HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Rockets-Mavericks rivalry isn’t just about in-state bragging rights.
It’s also been highlighted in recent years by trash talk going back and forth between Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The two have dueled for similar free agents, with both sides winning and losing some of the battles. While Morey wasn’t able to bring Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki to Houston, he did convince Dwight Howard to choose the Rockets over Cuban’s Mavs. Then, as the Rockets gambled in allowing Chandler Parsons to become a free agent last summer, Cuban swooped in and signed Parsons to a deal that essentially was unmatchable for Houston if they wanted to keep any options open for the future.
The two sides have had public comments criticizing the other’s approach or defending themselves against criticism while taking not-so-subtle shots at each other.
During Howard’s first season in Houston, Cuban said that Howard’s decision to sign with Houston was “a mistake in judgment.”
Morey later responded to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, “I just don’t think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you’re going to want to join our organization.”
Cuban’s response? “I’m not sure how he would know that.”
Morey has acknowledged the fact that Cuban has a championship ring with the Mavericks while the Rockets are in full pursuit of their first championship since the Olajuwon era.
No matter what tension might exist between Morey and Cuban, former Mav and current Rocket Jason Terry chose to stay out of it when asked about the two during Wednesday shootaround.
“They haven’t shot one jumper,” Terry said with a chuckle. “So they’re a non factor in this game tonight. It’s good to read and watch on Twitter, but other than that, they’ll have no factor in this game.”