Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did not mince words Tuesday in discussing the fate he hopes befalls the Los Angeles Lakers. During an interview with a Los Angeles radio host, Cuban said he hopes the Lakers "suck forever."
During an interview with a Los Angeles radio host, Cuban said he hopes the Lakers "suck forever."
"As far as the Lakers, I think there's going to be a lot of teams that are going to be focusing and saying, 'Look, I've got a ton of cap room, free agent a, b and c -- why don't you guys come together and come play for me?'" Cuban said. "And L.A. has always been considered a destination, so maybe they see it as a valid strategy. I don't know. But you know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever."
This is not the first time Cuban has expressed this sentiment about a team. In October 2013, Cuban said the following when talking about star center Dwight Howard's decision to join the Houston Rockets.
So he doesn’t have any ill feelings?
“None,” Cuban said. “Not even a little bit, because I think we came out pretty good. If we were stuck, then maybe. But like I say about every other team, I hope they suck. I say that every year. It’s nothing personal. I still like Dwight as a person. But I still want the Rockets, like every other team, to have a horrible season. It’s nothing personal. I just want them to suck.”
Cuban also described the decision as a "mistake in judgment."
The Lakers are off to a franchise-worst 1-9 start, while the Mavericks are 8-3. Dallas has yet to face Los Angeles this season, but the two teams will square off Friday at American Airlines Center.