It’s not rare for Mark Cuban to say something controversial. The Dallas Mavericks franchisee isn’t as likely to catch a fine for critiquing referees or the league these days, but he’s still a hot-take machine. Every once in a while, one of the spicier opinions in his arsenal turns some heads.
He did it again this week.
Speaking to Eurohoops.net, Cuban answered a question about Luka Doncic’s electric debut season in the NBA by … ripping American basketball players.
Here’s the straight question and answer as published by Eurohoops.net.
How important is it that he’s had top basketball experience outside the NBA?
“It is important because you’re used to people being older than you but I think he just learned how to play basketball and that’s the biggest gift. When you’re gifted as he is and you actually learn to play the game. If you look at the basketball education of kids starting at 11 years old in Europe and particularly Slovenia which is basketball oriented.
“If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald’s All-Americans, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better. They just learn how to play basketball while our guys learn how to dunk and put together mixtapes.”
They just learn how to play basketball while our guys learn how to dunk and put together mixtapes.
Who ya talkin’ about, Mark?
Given an opportunity to lavish praise on Doncic as a basketball talent and hard-working youngster, Cuban instead decided to insult the majority of NBA players, including most of his own team’s roster. The Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes, as thoughtful an NBA player as there is, took it sideways.