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Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:33 pm
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban responds to criticism from TNT commentator Chris Webber. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-cuban

On Thursday night, a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers turned really ugly in the fourth quarter, with Mavericks guard Jason Terry shoving Lakers guard Steve Blake sparking a fracas that included Lakers forward Matt Barnes throwing Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts to the ground. 

After the game, TNT commentator Chris Webber called out the Mavericks for being "soft" and not responding to the physical challenge by the Lakers. SportsGrid.com has some of Webber's comments.
“You play against teams, and certain teams are like children,” said Webber. “Certain teams are like the bully you don’t want to play.”
He reserved his sharpest criticism for Nowitzki and Haywood: “Jason Terry is the only Dallas Maverick that does something. Look at Dirk Nowitzki, look at these two big guys, look at Haywood. They deserve to be fined.”
In a Friday morning radio interview with 103.3 FM in Dallas, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shot back at Webber, defending his team's toughness and questioning Webber's originality.
"Chris Webber has never had an original thought. It doesn't really matter. You know how these guys work. The last time I looked it was Jason Terry pushing and our guys responding -- no one is backing down from anybody. And it's the same nonsense talked by the same people who haven't had an original thought in their entire lives. Look, we don't care what Chris Webber says. It doesn't matter what Chris Webber says. We just go out and do our thing." 
Cuban's stance is on the money. After a heated game -- not to mention a brutal loss -- it's nice to hear from the owner that he still has faith in your abilities heading into the playoffs. Webber's criticism isn't coming from left field. Cuban is correct in saying that it's not original criticism but only because the "soft" label has followed the Mavericks for years.

Should anyone really care if they are called "soft" in today's NBA? No, not really. But they should care if they can't match the intensity level of their opponent in a big game and that's what happened to the Mavericks last night.
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Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: April 3, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

Webber, Webber, Webber. Not only was he a notorious choker in his career and in college, but he is also a choke on air. Cuban is right, Webber has no original thoughts of his own. It's rare to even hear him complete a sentence. Sometimes I even find him incomprehensible. I am not a Mavs fan, but I do admit they are a good team, far from soft.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

I have watched the Mavs all year.  They are not soft.  The bottom line is people keep saying it so somoene who does not follow the Mavs just blindly believes it. 

Lakers are just good.  So, since Terry took a very cheap shot, he is not soft?  CRAZY



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

You are an idiot SARPT1 just saying. This isn't about race you moron. Not everything that happens is about race grow up for god sakes.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

You're an idiot.  Why do you have to bring race into this?  Cuban is a blow-hard but for the love of God how are drawing race into this?


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Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:32 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

- best posts I have seen by a Laker's Fan in quite some time.....



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

I think the principle of an NBA owner calling out a commentator is silly.  Put aside the fight and the history of the Mavs being soft for moment.  Cuban looks soft by taking this bait.  He did TNT a favor by spouting off at the mouth.  Commentator's get paid to express their opinion.  They are paid even more to express sometimes controversial opinions.  There are alot of commentators on tv/radio that are cricitical of their teams.  Why would an owner fight it?  It does nothing to help the Mavericks except remind us that Cuban is a wealthy adult acting like a child again.  Why does the NBA allow Cuban to act like a child?  I know it's about money, but it shouldn't be. 




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism

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Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Mark Cuban blasts Chris Webber over criticism



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