Mavs ‘did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble’ to tank: Cuban

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Spec­u­la­tion about flail­ing pro sports teams tank­ing games at the end of a sea­son to im­prove draft po­si­tion of­ten runs ram­pant. But rarely does a player or any­one as­so­ci­ated with a par­tic­u­lar team ad­mit it. Dal­las Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban did so on Wed­nes­day af­ter his Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion team fin­ished 33-49 in its first los­ing sea­son 1999-2000. “Once we were elim­i­nated from the play­offs, we did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to lose games,” Cuban said on The Dan Pa­trick Show. Cuban ex­plained he didn’t tell his play­ers to lose games on pur­pose. In­stead, the Mav­er­icks went with younger play­ers down the stretch, which in­her­ently de­creased their chances of win­ning. The Mavs, who fin­ished 2-8 in their last 10 games, fin­ished eight games out of the last play­off spot in the Western Con­fer­ence Dal­las en­tered Tues­day’s NBA draft lot­tery in the ninth po­si­tion and re­mained there.

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