Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/9/12
Mark Cuban was too busy on the Los Angeles set of his TV show "Shark Tank" to come to a July meeting with then-free agent Deron Williams in New York, costing the Dallas Mavericks any chance of landing him, according to the Brooklyn Nets point guard. Williams had two teams in mind when he become a free agent this summer — his hometown Mavericks and his previous team, the Nets. Cuban's absence from the important meeting insulted Williams so much, it swayed his decision to stay with the Nets. Call it the Cuban Missing Crisis. For Williams, the snub brought back unpleasant memories of his college recruitment."Of course (Cuban's absence influenced me)," Williams revealed Monday. "My top four when I was coming out of high school was Illinois, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Maryland. "Maryland told me they wanted me to come on a visit but Gary Williams wouldn't be there. So I told them, "It's OK. I'd rather not go." So that was that. It's similar." Williams said he had a lot of question...
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