Posted November 01, 2013

Mark Cuban: Dwight Howard made a ‘mistake’ signing with Rockets

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Mark Cuban thinks Dwight Howard made the wrong decision. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Mark Cuban thinks Dwight Howard made the wrong decision. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

A little more than 24 hours before the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are set to square off, Mavs owner Mark Cuban is adding a little fuel to the fire. He said Thursday that he believes new Rockets center Dwight Howard made a “mistake in judgment” by signing with the Rockets in the offseason.

The Mavs and Rockets were two of the five teams to battle for Howard’s services in free agency last summer, along with the Los Angeles Lakers (who were trying to re-sign him), the Golden State Warriors, and the Atlanta Hawks.

Cuban’s reasoning: Even though the Mavericks are older, they have a better overall supporting cast of players. Cuban believes that Howard, 27, went into free agency looking to sign with the Rockets to team up with 24-year-old guard James Harden.

“You choose teams. You don’t choose players,” Cuban said, according to ESPN.com. “If he made a choice off of an individual player, yeah, he made a mistake. You choose teams. You choose organizations. You choose coaches. And it’s just not relative to Houston. That’s just the way I look at it, because if he’s that good, then the right organization …

“Put aside Dwight. Any young superstar looking to make a move, if you’re that good, then the right organization gets all the right pieces around you. So it’s not about you’d rather play with this guy. If you’re that good and you have [salary-cap] flexibility, the right organization will put the right pieces around you and get you there.”

Even though Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki is 35 years old, the pair would have been a formidable duo. Cuban let center Tyson Chandler and others walk in free agency in 2011, in part, because he wanted to chase a superstar. The Mavericks missed the playoffs last season for the first time in 13 seasons.

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26 comments
Dale73
Dale73

Looking at how Cuban has turned the Mavericks into a lottery team, he should keep his mouth shut. 

DSM
DSM

Classless and stupid. When will he admit his mistake in breaking up a championship team which had great chemistry and getting nothing in return?

coachdad
coachdad

Sour grapes on Cuban's part. His team will finish last in its division this year.

ianforbes
ianforbes

So, I guess Steve Nash wasn't that good when Cuban had a chance to re-sign him back in 2004. By Cuban's logic he could have put the missing pieces around him. Oh yah, Nash went on to back to back MVP's the following 2 years - so I guess he was pretty good. Hey Cuban, shut up and quit talking garbage because you're upset Howard went elsewhere. Your logic is flawed - as usual

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Who cares about Howard, guy is a diva who only plays hard when he feels like it and he will never ever win a championship because it just doesnt matter to the guy.  

senatorbl
senatorbl

I don't know. Choosing to play with particular players seemed to work out pretty well for LeBron.

SlowMow
SlowMow

Why does Mark Cuban sound like a scorned women everytime he opens his mouth the last two years. Every marquee free agent is avoiding Dallas just because of the make up of the team in Dallas. And history shows that Cuban is not shy about blowing a champion up if he thinks it fits his bill. Oh and by the way did the mavs not just fire the second GM in as many seasons. That loooks like real continuity, what a contender needs.

meandmesa
meandmesa

Cuban is FOS on this one.  It was highly publicized that one of the biggest reason Howard chose Houston is because of his ability to be mentored by Akeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale.  He chose a young, up and coming organization that had the money and the present team nucleus to give Howard a long term shot at winning

M20
M20

I generally like Cuban, but this is just dumb. The Rockets have some terrific pieces, while Dallas doesn't have much, and their best one is due to fall off a cliff at any moment. And how does Cuban know Howard wasn't factoring in the organization at all? In a lot of people's eyes, Morey is one of the best GMs in the league. And Howard is now being coached by a Hall of Fame big man. Cuban really just sounds like a sore loser. (Not that I blame him - his whole plan has spectacularly failed.)

ksfhg
ksfhg

I Happen to agree with Mark Cuban.  Also,  Dallas is a much better basketball city than Houston. Some players don't mind playing in a smaller market (certainly not Howard - nor most superstars) and some smaller market has a huge basketball fan base.

marsof
marsof

someone is jelly!

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

Mark, dont be a poor loser... come on now

MattS
MattS

Mark Cuban got lucky when Yahoo bought broadcast.com at the height of the dot com bubble stupidity.  Since then he has done nothing but run his mouth.  I would like to see him start a real company that actually produces something and stays in business.  

NoHoJo
NoHoJo

Dwight's a selfish player, and a dim bulb. The chances of a team he's on winning an NBA championship are slim. Dallas dodged a bullet when DH signed with Houston.

dei1c3
dei1c3

When Cuban first bought the Mavs I kind of liked him because he wasn't like every other owner in the NBA.  But the past few years I feel he really needs to shut up.  He just comes across as a poor loser with comments like this.  And beyond that...he's wrong.  The NBA is the one league where you absolutely make decisions based on superstar players since without them you have zero chance of a championship.

MartyC909
MartyC909

@Dale73 But he also turned that team into a winner. Teams come in waves and flows. The Celtics have had periods when they miss the playoffs, the Lakers have had years when they are rebuilding as well. I am not concern with the Mavs struggles lately, I'm more concern on how Cuban rebuilds and obviously he looked at Howard as a piece to that puzzle and still upset about it. It is time to move on for him, but his opinion does matter.

KevinG
KevinG

@ksfhg How exactly do you figure that Dallas is a "much better basketball city than Houston"?  I grew up in Houston and now live in Dallas.   I just don't see it.  Houston has two championships and Dallas has one.  

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

@MattS He may have been lucky but he was smart enough to take the Yahoo shares that he received for selling, which were at around 300 per share at the time, and sold them and diversified into solid stable investments so that when the internet crash hit and yahoo stock crashed to 30 dollars he wasnt screwed.

kj4027
kj4027

@MattS Broadcast.com was way ahead of its time. The ability to listen and watch your favorite sports teams over the internet was unthinkable in 1999. No-one had the device or bandwidth to be able to receive digital content like we do today. If the company was never purchased by Yahoo it may have succeeded in some form but it would have gone through some rough years until a company called Apple put out the IPhone. As is usually the case with Yahoo... it had no idea what to do with Broadcast.com and eventually just destroyed the company.

M20
M20

@NoHoJo NBA history is littered with dim bulbs that won rings. And being selfish isn't that much of a problem for a big man.

PJR
PJR

@KevinG @ksfhg Championships doesn't make it a basketball city, it's the interest that is being paid to the sport in that city. IMO... I'm also a Mav fan lol

clu
clu

@PJR @KevinG @ksfhg Houston is in Texas.  Dallas is in Texas.  Texas is a football market.  Therefore, Houston is a football market, and Dallas is a football market.  People only take the mothballs off their basketball stuff for two weeks, then back to Longhorns and Cowboys gear.