Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told a Los Angeles radio station on Nov. 18 that he hopes the Los Angeles Lakers "suck forever."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wishes the Los Angeles Lakers "suck forever."
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This was what Cuban said on "The Fred Roggin Show" on Los Angeles radio station The Beast 980 (via ESPN Los Angeles' Baxter Holmes) on Nov. 18:
"In a local radio interview Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't hold back when discussing the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, saying, 'Personally, I just hope they suck forever.'
"Cuban made his remarks about the 1-9 Lakers, who are off to their worst start in franchise history, while he was on 'The Fred Roggin Show' on The Beast 980, a radio station in Los Angeles.
"Roggin brought up the topic of how teams are constructed in the current NBA era, specifically the Lakers.
"'As far as the Lakers,' Cuban said. 'I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are going to be focusing and saying, 'Look, I've got a ton of cap room, free agents A,B, and C, why don't you guys come together and play for me?' And L.A. has always been considered a destination, so maybe they feel there's a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.'
"It's not the first time Cuban has made remarks of that nature about the Lakers. Before the Lakers' much-anticipated 2012-13 season opener, when they had Dwight Howard, Cuban was asked for his thoughts on the new-look Lakers.
"'I don't know, I don't care, I just hope they suck,' he said then. 'You know, like any other team.'"
The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reported on the Lakers' trust issues on Nov. 17. The team is off to a franchise-worst 1-9 start:
"The Lakers are already talking about trust, or lack of it, and it's barely a few weeks into the season.
"After the Lakers gave up 136 points Sunday to Golden State, Jeremy Lin ahd a lot to say about the defense.
"'We can't live with the stuff we gave up. It wasn't even shots. It was just, like, layups, dunks, open stuff,' he said. 'There was no resistance.'
"The key question -- why?
"'There's no answer to that. It's such a deep-rooted issue,' Lin said. 'There's so many things wrong right now. At the top of the list, I would say communication, trust and effort.'
"Uh-oh. Trust issues. On a 1-9 team.
"There are a few reasons the Lakers are allowing a league-worst 112.1 points a game.
"Kobe Bryant is freelancing a lot on defense, even outright gambling for steals, and it doesn't always work. Lin, his backcourt mate, has shown to be an average defender at best.
"When guards penetrate the Lakers' exterior, they're met by big men who aren't big enough. Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have never been shot blockers. Ed Davis is a solid shot blocker but also undersized with little ability to create offense at the other end.
"There's also indifference created on the defensive end, particularly in preventing fastbreaks, because of the enormous tilt toward Bryant on offense.
"There's an NBA axiom that players who don't get the ball on offense often don't care about the ball on defense. Bryant had 35 shots in the Lakers' loss to Golden State; the other starters had 34.
"Bryant had his own thoughts after the Lakers' worst 10-game start ever.
"'It's not about trust,' he said. 'You come out at the start of the game, you make plays and do what we need to do -- but you go down 15, 17 points? I'm not going to let the person run five blocks with a purse, and just watch it happen in front of me. At some point you need to keep them in your sights.
"'It gets to a point where you can't make excuses. You can't look at everybody else and point the finger. You have to look at yourself first. I look at myself first; maybe I'm being too aggressive. Maybe I've got to let the person run a couple more blocks and let the authorities come. Those are things that I have to evaluate. I'll look at myself and see if there are other things I can do to keep guys involved and get them better opportunities, and things of that nature -- and hopefully everybody's doing the same thing.'
"Bad scene for the Lakers. It could easily worsen with a trip this week to Atlanta, Houston and Dallas, teams with a combined 21-8 record before Monday's games."
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