Mark Cuban Justifies Rebuilding Plan to Fans
In a 3,000-plus-word post on his blog, blogmaverick.com, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explained his thought process regarding the team’s massive roster overhaul since the 2011 title run and expressed confidence in the future of a franchise coming off its first non-playoff season in a dozen years.
The blog post begins by rehashing the 2010-11 season, reminding readers that there was a lot of internal and external doubt before the Mavs made their surprising championship run, and then details Cuban’s “tough decisions” to allow key players from the title team to leave via free agency after the lockout.
Cuban cited the collective bargaining agreement and post-lockout schedule as a factor in his decision not to re-sign Tyson Chandler and others after the championship. He called the compressed, 66-game 2011-12 season a “lost year” for teams like the Mavs that relied primarily on older players, saying that made it difficult to justify keeping the roster intact, knowing that they “would be stuck with an aging team and not be in a position to make a big impact on our roster” due to the more restrictive CBA.
“Would i do it the same way again?” Cuban wrote. “In a heartbeat. Why? Because in the NBA, like in the non-sports business world you have to take chances in order to be rewarded. You have to be smart and you have to be more than a little lucky.