The Dallas Mavericks are currently under a world of hurt, being investigated for sexual misconduct allegations by a former employee. Mark Cuban has come out and said he had no idea about the culture within the organization or about the former female employees that were preyed upon during their time there.
Not to mention now some of his comments about losing are costing him a nice chunk of change.
The NBA has fine Cuban $600K for what he said in Julius Erving’s “House Call with Dr. J” podcast a few days ago about the Mavs tanking.
“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option.'” Adam Silver would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”
Adam Silver was not amused by those comments, calling them “detrimental to the NBA.”
Although the incentives to tank have been diminished in recent years, there is still a better chance to tank for a good draft pick than not.