Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has been a ‘machine’

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Shortly after the NBA warned teams about tampering, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban exalted Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose.

Landon Buford of The Hype Magazine:


He’s been a machine. I mean, it’s the all-time comeback season of all comeback seasons except guys coming back from just straight up from injury. Shooting 45 or 44.7 percent or whatever it is is ridiculous. Congrats to him.

This comment doesn’t seem significantly different than Magic Johnson’s about Giannis Antetokounmpo, which got the Lakers president fined. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, in reference to Johnson but directed at all team executives, said: “Stop talking about players on other teams.”

We’ll see whether that applies to Cuban. On one hand, it’d seem owners get even less leeway to discuss players on other teams publicly. On the other hand, owners are Silver’s bosses.

Ultimately, the NBA’s tampering rules are vague and arbitrarily enforced. There’s little telling when the league will or won’t punish someone for tampering.

But this is the first big test of where enforcement stands after the NBA’s memo.