Whatever Success Mavericks Have Won’t Be Mark Cuban’s Doing

November 9th, 2013 by David Murphy Leave a reply »

Mark Cuban was once the NBA’s bold provocateur, the ultimate basketball fan, cutting edge and willing to spend large on behalf of his beloved Dallas Mavericks.

These days, he’s more of a setting sun. Poor Dirk Nowitzki, soldiering on as his career winds down, with hopes for a second ring fading away. Where did it all go wrong?

Cuban still talks the talk. He still gets out there on the court in a sleeveless sweatshirt, clanking balls off the rim, tolerated by actual NBA players. He still does interviews, spouting gibberish about new digital media or claiming that the Miami Heat are the villains of the league. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are a middling prospect with a modest budget. Their $67,938,658 team salary ranks 15th in the league.

Heading into Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas is playing .500 ball with three wins and three losses. That’s good for 10th in the West.

When it comes to explaining the path back to the playoffs, Cuban talks about snatching up undervalued veteran contracts. From an entry in his own blog:

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