Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is in hot water with the NBA for suggesting that his teams should tank this season in the hopes that hey will be able to grab a quality player in this years’ NBA draft lottery. In an interview on Former NBA player and 76ers legend, Julius Erving’s Podcast, “House Call With Dr. J”, Cuban stated
“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 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 they key to being kind of a players’ owner and having stability.”
When the NBA got whiff of Cuban’s comments they sent down the fine. Cuban’s fine is one of the largest fines the NBA had ever dished out. It’s not the only huge fine Cuban has paid since being owner of the Mavs though. Back in 2002, Cuban was hit with a $500,000 fine for crude gestures and derogatory comments he made about a referee during a postgame interview.