Mark Cuban admits Mavericks tanked at end of season

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"Well, no", Cuban said, "I mean, it's like, look - we all, the Mavs, once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games". Patrick had an interesting idea of rewarding teams that win games after they're eliminated from the postseason, because they're at least trying to put a good product on the floor. "But when you have Salah Mejri shooting threes - you know the season's in the tank".

Telling professional basketball players to purposely lose games isn't ideal, so Cuban had another plan of attack to partially mask the approach of losing down the stretch.

"That wouldn't be right, and I don't think any National Basketball Association team would ever do that".

The Lakers were doing all they could be lose games at the end of the season to protect their lottery pick and get more chances at the top overall draft pick with a worse record.

The headline on the Patrick radio show's own website read, Mark Cuban admits Mavs tanked this season.

Dallas was officially eliminated from the playoffs on April 1 and the Mavs then went 2-5 in the last seven games. "It works well enough, I guess".

"Particularly the young guys", he added.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a lot to say Wednesday. "You just ignore the haters, let them bitch, and go about your business". "Obviously, it creates some misincentives for teams that aren't going to make the playoffs, but until you come up with a better solution, that's what you've got". They have to take the best player they can get in the draft, not only because that's the smart thing to do, but they could use talent just about anywhere.

There's nothing you can say or do to them to say, "Don't play hard" or 'Try to lose this game.' That wouldn't be right, and I don't think any National Basketball Association team would ever do that. The NBA instituted the lottery the very next year.

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