Mark Cuban admits Mavericks tanked after missing playoffs

Mark Cuban admits Mavericks tanked after missing playoffs

Nerlens Noel thought he was done with tanking.

Noel helped the Sixers turn the corner last season. They went 10-5 in January and for a split-second were able to daydream about the playoffs.

Then on Feb. 23, Noel was dealt to Dallas. Five weeks later, when the Trail Blazers beat the Suns on April 1, the Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs.

And then they tanked.

"Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games," owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show.

The Mavs actually won their next game before losing five in a row and ending their season with a victory over Memphis.

How exactly did they tank?

"You play all your young players," Cuban said.

That's it though. There wasn't a memo, as Patrick asked, that went out to everyone.

"No no," Cuban said. "Once a guy walks on the court, they're going to play their heart out. Particularly the young guys, because they have something to prove."

The Mavericks finished with the ninth-worst record (33-49) in the league and didn't move in Tuesday night's lottery. They were represented by former swingman and current executive Michael Finley. 

Cuban did not attend, and don't expect to see him at the lottery anytime soon.

"Yeah, (I went) one time, and I said I'd never do it again," he said. "Honestly, my thoughts were, this is the losers circle, and I never wanted to be back. We didn't hit the lottery again for 15 years."

Does the lottery system work?

"Not as well as it should," he said. "There aren't a whole lot of alternatives. ... Until you come up with a better solution, that's what we got."

Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

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Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

Chris Long knows how it feels to win a high-stakes game as an underdog. 

On Friday night, Long experienced what it's like to suffer a devastating loss to an underdog.

Long's alma mater, Virginia, entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but the Cavaliers are bowing out of the Big Dance much earlier than expected. 

Virginia was not only upset by No. 16-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County, but blown out by the Retrievers, 74-54. UMBC, which was a 20.5-point underdog, became the first No. 16 seed ever to take down a No. 1 seed. Until Friday, No. 16 seeds were 0-135 in the tournament. 

The Eagles' defensive end seemed to be taking the loss just as you would expect.

While Long couldn't appreciate the impressive upset effort, fellow underdog Lane Johnson certainly did.

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Veteran defensive end Vinny Curry has been released by the Eagles in a cap-saving measure, and he made sure to let Philadelphia know how special it was to be part of the team that gave the city its first Super Bowl title.

He posted this emotional tribute on Instagram, which details his long history with Philadelphia. Curry was a lifelong Eagles fan from New Jersey, so it was particularly special for him to bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

This is what he posted on his official Instagram page.

Who would’ve thought a small town boy from Neptune, NJ who grew up an Eagles fan, would’ve been drafted to his favorite team and win his and the teams first Super Bowl Championship! All Gods Plan! Philadelphia, Thank You! Thank you fans for opening your arms and taking me in as one of your own! This has been a dream come true for me to have the ability to play for my dream team and bring the Lombardi trophy home to you all! Thank you to the entire Eagles organization, coaching staff and my teammates, MY BROTHERS! UNDERDOGS! Without you guys, none of this would’ve been possible! I love you all from the bottom of my heart! I am humbled by this opportunity and can’t be more proud to call myself an Eagle for life! This experience has been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait to see what the future now holds for me. Thank You Philly!

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Curry and the Eagles failed to agree to a pay cut, but it looks like there will be no bad blood between Philly and Flee. In the post he thanks the team, coaches and fans while staying positive about his future.

We’re not crying, it’s just dusty in here.