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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Mark Cuban Call Phil Jackson Jeanie Buss' "Boy-Toy"
What would an NBA season be without a few choice comments from two of the leagues most vocal and media friendly personalities? Per this story on ESPN, Dallas Mavericks owner didn't take too kindly to some comments made by the Lakers head coach Phil Jackson regarding Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury.
"He just leaves a vacuum that's going to be very hard for them to fill," Jackson said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Cuban was reportedly optimistic about the injury but was a little more candid when referring to Jackson, who has been dating Jerry Buss' daughter and Lakers VP of Business Operations Jeanie Buss:
"I love that Jeanie Buss' boy-toy had something to say about us," Cuban said while sweating on the stair-stepping machine in the Mavs' workout room. "I don't know if it was his thought or Jeanie's thought, but it's nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams."
Cuban declined to offer his opinion on the two-time defending champion Lakers, who have hit a rough patch with four losses in six games.
"I don't have a take on his team," Cuban said with a smirk. "I like Jeanie."
Shots fired? I say yes, but in a playful manner. Jackson is notorious for making comments during the course of the season to get under his competition's skin, and Cuban has never been considered bashful in his own right.
Cuban's comments may be nothing more than friendly jabs at Jackson, and this wouldn't be the first time the two have had tiffs in the media. And with the Lakers recent struggles, maybe Jackson should be more worried about the state of his own team than the misfortunes of the Mavericks.