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Adam Silver says Mark Cuban's statement on losing was 'poor choice of words'

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When Mark Cuban said recently that the Dallas Mavericks were rebuilding — and that they wouldn’t have to if they were in the Eastern Conference — that was an admission of what everyone can see and not a big deal.

But when he said that his team “did everything possible to lose games” after being eliminated from the NBA playoffs, well, then that’s a different story.

Those remarks caught the attention of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who has long said he doesn’t believe that coaches and players lose on purpose.

“Yes, it’s not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said at the NBA’s Board of Governors news conference. “I will say that Mark has a long track record of being provocative, and it was something that we spoke to him directly about. I think he acknowledged it was a poor choice of words. When we looked at what was actually happening on the floor, which is most important to me, there was…

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