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The courts of Harlem shaped Mohamed Bamba (5:08)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the team's owner Mark Cuban saying the Mavericks should tank the rest of the season, "I've talked to the team about that. I've talked to Mark in great detail about it last night. He apologized profusely for those comments. I think he's embarrassed by it. The circumstances are important, but what is important are a couple things -- I know that the $600,000 fine [levied by the NBA on Wednesday], he is going to match that fine and donate the money to a charity. It's going to be an important charity; I'm not sure which one. As far as our team, we've played with a lot of fight all year long. We'll continue to do that and that's how we're going to proceed."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the Sports Illustrated investigation into the Mavericks: "First of all, I'm grateful we live in a place in time where people have the courage to speak up about things like this. I also have a 13-year-old daughter and I want her to know that it's both brave and safe to speak out and that's very important to me and it should be important to everybody. What I can tell you is there is going to be a thorough investigation into this from an outside group led by two people at the top of their profession." He added, "These people are the best of the best. Their findings are going to go directly to [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban and [NBA Comissioner] Adam Silver and the Mavericks will abide by whatever recommendations are made. I'll tell you that when it comes to anything involving the Mavericks, Mark Cuban is a believer in extreme ownership, extreme accountability and he is highly motivated to get this resolved in an expeditious but thorough fashion. No steps will be skipped here." Said Carlisle, "Things happen for a reason. Any problem or crisis presents an opportunity and this is an opportunity for us to get something fixed."

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Nowitzki is 'disappointed' by allegations against Mavs' organization (1:26)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying his team should tank the rest of the season: "I think you cannot really play to lose in this league. I've been around too long. We're all competitors. I think the young guys, when you're out there, you've got to compete. If you don't, you lose market value. You might get hurt. There are all these things that can happen if you don't play your minutes hard. That's my advice to all the young guys -- play your minutes hard, get better and whatever happens, happens. I think players never play to lose in this league. It might happen, but we don't play for it. I still love to compete. That's one big reason why I'm still out here -- because I enjoy being out there and playing against some of these guys that are half my age and trying to be out there and help the guys win or help the guys get better or improve and use my experience. I'll never stand for losing on purpose. That's not who I am."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on the Sports Illustrated report of about a culture of misogyny and predatory sexual behavior within the Mavericks organization: "It's tough. It's very disappointing. It's heartbreaking. I'm glad it's all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked about some of the stuff. So really, really disappointed that our franchise, that my franchise, that stuff like that was going on. It's very sad and disappointing. But I think [Mavericks owner Mark Cuban] is trying to step up and lead this franchise to the right direction and that is hiring investigators, finding out all the little details that we have to know as a franchise what really was going on. I think Mark is going to step up here...As a franchise, obviously, we feel bad for the victims and for what happened to some of these ladies. Like I said, it's truly, truly disgusting. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with some of these victims."

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Oklahoma State upsets No. 6 Texas Tech (0:55)
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Nichols: Mavericks need to take responsibility (2:08)

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has hired former Texas defensive lineman Frank Okam as its DL coach. Okam previously was at Rice.

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Did Cuban cross a line with tanking comments? (1:09)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Article 35A of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws gives the Commissioner broad power to enforce discipline in either a fine or suspension. Any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball or of the Association or of a Member of its Team, shall be liable for a fine up to $1M. Mark Cuban will now have 10 days to pay his $600K fine to the NBA for his statements regarding tanking.

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Cuban: 'Horrible mistake' to keep ex-employee

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN that he regrets keeping former employee Earl K. Sneed on staff after two separate domestic violence incidents. "I made the decision. ... In hindsight, I would probably do it differently," Cuban said.

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Baylor's Omot reunites with his father (0:35)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have added Ken Amato as a defensive staff assistant, which moves the team closer to finalizing Jason Garrett's staff. Amato worked with the Cowboys' special teams last year through minority coaching fellowship program. He spent nine seasons (2003-11) with the Tennessee Titans as a long snapper. He replaces Turner West, who took a job at Austin Peay.

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Is it time to focus more on Cuban? (2:01)