Mark Cuban thinks Jeremy Lin can be another Steve Nash | Lin vs Wall 2010 Summer League
Billionaire Shark Mark Cuban was on CBS This Morning with Gayle King & Charlie Rose (thankfully not in his normal dark room for interviews) discussing a range of topics from spending close to $2million for “disagreeing with the refs” and Jeremy Lin who started his career with the Mavs where he “owned” John Wall in a Summer league game and had a career game against on national TV with a 28 point 14 assist game. Videos of both events below the interview.
King: You clearly have a passion for the team. There was a time when you were fined close to $2 million because you disagreed with the referee.
Cuban: That’s over a period of time, but I still get a little feisty.
King: You’re very outspoken, very passionate. Do you ever regret those outbursts on the court?
Cuban: No, not at all because I was just improving the product. That’s the goal.
King: Have you mellowed in time? Because one of your players said it should never be the owner. The owner shouldn’t eclipse the team.
Cuban: That was like six or seven years ago, but, yeah I’ve mellowed because I’ve had kids and that kind of changes your perspective. It used to be when I came home after I lost a game it would take me all day to get over it. Now, when a 3-year-old or 6-year-old climbs in your lap it changes your perspective. At the same time, I always looked at it in every business you always have to strive to be better and better and better every day. Just because it’s a visible sports team doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change. So, you can argue about my tactics but can’t argue about my intentions.
Rose: One basketball question. I’m doing a profile of Jeremy Lin. What do you think of Jeremy Lin?
Cuban: The Mavs were the first team to sign him as a free agent, and we loved him. He’s a kid that was fearless. He was obviously smart having got into Harvard. He was a lot more athletic than people expected. We really looked at him as a potential as another Steve Nash. We wanted to sign for summer league, wanted to sign him to a contract for the Mavs, but he wanted to go play close to home and he grew up in the Bay Area so he went to sign with the Golden State Warriors and the rest is history.
Rose: Can he be another Steve Nash?
Cuban: Yeah, he absolutely can. He’s that good. He’s got that type of talent. But, part of what made Steve Nash great, when Nash went from the Mavericks to the Suns and became MVP, it was a system that he just excelled at. So, Jeremy has got to play in the right environment with the right players and he can be a star.