Mark Cuban: ‘Villain’ Warriors good for the NBA
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the Golden State Warriors forming a “superteam” will be good for the NBA, despite commissioner Adam Silver calling Kevin Durant’s addition to the already All-Star stacked squad not “ideal from the league standpoint.”
Cuban said that NBA fans will unite in hoping last year’s 73-win Warriors fail to live up to expectations this season, which will increase interest in the league overall.
“They become the villain,” Cuban told ESPN on Wednesday. “Just like when LeBron James went to Miami, I loved that there was a villain. They become the villain. I’m fine with that. Everybody’s going to root for them to lose.”
At the NBA’s annual board of governor’s meeting on Tuesday, Silver said the collective bargaining agreement should be changed to ensure star players are evenly distributed among teams.
The current collective bargaining agreement will be in place until June 30, 2021, and Cuban said “a lot of research” must be done in advance of proposing any changes.
After Golden State reached its agreement with Durant, former Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut signed with the Mavericks to help create cap space.