Mark Cuban is taking back his words about the tentative in-season tournament the NBA is considering.
The Mavericks owner said on a video circulated Friday that he “isn’t a fan” of the idea that could become a reality in the NBA as soon as 2023-2024.
“I can see the Mavs not participating at all or resting our best players, Cuban said in an interview with Landon Buford. “Until they give me a [Larry O’Brien Trophy]… the prize is the prize.”
Cuban backtracked from those comments after speaking with NBA reporter Marc Stein Saturdaysaying the tournament idea “has a chance to build interest” if it’s adopted in the coming seasons.
The NBA is tentatively planning on a midseason tournament that consists of eight teams advancing to a single-elimination round in December. The tourney would also be a part of the NBA squad’s regular 82-game campaigns.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in February the tournament stems from the success of the play-in tournament, which allows more teams to have a chance to make a bid for the playoffs.