There was a time where Mark Cuban thought his biggest mistake was letting Steve Nash leave the Mavericks via free agency. He has now changed that opinion, as he now believes that his worst mistake is acquiring Lamar Odom in 2011, as he isn’t that far off by that statement as well.
In 50 games with the Mavericks, Odom averaged 6.6 points with 4.2 rebounds per game as Odom clearly wasn’t a fit with the Mavericks, which is also what Mark Cuban is most likely saying.
#Mavs owner Mark Cuban said acquiring Lamar Odom in 2011 "was by far the worst'' personnel move he's ever made.
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) March 23, 2015
Coming off of their championship season in 2010-2011 by getting their revenge on the Miami Heat, the Mavericks of course were hungry for more. They have not been past the 2nd round in the playoffs since then, which of course might have added some fuel to this statement by Cuban. We also can’t forget their augment back in those days too.
The argument started over Odom being late to a Mavericks game versus the Blazers, in which Cuban decided it was best for the two sides to part ways.
“Well, yeah,” Cuban said when asked whether that argument was the final straw. “Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. You guys saw it, saw what we did. It didn’t work.
“And I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not? Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end.”
“We hope it’s addition by subtraction”, Cuban said on originally back in 2012 on Odom leaving Dallas. Just put him in the Tariq Abdul-Wahad category and move on.”
“Did I get my money’s worth? No,”Mark Cuban said. “I don’t know that the word’s ‘cheated.’ But did I get my money’s worth? No.”
Lamar Odom, however, has said that he would apologize to Mark Cuban for his days in Dallas if he gets the chance too.
“Guilty? No, no, no,” Lamar Odom said when asked if he felt that way about how his season in Dallas ended. “It happens.
“See what someone says, I can’t see what’s in your heart and in your mind or what you’re thinking,” Odom said. “So I can say, ‘F— that garbage can,’ but I love it. And you wouldn’t ever know, because every time I come up to you I say, ‘F— that garbage can,’ you know what I’m saying?
“That would be a conversation for me and Mark to have, just me and Mark.”
“At the end of the day, I’m happy or I’m in the pursuit of happiness,” Odom said. “You know what I’m saying? So I wouldn’t really waste my energy not to like someone. Everybody here treated me fair.”
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