Mavericks the Tank Engine, rolling along … (Photo courtesy Mattel.)

Two years back, I wrote a feature that explored the ethics of losing on purpose. Whether it's the Sabres or a girls' high school basketball team trying to lose for a better postseason tournament seeding, I found the topic fascinating.

I reached out to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for his thoughts because he's known as a progressive thinker. I asked him if losing on purpose is OK.

"Teams in the NBA don't lose on purpose," Cuban wrote in an email.

But he left some wiggle room.

"Remember: The goal is not to win games," Cuban continued. "The goal is to win a championship. Some believe the best approach to get there is by getting the best possible draft picks.

"So those teams are not trying to lose. They are trying to win a championship."

In November, Cuban uttered words that would resonate with anti-tankers. He told ESPN teams shouldn't lose on purpose because it breeds a losing culture.

Wednesday on "The Dan Patrick Show," Cuban confessed the Mavericks did tank this season.

"Once we were eliminated from the playoffs," Cuban said, "we did everything possible to lose games."

A refreshing admission. And I agree with it.

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