Mark Cuban recruited LeBron James

Updated: November 27, 2010, 11:31 PM ET
By Michael Wallace | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- Mark Cuban doesn't take losing too well.

That's why a big part of the outspoken and controversial Dallas Mavericks owner still burns a bit inside when he thinks about the opportunity LeBron James passed up in Dallas during free agency last summer to instead sign with the Miami Heat.

Cuban said he desperately tried to recruit James and his business manager, Maverick Carter, through a series of text messages after the July 1 start of free agency. Cuban tried to convince ...

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