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Mark Cuban Discusses Poor Fit Between Mavs and Chris Kaman

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#1 LALakersFan4Life


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 03:15 PM


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hasn't been shy about releasing what could be considered in-house information. Making remarks that could seem tame considering his vocal summer, Cuban told The Dallas Morning News this weekend that the Mavs allowed center Chris Kaman to walk because of offensive issues, not defensive ones.

"I think where we ran into problems ... we couldn't convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor," Cuban said when asked if Kaman and forward Dirk Nowitzki didn't fit together defensively. "When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn't work."

Before signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, Kaman shot a career-best 51 percent from 16-23 feet, according to HoopData.com, and 92 percent of those attempts were off assists -- a sign he was fitting in well as a pick-and-pop threat. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 66 games last season.

Cuban said that allowing Kaman to walk was easier since Nowitzki fit better alongside rangy big man Brandan Wright, who the team re-signed this offseason. Building off that tandem, the team also chased after and succeeded in signing free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

Cuban's comments concerning Kaman aren't the first, or most significant, that have raised some eyebrows this offseason. Earlier this summer, the Mavs' owner said his team was better off by not signing free agent Dwight Howard. Cuban later went in-depth regarding the pitch Dallas gave to Howard before the center signed with the Houston Rockets.


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 03:42 PM

What a loser... Bipolar SOB!

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 04:16 PM

Thank you for telling us how unstoppable Kaman is in the pick and pop.

Expect a lot of horns and hand offs to pass backs for mid range jumpers.

if that happens a few times it allows Pau to seal his man when the defense closes in on Kaman during sets Pau and Kaman play together.   Expect the same kind of plays between Kelly and Kaman as well.

Our team actually has two centers that can hit free throws, attack from the inside or mid range as well as being "alright" rim defenders.

So running horns and pick and pops when him and Gasol share minutes from time to time is vital during that lineup.

Anyway thanks for letting him go Cuban.

next year let Dirk go too :P

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 04:55 PM

Why does Cuban feel he has to burn all bridges. Guy is such an [expletive]. Horrible Owner and GM.

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Why does Cuban feel he has to burn all bridges. Guy is such an [expletive]. Horrible Owner and GM.

Because he "has more money than Davey Crocket"


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 09:04 PM

Did his elliptical break?

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 09:40 PM

Cuban isn't afraid to speak his mind.

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 10:19 PM

I wonder if he would have made these comments had Kaman signed anywhere but the Lakers.

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Posted August 12, 2013 - 12:38 AM

He wouldn't have.


Cuban's jealousy of the Lakers has been painfully evident for a long time now.

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