Mark Cuban responds to reported Luka Doncic feud with Mavericks front office: ‘Total bulls—’
Mark Cuban smoked The Athletic on Monday.
Reporters Tim Cato and Sam Amick released a report painting a less-than positive light on the Mavericks front office; the report indicates that star player Luka Doncic has issues with the team, specifically with executive Bob Voulgaris and the seeming inability to build a championship-contending team around him.
The Mavericks owner responded to the report on Twitter later in the day.
“Total bulls—,” Cuban’s tweet reads.
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He further seem to solidify an idea that the report — and the media — is trying to stir up drama within the Mavericks organization while the team is on the ascent.
???which is why the writer didn’t reach out to me till just before the opinion piece was published. And I never spoke to him till after it was posted i conveyed the facts to him then https://t.co/56lMBelEGV
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 14, 2021
The Athletic’s report says that Voulgaris has amassed so much power and influence within the organization despite his title — officially director of quantitative research and development — that he is the de facto second in command to Cuban.
Before landing in the Mavs front office, Voulgaris had developed a reputation as a prominent sports gambler. Voulgaris’ grating personality, The Athletic says, has caused discomfort within the Mavs front office and has strained the relationship with Doncic, with an incident during a game in February being the breaking point.
This isn’t the first time that a report has rubbed Cuban the wrong way: Earlier in the year, rumors surfaced that the Mavericks were planning to move on from Kristaps Porzingis this offseason, which Cuban denied.
While Doncic is positioned to sign a super-max deal with Dallas in the near future, all eyes are on the team to see whether Mavericks drama can be tamed.
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