Remember a week ago when we thought an owner openly admitting his team is better off losing was a huge story? Silly us. Questionable integrity on the basketball court is one thing, a bad thing. But the Mavericks managed to dwarf owner Mark Cuban's mistake during an interview with the great Julius Erving about tanking the rest of the season with the Sports Illustrated investigative piece about improper conduct in the workplace. Questionable integrity in real life with sexual harassment in the workplace is another thing - a far worse thing. With the tanking, Cuban could have just let his team's play speak for itself and accomplished the same thing as he did in the Erving interview. Coach Rick Carlisle said before Friday night's 124-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that "we don't have a great basketball team here. But we do have guys with competitive integrity that have played hard the entire season and are going to continue to play hard. And we're going to win some games down the stretch." His team did not back him up on that assertion in the first game back from the All-Star break when they fell behind 23-5. But 23 games remain, so we'll see. But the bigger issue remains the front-office scandal that has led to an independent investigation that could reveal how much Cuban knew and when he knew it or might show how much the investigation actually uncovered 20 years ago into then-president and CEO Terdema Ussery regarding female employees alleging improper sexual conduct in the workplace.
The fallout of the sexual harassment claims against the Mavs continues while players try to get back to basketball
Sports Day | Feb 25