- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has made his stance against NBA players participating in international competition clear over the years, reiterating it after Paul George gruesomely broke his leg in Friday’s Team USA scrimmage.
Yet there is Chandler Parsons, the Mavs’ prized free-agent addition, in Las Vegas attempting to make the Team USA squad.
Parsons’ participation isn’t Cuban’s preference, but Cuban does not have the power to deny Parsons from playing, as was the case for the many summers that Dirk Nowitzki suited up for Germany.
“Like Dirk, I can't stop him,” Cuban said in an email reply to ESPNDallas.com. “It's his decision.”
Cuban said he did not specifically tell Parsons that he didn’t want the small forward playing for Team USA after signing a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas. Cuban didn’t think it was necessary and isn't allowed to pressure players to not play international ball.
“He knows how I feel,” Cuban said.
As was the case for Nowitzki for many years, the opportunity to represent his country was more important to Parsons than appeasing his billionaire boss.
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