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Cuban blames CBA for Mavs tumble


10:12 AM ET 05.06 | Mark Cuban said he understands why, emotionally, fans are disappointed that Mavericks management didn't bring back last season's NBA championship team intact. But Cuban reiterated his season-long stance that he and vice president of operations Donnie Nelson put together the best team they could under the guidelines of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. "I've heard some of the talking headless (media), and all I can tell you is, within the collective bargaining agreement we did everything possible to put the best possible team on the court," he said. "Period. End of story. If someone wants to read it (the CBA) and tell me otherwise, go ahead. But it's like I said, I think we've got a good team. One bounce, one break and we're talking about we had one bad game like we had in Portland last year and we're still up 2-1." So he has not had any second thoughts about not offering Tyson Chandler a multi-year contract in December, or taking the same approach with departing free agents J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler. "Hell no," Cuban said. "Nope. Not even a millisecond. Because those who are talking otherwise haven't read the CBA and are just talking out their (expletive) without any foundation. But that's what you guys do. "Given what happened, I think we put together a damn good team. If we had one break, one call, one bounce, we're having a completely different conversation and you're thinking how smart we are instead of how stupid we are." Clearly, Cuban believes the biggest culprit in the Mavericks' bumpy defense of the NBA title is the CBA.

Dallas Morning News

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May 6, 2012  10:33 AM ET

At Least You Got One Ring, Bro.

May 6, 2012  10:38 AM ET

At Least You Got One Ring, Bro.

Which sure as hell beats having none...

May 6, 2012  10:43 AM ET

Nobody knew Odom would turn to be a bad trade. But everyone knew by getting vince carter, the Mavs was not going anywhere, it was a mistake

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May 6, 2012  12:06 PM ET

Cuban ruined this team. If he wants to place blame he need look no further than his mirror.

And I suppose you could have done better?

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May 6, 2012  12:19 PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks fought 31 years for their championship. Cuban forgot that you win with players, so he had a fire sale. PERIOD

May 6, 2012  12:21 PM ET

Has there ever been a team that won a championship on the cheap?

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May 6, 2012  01:20 PM ET

What a gas bag. He rolled the dice with Chandler and lost. Cry about the CBA all you want. All the other guys didn't matter. Chandler was the glue, the backbone. With him gone, the Mavs were soft. They thought they could get Howard and they were wrong. Four and out. See ya.

May 6, 2012  01:24 PM ET

They should be happy Lebron gave their franshise a free ring

May 6, 2012  01:53 PM ET

Mavericks first ring should have been 2006. But Stern passed down the edict that the Heat would win, talked to a few refs and said, "Make it so". And so it was.


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