Cuban: “I hate the Spurs”

Posted by Art Garcia

DALLAS – Mark Cuban loves stirring it up. Put him in front of a microphone, camera or keyboard and it’s an easy-money bet the billionaire says something that’s going to get someone’s attention.

Even if it’s well-trampled ground. Cuban did it again today, taking another familiar swipe at the clarity of the San Antonio River Walk and the rival Spurs.

“I hate the Spurs,” Dallas’ owner said on the second off day before Wednesday night’s Game 2. “I have a hard time being civil to Peter Holt at the Board of Governors meeting and he has a hard time being civil to me, even though we both like each other. It’s just what it represents.

“We can both be 0-80 and if those last two games are Spurs-Mavs, it’s going to be like a playoff game because we dislike each other that much. It’s crazy that in the nine years, 10 years of playoffs, five of them we’ve gone through each other.”

While Cuban acknowledged it’s a respectful hatred, he couldn’t resist taking a shot at how Spurs coach Gregg Popovich handled the last game of the regular season. Pop sat Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili at the last possible minute, essentially assuring this series.

“Both really have a lot of respect for the other side,” Cuban said. “The beauty of the first game and every game we play them is every possession counts. It’s not like, ‘Ok we’ll put in the second unit.’ I’ll take it back, unless Pop says he’s going for the best record and then rests everybody. I’m going to start calling him Alice in Wonderland.”

While he may hate the Spurs, Cuban sounds like he wouldn’t want to face anyone else.

“The uniqueness of a Spurs-Mavs series is both teams play basketball the right way,” he said. “There’s no woofing, there’s no screaming, there’s no yelling. Intimidation comes by playing better basketball. Both teams know they’re good. Both teams know they have the ability to execute at both sides of the court and that’s what makes it such an exciting series.”

The Spurs and their fans may remember a certain Jason Terry punch to the Michael Finley’s nether region as not playing basketball the “right way,” but why get bogged down in details when Cuban is on roll. And Cubes made sure to mention Bruce Bowen’s defense against Dirk Nowitzki. 

“He might have had fewer bruises and didn’t have to watch his feet when he landed today like he used to,” Cuban said. “It’s amazing how Bowen’s feet just were uncontrollable.”

Of those five previous postseason clashes, each side has won twice and the Mavs have the early 1-0 lead after Sunday’s opener. Meeting again in the first round just doesn’t seem right to Cuban.

“It feels like the conference finals and we’re playing to get to the Finals,” he said.


  1. spurs 4 rings mavs none mavs never going to get a ring cause we going to keep meeting them in the 1st round there for we will keep beating them . so sucks for yall and there is no way tim is going to the mavs .

  2. studmanrope says:

    The officiating for the 1st game of the spurs and suns in the
    3rd quarter was God Aweful and someone with authority should watch it again and fire those pricks. I cannot stand watching an unfair game… Someone needs to fix the terrible officiating in the NBA!!!!!!!!!! It SuCKS

    • Shelly says:

      The refs got worse with each game. I hate the Spurs and you know they paid the refs to call fouls that are not fouls that how they won most of there games. This time in the series its not working and Suns are sick of it and get more angry when they play and are out to get them. Suns are up 3-0. Spurs are Done in the playoffs. LA Lakers are our hit list next.

  3. matt says:

    sweeping the spurs? not likely, the mavs can sit out for another year as mark cuban can rage at his franchise that just cannot accept they’lll never reach the nba championship. same cannot be said for the spurs… 4 championship[s in 10 years, mavs= none ever!

    get outta here dallas! you aint got no place in the playoffs

  4. sam says:

    Nikki, you’re good. I like u. Go SPURS!!!

  5. Slimwc16 says:

    Nikki, you are an idiot…anyways, atleast the mavs dont bitch to the refs after every single call! ughh i hate the spurs.. and by the way Dirk goes to the damn line because he gets constantly foulded by your damn Spurs. Anyways, this is a good match up just because of the rivalry that these two teams have.. The spurs are no threat to the Mavs this year, we just gotta sweep their ass and throw them back into their muddy river walk lol.. Last game the Mavs played worse than the spurs, and we still whooped them, imagine when we have our top guys playing good like the Spurs did.. They are just not as deep as we are so when duncan gets tired a few games down the road they wont have anyone to turn to.. Lets see what happens tonight, hopefully the Mavs will get another win and we will be that much closer to moving on. GO MAVS!!

  6. Zio says:

    “Nikki”: Dude whatchu talkin bout?remember the finals 06 and a guy named dwyane wade? mavs babied by the refs,huh? ….anyway, guess it will be a big series,with dirk over the spurs.spurs are still a great team….if they want to.but they are way too old and don’t seem to be hungry anymore after four championships,
    the spurs’ future is very interesting to me,duncan 34, ginobili 33 (he will either walk away towards cleveland,boston or back to europe,i’d say).figures there’s a rebuild coming, absolutely has to.duncan to dallas,having dirk’s back? 🙂 just dreamin’,but beautiful thought…Go Mavs!

  7. PEter says:

    Keep crying Nikki no one loves you

  8. nikki says:

    I HATE DALLAS!! It’s ridiculous how many times ‘Dirk” goes to the damn line. . . . . . .talk about being babied by the refs!!!