Harrison Barnes Rips Mark Cuban’s Racist Comment About Culture and Basketball
Mark Cuban has never been shy about publicly sharing his opinion. His latest remarks have stirred up controversy in every corner of the basketball world. In an interview with EuroHoops, Cuban discussed American basketball culture, and how it is affecting player development.
“If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald’s all-American, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better.”
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, co-MVP of the 2010 McDonald’s All-America Game, gave this statement to @TheUndefeated about Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s recent controversial comments: pic.twitter.com/plmj0cWnYF
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) December 22, 2018
Cuban went on to say that American basketball players, “Learn how to taunt and put together mixtapes.”
As one would expect, his words did not sit well with American-born basketball players, such as Dallas Mavericks’ forward Harrison Barnes. Barnes took offense to his boss’s disparaging of the culture he used to elevate his game to the professional level.
I’m not shading any culture. I think AAU is awful. Something I have been saying for years. AAU has tournaments for little kids and it seems like every kid who plays wants or has a mixtape. U should see what I get sent. https://t.co/rC25cj4VWS
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) December 22, 2018
Cuban’s comments just don’t hit the mark.
Part of what makes the NBA so special is the diversity of the league. Cuban, it’s not about cornering all basketball players into the Slovenian system just because you like Luka Doncic.
This article first appeared on 12up.