Mark Cuban on Reddit: Buying Xmas Junk, Shark Tank Show, NBA Rules


/ December 26, 2012

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows how to get people talking about him. He’s extreme, unbashful, and really doesn’t give a f*ck what anyone thinks about him. On Christmas eve he jumped on Reddit to answer real question from the ‘Net. Here’s the best of Cuban’s answers.

Reddit: Hey, Mr. Cuban.Why do basketball players only get recognition after they’ve been a part of a championship team? For instance, Dirk has been an amazing player for 10 years now, but only got the respect he truly deserved from fans after having a championship caliber supporting cast (Including coaches) around him. If it’s a team game, why do players only get appreciated after they accomplish something that’s mostly out of their control (Since, most of the time, they don’t decide who they get to play with)?

Cuban: Thats the stupid , macho element of all professional sports. Its a lot easier to just pin a lable on someone than to actually do the work to determine the impact of a player. ITs the same reason everyone over values scoring in the NBA. Scoring is usually the easiest part of the game.

Reddit: On Shark Tank, how many of the deals get modified or cancelled after the cameras stop rolling? Also, have you ever decided to make a deal with someone after the cameras stop?

Cuban: we get the chance to do due diligence after the show. As a result you uncover things that were not brought up in the show , so its not unusual for a deal to fall through in the DD phase. I have had things like people who never paid their taxes, people who lied on the show, people who didnt think that if they spent money on their personal credit cards it should be considered an expense., you name it. There is so much pressure on the entrepreneur during the show that sometimes they say what they think we want to hear rather than the truth. The DD helps us seperate the two

Reddit: I hate to be so straight forward, but what does a billionaire buy his kids for Christmas?’

Cuban: the same junk that everyone else buys.

Reddit: In regards to the officiating, which rules need to be watched (corrected) the most?

Cuban: I think we have to re evaluate the mechanics of officiating . We miss far too many 3 secs and travelling calls. I think we need to devise a way where officials can help each other more. Right now its very limited when and how officials can help change a call.

via DeadSpin