Mark Cuban says he has ‘no problem slamming Doc Rivers’


Mark Cuban/Associated Press photo by Carolyn Kaster

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was holding court with reporters in the Mavericks’ locker room before Wednesday night’s game between his team and the Clippers at American Airlines Center, won 118-108 by the Mavericks.

Cuban was likely surrounded by more reporters than usual because it was the first time the Clippers would play in Dallas since DeAndre Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas over the summer, instead re-signing with the Clippers.

Reporters had just spoken with Clippers coach Doc Rivers ahead of speaking with Cuban, who was told that Rivers believes too much is being made of something that happened months ago.

Cuban shot back in hard-hitting fashion.

“I have no problem slamming Doc Rivers, even though he’s not going to play,” Cuban said. “I like (Clippers owner) Steve Ballmer. Lots of guys on the team, I like. But look, Doc does his radio interviews and brings it up for a reason., right? Again, Doc’s in the coaching business, he’s gotta do his job. God, there is so much I want to say.

“But we’re still in the entertainment business. And I would be a lot more upset if there was no promotion and no discussion about it and it wasn’t a TV game. Because then we’d be calling the NBA and every television partner idiots. Wouldn’t you? Yeah, everybody would. Because we’re an entertainment business and this is part of the entertainment. And unless you realize that, you’re going to get whatever unmentionables you wear in a wad. Or, if you’re commando, whatever.”


Mavs’ Chandler Parsons still not cool with Jordan’s change of heart

This sign held up by a fan Wednesday in Dallas says it all about how Mavericks fans feel about DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal agreement with Dallas over the summer/Associated Press photo by LM Otero


The Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons helped recruit DeAndre Jordan over the summer. Like just about everyone, he thought Jordan would for sure be signing with the Mavericks, only to see Jordan changed his mind at the last minute.

Though the two have spoken since everything happened, Parsons is still not totally cool with it. Not only has Jordan been criticized for changing his mind, he took more heat for not personally calling Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tell him of his change of heart.
“I mean, it’s something I’ll never forget, obviously,” Parsons said before the Mavericks defeated the Clippers 118-108 on Wednesday in Dallas. “I’ve said many times, he didn’t do anything illegal, I just think it was very mishandled. I think he knows that, the world knows that.”

Doc Rivers couldn’t care less what Mavs owner Mark Cuban thinks

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press


Certainly, it was not shocking to see what Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had to say about the Clippers before the Clippers defeated the Mavericks 104-88 at Staples Center on Thursday.

Speaking to a group of reporters, Cuban said, “You can change the players, you can change the owner, but the Clippers are who they’ve been for the last 30 years.”

He also said he just doesn’t “give a (expletive) about the Clippers.”

Of course, this is all because Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had agreed to sign with the Mavericks over the summer, only to renege and re-sign with the Clippers.

Doc Rivers after the game had a solid and sarcastic response to Cuban when told of Cuban’s remarks.

“That’s so hurtful, I don’t know what to do,” Rivers said. “Hey, listen. We are the Clippers. That’s my answer.”

The Clippers play at Dallas on Nov. 11. That should be fun.

VIDEO: You will love Steve Ballmer-Mark Cuban kiss cam bit

There is no love lost between the Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, courtesy of DeAndre Jordan reneging on his agreement during the summer to sign with the Mavericks, to re-sign with the Clippers. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been doing a lot of talking about it, none of it positive. But in a light moment during Thursday’s 104-88 Clippers victory over Dallas at Staples Center, Cuban and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer were involved in a split-screen kiss cam moment that brought roars from the sellout crowd of more than 19,000. Check it out:

Doc Rivers downplays any so-called rivalry with Dallas Mavericks

Doc Rivers jokingly suggested a cage match with Dallas owner Mark Cuban/Photo by Associated Press


Under the circumstances of this summer, when DeAndre Jordan spurned Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban to re-sign with the Clippers, it would be understandable if some new bad blood develops between the teams.

A reporter asked Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Friday at media day about a so-called rivalry between the teams, and if it could be good for the league. Rivers, who has argued a bit with Cuban in separate radio interviews, wasn’t buying it.

“Not really,” he said. “I don’t think it matters, anyway. Listen, Mark’s an owner, I’m a coach. Unless we’re going to play a one-on-one or something, or get in a cage match or something – which you guys can all sponsor; I’m good with either one of those – I don’t think it really matters. I think it’s more him talking and me talking and we’re both wasting time.”

DeAndre Jordan gets comical when asked about playing at Dallas

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers open exhibition play next Friday against Denver at Staples Center. They begin the regular season Oct. 28 at Sacramento, with their first home game the next night against Dallas.

Speaking of Dallas, the Clippers play there on Nov. 11. With the history DeAndre Jordan now has with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, he was asked what he believes it will be like that night at American Airlines Center. He tried to be funny.

“It’s going to be like any other road game,” he said, drawing laughter from assembled reporters Friday at media day in Playa Vista. “I mean, I’ll have all of my people from Houston there, so I’ll be good. I’ll probably get a lot of boos, which is fine. As long as we come out with a win, that’s all that matters.”