Before the playoffs -- and before his Dallas Mavericks took on the Houston Rockets in the first round -- owner Mark Cuban had some very pointed words for his rivals to the south.
Cuban's exact comments, in an interview with Grantland:
"There's no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they're gonna do. ... But James Harden is so good. That's what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you're good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that's not a very good team over there."
That's not exactly trashing Houston, but it certainly wasn't glowing praise. So, when the Rockets finished off the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals -- a series after Houston dismissed Dallas in five -- Cuban took to Twitter to eat some figurative crow:
Congrats to the Rockets. Gotta admit I was wrong. A lot.of guys stepped up. Congrats @dmorey— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 17, 2015
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appreciated the message.
@mcuban thank you Mark, as you know we have a long way to go because you have done it— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 18, 2015
Morey isn't wrong; the Golden State Warriors will be heavily favored in the next round.