This is why we love Mark Cuban.
The outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner was a guest on a Los Angeles radio program Wednesday, and he made no attempt to hide his disdain for the city’s floundering NBA team, the Lakers.
“As far as the Lakers,” Cuban said on “The Fred Roggin Show” on KFWB-AM, “I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are going to be focusing and saying, ‘Look, I’ve got a ton of cap room, free agents A, B and C, why don’t you guys come together and come play for me?’ And L.A. has always been considered a destination, so maybe they feel there’s a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”
We’re not sure about forever, but the 2-9 Lakers certainly are playing some terrible basketball right now. As of Wednesday, L.A. held the worst record in the Western Conference and the second-worst in the NBA, ahead of only the winless Philadelphia 76ers.
Add to those on-court struggles numerous reports of tension between Kobe Bryant and his teammates, and a spot in another draft lottery seems all but assured for these Lakers.
Cuban’s Mavericks, meanwhile, sit at 8-3 thanks to an offense that’s averaging a league-best 109.3 points per game. Dallas has failed to reach the 100-point plateau just twice this season, and six of its eight wins have come by 14 or more points.
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