented him from winning a championship. The salary cap always made teams make tough decisions about who to sign and who to let go. Maybe if he hadn’t committed so much damn money to Brendan Haywood, there would be more available for other cats.

  • ash

    Good explanation by Mark Cuban. Tyson Chandler was offer more money by the Knicks. Jason Barrera may have been offer more as well. Maybe he could of keep Stephenson tho but if Lamar Odom would of played as wekk as he normally did then OKC would of lost the first two games. Never would of been swept

  • 1Spur

    And if the Mavs won it all again this year? The CBA would have been a stroke of genius. Hey Cuban, just because you made your millions (or billions, it’s all the same after a while) off of the internet, it doesn’t make you an NBA genius. STFU and let your Administrative Staff do its job. It works for other clubs, try it.

  • ejordan

    Maybe Cuban should learn the game before he tries to build an empire.
    I don’t know which is more offensive: Cuban’s dyed hair, his grungey clothes, or his insistence on interfering with the performance of the game. If he was half a man…half a decent man, he would have offered mental help for Odom, not ridiculed the poor man. Cuban is offensive and never constructive. And he gives the NBA a bad name.

  • Juanita Graham

    Cuban was instrumental in convincing Stern to disallow the LAKERS trade for Chris Paul….now he is crying………MARK, there is no crying in basketball. Admit it, you blew it. Odom will return to the LAKERS next season.( Ha-Ha)

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Knoblock

    I was married to a total narrsasist. At least she was good looking. Mark would play with his brain if he had one. I look forward to his being “welcomed” by the fans next year. It will get him in the pocket, which is all that counts with him. Who will go to watch a team at zero?