Fans ask, Cuban answers: Stern is ‘great tailor’
by Michael Katz, USA TODAY Sports
What would happen if Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave fans the chance to ask him anything?
Cuban answered questions on Reddit, the popular social media site on Monday afternoon. A lot of people asked him about the TV show Shark Tank.
But there were also a lot of sports-related questions. We picked out his best responses so you don’t have to read the whole thing. (Please consider all misspellings below sic’d.)
Question: Complete the sentence. David Stern is _______.
Cuban: great tailor
Question: How’s your relationship with Skip Bayless?
Cuban: who ?
(Ed. Note: For background, watch this video.)
Question: Do you think the increased number of technical fouls called is necessary, or are the refs being a little too sensitive?
Cuban: I think a tech is more a reflection on the officiating than it is on the player with the exception being the guys who just love to yell. ie, the old school Rasheed Wallace.
There are so many fewer techs in college and the coaches in particular there get a lot more beligerant than what you see in the NBA
Question: Why do basketball players only get recognition after they’ve been a part of a championship team? For instance, Dirk has been an amazing player for 10 years now, but only got the respect he truly deserved from fans after having a championship caliber supporting cast (Including coaches) around him. If it’s a team game, why do players only get appreciated after they accomplish something that’s mostly out of their control (Since, most of the time, they don’t decide who they get to play with)?
Cuban: Thats the stupid , macho element of all professional sports. Its a lot easier to just pin a lable on someone than to actually do the work to determine the impact of a player. ITs the same reason everyone over values scoring in the NBA. Scoring is usually the easiest part of the game.
Question: What are your thoughts on the Spurs benching controversy? As an owner and businessman, do you see yourself agreeing with the commissioner?
Cuban: We as a team/league have to be proactive. The Mavs have a … [For more on Fans ask, Mark Cuban answers: David Stern is a 'great tailor', click here.]