Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lost the recruiting battle for Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets, but Cuban believes that's because the big man made a bad decision. HOUSTON – Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Dwight Howard had a brief, cordial conversation when the Houston Rockets center arrived at the Toyota Center on Friday, a day after Cuban said Howard made a "mistake in judgment" by not deciding to sign with Dallas this summer. "I said I wasn't picking on him, but it's just common sense," Cuban said. Asked if LeBron James made a mistake by choosing the Miami Heat instead of the Mavs in the summer of 2010, Cuban didn't back down. Mavs superstar power forward Dirk Nowitzki is 35, but Cuban considers it foolish to make a decision in free agency based primarily on the age of potential co-stars. "You choose teams. "Whether you're buying a product from one of my companies or making a deal with me instead of somebody else in 'Shark Tank,' if I don't have the confidence of our product to think that you're making a mistake if you don't do business with me, then it's on me. I always feel that way.