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. nowinners

    curleymoe.... actually cuban is from pittsburgh..not indiana...

    May 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    This is why I don't blog anymore. How did we get from LeBron James to the Texas Board of Education? Some of you people clearly spend too much time in front of your computer. Go take a walk and get some exercise and some fresh air. Meet your neighbors. Buy a pet fish and feed it every day. Life is good.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ron

    Isn't Oklahoma a suberb of TEXAS ????????

    May 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EasTexas903

    And the Mosquito infestation, and the biggest bugs you'll ever see in your life!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. William

    Well I guess if he needs to trust the organization, that leaves Portland out. Not that the Blazers would have even crossed his mind...

    May 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tt

    NBA just like all other NFL has become a money making business – cannot belive NBA has squashed freedom of speech provided by our consitution!

    May 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EasTexas903

    100 Stacks is a lot of bread to me, but to a billionaire its equivalent to someone who makes 50k a year spending 5 bucks

    May 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ugotbawlz

    that was a VERY smart marketing ploy by Cuban...he knew EXACTLY what he was doing. he planted the seed. 100K is nothing to him. he will get that back when he gets LeBron, and he knows it.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    I guess Cuban didn't get the memo

    May 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Texas Proud

    We did give you Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, ZZ Top, David Allan Coe, Los Lonely Boy's and many more. Now if that ain't Texas I'll kiss your a**. Please accpet our apologies for George W Bush and Tom Delay. We're not perfect but we're doing the best we can... we'll continue to be better. Thank you for your support!

    May 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fbysea

    Yes, good ole' reliable Texas, home of the worst president in the history of this country...

    May 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fbysea

    George Bush was NOT elected by all of the USA. He actually lost the popular vote and subsequently bought the oval office from the Supreme Court. And yes, you are right, some people would like to have him back because there must be some money, somewhere, which he hasn't squandered yet and surely, there's a war we could start.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |

      Stupid comment. He won two-terms. Get over it. If you want to apply that logic then BO would qualify as well.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MT

    I'm just saying.....I would move to Texas before any other state in the union. Good schools, great football, good economy, and great people. As Walter Cronkite said, " It all starts in Texas". They also have 3 pretty good basketball teams. I think LeBron would fit in perfectly in Dallas. Dallas is the only team that could beat the Lakers. Somehow the Spurs came up with 4 god games to beat the Mavericks but that was luck. Dallas had a few bad games and Spurs were riding the only high they had all season. Hope LeBron goes to Dallas.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CTOGuy

    The Great Nation of Texas !

    May 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drea

    I live in Texas and it is an incredible state as far as cost of living and jobs but seriously, we have the worst school system in America. I teach English Composition in Texas and my 8 year old niece cam craft better essays than these students.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |

      You teach English in the "worst" school system in the U.S. That makes you a lousy teacher. Great logic.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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