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Image of Mark Cuban's Frustration with Mavericks Is GIF That Keeps on Giving

Jan 20, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts in the fourth quarter of a game between the Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 24, 2014

Mark Cuban was none too pleased with the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, as evidenced by this priceless GIF that should see heavy rotation around the Internet. 

A tip of the hat to The Brooklyn Game's Devin Kharpertian (h/t Next Impulse Sports) for a GIF that features what Khapertian calls the Cuban "struggle face."

We think you will agree: 

GIF Credit: The Brooklyn Game

Why was Cuban was so grumpy on an otherwise fine Sunday evening? It's because his Mavericks were about to drop a game to the Brooklyn Nets in overtime after losing a double-digit second-half lead.

Dallas was up by as many as 14 points in the game and led Brooklyn by four with 44 seconds left in regulation. Two free throws from Paul Pierce and a driving layup by Joe Johnson knotted the game at 91, however, and the Nets outscored the Mavericks 16-13 in overtime.

"We just had too many lapses tonight," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after the game. "A lot of them were on innocent plays when we had a lead, but, you know, in a one-possession game, those things come back to you."

Meanwhile, we imagine Cuban was off somewhere foaming at the mouth and ripping his own shirt to shreds. 

Not that it would take much to set off an owner who has been a bit of a curmudgeon lately. Before Sunday's game, Cuban spoke with reporters about the NFL, slamming the league for its hog-like ways.

Thankfully, ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon noted the best part: 

I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule number one of business.

Cuban also recently offered his assessment on the Los Angeles Lakers' future. Spoiler alert: He isn't a fan. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has this from the Mavericks owner: 

Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers. I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss, so that’s tough to replace.

I don’t think people realize just how good of an owner Jerry was. I looked up to him a lot. Absolutely. So I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers.

Leave it to Cuban to find a way to admire Dr. Buss and slam the Lakers in one masterful quote. 

So Cuban has been just a tad bit of a Negative Nancy lately. Losing a lead late and dropping a game in overtime was bound to get him to pout. 

However, it seems he was just in the right mood to deliver what has to be the most adorable image of a billionaire throwing a tantrum. 

Knowing Cuban, we haven't seen the last of such antics nor have we heard the last of his opinions. We wouldn't want it any other way. 

 

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