3. Mark Cuban Talked About LeBron James When He Shouldn’t Have
Seriously. It was 2010, LeBron was gearing up for his “decision” as a free agent, and Mark Cuban wasn’t allowed to say anything about him before the July 1st deadline. Like, ANYTHING. Here are the seemingly innocuous comments that’s cost Cubes $100k.
“Come July 1st, yeah, of course, anybody would be interested in LeBron James, and if he leaves via free agency, then it’s going to be tough. If he does like I’m guessing, hoping he will, which is say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,’ if he decides to leave — there’s still a better chance he stays — then he’ll try to force a sign-and-trade, and that gives us a chance. . . . What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I’ve spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money’s not his issue. He needs to be someplace where he trusts the organization. And look, Dan Gilbert in Cleveland did everything he possibly could, that’s just the way the game works. If there was a template that we all could follow, we’d all have championship rings.”