Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Count Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban among the many who passed on Jeremy Lin.
Lin was released by the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in December, but Cuban said the Mavericks couldn’t have used him.
“No, not really because we have four point guards, five guards,” Cuban said before the Mavericks played the Knicks Sunday at MSG.
“The Knicks were smart to pick him up but we really had a brief conversation. But A) we didn’t have roster spots and we would’ve had to cut somebody and B) we have so many point guards that it would’ve been [difficult] for the long term.”
Still, Cuban said he enjoys Linsanity as the quintessential underdog story.
Just like Rocky Balboa.
“It’s Rocky versus Apollo Creed,” Cuban said. “The more Rocky opportunities we have, the more non-sports fans get involved.
“When you look at the NBA, you don’t see a Jeremy Lin popping to the top as Rocky, right, which is why Rocky was popular in the first place because that underdog story really has been great for us.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.