As always, Both Teams Played Hard is the location for your once-annual Australian League update. It’s that sort of timely, consistent reportage that has made this website the second most popular NBA blog named after a Sheed quote on that entire continent — and number one among Outback Aborigines named Karl.
As for the headline, that’s a quote from the blog of Aussie League extraordinaire Julius Hodge, who was one of the last cuts from the Nets camp in the preseason, about his commitment to return to the NBA.
I’m a man on a mission: I’m really appreciative of the opportunity the Nets offered me and I will love in the near future to be a part of their family. But if it’s not them, maybe another team in the NBA. You know at the end of the day, the goal is to be back there.
He also drops a few thoughts on the Nets season thus far.
I think that Devin Harris is playing tremendous, and if he continues playing this good they will win a lot of games. You didn’t see that coming, huh?
Vince Carter is playing well too, but that’s the type of player he is… He can knock down shots and be a great leader. The sky’s is the limit for them.
I didn’t say they were all good thoughts.
As it’s probably safe to assume in the case of all billionaires, Mark Cuban may have allegedly engaged in insider trading.
Like the Shaq ejection, the Ballersphere is treating this like Watergate or something, but according to some random dude that Henry Abbott dug up, the only likely recourse against Cubes — if he isn’t exonerated outright — will likely be that he has to pay back $1 million. Stop the presses.
So if you’re scoring at home, kiddies, the lesson here is that unfairly manipulating the capitalist system that is the foundation of this country for your own personal financial benefit is an offense roughly on par with repeatedly criticizing referees. Sounds about right.
Besides, we all know his role in the Devin Harris trading incident was much more egregious and unforgivable.
And for what it’s worth, here’s Cuban’s official statement:
“I am disappointed that the Commission chose to bring this case based upon its Enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions. The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.”