Mark Cuban denies that the Mavs will be tanking this season
The Dallas Mavericks have not started this season according to plan and, to the surprise of many, currently own the worst record in the league. Despite the dismal win-loss slate, their team owner, Mark Cuban, has made it clear that they will continue to compete and will not opt to tank this year.
The 58-year-old billionaire also talked about what it would take to turn around his franchise and also why it’s not worth it to go after the top pick in next year’s draft.
“Haters gonna hate. We think that you always compete. If you’re competing when the league is better like it is this year, if you don’t do well, you’ll be in a position to get a good pick. Which, remember, even if you have the worst record in the NBA, there’s a 75 percent chance you’re not going to get the top pick.”
“The only way you overcome that is to have the ultimate superstar carry you through, and it’s tough to draft the ultimate superstar. I don’t see any Shaqs or LeBrons or Tim Duncans in this draft, so I don’t think that’s the right way to do it. You just ignore the haters, let them b–ch, and go about your business.”
He may have said that they won’t tank, but Cuban made his intention known that they are looking to make a move to bring someone who can help them turn Dallas’ fortunes around.
“We’ll see what happens across the course of the season to see if anybody emerges like that, but I’m not panicking, not rushing to judgment, not pulling the plug, pick a euphemism.”
It is definitely interesting to find out how the Mavs will deal with their current state and the moves they could come up with as the season progresses. With Cuban’s win-now attitude, one thing that’s certain is he’ll do whatever it takes to bring in a significant addition to the team.