Mark Cuban fined yet again by the NBA

5/22/10 in NBA   |   Scott   |   52039 respect

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 dollars by the NBA for comments about free agent to be Lebron James, a direct violation of the league's tampering rules.  Cuban made the comments after being asked a question about whether the Mavs would be interested in the player. 

Cuban's response was "Come July 1, yeah, of course. Anybody would be interested in LeBron James and if he leaves via free agency, then it's going to be tough. If he does like I'm guessing ... which is say 'I'm not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,' then he'll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance"

I'm a huge Mark Cuban fan and I understand rules are rules but where exactly is the tampering?  It's no secret that everybody in the NBA would like to have Lebron James on there team.  Hell, the New York Knicks have been clearing cap room for the last year for the impending free agency of James yet havent been fined.  To me, tampering means making an attempt to woo a player away while they are still under deal with another team.  Cuban stated the obvious and in return, the NBA jumped the gun....no doubt because of the past run ins between Cuban and David Stern
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