When Derek Fisher played in Dallas last night, he was received with boos from Maverick’s fans –and the owner. Mark Cuban joined the booing fans admittedly annoyed with Fisher for leaving the Mavericks only to return to the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“My personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about, even if it didn’t turn out to be that way,” Cuban said. “So I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually when you help somebody, you expect at least some semblance of loyalty back. When you don’t get it, then it’s more disappointing. With his history, I shouldn’t have been surprised what happened.”
Fisher asked to be released from the Mavericks because he allegedly missed his family. Then, two months after his release, he signed with the Thunder, unleashing the wrath of Cuban.
“I’ll just boo him like hopefully everybody else,” Cuban said before the game.
Well that didn’t seem to bother Fisher who took Cuban’s criticism as a compliment:
“I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and does in terms of this team,” Fisher told the Dallas Morning News. “I take [Cuban’s criticism] more as a positive thing than a negative. He saw some value I provided and would like to still have me here. But as far as long term for me, I don’t have any issues with Mark, and hopefully one day, we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.”
Well, I don’t think they’ll be laughing together anytime soon.
“He’s got a point there,” Cuban said. “But that doesn’t change what he did and how he did it. It’s not so much what he did. It’s how he did it.”
Maybe, but I think Mark should get over it. I can appreciate his passion, but anything more that that seems childish.
The Thunder won 107-101.
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