Dallas Mavericks: Adam Silver

DALLAS -- The lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling handed down by NBA commissioner Adam Silver was applauded at the American Airlines Center.

“Decisive and correct,” Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “There’s no new commissioner in the history of sports who’s more prepared for this kind of moment and this kind of decision than Adam Silver. He’s been studying under the best commissioner, in my opinion, in the history of sports. He’s handled this thing extremely well, and it’s not an easy situation.”

Mavs owner Mark Cuban called the possibility of forcing Sterling out of the league “a slippery slope” on Monday night, expressing disgust with the racist comments attributed to Sterling but concern about the precedent that would be set by forcing him to sell the Clippers. However, Cuban tweeted his support of Silver’s decision during the commissioner’s press conference Tuesday afternoon.


Mavs sixth man Vince Carter, a 16-year veteran, expressed sadness that the Sterling situation has overshadowed the playoffs to this point and appreciation that the league can move on now.

“Glad it’s over,” Carter said. “It’s a tough situation. I think everybody had their individual feelings. It’s unfortunate somebody still thinks that way, like a lot of players have said. Something had to be done, especially [because there] is a game today. That decision needed to be made just so those guys [on the Clippers] can clear their mind and play the game and we can kind of move on from this.

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Should top 16 make playoffs? Cuban unsure

March, 28, 2014
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DALLAS – The Mavericks, despite being 13 games above .500, would be the odd team out in the Western Conference if the playoffs started today.

Put the Mavs in the East and they’d have home-court advantage in the first round as the third seed. Meanwhile, two sub-.500 teams are poised to punch playoff tickets in the NBA’s lesser conference.

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Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsMark Cuban's Mavs would be the No. 3 seed in the East but left out in the West if the playoffs started today.
The massive disparity between the quality of the conferences has prompted plenty of discussion about revamping the way playoff seeds are determined. One question often gets asked: Should the NBA do away with conference affiliation in determining playoff berths and simply put the best 16 teams in a bracket?

Believe it or not, outspoken Mavs owner Mark Cuban, whose team would obviously benefit from such a change this season, isn’t certain how he’d vote if such a switch were formally proposed.

“I can make an argument on both sides,” said Cuban, who anticipates that new NBA commissioner Adam Silver will examine the subject during the offseason.

The argument for such a change is obvious. The system is screwed up when a team that is 12 games over .500 is a playoff spectator while a squad that finishes nine games under gets a postseason berth.

But Cuban cites an unbalanced schedule and travel as issues he needs to study before determining where he stands in this debate.

Cuban noted that the good teams from the lesser conference could have an unfair advantage in seeding because they got to play the lesser teams more often. That seemed to be a secondary concern to travel and other complications, such as tipoff times, that would arise from having teams from the opposite coast face each other in the early rounds of the playoffs. Cuban used a potential Miami Heat-Portland Trail Blazers series as an example.

“That could be tough,” Cuban said. “The timing and all of that stuff could be really messed up in terms of television. Again, it’s something I could make an argument on the other side that you want your best 16 teams playing from a television perspective, travel be damned.

“I don’t have a final position on it yet. I’m keeping all my options yet.”

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Cuban: 'Great steps' from new commish

February, 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appreciates that the NBA, under new commissioner Adam Silver, is now privately contacting teams regarding transparency over calls made by officials.

“I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said of Silver. “There’s been more changes in 15 days or whatever it is than I saw in 14 years. So I like what he’s doing there. I don’t see a lot, but the few things I’ve seen have been very positive.

“Things like sending out reports, proactive reports, being transparent on calls proactively, those are things that never would’ve happened [previously].”

Cuban has been asking for this type of transparency forever, and it’s finally started to happen -- albeit slowly.

Cuban explained more of what he was talking about.

“Like last night in the Houston-Phoenix game, Dwight Howard steps in [to the lane] seven seconds early. He’s waiting there like he’s boxing out before the free throw. And they didn’t call anything. So my expectation is that they’ll say something proactively to the teams, maybe not publicly, so that we we know (A) are they gonna allow that? Or (B), they’re not going to allow it and it should’ve been called and next time it will be called,” Cuban said.

“And then they'll say something to the officials, because we don't know, OK, this is the way to do it, or not the way to do it. In the past, you’d find out the hard way. Now, not on everything, but they’ve been more proactive and it’s a huge step in the right direction.”
  • Cuban was also asked Monday if the Mavericks might pursue one of the players who was recently waived.


    “We’ll talk about it. But I don’t see anything happening,” Cuban said.
    The Mavericks currently have 15 players under contract.
  • Cuban on how many years Dirk Nowitzki, 35, has left: “Five, six, seven. Like I said, I think my hops are better than Dirk’s, and so it’s about technique and skill set. And as long as his body holds up, he’ll keep on playing.”
  • Cuban on why the Mavericks are 8-2 in their past 10: “We’re boxing out. We’re rebounding. How many games in a row has it been -- with the exception of Charlotte -- 7-8 games in a row we’ve outrebounded a team? If we said we were gonna do that, y’all would’ve laughed at us. We’ve been rebounding, we’re focused on the fundamentals, we’re paying attention to the little things and that’s what a veteran team should know how to do, and that’s what we’re doing.”
  • Cuban on the dominance of the Western Conference compared to the East: “That’s been happening for 14 years. There’s no reason to start getting frustrated now.”
  • Cuban on a report his team was looking to add an All-Star: “We’re always trying to All-Star-caliber players. We try a lot of things. I’ll give you a second-round pick for that first team all-pro. You ask, but you hope they’re on drugs and say yes.”
  • Cuban said the reason for a lack of moves at the trade deadline was that teams placed a huge value on their draft picks. It remains to be seen if that will work out.

Mark Cuban 'thrilled' Stern looking at Olympics

May, 31, 2012
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Mark Cuban's repeated criticism of the NBA for allowing its stars to play in the Olympics is no longer falling on deaf ears in the commissioner's office.

David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that they are no longer sure they want to see NBA veterans playing in the Olympics beyond this summer's Games in London and will look into a 23-and-younger age limit, as soccer does.

The news came as a welcome surprise to Cuban, who touted a 22-and-younger age limit as recently as April.

"Yes, I'm thrilled," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday night.

The most outspoken of the league's owners regarding the NBA's participation in the Olympics and all international competition during the NBA's offseason, Cuban said in April that he believed the topic of NBA players' availability was a dead issue, saying, "The commissioner's office won't open it up to discussion. They'll take calls about it but won't put it up for a vote. Hopefully, I can get him to move it to a vote at some point."

Silver made it clear Wednesday that Cuban's voice is resonating.

"And there's a recognition, certainly Mark Cuban, other owners have raised repeatedly the issue of our players playing in essence year-round when you add the Olympics to our newly renamed world championship of basketball to our World Cup of Basketball," Silver said. "So when you have the Olympics, the World Cup of Basketball, we are taking a very close look at whether it makes sense from an NBA standpoint and a global basketball standpoint for the top players to be playing at that level on a year-round basis, and somewhere (every) summer.

"So what we have told FIBA and what David has announced several times is that we are all in through the London Olympics, and then post-London Olympics we want to step back together with USA Basketball, led by Jerry Colangelo and Patrick Baumann in FIBA ... we need to take a long-term view of what makes sense both for the NBA and for the game."

Cuban detests that he and the other NBA owners must relinquish handsomely paid players to their national teams without any recourse if a player is injured during international competition. He has also argued that players and their teams should reap some financial gain, as well as railing against what he deems the corporate greed of FIBA, basketball's world governing body, the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.

"I think it's the biggest mistake the NBA makes," Cuban said in April of allowing NBA stars to compete in international competition. "If you look up stupid in the dictionary you see a picture of the USA Dream Team playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make billions of dollars. So if you come up with something that you own that you can give to me for free so I can make billions of dollars, I want it."

Wednesday's announcement suggests Stern is growing increasingly wary of the toll year-round competition takes on the players' physical health as well as the quality and integrity of the NBA season. Stern and Silver said they still want NBA veterans to be eligible for the world championships staged every four years.

Cuban disagrees unless, he said Wednesday, fundamental changes are made to the structure of the world championship.

"(I'd be) more thrilled if the NBA starts its own world championship," Cuban said. "This way the revenues from the tourney could be shared with players. When the revenues go to FIBA, they get next to nothing. The teams get absolutely nothing."

One step at a time.

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Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9