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 CNNMoney.com.on 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. Dave

    I like Mark Cuban- he takes an otherwise predictable and uninteresting sport and gives it some life.

    May 23, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. J-Z

    There is one great place that suits him the best, New York. Lebrone, your admiration will always be in fashion. Please come to NY.

    May 23, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin Moore

    Cuban is another egocentric coach who thinks he is above the little things called rules and regulations. He's been reprimanded for his fresh mouth before and didn't learn. What is ridiculous is that the 100K fine won't be stiff enough to bother him. What is 100K to a guy who makes millions. Now, if they stung him for a million or two, then he might get the message that it isn't all about him.

    May 23, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Moore

      I said coach and meant owner. My bad.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle, NY

    A rule is a rule, so he should have to face the consequences...
    but that was a pretty benign comment.

    May 23, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. David

    The gag order is appropriate.

    "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.”

    Sharing that private convo with the media at this time is not appropriate...

    May 23, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. USA300

    When I first read Cuban's comments I immediately thought FINE". NBA has zero patience with this guy and love to stick it to him. Cuban's a good guy and just giving an honest opinion. But at the same time, he has to remember there is a picture in the NBA offices of Mark Cuban with a big bullseye on it.

    May 23, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • SECREG_756

      I agree with the entire body of your comment. Cuban is a bright, articulate guy. On the other hand, he should not have expressed interest in James. It's stating the obvious and breaking the rules. Due to comment I would not allow Cuban to sign James. Fining him the money was just another cheap shot to show the administrators have no liking for the man. Basketball is as mucha a part of the entertainment industry as are movies. I say let all 30 owners say what ever they want to about signing LeBron. It would make for a lot of talk around the country.

      SECREG_756

      May 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LAKERS

    IF HE WANT'S TO WIN COME TO LA....GO LAKER'S....................

    May 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SECREG_756

      My guess is that LeBron wants the Laker's crown. He wants to take it in HIS team's name.

      SECREG_756

      May 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deep-inthe-heart

    All you Texas-bashers are correct....Texas is no place for you. It is absolutely TERRIBLE down here... You should ALL keep your Yankee-selves where they belong...in YANKEELAND... Texas has FIRE everywhere! NO food, NO shelter...heck, it's all WASTELAND! ALL DESERT!! PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN HERE!! We don't even have running water yet! PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN HERE! No phones and our cars are ALL old, like Cuba. There are ony two dentists in the state..and one is ou sick with a tooth ache...PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN HERE!. WE ARE ALL BACKWARDS IN TEXAS....PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN HERE>>>STAY WHERE YOU ARE!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SECREG_756

      So the rumor's about illiteracy due to environment are true. Whoa! Please keep the state lines secure. Don't let any Texans across the border.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolz

      whoa whoa whoa! You have a car? You must be one of those rich-folk. I have it for a FACT that 95% of Texans ride horses everywhere. It's like stepping back in time to an old western film. Crazy! 😉

      May 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SECREG_756

    I'm a Knick fan. have been for ever. Are you all done feeling sorry for me now? If not, you try being a Knick fan. Get back to me when you are ready to pull the last hair out of your head. N.Y. would be the only team who has the money to sign two legitimate super stars. Donnie Walsh has done a magnificent job as GM. Sorry Isaih you stunk up the joint. No, I'm not sorry. Sorry you ever showed up any where in NY is a better way of putting it. Walsh could offer Lee and Duhon in a sign and trade deal with the Cavs. Walsh could say to LeBron, " who would like us to sign to play alongside you?"

    SECREG_756

    May 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AtlantaNate

    Mark Cuban is from Pittsburgh, he's not even Texan!!!! you all sound like a bunch of idiots.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katie28

    Texas is a great state ~ lived there for three years. Love the people, love the laws (yes they even enforce them) and if you are found guilty of a death penalty crime you are executed within a reasonable time frame (why waste the tax payers money on housing murderers?). Texans are good people, hard working, honest, TRUE AMERICAN people. Some of you forget that not everyone or everything is as PERFECT as you are (George Bush was elected by all of the USA not just Texas) and I would guess the majority of this country wish they could turn back the clock and have him instead of who we have now. They love their state, their way of life and they love and protect TRUE HISTORY ,not the distorted history others want our children to learn. I love my country and I love Texas . Unlike most of you cowards, Texans would fight to the death for their state and their way of life. I would stand beside them to the end because they are TRUE AMERICANS ~ and they are blessed because of it. GOD BLESS TEXAS.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheREALtruth

      You think America wants Bush back? Holy effin shiat... You're a bigger idiot than Mark Cuban.

      May 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Deep-inthe-heart

    Katie28... TELL THE TRUTH!!!! .IT IS TERRIBLE HERE....KEEP REPEATING THAT!....TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE....just look at all the DIRT ROADS we have...and NO running water.....we still have diseases here....STAY WHERE YOU ARE!!...DO NOT COME HERE....TEXAS IS NO PLACE FOR YOU!!...It is SOOOOOOO CROWDED here you can't even move...and the AIR QUALITY SUCKS!!!.... STAY WHERE YOU ARE! DO NOT COME HERE!!! KEEP OUT!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A WARNING!!!!! DO NOT COME HERE!!!!! NO FOOD HERE!! NO SHELTER!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie28

      Good strategy.... Keep the yanks out. Gotcha. God Bless Texas. Not perfect but almost.

      May 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deep-inthe-heart

    AND BIG SNAKES!!....big snakes here....DO NOT COME!....and all kinds of er.....RATS!, YES RATS!!...STAY HOME!!! DO NOT COME HERE!!!.........big monsters too!! DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS..THEY WILL BE EATEN BY THE BIG MONSTERS!!...STAY HOME!! DO NOT COME HERE!!! NO FOOD HERE!! NO SHELTER!! DO NOT COME HERE!! KEEP OUT!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SECREG_756

      So the e rumo's about illiteracy due to environment are true. Whoa! Please keep the state lines secure. Don't let any Texans across the border. And bless you too Katie. You dear sweet thing.

      SECREG_756

      May 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nowinners

    mark cuban is sometimes all of the above.... and in addition to those things he's also one of the very few owners of professional sports franchises that bleeds when his teams loses a game and is willing to put his money where is mouth is to make his team better.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bruce

    I live in Texas and love(d) Texas. But thanks to 8 yrs of GWB, his administration, the GOP... Texas is now like Mexico. We are over-run w/ illiegal immigrants. They have ruined our hospital's, our school system's, our welfare program, all local government's, the do NOT have auto or health insurance, the majority of them drop out of school @ 13 or 14 b/c they're pregnant and/or gang affiliated, AND uneducated AND siphoning billions of US taxpayer dollars. Please look at the big picture on Texas and quit whining about what a NBA owner said. We need to act like Arizona...and clean up the US. Worry about the NBA later...Texas has more serious problems the LeBron James and Mark Cuban.

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

      "They have ruined our hospital's, our school system's, our welfare program, all local government'"... That just sounds like George Bush's legacy

      May 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie28

      Illegal immigration from Mexico is affecting most states in the USA. I was in Seattle for 8 months before returning to Indiana and they are a problem there too.... was in Denver last week....same thing. We must secure the border... Gov. Perry needs to step up to the plate and support Arizona's effort. California is a lost cause.... not enough guts there.

      May 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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