Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 10:30 am  |  11 responses

Mark Cuban Critical of Absentee NBA Owners

When asked about Mikhail Prokhorov not being around his Brooklyn Nets, Mark Cuban was only too happy to take a few jabs at the absentee big man. Cuban thinks it’s bad business for an NBA team owner not to be present. Per the Star-Ledger:

Without naming names, of course: Can you run an NBA franchise from 5,000 miles away?

The Dallas owner replied, flatly, “Absolutely not.”

“Again, hypothetically speaking – and this only applies to individuals 6-5 and under – you can’t,” Cuban said, at a tempo the orchestra conductor would call accelerando. “That’s why I sit so close (to the floor): It’s like trying to run a company and not being able to go to the sales meetings. Not being able to go to the customer service or support meetings.

“You know, the reason why you’re starting to see more and more owners get closer and closer (is because) culture is important, attitude is important, communication is important …”

“It may well be that you have all those people who can do all those things for you, but I just happen to think that if an owner has the skill set where they can add value, they should,” Cuban said before his Mavericks took a 107-106 shave at Barclays. “If they have someone who can do it for them, that’s fine, but I just think (distance) makes it much more difficult. But again, that’s for the 6-4 and under league.”

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Shots at the Russian

  • LLC#12

    He’s just salty because Deron Williams chose to play for the absent Russian owner rather than the ever-present, loud-mouth idiotic owner.

  • spit hot fiyah

    or he is salty because prokhorov is one of the few people that can make cuban look not so rich

  • Martha Walker


    ✯✯✯✯✯ ✯✯✯ ✯လ✯✯ ✯✯✯ထ✯ ✯✯✯✯It may well be that you have all those people who can do all those things for you, but I just happen to think that if an owner has the skill set where they can add value,

  • The Real

    Some might say Cuban is around to much,

    Talking to the media all the time, getting fined for harassing refs, talking sh*t about players they couldn’t sign(Dwight, Deron). Maybe he should try the distance thing.

    Then again I would be at all the games too, if I paid dudes…..

  • RunNGun

    Cuban ran-Mavericks, 1 trophy. Prokhorov ran-Nets, 0 trophies. ‘Nuff said.

  • Shooting Guard

    took him a while to get that ‘one’ trophy

  • RunNGun

    Agreed but 1 trophy > no trophy :)

  • Ugh

    Milwaukee Bucks, 1 trophy. Dallas Mavericks, 1 trophy. Atlanta Hawks, 1 trophy.

  • Ugh

    I don’t think it’s coincidence that the year Dirk told him to shut his mouth was the year they one the trophy.

  • Shooting Guard

    true, good point