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Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 11:50 am  |  21 responses

Mark Cuban Says Dwight Howard Made a Mistake Choosing the Rockets


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Dallas Mavericks went hard after Dwight Howard during his summer free agency. Owner Mark Cuban then hilariously claimed they were better off without the superstar center.

Now, Cuban says Howard made a mistake in judgement by choosing to sign with the Houston Rockets.

Per the Dallas Morning News:

The Mavericks’ opponent Friday in Houston was not the right choice for No. 1 summer free agent Dwight Howard to make, Cuban said. “Obviously, he made a mistake in judgment,” Cuban said with a laugh when asked if he could blame the 6-11 center for choosing young James Harden and the Rockets over older Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. “Do I blame him? No, that’s what young kids do. They make mistakes in judgment.”

“You choose teams,” Cuban said. “You don’t choose players. If he made a choice off of an individual player, yeah, he made a mistake. You choose teams. You choose organizations. You choose coaches. And it’s just not relative to Houston. That’s just the way I look at it, because if he’s that good, then the right organization … Put aside Dwight. Any young superstar looking to make a move, if you’re that good, then the right organization gets all the right pieces around you. So it’s not about, you’d rather play with this guy. If you’re that good and you have [salary cap] flexibility, the right organization will put the right pieces around you and get you there.”

Mark Cuban claims there are no hard feelings; the Mavs will apparently be fine with Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon as consolation prizes.

He still likes Dwight Howard as a person and player, but like every other Mavs opponent, Cuban hopes the Rockets “suck.”

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  • LLC#12

    “If you’re that good and you have [salary cap]
    flexibility, the right organization will put the right pieces around you
    and get you there.””

    So, does that mean Dirk isn’t that good? Or does it mean Dallas aren’t the right organization for Dirk as they’ve failed to put the right pieces around him?

  • JibbsIsBallin

    While Dwight needs to work on his decision makig skills as a “young kid”, Mark should work on his responsibility skills as a grown azz man and chose better production for a video that you pitch to recruit big name players. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_L472DnFB4

  • Cortez Mack

    His answer would be that they did and they got there.

  • Cortez Mack

    Cuban is a master at making obvious statement sounds “provocative”.

    Of course he thinks he made a mistake, so what?

    Like last year when he said he would draft Brittney Grinner, if she was the best player available. That is obvious, just like it was obvious that she would not be the best player available.

  • Dagger

    Right. Just like Lebron made a mistake in going to the Heat and cost himself “a billion dollars in brand equity” with “The Decision.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20100915-Mark-Cuban-LeBron-James-orchestrated-6042.ece

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, according to cuban i’m sure the miami choice really back fired. he would have won 5 rings in 3 years in dallas

  • LLC#12

    Yeah, they did, I just think looking at who they’ve put around Dirk since then, he shouldn’t be voicing an opinion about “putting the right pieces” around people.

  • Max

    lmao.

  • Smits#45

    I usually dislike people like Cuban but somehow someway I can take it coming from him.

  • BitchPlease

    He is not talking about couple of seasons, he means the history of the team. Dallas has made the playoffs consistently where as Rockets made the playoffs once in the last many years. The point he is trying to make is they have been bad, they don’t try to build a contending team for the long term.

  • ScrewT

    Well if you noticed, the Rockets have a much better history than the Mavericks. So, the Rockets have the Mavs beat in history, staff, and current players. Plus, the Mavs can’t offer Hakeem as a trainer.

  • jmm

    This is coming from a dude who chose to film an episode of Shark Whatever in LA instead of flying back to Dallas to recruit local hero Deron Williams in person.

  • Cortez Mack

    Hakeem rents himself out as a trainer to whoever pays his fee.

    He is available.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yea, according to cuban i’m sure the miami choice really back fired. he would have won 5 rings in 3 years in dallas

  • Smits#45

    I usually dislike people like Cuban but somehow someway I can take it coming from him.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    While Dwight needs to work on his decision makig skills as a “young kid”, Mark should work on his responsibility skills as a grown azz man and chose better production for a video that you pitch to recruit big name players. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • danpowers

    i just watched the mavs grizzlies game and have to admit that the mavs looked like a tough playoff team. would be great if they continue this form and go on to face the rockets in the playoffs. that would be epic

  • grgeblck

    I feel sorry for Dirk.

  • grgeblck

    I see Smits having a great conversation there.

  • Ugh

    No, he signed on to the Rockets staff now.

  • Cortez Mack

    Yes. People signed to NBA coaching staffs run individual clinics and workshops all the time. It is part of the reason being a “no-name” assistant or consultant is a major asset.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/122/hakeem-olajuwon

    He is available.

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