Ranking Mark Cuban's Bitterest Enemies and Rivals
Mark Cuban is embroiled in yet another feud with a high-profile ego, this time trading tweets with Donald Trump, adding to his laundry list of enemies that has grown quickly in his time as an NBA owner.
Grabbing the wheel of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, Cuban didn't waste much time turning his team into a perennial winner, throwing together a series of 50-win clubs and racking up fines for this and that along the way.
Cuban is a very outspoken man, and when he gets riled up, players, referees, coaches and analysts can become targets of his verbal wrath.
Whether or not he's in the right is beside the point for Cuban; he's merely concerned with getting his point across and hoping that he doesn't end up facing the same problem twice.
His constant courtside presence will be a staple at Mavericks games for years, as will his screaming, yelling and habitual tantrums.
It's annoying, it's bothersome, it's nothing but Mark Cuban.
7. Major League Baseball
Mark Cuban made a bid to buy the Chicago Cubs back in 2008, but it was made well known that the squadron of old-school MLB owners, combined with the incompetent fist of Bud Selig, would never let that happen.
Cuban's feud with Major League Baseball never really got off the ground, although you could tell that he was openly frustrated that he was never given a chance to expand his reach in the sports world.
It's been more of Cuban shrugging at a fading league rather than him kicking and screaming to get what he wants.
Along the way, Cuban has made attempts to buy the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers, although Nolan Ryan outbid him on the Rangers, and Cuban found the deal for the Dodgers to be nothing short of ridiculous.
Cuban expressed interest in buying into the New York Mets, but only if they approached him, rather than the other way around.
6. Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons is one of the most opinionated columnists out there, and his views on basketball are always the most well thought-out and shared. When he tosses out a tweet, chances are whomever it's about will find out about it as some of his millions of followers retweet him.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Simmons had a few specifically pointed opinions on the dismantling and impending downfall of the Dallas Mavericks, to which Cuban took offense.
The Mavs had let Tyson Chandler leave back before the 2012 season, and as they tried to put things back together with Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, Simmons took a few jabs.
@sportsguy33. They next smart personnel comment you mae will be your first— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 16, 2012
@mcuban I loved your Tyson Chandler trade, and I thought it was dumb when you let him leave. There's two.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 16, 2012
Of course, the notion of this as a feud was given a bit more credence because of Cuban's comments on an episode of The B.S. Report a few months prior (via Ball Don't Lie).
Cuban began telling the story of how he'd almost fired a Mavs employee for encouraging Dallas fans to do the wave. Cuban hates the wave. "I'd rather have 60 minutes of Kiss Cam," he said, to laughs. Simmons has long been on record as being a fan of the Kiss Cam [...] and piped up in favor of it. "I like the Kiss Cam," Simmons said.
"That's because you and your boyfriend are always on it," Cuban spat.
5. Donald Trump
Mark Cuban's recent Internet-fueled feud is nothing more than ridiculous posturing between two billionaires, both of whom are arguing about nothing.
In Cuban's defense (for once), this one is all on Trump.
The origins of this one are rooted all the way back in 2004 when Cuban hosted a The Apprentice-like show called The Benefactor that completely tanked. Cuban read a letter from Trump after the show's cancellation on The Tonight Show last week.
I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor -- little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you. If you ever decide to do another show, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand.
Cuban jokingly went on, saying, "Can I just say, Donald, how's that working out for you now?"
Trump reacted in the only way he knows how completely ridiculously.
I watched Mark Cuban on Jay Leno last night - what a jerk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2013
.@mcuban has less TV persona thanany other person I can think of. He’s an arrogant, crude, dope who met some very stupid people...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2013
I love watching dummy @mcuban promote on ok show named Shark Tank—but he is just a small part of that show.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2013
. @realdonaldtrump Are you telling me I'm going to have to get a restraining order on you at some point ? & Thanks for watching .. again !— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) March 15, 2013
What a surprise, Trump doesn't like being the butt of a joke.
4. Point Guards Who Spurned Dallas
Mark Cuban has had a tiff or two with players over the years, but this year in particular has seen a pair of point guards get under his skin.
The biggest offender was Jason Kidd, at least initially, who was more or less expected to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks and retire with the team. Obviously, that didn't happen.
I thought he (Kidd) was coming (back). I was pissed.
J-Kidd's a big boy, he can do whatever he wants. But you don't change your mind like that. I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but as of right now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters.
I like J-Kidd. He's a good guy. But I just thought that was wrong. You can't put a guy's number in the rafters when he decides he doesn't want to be there.
All he did was start at point guard for the only championship team in Dallas' history and play there on two different occasions, but that's fine.
More recently, Cubes has been upset with Derek Fisher's decision to return to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder after he asked the Mavericks to release him back in December.
Mark Cuban on Derek Fisher's return to Dallas: "I'll just boo him like hopefully everybody else."— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 17, 2013
That's not quite as harsh as telling Kidd that he's not getting his number retired, but it's a grudge nonetheless.
3. Kenyon Martin
Perhaps the most infamous player that Cuban ever had a feud with was Kenyon Martin, back in his days with the Denver Nuggets.
Cuban attended a Mavericks-Nuggets game back in 2009, and at one point he approached Martin's mother and let her know that her son was a "thug."
The next day Cuban took to his blog, apologizing to Martin's mother, but that definitely wasn't enough for Martin himself, and it shouldn't have been.
Apparently before that apology was posted and the Mavericks beat the Nuggets in their only win of that particular series, Martin had a few words for Cuban, and he took to reporters after the loss to air his frustrations.
He’s a coward. He couldn’t face it… You all read the only apology that he's made (on his blog)… The world got to see it before the person who it was meant for got to see it. That tells you how that goes. I ain’t never known nobody apology to somebody through other people.
The two made some comments back and forth through the media, and Martin was even feeling the effects into the following season, but the damage between the two was done, and the world saw how ugly Cuban could get if he was feeling frisky.
2. NBA Officials
Mark Cuban has a tendency to hate NBA referees—that much is obvious.
It seems that we get three or four good instances per year of Cuban lashing out against referees, publicly criticizing them and subsequently getting slapped with a huge fine.
Cuban's frustrations came to a head back in January when he took to Twitter to get some advice on how to fix the NBA's officiating problems.
Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 6, 2013
The old scab-picker was given a $50,000 fine for his troubles, and that was that.
Putting the cherry on top for Cuban, however, has to be the fact that he completely dominated the referee IQ game at the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
I'm sure David Stern was thrilled about that one.
1. David Stern
David Stern and Mark Cuban are complete foes.
Stern is the face of control, the face of structure and support in the NBA, wanting to not only control the league, but also to set it up so that it can control itself.
Cuban is the face of anarchy. A laissez-faire attitude toward controlling teams, owners, player movement, everything.
The two have butted heads many times over the course of their tenure in the NBA, with Cuban racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines at a time, including a $250,000 knock on his wallet following his criticism of the officiating in the 2006 NBA Finals.
For all of the hate between the two men, Cuban seems to realize the good that he's done for the league, commenting on Stern's legacy after he retires (via ESPN):
Like I told the board of governors, I anticipate saving a lot of money going forward. No, it won't be the same going forward without David. David has his stamp ... has left his imprint ingrained in everything about the NBA, so certainly there's going to be a transition.
It seems as if the relationship between Stern and Cuban is something like that of the relationship between Ron Burgundy and Wes Mantooth.