Mark Cuban Thinks GSW Wounds Bleed Life Into the NBA
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is, naturally, delighted with the offseason demise of the Golden State Warriors dynasty.
Mark Cuban says that the fall of the Western Conference giants is exciting for the rest of the NBA. It will, he says, lead to a more level playing field which will become apparent this upcoming NBA season.
Speaking on the Kanell & Bell Podcast, Mark Cuban declared the Golden State Warriors ‘wide open’ after years of utter dominance.
Cuban won’t be the only NBA owner looking towards San Francisco and licking his lips. The Warriors lost Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingstone over the summer. The Western Conference, and by extension the postseason, will look different in 2020. More crucially for the rest of the NBA, it shows that any team can fall from grace eventually.
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“I think this summer, it really benefited the NBA,” Cuban said. “We went from the Warriors being a dynasty to being wide open.”
“The best way to judge that is our ticket sales. Last year, there were two teams that never played to an empty seat; whatever team LeBron was on or playing, and the Warriors don’t play to an empty seat anywhere in the league. Everybody else had to hustle to sell tickets. Now that’s different.”
Cuban believes that the trend will now lean towards having star duos on NBA teams, rather than superstar-stacked rosters.
“You’re going to have two stars on a lot of different teams,” he said.
“Now the Lakers, Warriors, Clippers, Bucks and Rockets might be a draw. So you’re going to have more teams that are able to sell more tickets and that’s going to benefit the entire NBA.”