B/R – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted Wednesday the franchise tried to lose games after being eliminated from contention for the 2017 NBA playoffs.
Dallas finished the regular season with the league’s ninth-worst record after posting a 2-8 record over its final 10 games. It missed the Western Conference playoffs by eight games.
I honestly don’t see what everyone is getting riled up about. Teams have always done this, but Mark Cuban just happens to be the person who will openly admit it because he doesn’t care what Adam Silver or anyone else in the NBA thinks. But then again, Cuban seems like the exact person who would lash out at another owner if they were to say this publicly.
If I were a Mavs fan, I’d be rallying behind Cuban and hoping it all pays off. Their draft position didn’t change Tuesday night during the lottery, shout-out DB, so they’ll be picking 9th and most likely end up with someone I’ve never heard of (not that that’s saying much).
I’m not gonna lie and act like I paid close attention to the NBA this year, but I would imagine there are some teams in the lottery who were just legitimately bad and weren’t actively trying to lose games. If they had been leap frogged by Dallas, I could see their gripe. Luckily that didn’t happen and maybe this will lead to the “Gold Plan” which would improve a team’s chances at the lottery based on how they performed after they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Although, I sense someone like Mark Cuban would find something wrong with that…
It’s just nice to see Mark Cuban in the news for something other than his political opinions, and I think we can all agree on that.