Mavs’ Harrison Barnes disagrees with Mark Cuban’s comments about youth basketball in the US
After Cuban said that young players in America would be better served to learn the game in Europe (Slovenia, specifically) instead of learning how to “taunt and put together mixtapes,” Barnes had rather strong feelings:
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, co-MVP of the 2010 McDonald’s All-America Game, gave this statement to @TheUndefeated about Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s recent controversial comments: pic.twitter.com/plmj0cWnYF
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) December 22, 2018
Mark Cuban’s comments are obviously due to the success of Mavs rookie Luka Doncic, who came from Slovenia.
Harrison Barnes, however, took blatant offense, as he played in the McDonald’s All-American Game back in 2010 and won an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA during the summer of 2016.
It’s safe to say that Barnes is not the only player who was not fond of Cuban’s remarks, and the fact that Barnes plays for the team that Cuban owns and still spoke out so passionately about it displays just how much the Mavs boss’ statement stung players around the league.
It remains to be seen if any other players will speak out against what Mark Cuban said. It will also be interesting to see how Harrison Barnes and Cuban handle this. Will Cuban sit down with Barnes and try to explain himself, or will the two men just sweep it under the rug and continue on with the 2018-19 campaign?
One thing is for sure: Dallas has been one of the more pleasant surprises around the league this season, as the Mavs currently own a record of 15-15 and are in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference.
The Mavs have, however, lost four consecutive games to drop to .500 for the first time since Nov. 30.