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. Mcollins

    Hey, those of use in other parts of Texas know the man is an idiot and just ignore him.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris6000

      Those of us in the rest of America have learned to ignore Texas.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • kapechi

      Go Oklahoma!!!

      May 23, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Nolz

      Kris6000: Yeah, we have learned to ignore the 2nd largest state; the state which is home to the most fortune 500 companies in the US, maintains one of the largest and most prestigious medical research and treatment centers in the world, home to NASA, home to some of the top-ranked engineering and business schools, considered the "live music capital of the world," has the second largest GDP and is one of the highest contributors to federal taxes (yet is has one of the lowest costs of living). Oh and it also has the longest Mexican/American border – something to consider regardless of which side of the debate you are on... yeah...let's ignore Texas.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin S

      Ah, yes. Texas...home to all manner of things, including the infamous Texas Board of Education, famous for setting education back several hundred years. Alas, Texas is home to only one NASA center, not NASA itself. NASA's home is technically Washington DC, but let's not let facts get in the way of making stupid claims.

      May 23, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Marc Cuban is laughing at your words like an idiot because he had just previously checked his checking account balance. Hard to call a Billionaire an idiot, unless you are one or the other yourself.


      May 23, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Nolz

      I'm not claiming only good things come out of Texas...For the record I'm not even from Texas. But to suggest the state is full of useless rednecks and cowboys is just plain ignorant. Oh, and you're right. HQ is in fact in Washington. LBJ Space Center in Houston is JUST the home to the US Astronaut Corps; responsible for actually training the astronauts. Not to mention mission control which happens directs all missions. But hey, let's not let facts get in the way... otherwise great rebuttal. I'm convinced – Texas should just secede. We won't miss 'em.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Hooper

      Regardless of all else Texas will always be remembered as the home of the worst president ever. King George Bush.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • YooTeeAyud

      On a bathroom stall wall at the Dallas-Ft Worth airport:

      Here I sit, my Buns a Flexin'
      Givin' Birth to Another Texan

      May 23, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      thats all the NBA could fine him? 100,000 you know he has more than that in his pockets!! Cuban is a inconsiderate , rude self centered jerk - and for that remark I hope James says "hell no!-i wont go"

      May 23, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
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      May 23, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • curleymoe

      Actually Cuban is from Indiana, he came to Texas to work and like thousands of others, liked it and stayed. The dislike people have for Texas isn't different from the dislike many people in the world have for the US, envy and resentment. The funny thing is, and this probably contributes to the resentment, Texans consider themselves better off than people in other states and that projects an arrogance that tends to anger those people. Great schools, great people, a healthy economy, and a low cost of living, what else could a person ask for?

      May 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      LeBronnnnn, we want you in Dallas !!!!!!!!

      May 23, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      To some of you who think Texas has been doing great, and home to many Fortune 500 companies... simple... it's the largest oil producing state in the US of A. Take the oil equation from the state, situations will be different. Remember when oil crashed, how Houston looks like? Yes, Texas is doing great, not because it's conservative. Its natural resources do the trick.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dee

      Idiot is the middle name of most Texans. Best example, George Idiot Bush

      May 23, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • curleymoe

      Yep, oil is a factor in the Texas economy, no doubt about it. It is a little confusing to me how California, the 3rd largest oil producing state in the U S of A, got into the financial mess they are in. Back to Cuban, I'm pretty sure that he doesn't care about the fine or what anyone thinks of him.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • SAMikeP

      I love how everyone here is putting down Texas, however fail to state where they are from... All I can say is keep hating Texas and please stay out...

      May 23, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      curleymoe, what I despise most about Texas is the politicians it elects and the presidents it has given us in recent years. Both Bushes have been disasters for our economy and Phil Gramm was one of the architects of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act which repealed parts of the Glass–Steagall that may have prevent most (if not all) of the economic problems we have been having.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • diaryofatiredblackman

      In my opinion 100K is worth letting Bron know he's welcome in Dallas. If I were him I'd say it one more time.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I don't think what he said was tampering in any way. Ask any owner if they would like to bring in the best player in the game. If they are being honest, they are going to say he77 yes! Cuban isn't an idiot. He's smart. If he is going to pay LeBron $100 mill to come to Dallas, the $100,000 it cost to make sure LeBron's agents call him first was worth it. The rule is silly.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • nowinners

      but he's a successful idiot... i'm sure that's more than can be said of you.!!

      May 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • rights

      Texas has a lot of rich people because taxes are low. Taxes are low because there are no social services provided. Force poor people to leave or be homeless without access to education, healthcare, food, shelter. Texas has one of the lowest medicaid reimbursement rates, high numbers of homeless yet per the number not many shelters or job seeking services for them. It's a "great place to live" if you embrace what is theoretically an un-american ideology (bu what is now mainstream) of not helping those who need it.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LivinginTexas

      Austin is the SELF PROCLAIMED "Live Music Capital of the World". Just because you say it, doesn't make it so. How do I know? I live in Austin. It doesn't compare to Chicago, NY, Los Angeles... even Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh for live music.

      May 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      @rights: You think there are no social services in Texas?? You just show your ignorance. Welfare and medicare are administered by the federal government, not the state government. What happened? Was your check late this month?

      As for the Bushes, well, it wasn't only Texans that elected them to the presidency, just like it wasn't only people from Illinois that elected Obama. Oh, and GHWB wasn't raised in Texas, he was born and raised in Massachusetts.

      May 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      From the majority of these posts it looks like this article is a referendum on Texas, not Mark Cuban (whom I might add is not a native). He's from Indiana I think, but that's irrelevant. So many of you are correct in many of the negative things you say about Texas, but we have the shoulders to handle it. See, Texas was born of controversy and has learned in its nearly two centuries how to react to criticism and how to respond. We see ourselves almost as a sovereign country, separate from the rest of you. Probably not a good thing, but not necessarily a bad thing either. We do seem to produce terrible politicians; however, I feel politicians are a direct reflection of the electorate, and for that we cannot brag. People mentioned Bush and Gramm, yet they, too, were outsiders, not natives. Dick Armey is from North or South Dakota, so we cannot be responsible for him. But we have to take responsibility for some real doozies: Tom Delay, John Tower, John Cornyn, a lotta extreme types. We have a lot of poverty, a lot of minimum wage jobs, a poor education system, very little in the way of human services, high teenage pregnancy rates, high high school dropout rates, but then all the red states are guilty of these same dubious distinctions. We are backward because we are a conservative state, and until our education system catches up we will always be an ignorant lot. We are very business friendly, and because of this we have some wealth, but not as a proportion of the population as a whole. In spite of all this, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The few positives more than outweigh all the negatives.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      I live in D.C. and understand the fact that Texas is only a subject to "us" our country, aside from the minimal input/effect the state itself produces, I've not found it valuable at all.

      May 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. teresa, kent, oh

    Cuban didnt say anything the rest of bball fans havent said. Only he gets fined.

    I hope I dont get fined, but i thought lebron was kind of faking his elbow troubles... And i have never seen anyone in bball so determined to get fouled on as lebron did. This guy pulled fouls out of an opponents wind passing by him. i loved his indignant scowl face he made to the refs to emphasize his fouls. LOL Some of us in Ohio realize that if it werent for LBJ getting fouled all the time, the Cavs wouldnt have made it so far in the season. the foul shots added up to wins.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh , Kent oh

      Getting to the line is part of the game and a strong part of LBJ's talent. Saying the only reason they made it that far is like saying ,they only win because they are talented. It doesn't make much sense. Also, the cavs had the lowest free throw percentage in the entire nba at the end of the regular season, so their free throw shooting had no positive impact on their game, so im going to politely disagree and say it wasnt their foul shooting that created them wins. I say good day.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • KT

      Difference is fans are not held to teh same standards that owners/coaches are. Cuban knew he would be fined and didn't care because he wanted to send him a message and he wanted Lebron to see how serious he was about the message that he was willing to give up some serious money to get that message to him. Cuban is a smart man. This was a well played move. Now only Lebron and his agent knows what the score really is on whether he's interested in a sign and trade with Mavs but I doubt it. I really don't see Lebron any better off in a Mavs uniform than he would be in a cavs uniform.

      May 23, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      you sound like a real pro, whats your job,,, hahahahaha and dont speak for us here in ohio you idiot, we are not all idiots,

      May 23, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dee

      For those who claim that Texas has the best schools, I really don't know where you got those facts from but last time I checked the New England area has the most prestigious and best schools in the entire country with Massachussets being #1; MIT, Havard. What about Cornell in New York? Yale in Connecticut? And the list goes on. Yeah I must agree that Texas will always be remembered in the history of mankind for giving birth to the dumbest and the worst U.S. President of all time... Yeah Texas is the champion when it comes to that.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Stuart

      MrDee, George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Thanks.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wasabi

      MrDee: Not only was your favorite former president born in Connecticut, he attended BOTH Yale and Harvard.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • walshcold

      wait...i thought obama was born in africa?

      May 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tradewinds

    This is how ridiculous sports has become. You can't even talk about a player without risking a fine. All big business. No more sport.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      You said it!!

      May 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dtboy

      I agree. It's not that deep!

      May 23, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • KT

      Guys it's teh rules. All he was doing was begging Lebron to please look at sign and trade so his Mavs could actually get into the picture also. Fact is Lebron would be no better off if he went to Mavs under that premise because who would the cavs want in a trade that involved Lebron? Dirk? How good does Dallas look after you take Dirk out of it and ad Lebron compared to his Cavs team? He fully deserved it. And he knew he was going to get it. It was a business decision to send the message. Call it expensive direct single shot advertising at Lebron begging him to look in a particular direction. Which of course he would be silly to do unless a team out there has a monumental amount of talent that trading one smaller piece away doesn't affect teh team.

      May 23, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • mixpix

      $100,000 is a drop in the hat for someone like Mark Cuban. As a fact, it could be looked upon as money well spent if he was able to get the message over to James that he would be a well treated asset for the Mav's. If LeBron signs with the Mavs then that $100,000 will be commented on as some of the best money ever spent by any franchise for tampering.

      May 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesse

    absurd that he's fined for that but that's likes losing $20 to him

    May 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    absurd that he's fined for that but that's like losing $20 to him

    May 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Redmond Roy

    Being that there is only one NBA, Cuban should fight this on first amendment grounds – so should the ACLU. The gag rule as written is beyond reason. Most NBA teams are supported heavily by local taxes and the league is effectively a monopoly. That gives Cuban the same type of rights and protections that public officials enjoy.

    He'll pay though. He benefits far too much from the status quo than to be the one to rock the boat.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheVeteran

    @MCollins: You don't get to be a self made billionaire by being an idiot. You might not like him, but he's no idiot. As a Dallas resident, and fan, I would love to see Lebron here.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • kapechi

      That just cost you $100K

      May 23, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mssm

      a synonym of idiot is a fool, so regardless of what kind of sense a person has to make money, they can still be an idiot (fool), which is what Mark Cuben is. I could care less about his stupid comment, or how much it cost him, I can't stand that guy. HE is the reason why I HATE the Mavs.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. kapechi

    It was worth $100K for Cuban to get his open invitation in the public eye. Now James knows who he can go to if/when he wants to. Well worth the money.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. doug c

    That is iditioc he would be fined more than most of us make in a year- come on. His comments were not that bad

    May 23, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bressanvido

    While I think Mark Cuban is one of the biggest jerks of all time, being fined for answering a question the same way any owner in the NBA would have said "off the record" is idiotic. Give me a break! He never mentioned anything about actually trying to sign him. Does anyone believe that Cuban saying he would be interested in Lebron was a surprise to Lebron & maybe Lebron is saying "DUHH" "maybe Dallas will want to sign me, I would have never guessed". What team would not want to have Lebron James, given the chance. Hearing "no comment" would make me think something was up much more than a plain honost answer, which is what Cuban gave. It's just plain stupid & just proves to me more that pro sports are JUST big businesses & have stopped being a game in any shape or fashion at all. David Stern has peoven that their is one bigger jerk than Mark Cuban.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. laden

    The global western corruption and finanscrises ....
    50,000 people could be inside the towers and ca 2000 die ...
    And you have killed 100 000s people, in a war crime of many inocence people ....
    You are going blind in the trap ... and will lose

    May 23, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • foil

      Your cave has internet?

      May 23, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      What the heck does anything you just posted have to do with this article? Go take that crap somewhere else!

      May 23, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ayers

    How much is David Stern getting fined? He commented that Lebron should stay in cleveland. Is'nt that player involvement? Double standard as always in this league. Cuban dares to say what everyone else is thinking but the commish pitches for cleveland and it is okay.?????

    May 23, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sven Smitty

    I lost my pants recently. I was also fined. And my backside itches.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Mahon

    I couldn't care less if that individual never played again – anywhere!! Same with many other supposed hot-shots in various sports who seem to think that there poop doesn't stink. They are so grossly overpaid and pampered that it is totally ridiculous and asinine. Quit making a hero out of some of these idiots who likely can't get any other job and yet get this stupid amount of bucks for playing a game that will not help the world in any overall sense – mainly financially (other than their own pockets). Quit putting so much emphasis on sports figures – they come and go and are egotistical individuals who don't really give a crap about anyone other than themselves. Have been a sports fan since the late '40s if you should wonder.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. shawn

    Lebron wasn't himself this year in the playoffs because Delonte West is banging his mom!!! This is not a rumor.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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