Mark Cuban 80% Convinced He Could Have Traded Dirk For Kobe

June 16, 2009 – 10:45 am by Jimmy Shapiro

I’ve put Mark Cuban interviews on the site numerous times for the simple reason that he actually says something.  You ask him a question and he gives you a truthful answer.  What a novel concept! 

I feel like I always learn something I didn’t know after listening to his interviews.  In his latest interview with ESPN Radio Dallas, Cuban talks about how he could have acquired Kobe Bryant but chose not to, the draft, trades in the offseason, and the officiating.

On the officiating:

“I stand by everything I’ve said over the last 10 years and all the money I’ve spent over the last 10 years. I think what Ron Johnson the General has done has really taken the organization, the officiating group in the right direction but he’s got his work cut out for him and we saw some of that in the finals. But I will say this, if it was my guys in the finals taking that elbow, I don’t know what I would have done.”

On the 2009 draft class:

“I think there’s more than 2 or3 NBA players, but there may only be 2 or 3 guys that have the potential to reach the All Star game. There’ll be another 10 that could potentially start depending on the quality of the team, then there are 5 that are roster guys. That doesn’t even fill out 1 round.”

On trades this offseason:

“Here’s exactly what I told Donnie. I’m willing to take back longer term contracts even if it goes into our big cap year, only if we can get back All Star players…If I can cut my salaries for next year, I’ll take back a longer contract if it gets us a star or All Star caliber player. We’re not going to trade starters to pick up number 5 or whatever for the very reason we just talked about. This isn’t the Josh Howard draft where there are 5, 6, 7 guys that you think can be immediate impact players.”

On trading Dirk:

“Hypothetically if we were trading Dirk, it’s just as hard if not harder to get it right in getting the right players back. Nobody is going to give up somebody that’s not a superstar, “take you to the finals and win a championship” players. You have just as much in saying, “They’re willing to trade player A and player B for Dirk. Now what do we have and how do we know this makes us better?” There’s risks on both sides. I think what has changed significantly over the past 18, 24 months is the economy. I think that’s going to change how teams approach things. Look how Boston got Ray Allen, look how they got Kevin Garnett. Their former teams were looking to rebuild. I think with the economy you’re going to see more teams going in that direction. That doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk to pick up players but we’re certainly going to be looking.”

Could he have traded Dirk for Kobe?

“Two years ago, I can’t say with 100% certainty but I can say that the discussions went far along and probably with about 80% certainty we could have done it. I always had the feeling that the devil you knew was better than the devil you didn’t know. You look at Kobe and you say, “Look, this guy is a great, great, great, great player but he wasn’t great enough to even get his team to the playoffs.” We had a team that was making progress, doing well and we ended up taking that team to the finals.”

Listen to Mark Cuban on ESPN Radio Dallas with Galloway and Company

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  1. 13 Responses to “Mark Cuban 80% Convinced He Could Have Traded Dirk For Kobe”

  2. Mark Cuban is a fool. Th eonly year Kobe didnt mak eth eplayoffs, his team had injuries from top to botom. He missed games too that year. Why dont u go hide in the corner with you team of losers who choked in the finals.

    By Joe on Jun 16, 2009

  3. No, Joe is right on. Lakers had massive injury problems that year, including Kobe missing games, which is the only reason they missed the playoffs.

    By Ash on Jun 16, 2009

  4. Cuban is just made that his never will never win an NBA championship. I love Dirk’s game and he’s getting tougher, but where are they going with only J. Terry to assist? Cuban will be at home regularly during the NBA Finals, just like the rest of us “fans!”

    By Eugene on Jun 16, 2009

  5. Oh, the irony.

    Oh, nicky boy; for your future anonymous internet smack downs …, its YOU’RE AN IDIOT when referencing a person.


    By You're on Jun 16, 2009

  6. I guess it was the best move never made huh Cubes?? Hmmm..Let’s see…Since that time let’s look at your teams recent resume’in the playoffs:

    2009 — defeated San Antonio, 4-1, first round
    lost to Denver, 4-1, conference semifinals
    2008 — lost to New Orleans, 4-1, first round
    2007 — lost to Golden State, 4-2, first round flameout!
    2006 — defeated Memphis, 4-0, first round
    defeated San Antonio, 4-3, conference semifinals
    defeated Phoenix, 4-3, conference finals
    lost to Miami, 4-2, NBA Finals

    Way to sell the fans on the fact that you want to win a championship in Dallas!

    By KJ on Jun 16, 2009

  7. I’m sorry “You’re”, but if you’re going to call out one guy, you need to call them all out. Every post but one above yours is at least as equally stupid, if not more so, than the guy you criticized.

    Also for future reference, “its” is a possessive form. What you really should have typed is “it’s”, but I’m sure you knew that already… right? 🙂

    By Don't just pick on one on Jun 16, 2009

  8. yeah mavs.Good luck with Cuban and good luck with Dirk. AHEM. LAKE SHOW!!!!!!!!

    By mp on Jun 17, 2009

  9. its ridiculous to say kobe takes his team to a ring while dirk didn’t. 2 yrs ago kobe is whining to sell his team & get out of LA. suddenly gasol came in for free. what a reverse kobe not only started winning he got mvp & a ring. kobe is forever ridding on someone’s back to a ring. thats not a knock on his determination or skills. just a hard fact. you replace kobe with a Dirk or T-Mac during those respective years they will get their rings too.

    By david on Jun 17, 2009

  10. Dirk sucks dick, y’all. He’s a punk ass trick ass BEEYATCH! He cant keep real like Kobe, son! Peace out, punk bitches!

    By Vernon Butchio on Jun 17, 2009

  11. David, you’re an idiot. Who has TMAC had on his side these past years??? Yao and its always a round 1 exit. Dirk, best team in the league and gets pushed around by MATT BARNES & CAPTIAN JACK!! That’s not a winner, that’s losers who can’t match an inch of Kobe’s skills or determination.

    By david - You're an Idiot!! on Jun 17, 2009

  12. First of all David ur so damn stupid, 2 say Kobe is always riding someones coat tell 2 win a championship. The last time I checked Basketball was a team sport and it’s kind of tuff 2 win by yourself Duhhhhhh. I don’t know who’s dumber u are Mark Cubin…….. speaking of Mark Cuban, I live n LA born and raised and dude u r living n a fuccing fantasy, there is know way on this earth KB was ever going 2 sorry ass Dallas! Man please! Now Dirk don’t do shit but stand his goofy looking ass out at the three point line and shoot. There is no “D” n Dallas ur wack ass team is Allas! Cause ain’t no defense with ur sorry ass team!!! U had a chance 2 get Kobe yeah right! Everybody knows ur an idiot u trade A young talented point guard Devon Harris 4 washed up Jason Kidd, ur a sorry buisness man I wouldn’t let u manage my piggy bank……oh by the way did u see Kobe get number 4 BItcH……………..

    By Big Mike on Jun 17, 2009

  13. Mark cubin is bitch made, sorry ass team, was the number one seed and loose n the first round 2 a 8 seed. Ain’t that ah bitch! Kobe Bryant would have never played 4 that super duper sorry as Mavrick team, that ain’t never winning shit…… mark wasn’t your team up by 2 games and lost 2 Miami n the Finals? Yeah that’s what I thought. U didn’t think Kobe could lead his team n the playoff’s but Jason Kidd’s ancient ass could?……mark stop being a hater of all the teams n the league, everytime your gay team looses u want 2 talk bad about players. U need 2 be talking 2 ur sorry ass washed up team………Kobe got 4 rings and Dallas has ummmmmmm NONE!!

    By Big Mike on Jun 18, 2009

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