DALLAS _ Mark Cuban said the fact that a big deal has been made about him yelling at forward Lamar Odom during this past Tuesday's 95-85 win over the New York Knicks is a sad commentary about the sports writing business in New York City.
This is the one-liner New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola had in his Wednesday story about an exchange between Cuban and Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom during the Mavs-New York Knicks game.
"Lamar Odom exchanged words with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who was upset over the forward's failure to hustle,'' wrote Isola.
Both Cuban and Odom took exception to the remark.
"Frank did what all nyc media does,'' Cuban said today via e-mail. "He tries to create a story where there is none.''
Odom, who felt Cuban's wrath after he didn't hustle back up the court on a play, took to his Twitter account to voice his opinion.
"Me and Marc Cuban are cool!,'' wrote Odom. "Frank u can't lie 4 a story. Unethical bro.''
Cuban yells at his players so much during games that no one hardly pays attention any more. Everyone from Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Shawn Bradley, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Erick Dampier, etc., has gotten an earful.
And it's never going to stop. That's just how passionate Cuban is about his team and his players.
With Cuban, he'll yell at his players one minute, and then give him an encouraging pat on the back the next minute.
"I always loudly encourage all my guys,'' Cuban said. "No one hasn't gotten a dose of energy from me.''
-- Dwain Price
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