(DALLAS) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is at it again. This time he is lighting a fire under the Los Angeles Lakers moves this summer and whether or not they will pay off in big dividends.
“The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe (Bryant) and Shaq (O’Neal) were all together, and it didn’t work,” Cuban said Monday, referring to the 2003-04 Lakers, who lost in the Finals, when introducing his team’s acquisitions to the media and season-ticket holders. “It takes great chemistry. …It takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.”
For Cuban, it’s about the games on the court and what happens in the regular season.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Cuban continued. “Look, they’re going to have a great team, but I remember when we made our run, we weren’t supposed to win any series. Remember the Lakers were the defending champs, and we swept them and they had everybody back.
“A lot of teams do a great job of winning the summer, but I never get so antsy about what happens over the summer. I just want to know what happens during the season. As long as we keep on getting better and we’re healthy going into the playoffs, then anything can happen.”
Cuban also voiced the same sentiments towards the Brooklyn Nets and their summer additions. The Mavericks biggest moves this offseason have been O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand.
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