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Mark Cuban calls Kings ‘dysfunctional’

Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 14: Owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban (L) laughs with owner of the Sacramento Kings Gavin Maloof during an NBA game at ARCO Arena January 14, 2008 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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I know the Kings were dysfunctional last season. You know the Kings were dysfunctional last season.

But it reaches another level when a rival owner says it.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on ESPN Radio 103.3 on Seth Curry, whom Dallas signed this summer, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News:

A dysfunctional team in Sacramento at the end of the year he played team ball. He struggled some to stick within kind of a dysfunctional system. But when he got the minutes and when he started he put up great numbers.

Perhaps, Sacramento escaped its dysfunction by firing George Karl and hiring Dave Joerger.

But there are signs of the dysfunction remaining.

Owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac remain in place, and they seem to drive many of the Kings’ problems. The coaching change might help, but Sacramento must address its bigger issues to really make a difference.

Meanwhile, teams like Dallas will take advantage. As Cuban said, Curry looked good in a bad environment – and I’d much rather have Curry than Garrett Temple, whom the Kings signed as a replacement guard. That swap was not a sign of progress in Sacramento.