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Cuban’s Pride Costs Mavs

Posted on 04. May, 2010 by FSM Staff in Highlight, NBA

Cuban’s Pride Costs Mavs

In a rare display of public humility, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently apologized to the team’s sullen fans. He had hoped to make a bigger impact in Texas and he did not get the job done. The apology came on the heels of yet another disappointing first round departure in the NBA Playoffs.

“I’m not proud of my inability over the last 10 years to have the impact like I want to have, so I kind of feel like I owe fans an apology,” Cuban was quoted as saying after the 4-2 series loss to the San Antonio Spurs. This “kind of” apology is the best you will get from an alpha dog like Cuban. If he had humbled up six years ago, the Mavericks would probably have a championship banner hanging in the rafters.

For those with bad short term memories (and all the potheads out there), here is what happened six years ago. Steve Nash was a free agent for the Dallas Mavericks. Him and Dirk Nowitzki were two peas in a pod. Always on the same page. Instant offense. Nash expressed interest in staying. Mark Cuban expressed interest in keeping him. The Phoenix Suns had plans of their own however and offered Nash $60 million for 6 years, a hefty deal at the time for a point guard who was 30 years old.

Mark Cuban was adamant that he would not match the offer. He kept perseverating on the $60 million dollar price tag on Nash. It seemed to genuinely irk him. He kept mentioning it was a bad contract given Nash’s age. His actions ultimately led fans to believe that he did not think Nash was worth the money. Cuban faced criticism for his views but he never budged. Steve Nash signed with the Phoenix Suns and won two consecutive MVP trophies. It is impossible to say what could have been had Cuban swallowed his pride and opened his wallet.

Cuban’s refusal to resign Steve Nash is perplexing indeed. What was driving his decision? This is the same guy who gave Eric Dampier the kind of contract Nash was asking for (yes, that Eric Dampier). The same guy who gave an aging, ungrateful Jason Kidd a three year $24 million contract extension. Mark Cuban’s excuse of age and money does not stand the test of time. He has a history of paying more for less.

It is easy to sit back and say that the Mavericks would have won a title had the duo of Dirk/Nash remained intact. It is definitely something to consider though as both have three consecutive MVP awards between them.

Jordan’s Dream is Charlotte’s Nightmare

Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, NBA

Jordan’s Dream is Charlotte’s Nightmare

Michael Jordan recently said that owning the Charlotte Bobcats is a dream come true. Jordan’s dream might very well end up being a nightmare for sports fans in the North Carolina area. Though number twenty-three is considered the greatest basketball player of all time, his greatness has yet to step foot in to the front office.

The running joke amongst NBA insiders is that Michael Jordan makes deals on the golf course which is also where he spends most of his time. The running joke should be that Michael Jordan now owns an NBA franchise.

Just because you want something really bad doesn’t mean you should have it.

Basketball fans in Charlotte deserve better. Let me rephrase that. PROFESSIONAL basketball fans in Charlotte deserve better. Undoubtedly there are those UNC fanatics that are drooling over Michael Jordan and everyone else UNC related who is affiliated with the Bobcats. But what about the true NBA fans? The ones that saw the birth of the Charlotte Hornets and the scrappy duo of Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. The ones that were teased by Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn then screwed by BET mogul Robert Johnson?

The Bobcats’ fortunes did not truly turn around until the hiring of Larry Brown as head coach. Michael Jordan gets credit for one great move and no more. It wasn’t until Brown’s arrival that the team started to add solid role players (the kind you need to win). This is no coincidence as Larry Brown has Michael Jordan’s ear and Jordan is listening.

I wish I could be a fly in the head of a Bobcats fan. Close your eyes and think. Better yet, close your eyes and dream about it. Momentum is building and the team is changing for the better. NBA fans in Charlotte are getting anxious. They are afraid to have hope. It’s looking like the Bobcats will make the playoffs for the first time ever. This is great. Finally things are looking up again. Michael no! Now is not the time. Michael please. You know how Larry gets. He gets itchin’ to move on. We only have a few years left with him and we need to focus on doing some damage in the East. Do you understand? When Larry leaves you’ll be in charge again. No more great suggestions from coach. It will be back to drafting Adam Morrison and trading for Vladimir Radmonovic. Back to trying to get big money players who won’t help us like Jason Richardson. Oh my Michael. It might be worse than I thought….you’ll be the owner too…I think I just had a nightmare.


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