Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been one to keep his mouth shut. His latest target? The Lakers, whose acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash aren’t enough to impress Cubes.
Indeed, he went so far as to compare their latest revamping to the one they executed in 2003, which ended in disaster with a loss to the Pistons in the Finals.
“The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work,” he said Monday in a gathering of the media and season-ticket holders. “It takes great chemistry. … It takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.”
Of course, everything Cuban is saying is true in the sense that basketball games are won on the court, not on paper. And you can guarantee that the Spurs are thinking pretty much the same thing. They just probably aren’t going to draw any attention to themselves by sharing their opinion publicly.
But then, keeping things to himself has never been Cuban’s strong suit, has it?
Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can't shoot it well, you don't get to shoot. -- Bob Donewald
i find it odd that people keep pointing to the '04 Lakers as the main proof of failure. they still made the Finals... and lost to a Detroit team who 2yrs later, 4 of the same starters from '04 were all all-stars.
in more recent cases of super teams, BOS won a ring in year 1 and made the finals again in year 3. Miami made the finals in Y1 and then won it all the following year...
LA upgraded Mike Brown's inept offense via Steve Nash, upgraded their pick n roll D via Howard, and shored up their bench a little bit. really just need to hope that hope injuries & old age hurt them more than it does us, as crazy as it sounds given our older team. OKC still has the edge there, with their ability to play their stars the entire game in closeouts (Durant & Westbrook in Game 6 against our Spurs) -- when the opposing all-stars play their 48th minute as fresh as their 1st, bench depth no longer matters and old age definitely hurts.
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