I'm no big fan of Mark Cuban. He's one of those guys who thinks a pile of money confers wisdom, and the inherent right to share that wisdom with the rest of us, whether we want to hear it or not.
But I have to say this: What exactly did he do to incur a $100,000 fine from the NBA for violating its anti-tampering rule?
What he did, apparently, was answer a question posed to him by CNNMoney.com about whether he'd be interested in signing LeBron James, who's a free agent as of July 1. Cuban answered the question thusly:
"Come July 1st, 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, hoping he will, which is say, 'I'm not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,' if he decides to leave -- there's still a better chance he stays -- then he'll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance."
Can anyone tell me how anything he said constitutes "tampering?"
And, yes, OK, so he knew the rule, which prohibits anyone from talking publicly about James until he's officially a free agent. But, come on, now. Merely saying he'd be interested is tampering? How, exactly?
As far as I know, he hasn't contacted LeBron or LeBron's people. That would be tampering. Merely saying he'd be interested is simply acknowledging what everyone already knows.
Sorry. I don't get it.