Mark Cuban Says Hating the Miami Heat is Good for NBA Business

by October 19, 2013

According to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the defending champion Miami Heat are kind of like the Oakland Raiders of the NBA, and that’s pretty great for the League’s bottom line. Per the “Cuban’s 2011 Mavs remain the lone team to beat Miami in the postseason since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach before the 2010-11 season. ‘With the two titles, they’re still like the bad guys,’ Cuban said. ‘There’s a confidence bordering on arrogance that is good for them as a team and good for us as a league because it also makes them the team that everybody wants to knock off. They’re kind of in some respects the Oakland Raiders … when they were winning. I don’t want to compare [Heat owner] Mickey [Arison] to Al Davis, that’s not fair, but you either love them or hate them. That’s always good for the NBA when you have a team that everybody looks forward to beating. It’s just like when we beat them, I would go in places I’ve never been and people would give me a standing ovation. That’s good for the NBA.'”