This is not the first time we’ve heard of a NBA owner heckling a player from the crowd. And unlike Donald Sterling heckling his own players, this story is rather amusing.
During Sunday’s Mavericks-Bobcats game, former Mav Brendon Haywood was busy having a pretty decent game while dealing with hecklers in the crowd. Haywood was feeling so good about his game that he was even going back and forth with fans as they heckled him.
But despite everything he heard from the fans, Haywood told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that he heard the most heckling from Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
Haywood had a good night – 14 points and 11 rebounds – and he got a little playful with the crowd. After hitting a fadeaway jump shot, he back-pedaled to the defensive end while making the finger-to-the-lips “shhhhhh’’ signal.
Somebody in the stands responded well, though. During the next timeout a fan shouted, “Hey Haywood! It would have taken you a month to score 12 points last season!’’
I asked Haywood about all the joshing post-game. He told me the real trash-talker was from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who shouted something at him every time he took a shot.
Mark Cuban in a nutshell.