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Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:10 pm
Posted by Royce Young

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(Cuban is at the 11-minute mark)

David Stern has already tried to wipe the mess of the NBA owning the Hornets and trading Chris Paul clean. He's tried to blame the frenzy last week on irresponsible journalists and outraged fans. He's tried to say that everything was on the up and up.

But with the report out of Houston saying that Stern lied and the same coming from Los Angeles, it's obvious that this isn't going away. Especially since Mark Cuban piled on a bit when talking to TMZ.

“David Stern owning a team kind of threw us all under the bus. You know, we went through a long lockout, and one of the things we were trying to gain was that small-market teams could have confidence they could keep their star players. … And within two weeks of the new collective bargaining agreement, the smallest-market team, which is owned by the NBA, threw up their hands and said, ‘We can’t keep our star player.’

“So it’s not about Chris Paul. It’s more about the fact that the NBA kind of gave up on the CBA before giving it a chance, and to me, that made them hypocritical, very hypocritical, and that didn’t sit well with me.”

Cuban already said that but just not in as strong a way last week. He talked about how star players have a system where if they stay in their current market, they can make the most money. And that was part of what the labor fight was over. He called the league hypocrites for given in so easily. Dan Gilbert sent an email to Stern and it's very likely that Cuban voiced his displeasure in the original trade as well. So he's not really upset about the veto, but more with the whole mess created by the NBA owning the Hornets.
“You would think the team owned by the NBA and run by the commissioner would be the first to stick it out, and they weren’t. And to me, it’s hypocritical, and they threw a lot of us under the bus.”
Wouldn't expect anything less than strong words from Cuban. And while he's not necessarily talking about the failed three-team trade, he is talking about the way the whole thing got handled. It was a mess and remains so. The NBA needs to find a new owner quickly before more of this happens. Because Stern's got at least three perturbed owners in Houston, Los Angeles and Dallas that didn't like the way this all went down.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:00 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Stern's a racist... Hilarious. He's given more opportunites to brothers than Barrack Obama and Jesse Jackson put togther.

Cuban calls Stern hypocritical ? Stern didn't make the system that allowed Paul to demand exit from a franchise that should have been moved years ago, owners like Cuban that publicly cater to spoiled children like Paul did. All Stern could do is get the best deal he could negotiate.

The NBA is a mess because this group of billionaire owners, among the most educated and intelligent business minds in the world, inexplicably has turned over control to a group of players, who are among the least educated and least intelligent, yet the most selfish millionaires in the world.

It's a mystery how owners run their NBA franchises in ways they would never run their other businesses. Maybe they should lobby to make them charitable contributions and write the whole thing off.  

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:59 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

D. Stern is Howard Stern's cousin and the relation therefore is limited to hypocrasy and judgement.  We can all figure this momento out for the timekeeping

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:37 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

I don't much like Stern, but in the end didn't the NBA owned team get a much better deal, and isn't that the goal since they had the sought after commodity in Paul?

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Don't be jealous of all the Lakers rings. Please? ok? It will be alright.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:22 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

D. Stern is a complete scumbag and he hasn't done anything good for the league in 20 years. I can't believe someone's posse hasn't taken his ass down to the river and put two in his dome. Guy is a racist, smarmy,condescending piece of human waste and deserves the dirt nap as much as anybody going right now.. Hope it comes for him soon.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:13 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Cuban makes a good point. The NBA (Stern) did not give it time to see if Paul would actually sign a deal for one less year and 25 million less at the end of the season.

Glad to see the criticism of Stern continuing. For about 5 different reasons, he needs to resign.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:10 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

The deal would have saved the Lakers $20 million in salaries over the next three years, and another $21 million in luxury taxes — money that would go to small-market teams.  “I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process, and it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks"  To Lakers fan, the facts and the unbalance of this 'trade' will never be accepted; however, this offer was a joke.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:08 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

You know what kind of a mess the NBA is in when they can't find an owner for the Hornets.  In this day and age of billionaires all over the world I wouldn't think it ought to be that hard for one of them to latch on to the Hornets if for no other reason than to "have a hobby."  But no, billionaires didn't get where they are by being stupid and throwing money away on sinking ships ... which is exactly what's happening to the NBA. 

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:57 pm

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Thanks Mark Cuban for an honest opinion.  Now open you checkbook.  Because if your opinion is not the same as David Stern, you will be fined.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:45 pm
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