We all know a handful of NBA teams have already or will so-to-be in full-on tank mode. And spotting them typically isn't all that difficult (we see you, Phoenix Suns). The Dallas Mavericks are one such team. Last season, once they were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Mavs tanked hard (2-9 to close the year). Mark Cuban
when he said that's the plan again this year. And at 18-40 and 13.5 games out of the playoff race, bettors likely won't have to wait until March.
Here we are, not competing for the playoffs and I said, ‘Look, losing is our best option.’ They hated hearing that, but at least I sat down and I explained it to them. I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking and that was too brutal for me.
Being transparent, that’s the key to being a quote-unquote players’ owner. We want the players to understand. As a player, even though you might not agree, at least if you respect the fact that someone took the time to talk to you and you understood their perspective, you’re going to give me your feedback but you’re part of the process.