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Before the playoffs -- and before his Dallas Mavericks took on the Houston Rockets in the first round -- owner Mark Cuban had some very pointed words for his rivals to the south.
Cuban's exact comments, in an interview with Grantland:
"There's no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they're gonna do. ... But James Harden is so good. That's what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you're good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that's not a very good team over there."
That's not exactly trashing Houston, but it certainly wasn't glowing praise. So, when the Rockets finished off the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals -- a series after Houston dismissed Dallas in five -- Cuban took to Twitter to eat some figurative crow:
Congrats to the Rockets. Gotta admit I was wrong. A lot.of guys stepped up. Congrats @dmorey— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 17, 2015
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appreciated the message.
@mcuban thank you Mark, as you know we have a long way to go because you have done it— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 18, 2015
Morey isn't wrong; the Golden State Warriors will be heavily favored in the next round.
Richard Jefferson, a 34-year-old forward for the Dallas Mavericks, looked like 2002-era R.J. on this amazing dunk over the Charlotte Hornets' (much younger) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Sunday. The only problem? It was called a foul.
2014-15 NBA schedule released
The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.
NBA free agency predictions?
NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?
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Where will LeBron James play?
Although LeBron James opted out of his contract, conventional wisdom suggested he would re-sign with the Miami Heat and give things another go with the rest of the Big Three. But now that's not so clear, as reportedly James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren't quite on the same page. Meanwhile, with James himself on vacation, sources say his agent, Rich Paul, might have met with representatives for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns and possibly the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will James really leave South Florida?