“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option,’” Cuban said while speaking with Julius Irving on his show, “House Call with Dr. J.” “Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again, this was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”
Yeah, that probably wasn’t a smart move.
I mean, by all means, tell your players to tank. Just don’t tell the world that you told your players to tank. That said, nobody’s ever accused Cuban of being particularly closed-mouthed when it comes to saying what’s on his mind.
It wouldn’t be surprising whatsoever if Cuban gets a phone call from Adam Silver’s office sometime in the near future to have a little chat about all this.