Mark Cuban wanted that car, jerk.

For those that don’t know, Dwyane Wade and Mark Cuban are having a bit of a spat right now. It stems from this quote by Wade…

“At the end of the day,” Wade said, “you’re remembered for what you did at the end. . . . I think that’s the reason — Dirk says they gave us the championship last year, but he’s the reason they lost the championship, because he wasn’t the leader that he’s supposed to be in the closing moments. That’s because of great defense by us, but also he wasn’t assertive enough as a leader’s supposed to be.”

Cuban struck back at Wade on his blog, starting off by knocking Wade’s acting chops…

Say what ? Is this the DWade of some of the lamest , boring commercials known to man ? Commercials that are singlehandedly responsible for selling more commercial skipping Tivos than anything else on TV ?

Well, I guess so? And I mean, say what? Is this MCube of one of the lamest, most boring reality shows known to man? A reality show that undoubtedly had network executives scratching their head wondering why in the hell they greenlighted that project?

So, Dirk made some comments, Wade was asked about them and he gave an honest answer. Now, Cuban interjects himself into this, but are you telling me Dirk couldn’t handle this his damnself? Needs his mommy to come fight a bully on the playground for him?

Let me address Wade’s point before going into Cuban’s response. Here’s what Dirk’s performance was like in the six game NBA Finals, just from my vantage point…a couple games up, a couple games down. Had nights of 16, 20, 16. One of those in a win, two in losses. He had 26 in a win. 29 in a loss. 30 in a loss. If fans noticed that sometimes Dirk looked for teammates to deliver, obviously Wade is going to notice. Meanwhile, Wade had 28 and 23 in the first two losses of the season. He then went for 42, 36, 43, 36 in the next four wins.

Dirk stayed constant throughout, Wade took it up a notch when he saw his performances in the first two games did not deliver wins. From Wade’s point of view, it is no doubt reasonable that if HE could do it, another star player could take his performance up to another level.

This is not meant to address whether Wade is right or wrong, that would be for an entirely different column, but merely that the opinion has some sort of basis. One that Cuban does not happen to give a damn about.

Cuban starts his blog saying:

I hope Dwayne Wade was misquoted in an article today in the Miami Herald.

Well, I hope that Dirk does not agree with Cuban. Rather, I hope Dirk took Wade’s comments and took the time to decide for himself whether he agreed with the assessment. It’s Wade’s point of view, is hardly unreasonable, and if Dirk eventually chooses to personally consider it to be complete crap, that is OK. Instead, Mark Cuban decided to say some really foolish things that come off to me as complete sour grapes from an NBA Finals decided half a year ago. Let it go.

Dwayne I don’t blame you for not looking at tapes of the finals. You obviously didn’t. You would have seen your unbelievable skills and some other unbelievable elements that if I could discuss honestly here I would get fined for.

So, if you allude to your opinion of Wade getting helped by the officials, you won’t get fined? David Stern is a pretty smart man.

Whining about foul calls is something that is for fans to do. Not organizational types, players, OWNERS, coaches. Do they do it sometimes? Sure. It’s petty at the time and it is especially petty months after this whole thing has already happened. Let it go. Dirk hit a big shot. Wade may have gotten a favorable call, hell I can not remember, but I do remember him hitting the two foul shots and someone on the Mavericks using their last time-out so the Mavs could not move the ball up to half court.

Are you going to blame that blunder on Wade…or the officials? Oh, wait…didn’t they blame it on the refs? Wasn’t Avery Johnson SHOCKED that the officials would give the Mavs a timeout when the player signaled one? Why was he shocked? Oh, because clearly the Mavs would NOT use the timeout there and want to save it to advance the ball to half court. Right.

I’m rambling, but the point is, Cuban could have started this off by addressing Wade’s points, or he could bicker and never begin to scratch the surface of Wade’s point. He went with the bickering.

I guess you have earned the right to criticize Dirk with an obvious display of your own leadership skills.

I know Shaq appreciates your leadership as well. He called out your team a few weeks ago saying it was “embarassing’. Great leadership DWade. Your coach sat players for being fat. I guess you couldnt lead them away from the buffet.

I have zero idea what he is talking about here, but man, I really hope that he is talking about Antoine Walker. I had no idea that the Heat had players sitting because they were fat.

Shaq clearly wants to be on a better team. A team that wins. Here’s the thing about this Heat team…they’re running Jason Kapono out there in case you have not noticed. Don’t call them good. Or, call them good…once Dwyane Wade takes a game and says the hell with it and wins the game for them. This is not a good basketball team outside of Wade. They just picked up Eddie Jones off a waiver wire, right? That, the Kapono thing, coupled with Jason Williams on a roster and you’ve got a team that during the regular season will probably be around or under .500 if they are not giving a damn.

You are an amazing player Dwayne. I love watching you shoot free throws.

Yeah. See, I think Stern probably is smart enough to fine you for this comment. Hopefully he does. The hell with your duckets. I hope Stern takes them and spends the money to give some NBA game film to some peasants in some third world country just so he can continue his global marketing of the NBA.

What you know about Dirk’s leadership skills is non existent. You don’t have a clue. Your ability to evaluate leadership skills….well you obviously have an overinflated value of your own. Did you take business classes at Marquette ?

But, Wade does know what he saw, when he was on the court in the 2006 NBA Finals, right? As for his overinflated value of his own leadership skills? Hasn’t Wade come out and said he does not give a damn about motivating the rest of the team, just wants to lead by example on the court? I know I’m not making it up…hell it is in the article Cuban links to in his blog.

So, uh, Mark, at uh, wherever you went, they didn’t teach you any deductive reasoning and shit? Like, taking Wade’s comments on his leadership and then applying them to what he said about Dirk and realizing that Wade is big on what you can see, rather than what is behind the scenes and what have you? Wade’s comments are perfectly reasonable especially given the comments he made that you know Cuban read because he LINKED to them.

Wade was responding to a comment Dirk made about the Mavericks giving them the series (a comment I don’t know the origins of, I’m deducing this from Wade’s quote) and giving his opinion on what happened. If Cuban were to respond by actually addressing Wade’s points rather than Wade’s qualifications, maybe some good discussion could follow. Instead, it’s bitching about foul calls from half a year ago and petty rips on Wade.

Please. The hell with that. I would love it if Mark Cuban wrote a blog breaking down his assessment of why Wade was, you know, wrong, but he chose not to do that. Instead, this. It just makes that entire organization look bad. I have no care for the Mavericks, positive or negative, crap like this just has me leaning more towards the negative.

And it is a shame, really. I would not mind rooting for the Mavericks on occasion. Can you dislike Dirk? I’d love to root for Avery Johnson. Josh Howard is becoming a damn good basketball player.

I know Cuban loves being a fan and speaking his mind, but why can’t he just speak like a smart fan and not one of these dime a dozen whiners that only come out for the big events and run their mouth just for the sake of running their mouth. Why can’t Cuban respond to Wade’s point by making good points about where he sees Wade as being wrong? The path he chose is just silly.
Now we know why Charles won’t put you in his 5.

Charles’ top five has Krispy Kreme in there. Chuck has god damn priorities and talking to Wade is not one of them. I would assume three food related numbers and two bookies, but don’t quote me on that.

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  1. Well, I can state for a fact that Dwayne would have at least had to have taken both Principles of Micro and Macro economics while at Marquette. If memory serves he, like the rest of the basketball team, where communications majors, so that was probably the extent of his business classes. But, like much of the rest of Cuban’s article, I have a tough time understanding his point. Do they teach valuation of sports leadership in business classes nowadays? I never saw that in any of my business classes at Marquette, but I somehow doubt that is the University’s fault. I think that any idiot could look at Wade’s performance in the finals along with his Finals’ MVP, and oh yeah, that big sparkly ring to figure out that he carried a team that wasn’t as good as the Mavericks to the title. Sometimes leadership is calling people out or other verbal measures, but Wade showed exactly how a soft spoken person could lead through his actions.

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