Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cuban: Prokhorov could use a drink

Fans of the Brooklyn Nets aren't the only ones who could use a cold beer or seven, at least according to Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire entertainment mogul Mark Cuban.

According to ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon, Cuban had the following to say when asked if he had any advice for Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov:

"Drink more? I don't know."

Cuban's remarks came after comments he had made about the Nets' abysmal 5-13 start to the 2013-14 season. The Mavericks owner called the Nets a "superteam," but not in the good way. Prokhorov will pay out $190 million in payroll and luxury tax.

"You get stuck," Cuban said.

Stuck, indeed. The Nets will pay $33.4 million to Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry this year, plus luxury tax. All three of these former Celtics have either underwhelmed, been injured, or been an outright liability this season, and Garnett and Terry are signed through next season.

This situation is exactly what Cuban said he has feared. Cuban famously endured criticism after deciding to blow up the team after their championship in 2011 in an attempt to create some breathing room under the salary cap. The move is now paying off, as the Mavericks are back in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference with a 12-8 record.

This contrasts deeply with what the Nets have done in recent offseasons, acquiring the massive contracts of Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and now the trio from Boston. The Nets were the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, but are a far cry from even the eighth seed this season.

Cuban also compared the Nets to the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers, who infamously endured a tumultuous season after acquiring center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash in the offseason.

The squad suffered through injuries to its older stars and chemistry issues with everyone else, marring the franchise's credibility as a title contender and becoming the laughingstock of basketball for a while.

Now, there's a new laughingstock in the NBA, and it's on the east coast this season. That's according to New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, as reported by ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.

The two "laughingstocks of the league" will square off against each other tonight at Barclays Center: the 5-13 Brooklyn Nets and the 3-13 New York Knicks will play in a game that Grantland's Zach Lowe has dubbed the "Toilet Bowl."

Who will be flushed away tonight? Let us know in the comments.

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