Cuban: Sixers fans will be tankful in the end

Posted: March 26, 2014

LAST WEEK, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban addressed tanking, saying that NBA commissioner Adam Silver was wrong to deny it exists.

"No one thinks it doesn't exist, it's just a question of whether or not it's effective," Cuban told CBSSports.com's Matt Moore. "And when so many teams tank in one conference, it's not effective."

Cuban was talking, of course, of the Eastern Conference, where tanking has become a competitive sport.

Which brings us to the Sixers, who have dropped 25 straight games. They need just two more to break the NBA's all-time mark set by the Cavs in 2010-11.

But not to worry.

Yesterday, in an email to the Daily News, Cuban said it might all work out.

"You won't remember this season if you get a superstar in the draft," Cuban wrote. "And [Sixers] fans will be thrilled."

Maybe so.

Switching gears, what Cuban isn't thrilled about is the NFL.

On Sunday night, before the Mavericks' overtime loss to the Nets, Cuban addressed a group of reporters about the NFL's plan to play more games on weekdays.

"They're trying to take over every night of TV," Cuban said. "Initially, it'll be, 'Yeah, they're the biggest-rating thing that there is.' OK, Thursday, that's great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you're impacting colleges. Now it's on 4 days a week. It's all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.

"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 No. 1 of business."

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