Mark Cuban has hated the Los Angeles Lakers franchise for a very long time. Almost every season, he sticks his neck out and says something about the Lakers that does not concern him at all. He has engaged in numerous wars of words with the Lakers and their fan base over the years. After the Lakers 103 to 99 victory over Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks yesterday, the war became even more intense. This left Mark Cuban asking Twitter: why do Laker fans hate him so much? Here is the top 5 quotes from him that may explain why there is so much bad blood.
5. “I’ve said enough about the Lakers. Let’s just say that when you say something bad about the Lakers, you get a ton of Twitter threats, so it’s just not worth it. There is just more Twitter courage in Southern California than probably any other part of the world.”
Mark Cuban stated this to reporters before criticizing the Lakers for acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash during the off-season. Not only did Cuban classify the Laker fan base as a violent group, he also suggested that they’re “internet thugs” who hide behind the keyboard.
4. “The message is we went through this lockout for a reason. Again, I’m not speaking for Stern. He’s not telling me his thought process. I’m just telling you my perspective, having gone through all this. There’s a reason that we went through this lockout, and one of the reasons is to give small-market teams the ability to keep their stars and the ability to compete.”
This quote came from Mark Cuban after David Stern infamously vetoed a trade between the Lakers and Hornets that would have sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles. Cuban decided to come out and support the extremely questionable decision from David Stern as if Laker fans weren’t already extremely enraged at what was on the news during this time period. When considering how Cuban goes after just about every single player that the Lakers go after, this quote was completely hypocritical.
3. “I love that Jeanie Buss’ boy-toy had something to say about us. I don’t know if it was his thought or Jeanie’s thought, but it’s nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams.”
Phil Jackson and Mark Cuban verbally sparred for years and this quote just added more fuel to the fire. This quote from Cuban after Phil shared his thoughts about the Mavericks losing Caron Butler. Phil thought that this loss would be a huge issue for the Mavs and Mark didn’t take his words lightly. The quote from Cuban was in bad taste being that he decided to take a shot at Phil’s personal love life.
Phil handled the quote admirably as usual stating, “I consider myself an old man, that I’m a boy toy? That’s great.”
2. If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe? You just don’t know, right? It’s the same reason I wouldn’t get rid of Dirk (Nowitzki). I’ll take a hit for a season rather than get rid of Dirk. That’s just it. I’ve made that commitment to him over the years, and he’s returned that commitment. Maybe that’s selfish, but that’s just the way it is.”
This quote was from Cuban in the lead up to Sunday’s game in Dallas. The Lakers weren’t too pleased about it, nor were the NBA.
I really don’t have to list Kobe’s personal accomplishments, describe his current play, or state everything that he has done for the Los Angeles Lakers to show why this quote is completely ridiculous. Kobe showed Cuban yesterday with 38 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and a tweet that became an instant classic, “Amnesty THAT.”
1. “Notoriety sells in this day and age. I can’t think of anyone who is going through a legal problem who doesn’t get high attention. Is that cold-blooded? Yeah. But it is bottom-line reality. I don’t want to compare Kobe with O.J (Simpson) because Kobe’s case hasn’t been decided, but the reality is there is more interest in him (Kobe) now.”
This horrible quote was stated during the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. To somehow attempt to find a positive light in a very serious situation by claiming that the NBA will profit from this scandal was completely out of line. Kobe Bryant already received the notoriety he deserved at the time because of his performance on the court. The allegations ended up hurting Kobe way more than it helped. Cuban then added to the ignorance by mentioning Kobe in the same breath as O.J Simpson when the two situations didn’t compare at all.
Before Mark Cuban questions why he receives such hatred from Laker fans, he should think about all of the ridiculous and unnecessary things he has said about the Lakers over the years.