Mark Cuban ‘Wasn’t Picking on’ Howard
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dwight Howard had a brief, cordial conversation when the Houston Rockets center arrived at the Toyota Center on Friday, a day after Cuban said Howard made a “mistake in judgment” by not deciding to sign with Dallas this summer.
Cuban said he told Howard that his comments Thursday weren’t anything personal but that he considers anyone who turns down an opportunity to play for the Mavs to be “an idiot.”
“I said I wasn’t picking on him, but it’s just common sense,” Cuban said. “I think anybody who doesn’t come to the Mavs is making a mistake, an error in judgment. Only I used stronger words. I told him anybody who doesn’t come [to Dallas] is an idiot, and if I didn’t say that, I’d be an idiot. Because that’s the reality.
“Whether you’re buying a product from one of my companies or making a deal with me instead of somebody else in ‘Shark Tank,’ if I don’t have the confidence of our product to think that you’re making a mistake if you don’t do business with me, then it’s on me. I always feel that way. I don’t know if he understood, but that’s the reality. If you’re a free agent and you pick somewhere else, you made a mistake in judgment.”