Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
“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,'” Cuban said on the podcast. “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.”
This season, the Mavericks (18-40) have the third-worst record in the NBA entering Tuesday but are among a logjam of seven teams with fewer than 20 wins. The team with the worst record will have a 25 percent chance of making the No. 1 pick in June’s draft.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Tyronn Lue (Health) Steps Away From Team, Hopes to Return in a Week
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from coaching to focus on his health, the team said Monday.
Lue told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols via text message that his goal is to return in about a week.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Returns to Lineup After Wrist Injury
All-Star forward Kevin Love scored 18 points in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup Monday night after missing 21 games with a broken left hand.
Love went 5-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Cavs beat the Bucks 124-117.