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Pete Dahh Sneak
12-10-2010, 07:38 PM
DALLAS -- Mark Cuban playfully ripped new New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov for the Russian billionaire's hands-off style of running his NBA team.


"He's a [expletive]," Cuban said Thursday evening, using a crude term considered an insult to one's manhood.

The Dallas Mavericks' outspoken owner, who made the quip while riding an exercise bike before his team's 102-89 win over the Nets, laughed and smiled while making eye contact with the handful of reporters around him after delivering the zinger. The comment was clearly made in jest, but Cuban did elaborate by calling out Prokhorov for not attending games on a regular basis.

The Nets owner had his own zinger in response to Cuban.

"I think Mark has it wrong. I don't like cats," he said in a statement released by the team.

When Prokhorov does attend Nets games, he watches from the comfort of a suite. On the other hand, Cuban rarely misses a Mavericks game and always sits courtside, behind the Mavs bench on the road and right next to it at American Airlines Center.

"Totally different," said Nets coach Avery Johnson, who spent more than three seasons as the Mavs' head coach before Cuban fired him after the 2008 season. "[Prokhorov] sits in a suite, and I barely even see him sometimes after the games. But in a lot of ways they are the same, even though they're different."

Those similarities have yet to extend to the way the Nets' roster is constructed. Under Cuban, the Mavs annually have one of the NBA's highest payrolls and have made several splashy, financially burdensome trades to try to build a championship team.

Prokhorov has yet to make similar moves, as Cuban pointed out, although the Nets tried to sign LeBron James in free agency and have been involved in trade talks regarding Denver's Carmelo Anthony.

Cuban said the expectations for Johnson in Dallas were to win a title, a goal the Mavs fell just short of by losing the 2006 Finals to the Miami Heat. That's not a realistic goal for the rebuilding, 6-17 Nets.

"I think he recognizes that his job is progress more than rings right now," Cuban said. "But you never know. If Prokhorov does what I did to try to make deals and get something before the trade deadline, then all that changes.

"But, you know, building a true professional team means having to spend money. We just haven't seen it."

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5906027

nycsports2
12-10-2010, 07:53 PM
lol love cuban

tdunk21
12-10-2010, 07:59 PM
cuban just wants to be in the news.....nothing new......

LTBaByyy
12-10-2010, 08:09 PM
Love Cuban, wish they gave the Rangers to him when he put a bid up

We would have Cliff Lee by now

sixer04fan
12-10-2010, 08:28 PM
why is "calls out" is quotations?

heatking
12-10-2010, 08:33 PM
*pulls out race card*

asandhu23
12-10-2010, 09:00 PM
lol Cuban... don't try to mess with people WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY richer than you

mrblisterdundee
12-10-2010, 09:09 PM
Michael Jordan doesn't like attending Bobcats games. Would Cuban call him a *****? If you spend a ton of money on a team, you shouldn't have to watch them suck. It's alright to wait until they're any good. Besides, Prokhorov missing the James bonanza doesn't mean he won't make a splash. I'd say with Derrick Favors to offer, the Nets are one of the closest teams to getting Anthony.

NYY NYJ NYK
12-10-2010, 09:13 PM
"I think Mark has it wrong. I don't like cats," he said in a statement released by the team.

:laugh2:

JayW_1023
12-11-2010, 10:41 AM
Cuban dissing Prok was only a matter of time.

godolphins
12-11-2010, 11:42 AM
Cuban better know his messing with the mob :laugh2: