NBA: Why Mark Cuban's latest statement is wrong
Just before the Christmas Holidays in an interview with Eurohoops.net, Mark Cuban’s response about how Luka Doncic’s professional experience led to his early NBA success said:
“It is important because you’re used to people being older than you but I think he just learned how to play basketball and that’s the biggest gift. When you’re gifted as he is and you actually learn to play the game.If you look at the basketball education of kids starting at 11-years old in Europe and particularly Slovenia which is basketball oriented. If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald’s all-American, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better. They just learn how to play basketball while our guys learn how to taunt and put together mixtapes.”
Mark Cuban is a very outspoken personality. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks has been for years. He has made comments that, while may be true or false, have been somewhat troublesome and gotten him in trouble with the NBA.
For example, just last year he was fined $600,000.00 dollars by the NBA for stating the following in a podcast about a conversation he had with players on his Mavericks squad:
"Look, losing is our best option."
Again he may have been correct but you cannot just openly admit you are trying to tank a season to acquire the best draft pick you can. If the Mavericks did tank last season it helped them get the 5th overall pick which was good enough to trade Trae Young for Luka Doncic.
While Doncic is clearly the front runner as the rookie of the year and his past playing experience may have much to do with his imminent success, Doncic, with all due respect, is not the greatest draft pick ever in the history of the NBA as Cuban appears to want everyone to believe.
Cuban’s comments to Eurohoops.net raise a lot of questions about Mark Cuban’s socio-economic philosophy and stereotypical beliefs but there are several reasons why he is simply wrong: