Mark Cuban gets roasted on Twitter after Jalen Brunson leads Knicks to playoff upset
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks did not qualify for the playoffs in one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. A series of poor roster decisions piled up, but none looks bigger than letting Jalen Brunson walk in free agency last summer. The Mavs front office deserves all the blame as JB wanted to stay. They refused to offer an extension before it was too late. Then, again did not try to outbid the Knicks once he got to free agency.
Brunson was more than just the Mavericks' second-best player. He was their leader. The 6’1 guard always boosted morale with his “immaculate vibes”, and he just kept getting better. Brunson broke out in his fourth NBA season, and he took another step forward this year as he led the Knicks to the playoffs for just the second time in the last decade.
Brunson led the Knicks with 27 points in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, including the clutch bucket as New York pulled the upset in Cleveland. It was an incredible performance from JB, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was getting roasted on Twitter as his team sat at home watching.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gets roasted on Twitter after Jalen Brunson leads Knicks to playoff upset
Saturday’s performance should come as no surprise. Brunson averaged 24.0 points per game this season, and Mavericks fans saw him lift Dallas over Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs last season as Luka Doncic missed the first three games with a calf injury. Brunson was lights out on April 15 as the Knicks stole homecourt advantage from the Cavs.
Mavs owner Cuban has the final say in all the team’s decisions, and losing Brunson rests with him. He could have offered the four-year extension before last season. Cuban could have offered four years and $120 million last summer to try to persuade JB to stay in Dallas. Instead, he let him walk, and Twitter came after the Mavericks' boss on Saturday night.
The Dallas Mavericks are facing a crucial offseason that could determine if the franchise can keep Luka Doncic long-term. The organization fears he will request a trade if the roster does not improve, but the Mavs have limited assets. They must improve their defense, rebounding, and rim protection to be back in the playoffs next season, but can they do it?
What can owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs accomplish this summer? Stay tuned to find out.