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. Texanbychoice

    How did a story about the petty controlling behavior of the NBA become a forum for the envious non-Texans to sit around and sip crapachino and display their ignorance?

    May 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill henschel

    W kept us safe for 8 years. Cuban routinely donates the same amounts as his NBA fines to charity. This time he is giving $100K to the Red Cross for relief in the oil slick areas. Mark, a self made man kowtows to no one and is his own man. Texas is a great place-I have relatives there and served at Lackland Air Force base backm in the day.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The 9/11 attack didn't make me feel very safe. Or the anthrax attacks. or the shoe bomber.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. basketball

    Cuban knew what he was doing. He wanted to get the word to Lebron that he's interested in signing him. He knew he'd get fine – . $100,000.00 is nothing to him.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred

    On Wall Street, Cuban would have been been slapped by the SEC for passing insider information, and then granted a Federal Bailout. In Pro Sports, a $100K fine is called cheap advertising.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CTOGuy

    We protect all our borders – New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mexico.

    Until Arizona's Governor says they are willing to secede if necessary on the issue of Immigration, they won't get on Rick Perry's radar screen ( which as I said, is monitoring *ALL* borders )

    Don't mess with Texas 🙂

    May 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave

    My question everyone, aren't we all part of The United States of America?. You sure don't sound very united. I think these resentments are founded on sports alliances. I agree with the person who said; "Why don't people that criticize other states or countries announce their place of origin?"

    May 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadeInTheUSA

      Fred is right. You think Cuban didn't know he would get fined for his statement? Of course he did, and it was worth $100k to let LJ know he is wanted in Dallas. What does Texas have to do with any of this?

      Dave: "Why don't people that criticize other states or countries announce their place of origin?"; Cause they live in Mississippi or Canada. (This is a joke.)

      May 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KK

    100K is chump change to Mark Cuban. He probably opened up his wallet and pulled out enough cash to pay this fine.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DirtyBob

    Gotta love the hypocrisy. Stern says he hopes James stays in Cleveland then fines anyone else who speaks about it. Who can tamper with the league more than the commissioner?

    May 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joseph

    There are tons of idiots with lots of money. We only know about them because of their money. Bill gates is smart, but Mark Cuban?! What a joke! Luckily, he has non-moronic people working for him, keeping him afloat.

    May 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SECREG_756

    Not only is Cuban from Pittsburgh. Get this, he used his Bar Mitvah Money to invent an internet design he later sold to Yahoo for $4 billion. Yes, quite an idiot. But such a shayna punim.

    Stern and Cuban are membersof the same tribe. Cuban and dallas get LaBron.


    May 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Let's sell Texas back to Mexico and be done with it.

    May 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Bill: Texas wasn't bought from Mexico, it was won over by the blood of our forefathers who fought for the rights of all people who lived here. Second of all, Texas isn't for sell, and Mexico couldn't afford Texas if they tried. And, if anyone of you out there agrees with Bill in thinking that Texas should be sold to Mexico, taking my freedoms away, then come on down here and put up a fight. We'd offer to hang you by your balls out in town square as an example for all to see, but you don't have any!

      May 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SECREG_756

    SHHH, don't remind anyone in Texass it was once part of Mexico. It's taken them 60 years to write it out of their text books. Gas would be cheaper too. Mexican oil is cheaper to import than the oil we get from Texas. The US does not pay corporate welfare to Mexican oil companies. LaBron, enjoy Texas. Katie. LaBron blesses you too. LaBron wants to go to an execution with you.


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

    Cuban can buy a jet on eBay and 100K is a joke to him. He is just a bully of an owner and typical for the NBA. He still can't generate the star power to get the star calls like the Lakers so his Mavericks will only go as far as the league decides. The NBA seems like it is ran from Vegas because the winners are already determined, bet on LA and you will win this year. If LA starts to lose the officials will take over.

    May 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Taylor

    Smart Man, taking 100 000 hit to put a feeler out.... that is just chump change... interesting

    May 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dr. X

    that isn't a slap on the wrist. that would equate to fining me one dime... as in ten cents..... Cuban is laughing at the joke of the NBA. Cuban is also a joke.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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