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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is back in the headlines on Wednesday after he revealed that he hopes the Los Angeles Lakers “suck forever”.
The Lakers improved to 2-9 on Tuesday night after their road win over the Atlanta Hawks, but it didn’t help them avoid the worst start to a season in franchise history and Cuban appears to revelling in it.
Speaking on “The Fred Roggin Show” on The Beast 980, a radio station in Los Angeles, Cuban was asked for his opinion on how teams are constructed in the current NBA era, specifically the Lakers.
“As far as the Lakers,” Cuban said, “I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are going to be focusing and saying, ‘Look, I’ve got a ton of cap room, free agents A, B and C, why don’t you guys come together and come play for me?’ And L.A. has always been considered a destination, so maybe they feel there’s a valid strategy. You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”
It’s not the first time that Cuban has made such a statement, as he revealed the same hope ahead of the 2012/13 season opener with Dwight Howard making his debut for the franchise.
The Mavs owner insisted on that occasion that he didn’t really care if Howard was going to be a success in La La Land, and that he “just hoped they sucked like any other team”.
Despite getting Nick Young back from injury on Tuesday, it is expected to be a long and hard season for the Lakers who have Kobe Bryant firing them along with 27.4 points per game as he joined the 32,000 points club in the win over the Hawks.