In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports, Mavs owner Mark Cuban is responding to some incendiary comments from his superstar Dirk Nowitzki regarding the club's future and it's plan to acquire a "big fish."
"Dirk," Cuban tells us, "gets annoyed with our team every year. He uses his annoyance as motivation... Dirk gets upset when we go through a tough period. Always has."
Cuban's plan to pursue financial flexibility amidst a changing NBA landscape seems to be drawing more criticism than ever, especially as the memories of the club's 2011 NBA championship fade and the realities of waiting on another run plague this 13-22 team on a nightly basis.
Since Cuban's decision of almost 13 months ago to react to the new CBA by not re-signing Tyson Chandler and others, Dallas is 49-52 in the regular season and has not won a playoff game since Game 6 of the 2011 Finals.
"It's going to be tough now," Nowitzki was heard to say on KESN over the weekend. "I always liked to think you don't want ...