I have a story in today’s paper about Nellie winning a $6.3 million judgement over Mark Cuban in court on Thursday. Via email, Cuban granted to my request for a response. It was too late to get in the paper, but his answer is way too interesting not to publish.
“As you wrote in the article, I breached the consulting contract by
withholding 25k dollars rather than immediately informing Nellie that he
was in breach. As a result, I breached first and owe him and am happy to
“The good news is that from Nellie’s testimony under oath, I got to find out
the truth of what happened prior to Nellie taking the Warriors job and it
certainly was not what was said publicly.
“It was not something that happened quickly, as was quoted in the press.
Nellie and Chris Mullin were meeting and having discussions about the
Warriors’ draft while he was under contract to the Mavs and we were playing
in the Finals (in the summer of 2006). Nellie and his lawyers had their first conversations
about the coaching job long before he took the job. The list goes on.
“Sometimes finding the truth is expensive. In this case I just have to pay
him what I would have had to pay him anyway and some legal fees, so it
didn’t cost too much. In fact, it was a small price to pay. In any event,
now Warriors fans get to enjoy and appreciate the drama queen that is
“Maybe some day I will post the deposition transcripts, they make for
incredibly entertaining reading.”