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After another disappointing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA finals, the Dallas Mavericks have metamorphosed into the Dallas Crybabies; the official announcement is awaiting David Stern's approval.

The perennial whiners of the NBA are boiling with anger and ferocity, knocking off anything and everything that's within their kicking length, doling out curses for anyone willing to listen. Not a useful form of chivalry but in the kingdom of Mark Cuban you don't abide by rationale or common sense.

The Miami Herald reports:

The night ended after midnight with the angry Mavs kicking and knocking things over on the way to the locker room, and raging, rabid Dallas owner Mark Cuban, security keeping him back, screaming an endless string of obscenities at officials. Mavs guard Darrell Armstrong picked up the loud, angry cursing in the locker room after the obligatory cooling-off period, and he didn't even play.

All hail Mark Cuban — he shows the way — the rest of the flock follows. Not quite sheepishly though.

They are angry because Dwyane Wade was 21-25 from the freebies matching the output of the entire Mavericks clan. The blame, if any, must lie with the referees because Wade was taking it to the hole all night long while Dirk and company were hiding under the blanket.

Not Gatoraded enough — Mark?

The theatrics are all too familiar. For the Mavericks, winning is somehow considered to be a birth right protected by the Cuban Constitution — anything else is a sinister conspiracy to degrade the organization.

To this I say, grow up. Get real.

They were grounded from cloud nine once their trip to South Beach was over for this season. The fall was hard and painful. Reality bites.

Scoop Jackson of ESPN heard some angry notes:

"We were already mad after Game 4," Dirk said after Game 5. "They suspended one of our players … "

As if Jerry Stackhouse was suspended for distributing cookies.

Josh Howard, who's sealed his place in history next to Chris Webber for his infamous time out call responded to ESPN's Chris Sheridan's question on the dumb act of the day:

"What am I saying to you right now, dog? Please, don't come off on me right now because I'm going to come off on you, and I'm not in a great mood right now. Get out of my face, man. Get out of my face."

Only if anger wins the game are the Mavericks on the right track. Too bad it doesn't. It never has and never will.

Now they seem to have crossed the line of civility too. That's not surprising, though – when the collective thought process is in infancy, the individuals usually follow suit.

As an owner, Mark Cuban is always the biggest fan of the Dallas Mavericks. He's every bit a die-hard fan, only with a lot more money. He's a straight talker, sometimes with sense, sometimes without, but you have to appreciate his approach — there's no hiding, all out in the open.

Cursing is not an unchartered territory for him. He cursed Bruce Bowen for which he later apologized. He did it again which he candidly describes in his own blog:

then someone asked “Is this your worst loss ever” … ..So I told the reporter to “Ask me a real fucking question”

Mark, what were you thinking?

Reporters have a job to do. They ask questions that you may or may not like. If you don't, then politely refuse. It is not so complicated.

He has his justifications though:

Apparently some folks have taken exception to me cursing in my response. Well in this case, the reporter was using my time, we were in a locker room and I was trying to provide a response that had no value to me, but could only help him. If he doesnt think enough of either of our time to invest the brainpower and minutes it takes to come up with something different than has been asked a thousand times.
Fuck em.

Attitude aside, the Mavericks have a bigger problem at hand. Burned by the Heat in Miami, they are now a bunch of dwindling confidence and slumping shoulders.

About Q Bit

  • Adrienne Ritter

    Really, do you have TIVO or OnDemand? If so I would highly suggest rewinding and watching the game back again..
    Wade taking it to the basket?? Come on if you call running down the court and throwing yourself into people while wailing the ball in the air aimed no where near the basket then I guess.. The HEAT had that game handed to them on a silver platter..And I think Cuban is right, journalists need to come up with some real questions if they want to waste people’s time, sure it’s their job, but they choose to do it, if they are going to do it at least do it well…

  • Jared

    As a preface, I do like Mark Cuban. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he does. His tact could maybe use some work in spots. Now, on to my points.

    “As if Jerry Stackhouse was suspended for distributing cookies.”
    he was suspended for ahard foul on Shaq, who is notorious for whining about how he gets called out on hard fouls. I’ll remind you of a foul the big fella put on Stackhouse in game one that required three stitches. Stackhouse’s foul wasn’t a lovetap, but to twist it and make it sound like there was no question of a suspension being too harsh is dillusional. And, as evidenced by the final score, game five wasn’t a blowout either way. Stackhouse’s presence may have very well changed the outcome. AFter all, one point isn’t so much to make up.

    Now about the free throw disperity. Look at numbers. I don’t care about any change in offensive strategy. The Mavs went to the line three times more in the first two games than Miami. Go to South Beach, and Miami, in their three home games, took 41, count ‘em, 41 more trips to the line than Dallas did. Again, if you don’t think that there’s some inconsistency in the calls, you’re just zoning out hard facts. I am aware of Wade becoming more aggressive in the offense, and that will obviously result in more contact for him. Not THAT much more contact, though. As an aside, I think Harris was just as deserving as a number of calls as Wade was during game five, but he didn’t get them. In a game where the final score is 101-100, that type of thing is important.

    Note, I’m not trumpeting any conspiracy theories. I just think the officials are calling the game inconsistently, something that’s plagued the NBA for who knows how long. I also think the Mavs would be better served letting people like me bitch about it rather than doing it themselves. They’ve got games six and possibly seven to prepare for.

  • Matthew T. Sussman

    The Finals is a learning experience for all, including an owner who hasn’t been this far. Cubes was fined a quarter of a million dollars for the “rigged” comment.

    They will not lay down and die at home in Game 6, and if they lose it will be because the Heat play spectacular, not because the Mavs choke.

  • El Bicho

    “Mark, what were you thinking? Reporters have a job to do. They ask questions that you may or may not like. If you don’t, then politely refuse.”

    Sorry, but sometimes reporters ask idiotic questions at the absolutly wrong time and deserve to be put in their place. I don’t know Mark Cuban, but I knew what his answer would be. Plus, the NBA only requires coaches and players to speak to the media, not owners.

  • Q Bit


    I will still say it : Wade takes it to the basket more often than anyone in this series and he gets the call. Everyone gets their call the same way – Stack, Josh Howard everyone.

    May be you don’t like it now but I am sure Mavs weren’t complaining when they attempted 25 more free throws than Phoenix in game 2.

    And Cuban couldn’t be more WRONG. He’s just not wrong, he’s no control over himself and has no idea how he’s supposed to behave.

    The job of the reporters is to ask questions. Most of the time they are all stereotypes because how many ingenuous questions you can make up then and there? Should they be better prepared and do their homework better and try throwing something smart? probably but that’s not a must.

    If you are taking questions, whether you like it or not, whether it is clever or stupid , you should be appropriate in your response.

    Cuban should have never cursed. He could have simply refused to take questions. Or simply refused to answer the questions he didn’t like.

    @ Jared:

    Nobody was twisting anything. It was indeed a hard foul. See I’m against keeping players out of the game – absolutely. But the league does have rules – they overreact but then again within their rules. Everyone gets their own share.

    Now let me explain about the free throw disparity. In game three the Heat attempted 24 more free throws. In first two games therefore Heat attempted 17 more which 8.5 per game. Now that is not a huge disparity, in fact it is very common when one team is more aggressive than the other.
    As an example, in the Phoenix series Mavs attempted 41 more free thorws in six games, that is on avg they attempted 7 more free throws per game – I don’t think anyone was complaining.

    Now in game five , if you exclude the Hack-a-Shaq free throws, Heat probably attempted 12/13 more free throws which amounts to 6 more trips to the free throw line – perfectly admissable.

    I would agree with you that officials are by and large terrible. Sometimes it works in favor of one team and sometimes in favor of the other. But the best team always comes out on the top in a 7 game series regardless.

  • Ray Ellis

    Congratulations, Qbit. It was one helluva game, though, wasn’t it?

  • Q Bit

    Ray, Thank you.

    It was a great game – I totally agree with you.