The Mavericks Need to Start Talking and Mark Cuban Wants the Media to Stop Writing

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Whether his angle is salient or not, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn't afraid to talk. And it seems veteran guard Jason Terry is popping off every other week about the Mavs catching the Spurs or having the best bench in the NBA or something else equally daft.

But, as has been the case during their entire decade of regular-season dominance, the Mavs aren't particularly chatty on the court. Especially at the defensive end. Their Charlie Chaplin act confused and frustrated boisterous and loquacious coach Avery Johnson for years.

Now -- in the midst of a three-game losing streak -- the characteristic is causing quiet ripples again.

"We got a lot of talkers off the court," center Tyson Chandler said after Tuesday's practice at American Airlines Center. "We just need them to open their mouths on the court."

Added coach Rick Carlisle, "We're a team of guys that have very high basketball IQs, but our personality isn't to be outgoing and talkative all the time."

Cue the critics: The Mavs are soft. And quiet.

Of course, asking a veteran team to suddenly alter its character and jolt its personality 77 games into the season is like expecting Cuban to get along swimmingly with the media.

Love me some Cuban. He pours his heart, soul and money into making the Mavericks a winner, and we're lucky to have him. But his latest blog post is just nonsensical.

In it, he argues that he no longer needs online scribes -- from lowly bloggers to full-blown ESPN.com reporters -- because what they produce isn't aligned with his team's interests, and he doesn't need the press online -- so why let them in the building?

What the what?! The sports media's goal has never been aligned with the teams it covers. It's not a partnership, unless I've been missing something for the last 25 years. The goal of the media is to report, not promote. We're paid to use pens and laptops, not pom poms.

Cuban says newspapers and TV have a place in his locker room -- because they reach a segment of customers he can't reach himself. But, he says, his team's official site, with help from Twitter and Facebook, can now distribute info to the online masses just as effectively, and factually, as virtual joints like ESPN Dallas. If it feels like we've been down this road before with Cuban v. Tim McMahon, that's because we have.

Cuban's wrong here. Nobody trusts state-run TV. (Then again, lots of folks watch Fox News, so maybe he's on to something.) I hope I'm right in saying fans of teams still want the truth about their franchises -- good or bad -- and that they would be less inclined to drop paychecks on tickets and domestic drafts if they weren't getting it.

If Cuban gets his way, Mavs fans would be happy that Dallas somehow won three gutsy games on its last road trip and would be celebrating another playoff appearance. (And not the current losing streak.)

In Cowboys terms, fans would be told nothing of Dez Bryant's outstanding debts and just be agog with all his sparkling jewelry. We're better than that, right?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe you guys do want Pravda online?


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GAVONCLARKSON
GAVONCLARKSON

AS A LONGTIME MAVERICK FAN,I AM SENSING A REPEAT OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THE MAVERICKS ARE GOING INTO THE PLAYOFFS LOOKING LIKE A WHIPPED DOG WITH ITS TAIL BETWEEN ITS LEGS. WE HAVE A COACH WHO IS RESTING STARTERS WHO JUST HAD THREE DAYS OFF. EVERYONE IS PRAISING A CENTER(BRENDAN HAYWOOD)WHO COULDN'T HIT A FREE THROW IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. PLAYERS ARE REGULARLY GETTING INTO FIGHTS BECAUSE THEY ARE FRUSTATED WITH THE COACHING STYLE OF RICK CARLISLE. WHEN A PLAYER IS HOT,HE IS YANKED OFF THE FLOOR BECAUSE HE PLAYED TOO MANY MINUTES AND GUESS WHAT, HE GETS COLD. WHY NOT LET THE PLAYER SAY WHEN HE IS TIRED. I F THE PLAYERS CAN'T PLAY MORE THAN 7 OR 8 MINUTES, THEN THEY NEED BETTER CONDITIONING. IF THE MAVERICKS LOSE ANOTHER GAME BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS, I WILL ROOTING FOR THE SPURS AND NOT COMING TO ANOTHER MAVERICK GAME. IT'S TIME FOR MARK CUBAN TO CONSIDER A COACHING CHANGE IF THE MAVERICKS DON'T WIN THIS YEAR.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Cuban, the king of internet media, cant handle the heat from the industry he helped create and nurture. Instead of focusing his rage on the people who report the news, maybe he should use that to light into his rag-tag bunch of "players" to get off their sorry asses and actually play some full-court instead of this grown folks version of tiddlywinks ive seen them play as of late.,.

Sante Center
Sante Center

smoking cocaine immediately strains your vocal cords.

long-term snorting ruins them as well.

those are medical FACTS.

and no, i didnt go to the richard whitt school of medicineor the richard hunter school of psychiarty.

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

Rage is about to get really bad, Greggo is out(lost his voice) and Richie is doing the show with Armin and Sybil.

Rooster
Rooster

My take on Cuban's blog is he doesn't necessarily have a problem with legitimate reporters. What he has a problem with is bloggers who make shit up to generate controversy and pageviews.

You know....like when a guy that runs a sports blog decides to exercise his advanced medicine skills, and says the reason Josh Hamilton has the sniffles, is because his body is broken down from years of drug use...

I could see how his blog comments may hit a bit too close to home.

One can easily sacrifice 20 years of journalistic integrity....on his way to a pageview generating blogger....

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Listened to Jen FE on with Newy yesterday talking about this same subject. While they are probably not in danger of getting the Heisman at the door, you and Tim over at the other place might be. Now THAT'S a couple of columns I'd like to read. Nope, I am not interested in sanitized news or propaganda. Cuban is defensive and understandably so. It is not new to try to control the spin on a story or the accessibility of players. Tex Schramm did it all the time. Cuban is wrong on this, but it is his toy and if he wants to limit those he allows in the backyard/locker room that is his prerogative. Hot sports opinions will continue to be broadcast, blogged and printed regardless of what he does. Not worried.

Swinkler1974
Swinkler1974

Damn it, Whitt. Why can't you just make good points without ruining your credibility with statements about state-run news outlets. I guess I have to point out to you the fact that FOX is not state-run (or funded). However, NPR is (on both accounts). Love, hate, be indifferent to FOX, CNN, etc., but get your facts straight. The Musers are right, you really are a douche bag.

kergo
kergo

Hypothetical question #1: if a woman uses a strapon on me, does that make me gay?

Hypothetical question #2: if I have a MMF and I'm in the middle, does that make me gay? What if I'm on the end?

Hypothetical question #3: if Richie kicked my ass, would that make me gay?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't disagree with you, but you may want to toe that Cowboys line a little better. Spagnola is nothing but an extension of the club PR department.

Cuban can't have it both ways. If he wants attention, he has to take the bad with the good. Put together a team that doesn't have its fans anticipating a first round mauling by a #6 seed and the Mavs media world would be alot more rosy.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Nice stab at Fox. And they align with Obama, how? I would have gone with CNN there, but I actually watch the news, so I guess I have that over you.

Cuban is basically saying the Allies wouldn't want a Nazi reporter at their press briefings or that the military allows certain press to embed with them, but if it's an arab press group, not so much. I'm shocked that he didn't mention radio being useless as well, but it is old media like newspapers and tv. I wonder if you would have put an article like this in front of Cubes pre-2000 what he would think.Hi Pot, meet Kettle.

Cubes next blog should be about players that talk a lot of shit but don't really do anything but get punked.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

wtf? What makes someone lose their voice as much as Greggo? Is he at least on webcam? That way you can make sure he's sober. I love the guy, but if he's not randomly tested just to make sure he's off the pepsi, then someone in HR isn't doing their job.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Greggo's "health" always gives around important talking times. Masters, NASCAR here, Rangers going for 6 in a row as we speak, Mavs and Stars about to spit the bit...

Betcha Richie has already devoted a segment to white trucks today. Good thing the listener base is a ghost town with the game on.

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

I think I would rather work in one of Japan's nuclear plants while it goes into meltdown than listen. Flipping back over to the ticket.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I fully expect Andre Iguodala to break his team out of a funk and score 25 for the Mavs tonight against the Nuggets.

Because a legitimate journalist who wouldn't throw out transaction BS to generate page views like Cuban mentioned said his arrival here was imminent.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

noone would do that on this blog. No matter how many hits a Dez, anti-christian, or Rangers prediction would get it. This blog is dedicated to the truth about spoooooorts and all that implies.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

it's too bad for Cuban that not everyone can be a kiss ass like Mike Fisher.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

haah did you like it when Cubes was on at 840? Greatness.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Answer to Hype #2 is variable, if the the end next the the other M yes, but if you the M with the F in the middle nope. Asking the question though is totally gay. It should be FFF while you watch you perv

Ckergo
Ckergo

kergo sure is doing alot of posting for someone who said he wouldn't be posting this week-hmmmm? methinks we having a troll asshole amongst us! mom said git off the computer you fucking moron.

Hey guess what asshole, It's tatoo time...ok, now go! Don't forget to cock the hat sideways. Cock-he he

Kerg's Vacay Fill In
Kerg's Vacay Fill In

Speaking of gay OS, isn't Cuban secretly one of you guys? I've seen him out at those dives with the fake mustache, clawin' all over the help.

North Park Security
North Park Security

Saw this coming last Friday...I know I'm one of 3 listeners but he was bouncing off the walls.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'm wondering if Cuban doesn't throw things out there to find out who's leaking info.

Rooster
Rooster

The Courage Boys always have been greatness...

Oaklawn Shawn
Oaklawn Shawn

of course he is.ever noticed that cubes and richie walk the same?both puff their chests out and walk a little too erect...

speaking of erect, all this talk of cubes and richie is making me horny.take ur shirt off!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

how did he get a black eye? did his dogs trip him?

Rooster
Rooster

I've always been a Tickethead. I just don't have my lips so firmly glued to their ass where I feel they are above criticism.

The_Richie_Shitts
The_Richie_Shitts

I liked you better when you weren't a wannabe ticket head. Don't conform to all these other losers.

Ckergo
Ckergo

I'll be at the corner of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs at 2:30 for lunch if anyone would like a "hotdog" topped with black curly fries! I'll be the one in the sailar suit, with the ass cut out.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I just erected a tent at my desk reading all this, hope my boss doesnt walk up or call a meeting for a few minutes

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