The NBA doesn't take kindly to the talk of tanking. Just ask Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who's bank account took a significant hit on Wednesday afternoon.
The Mavericks sit at 18-40 on the season, and are nowhere near contending for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In a recent appearance on the House Call with Dr. J podcast Cuban revealed the best strategy for the Mavericks over the rest of the year.
Here's what he had to say.
"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. [Commissioner] 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."
Cuban was right about Silver not liking his comments. The NBA commissioner came down hard against Cuban, fining the outspoken owner $600,000.
We're not going to weep tears for Cuban, who holds a net worth of over $3.5 billion. The $600,000 fine won't take a major chunk out of his bank account, but it does send a message to the rest of the league - that talk of tanking won't be accepted, especially by someone with a voice as powerful as Mark Cuban.
Now, he';s not the first to comment about the idea of tanking. We all know the Philadelphia 76ers recent success boils down to Sam Hinkie's unique ability to "embrace the tank." After trusting the process, Philadelphia fans everywhere are lauding their ousted GM.
This isn't the first time Cuban has been fined. In fact, he's the most-fined owner in the NBA and received a $500,000 fine for being critical of the then-league's director of officials, Ed Rush. Cuban said Rush "might have been a great ref, but I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen."