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NBA, Video / May 11, 2009 / 10:16 am

Mark Cuban Calls Kenyon Martin A ‘Thug’

Just as Mark Cuban started to storm on the court after Carmelo Anthony‘s game-winning three, he gave an innocent camera man a completely unnecessary one-handed shove (check 2:25 mark on video). And now he’s the one who is calling Kenyon Martin a ‘thug.’

Even though K-Mart was the guy who was trying to calm things down – he and Jerry Stackhouse looked like they came to an understanding at center court – Cuban insulted Martin, not to his face, but to his mom.

Cuban told the Denver newspaper by e-mail that as he walked off the court after the Mavericks’ Saturday night loss in Dallas, he saw Martin’s mother, Lydia Moore, as a fan was yelling that the Nuggets were “thugs.”

“That includes your son,” Cuban said to Moore, according to his e-mail to The Post.

Martin’s agent Brian Dyke said that Cuban was a bit more direct at Ms. Moore, saying “Your son is a punk.”

What did K-Mart do to deserve that? Dirk told the media that he didn’t think the foul which earned Martin a $25,000 fine earlier this series was ‘thuggish’ despite such accusations. (That was the second time that he’d been called that after Joe Maloof said so when Kenyon clipped Spencer Hawes going to the rack.) If Antoine Wright makes a greater overture in fouling Carmelo Anthony, would it have made Martin any less of a ‘thug’ or ‘punk’ in Cuban’s mind?

Dallas should have won the game. Blowing it at the last second had nothing to do with Martin. When Cuban pulls stunts like these, he’s the one who looks like a real punk.

Source: ESPN

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  • Big Island

    Cuban is a cock. The Dirk foul wasn’t even bad.

  • James BS

    Its really sad when an owner tries to overshadow the team…al davis does it in football and mark cuban does it in the nba…seriously cuban….sit up in the luxury box like the other owners and enjoy your product…its not their fault the nuggets are a better team…its yours

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Yea this guy does way to much. He always wants some type of lime-light. Dude has some issues with not being recognized or something cause he is always trying to make himself seen.

    The foul on Dirk shouldn’t even be in discussion cause that is over. This is a guy who is just really mad, because no matter his coaching moves, player moves he is still without a ring.

    I don’t like this guy and I wonder if he is a racist sometimes but that is on a whole nother level and story. First he is all on JR Smith and now Kenyon. He should be more focused on helping Dirk get past his problems, keeping his other players out of problems and convincing another player other than Dirk and Jason to be a problem (On the court consistently). It’s amazing this guy is even rich.

  • Flip

    I think Dirk once said that Mark Cubans antics benefit the Mavs opponents, since the refs hear Cubans comments, too…

    Speaking of Dirk.. whats up Dime, still no post on Dirk’s fiancée being arrested from his home…

  • pistonsfan

    Honestly, the refs didn’t rob the Mavs. Can’t believe how people ignore the fact the Mavs got several calls going their way during the game, and late in the game as well (off the top of my head: Terry flopped and got rewarded with two free-throws). So the Mavs don’t have any excuse to complain about game 3. They had their chances and blew them all, not to mention Dirk and his teammates missing several shots and free-throws in crunch time.

    And really, Wright should’ve fouled Melo quickier (why did it take him so much?) and harder than that. He merely bumped him and, honestly, if I were the ref I wouldn’t have blown the whistle myself. Not to mention that Wright raised his hands, which is like saying “ref, I didn’t touch him, please don’t call a foul”. And the Mavs should have informed the refs that they were intentioned to foul the Nuggets, which is what teams usually do in those situations.

    Bottom line. The Mavs have no excuses and nobody robbed them. Look at the whole picture and not just the no-call at the end.

  • pistonsfan

    Honestly, the refs didn’t rob the Mavs. Can’t believe how people ignore the fact the Mavs got several calls going their way during the game, and late in the game as well (off the top of my head: Terry flopped and got rewarded with two free-throws). So the Mavs don’t have any excuse to complain about game 3. They had their chances and blew them all, not to mention Dirk and his teammates missing several shots and free-throws in crunch time.

    And really, Wright should’ve fouled Melo quickier (why did it take him so much?) and harder than that. He merely bumped him and, honestly, if I were the ref I wouldn’t have blown the whistle myself. Not to mention that Wright raised his hands, which is like saying “ref, I didn’t touch him, please don’t call a foul”. And the Mavs should have informed the refs that they were intentioned to foul the Nuggets, which is what teams usually do in those situations.

    Bottom line. The Mavs have no excuses and nobody robbed them. Look at the whole picture and not just the no-call at the end.

  • Gerard

    I might not like him, but I don’t think race plays a role.

  • k-smooth

    man mark needs to stay out of it just because his team is soft doesnt mean he needs to go whining to players moms, what an ass

  • dmitry of jersey

    the real punk is Dirk, who keeps getting pushed around and for some inexplicable reason defends K-Mart.

  • Ian

    Cuban is a douche but i dont understand why players try to come off as thugs feel insulted when someone calls them thugs. If the mavs best player feels cuban is a distraction cuban needs to shut the fuck off.

  • E. Marcel

    Stay classy Mark Cuban

  • http://www.myspace.com/beenobrown BERN BROGDEN

    Let’s see…
    JET punches FINLEY’S balls for no reason at all…
    KIDD takes a hit at his WIFE…
    J-HO takes a hit of the DRO…
    DIRK houses FUGITIVES OF THE LAW…
    And Mark??? Didn’t the FEDS charge him with INSIDER TRADING?

    Yeah, I know exactly who the thugs are, Mark.
    LOL

    KMART needs to get that damn smooch tat off his neck. That is definitely NOT thug.

  • fallinup

    Bitching about a player to his Moms is beyond low. It’s plain wrong.

    Cuban should not be allowed anywhere near the floor anymore during games. Period.

  • walli

    I’m a Denver fan but, as a fan I understand if you say something about the opposing team or to a fan of the opposing team, you have to expect something back. So Lydia, sorry, but you’re no different.

  • bsteezy3

    Yeah, Cuban talking smack to someone’s mom is a definite no-no. Bet he won’t say that crap to Kenyon…Cuban’s being a sore loser (as usual). Last year, I used to say that “thug” is the new “N-Word”.

  • Big Shot BOB

    Yeah everyone knows Cuban has his panties in a bunch because he will never win not in a million years with Dirk as his best player. Not with what he’s put around him. Like Kenny Smith said the other day “since Yao is so soft the Rockets surrounded him with pitbulls.” You have to do the same thing with Dirk either find him some tuff guys (thugs) or send him to the Wizard for some heart.

    In all honesty I think it’s over for the cowardly lion in Dallas. I say Mark Cuban take my advice and send him to Phoenix for Stat. Playing next to Shaq will hide how soft he is and Nash knows how to get Dirk the ball where he’ll be most effective. Not to mention the fact that they will run the floor a little more instead of the half court offense that Carlisle plays. Cuban gets a pitbull in Amare next to Kidd and Josh Howard. Also Kenyon Martin won’t intimidate Stat like his been doing to Dirk. Mark if your reading and you want to save your franchise DO IT!

  • doc

    Cuban really just mad that the Nuggets players are not on his team.Thats what it is.

  • rlf

    he is a thug, one of the biggest the nba has. he has always been that way, but dallas hasn’t figure out how to handle denver. just make them mad and all of them will crack.

    the celtics are arrogant…the denver nuggets are thugs.

  • baron von faulk

    Kenyon’s mom shoulda slapped Cuban so hard he got a handprint tattoo across his face

  • Brown

    There’s no way any self-respecting man would ever go up to another man’s mother and talk shit to her face (especially around Mother’s Day for frig’s sake). That’s beyond crossing the line. K-Mart should literally go up to Cuban and smack the shit out of him.

    David Stern needs to step in and put a muzzle on Cuban. This is the NBA, not the WWE. Stick this clown up in a box.

  • Steve

    Cuban should have never got rid of Steve Nash. They would have won at least one NBA title. Also, Cuban must be crazy to smart off to Martin’s mom! Are you kidding me? Martin would smoke Cuban!

  • Sccob

    I’m with Brown. No e-thuggery here, but there is no way you talk to my mother like that on any day. The coward should have mouthed off directly to Kenyon.

    Most of the fouls I’ve seen KMart give are soft. Go look at games from an old Knicks vs. Bulls series and compare. Look at how the old Bad Boys (RIP Chuck Daly) got busy. The NBA game that is played today is nothing compared to the glory days. And is it KMart’s fault that your team is a bunh of cupcakes? Remember, any team is as strong as its leader. Do the math Cube.

    I used to respect that man for being vocal for his team. SMH

  • JB

    you need to get over it. back up your accusations with facts you moron. It’s all hear say.

  • Lonman

    Idiots like cuban who think they deserve respect, will never get it. Grow up cuban!

  • rell

    Well it looks like K-Mart is going to handle this situation. K-Mart said no one talks to his mother and think they are going to get away with it. Here is the article on ESPN.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4158987

  • Diego

    Incredibly low class move by Cuban–totally uncalled for. What kind of a guy does this? Totally agree with Brown @ post 20.

    And I also believe the term “thug” these days has taken on derogitory racial connotations.

  • slim

    regardless of what is right or wrong in people’s eyes does not matter. Cuban didn’t threaten or touch anyone. There is a thing called freedom of speech.

  • baron von faulk

    Exercising freedom of speech is not the issue, nobody said he should be imprisoned for it. You can even publicly criticize a politician without repercussion, but doing it to his face would be way cooler than doing it to his mama.

    In any case, Mark “Massengill” Cuban elevated his douchebag status to astronomical heights with that little piss-ant maneuver.

  • baron von faulk

    And I’d tell that to his face and his Mama at the same time, sup?

  • baron von faulk

    Plus I don’t think people base their etiquette on the Constitution, guy. Nobody learns RESPECT from the Bill of Rights.