May 22nd, 2010
10:53 PM ET

NBA fines Mavs owner $100K for Lebron James comments

The National Basketball Association has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 for violating anti-tampering rules with public comments he made about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

The fine was announced Saturday by Joel Litvin, NBA president of league and basketball operations.

Cuban made the comments about James in an interview with May 18.

In the interview, Cuban said his Mavericks would be interested in pursuing the two-time MVP should he become a free agent on July 1.

"Come July 1, yeah, of course. Anybody would be interested in LeBron James, and if he leaves via free agency, then it's going to be tough," Cuban said in the interview.

"If he does like I'm guessing, hoping he will, which is say, 'I'm not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,' if he decides to leave - there's still a better chance he stays - then he'll try to force a sign-and-trade, and that gives us a chance. ... What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I've spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money's not his issue. He needs to be someplace where he trusts the organization.”

The NBA's anti-tampering policy was detailed in a memo to all 30 teams in 2008:

"If a member of your organization is asked by the media about a potential free agent prior to the July 1 following the last season covered by the player's contract, or about any other person under contract with another NBA team, the only proper response is to decline comment."

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  1. Marla

    So the NBA fines Cuban 100.000 for saying something,but when are they going to start fining the referees for all their bad calls they make on all the teams,

    May 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |

    This article is about Mark Cuban not Texas. The reason why people hate Texas is because they know nothing of Texas but what they read in the media. Getting your views on a state from the media is just plain stupid.

    Here in Texas, we have morals, pride in our state, a great economy and the best public school system in the USA. Keep hating us and keep living where you are. Please don't come to live here and by a 4000 sq. ft. house for 350K on a half acre of land. Keep living in your overpriced crappy apartment.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SECREG_756

      MF, Katie from texas and Deep inthe heart brought god, country and executions onto this board. point your quiver in the right direction. if you don't see it. I suggest you re read the postings. And, bless you Katie. You darling child.


      May 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |


    May 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    Freedom of speech rights applies to the NBA owners as well.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. duhtruth

    LeBron has had his team in the Cavs. He was given a lot of flexibilty in saying who he wanted on the team and how they should be coached. He referred to them as my team. Guess what? They fell on their face again and again. Let him go to LA, win a crown with Kobe and ride off into the sunset. All this nonsense makes me a ping pong watcher.

    May 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Samantha C

    I am proud to be a TEXAN...You can say what you want about the politics and Marc Cuban. However Don't knock the whole state. We have alot of GREAT People here, More then I can say for some other States. I will not comment on the BUSH.. cause there is nothing there that can justify anything on his reign and is promising, and as My mother always, states if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all.. Maybe some of you should take that and run with it

    May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. arch

    I don't care for the kid at all nor do I care about the owner, but these stupid rules they have need to stop. Pretty soon they will make it a rule if you comment about what car the players drive, etc. Anybody with a brain would automatically not think of cuban's comment as important. If what he said above is the whole statement, then I have a hard time understanding why he is fined! He was asked a question about the kids status and all he did was say that everybody would be interested in the brat if he went the free agency route! He didn't say, Hey kid call me if you go that route or anything like that he just responded to the question. These organization have way too much power over what people say when they are not actually playing the game. This is a good example of "big brother" watching. Stupid idiotic jerk knee reaction by the nba, which really sucks anyway as do the others in football, baseball, and the rest.

    May 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stfu

    you people are really ridiculous. who gives a flying f*** about the demeanor of the average texan? there's dumb rednecks in every state, who cares, we're talking about mark cuban. it's almost like the people who post to articles on the internet ONLY do so in order to argue and slander someone else. petty and ridiculous.

    ps, lebron's comin to chicago 😉

    May 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dennis

    Once upon a time professional teams were owned by sportsmen who appreciated and honored the sport they were involved with.Players also respected the sport. Today we see owners and players who only honor themselves. Professional sports have become a disgusting spectacle.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smd

    So Mark Cuban made a statement about a player who will most likely become a free agent the 1st of July and Mr. Stern and Co. are upset? It is well known and obvious that David Stern has a deep hatred for Cuban and that the NBA in general is "fixed". As for the Kris6000 and Mr.Dee types...can you spell M-O-R-O-N?

    May 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BSC

    I don't understand how a story on basketball could lead to this "discussion" on how great or terrible a state is. It really boggle's my mind. Let's just all remember we are all human and all share a little planet called Earth shall we??

    May 24, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
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