If you thought Mark Cuban was the type of guy to go back on his words, think again. The often-opinionated Dallas Mavericks owner took yet another dig at a Western Conference foe in All-Star Russell Westbrook when asked about the MVP race.
Mark Cuban says MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James. Where is Russell Westbrook in that mix? "He's not."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 6, 2017
The comments come to follow the ones made last season, when he claimed the Oklahoma City Thunder had only one superstar in Kevin Durant — claiming Westbrook was a good sidekick but not quite there yet (go figure).
Westbrook is leading the MVP race averaging a triple-double for the season, and his do-it-all ability are the sole reason the Thunder are contending for a playoff spot after departures of Serge Ibaka and Durant in the offseason.
To say he’s not in the conversation is about as asinine a thing someone as involved in the basketball world as Cuban is, can say. Clearly this is an effort to stand firm on his take from last season, even though the fact are right in front of him.
Russell Westbrook is coming off four straight games with 40-plus points, the latest — a 48-point, 17-rebound, nine-assist losing effort against the Phoenix Suns.