Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told members of his roster losing is the team’s “best option” for the remainder of the 2017-18 NBA season.
On Tuesday, ESPN.com passed along Cuban’s comments to Julius Erving on the House Call with Dr. J podcast, where he discussed the organization’s unfortunate need to tank:
“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option. [Commissioner] Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”
It’s the second consecutive year Cuban has openly admitted to tanking. He made similar comments during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show last May:
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) May 17, 2017