Author: Dan Feldman

Mark Cuban: I’d beat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Obama Welcomes NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks To White House

Mark Cuban seemed to lose his mind a bit after DeAndre Jordan spurned the Mavericks to return the Clippers.

But you’ll be pleased to know the Mavericks owner’s ego remains as large as ever.

Eamon Javers of CNBC:

Asked whether he’d ever run for president, Cuban wrote: “I get asked every day. It’s a fun idea to toss around. If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”

This is the Mark Cuban who praised Donald Sterling for years and said he’d cross the street if he saw “a black kid in a hoodie” late at night.

That type of thinking might have won Cuban the presidency a few decades ago, but it’s getting less and less popular.

If Cuban is going to run, he better do it soon before his outdated views cripple his chances.

Report: Bucks extend contract of GM John Hammond

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Jason Kidd demanded front-office control with the Nets before leaving Brooklyn.

Could the now-Bucks coach attempt the same power play in Milwaukee, where he’s close with co-owner Marc Lasry?

It’s not happening now, at least.

Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Hammond has done well to stock the Bucks with young talent – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, John Henson and Michael Carter-Williams. Milwaukee surprisingly won 41 games last season and even challenged the Bulls in the playoffs.

The Bucks’ future is bright, and Hammond deserves credit.

He’s also smart to lock up an extension now. Milwaukee might take a step back in the short term with the loss of reliable veterans like Zaza Pachulia, Jared Dudley and Ersan Ilyasova. It’s understated how much those three helped the Bucks last season while younger players – while more valuable – weren’t quite ready to win.

At some point, Milwaukee should get the both worlds, winning with youth. Now, it’s more likely Hammond remains in place when it happens.

Then, it’ll be harder for Kidd or anyone else to supplant him.