Mark Cuban Hates the Spurs
It’s been a good week for quotes. Up to now, we’ve been fortunate enough to hear Joakim Noah tell anyone listening how much he thinks Cleveland sucks. Now we get to hear an owner talk about his intense dislike for an in-state rival.
"No, I mean I hate the Spurs. I have a hard time being civil to [Spurs owner] Peter Holt at the board of governors meetings and he has a hard time being civil to me even though we both like each other. It’s what it represents. We can both be 0-80 and if those last two games are Spurs-Mavs, it’s going to be like a playoff game because we dislike each other that much."
It’s not the first mildly-controversial thing Cuban has ever said, and it won’t likely be the last. I find it refreshing to get away from the cliches and PR-approved statements that sports personalities feed the public. The quote sounds like the reporter gave Cuban a chance to retract his statement and he reiterated it instead. The retired NBA players that abhor the friendliness and cordiality of today’s game would be proud.
This certainly won’t affect the on-court product when the series resumes Wednesday night in Dallas, but you can bet that the crowd in San Antonio will be all over Cuban when he takes his customary seat near the Mavs’ bench. San Antonio is a town that loves its only major sports franchise, and they take it personally when you diss their team. Cubes might want to watch his back and check his beverages for loogies once the series shifts to the Alamo City.