Don't Look Now, But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Won a Championship the Right Way

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Mark Cuban was fuming.

His team had just blown a 23-point lead in a Game 4 loss to Portland in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks were two losses from another early-round exit, the likely firing of head coach Rick Carlisle and yet another in a seemingly endless re-shuffling of bit parts around star Dirk Nowitzki.

And, to be very clear, he didn't want to talk to some stupid reporter -- though we go back to the day he bought the team -- who had just labeled his team the "Mav-wrecks."

"Nope," Cuban wrote me in an email on April 25 declining an interview. "You've already written your end to our season. But we've got something else in mind."

And with that...radio silence.

After complaining that a Portland fan hit him in the face with hurled straw early in that series, Cuban went mute. The spotlight-loving showman of an owner retreated into the shadows, shunned interviews and watched while his Mavericks made history.

Ironic that when Cuban finally shut up his team finally put up.

Last night Cuban partied on South Beach and slept with the NBA Finals trophy. He deserves it. Say what you want about his antics -- always screaming at refs and lurking around his team's bench -- the dude is nothing if not passionate and persistent and willing to pay whatever it takes to win.

And, as of last night, he's also a class act.

While America waited for the deliciously uncomfortable moment when commissioner David Stern was forced to hand the NBA Finals trophy to a renegade owner he'd fined for hundreds of thousands of dollars for outlandish behavior and direct criticism of the league office, Cuban pulled a fast one. And a cool one.

Late in the game Cuban motioned toward the stands behind Dallas' bench. He summoned someone to join in the celebration.

Ross Perot Jr.? Hardly. None other than Don Carter, the 77-year-old Stetson-wearing founding father of the Mavericks. It was Carter -- not Cuban -- who fittingly first laid hands on the first championship in Mavs history.

Said Carter in the locker room, "Waited so long for this I can't tell you how special it is. For Mark to ask me up there...it was the best gesture I could imagine. He's grown into the owner I always imagined he could be."

Even better, Cuban says he'll foot the bill for Dallas' championship parade.

We may never shut Cuban up again. And that's perfectly fine.


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Jack Hines
Jack Hines

I'm a Bulls fan. Also a White Sox fan. Always liked Mark Cuban. No question he was right about the refereeing in the NBA. Far better now than it was, and anyone watching can see how the refs are no longer "the show", and most teams get a fair break.

Wish Cuban would buy the White Sox - with the right investment they would become THE Chicago team.  They've been better than the Cubs for sixty years and counting, but no surprise there.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

RW forgot to tell someone that he wasn't doing the Sportatorium today methinks.

Merten, pop on wouldya pal?

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Cuban having Donnie run his basketball operations shows that an owner can be in the limelight without being in a position to screw up the team.  So if Jerry would learn this lesson, he can hire a competent GM instead of the idiot GM he has now and still be the face of the franchise.  But Jerry would have to admit to himself that his record as a GM has been very poor - his giant ego will not allow that.

nubankguru
nubankguru

Avalon Care Centers of Dallas will be celebrating with free food and drinks this week so stop by, give Jon Seib a call to set up a time for your group and celebrate with us...a D I C K S L I C K promotion. bankalchemist

Max
Max

For me this is bitter sweet, Don Carter's first partner was Jay Hamon, who passed 25 years ago. Somewhere he's dancin' a jig.

Homo Richie
Homo Richie

Anybody know why Greggo wasn't tweeting last night? or was he tweeting as Failure Jesus?

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

It was really cool to see him get Don Carter to the celebration. I had no idea that he had gotten him and Lady Carter out of the stands.I expect he will be making up for lost face time in the coming days. He sure did last night.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm too full of sport happy to kick RW in the nutts today.  But beware the guy with the sharp toed boots on manana, Senora Whitt.   

Storm_71
Storm_71

I'm with Scruffy I'll ignore you and your Miami like arrogance and douchery. Way to go MAVS.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Winning a championship is the equivalent of sports Viagra....sports boner for days!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm still so giddy I'll ignore you trying to take some (or all) credit for his silence.

Awesome move by Cubes to offer to pay for the parade. Hopefully it doesn't need to start at City Hall then--screw the people there. Start it at the former site of Reunion!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

The right way? Which is what?Outspending everyone but one team?(Lakers, outspent Miami btw) Didn't put that in the article.

Cubes tried to get LeGone in the offseason, wound up with Tyson Chandler which made them better off anyhow. I'm still shocked they did it, and the scary thing is, they can do it again if Roddy and Caron fall in place.

Rooster
Rooster

Football - meh. Wake me up when the billionaires and millionaires quit fighting.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Lockout+Mavs won a champship+June=we don't give two shits about Jerry right now. You are right, though.

D1P1
D1P1

He was probaby too stoned to tweet,

Failure Jesus
Failure Jesus

You have to understand why Richie Whitt loves Mark Cuban.  Whitt is a douche, and Cuban is the most successful douche in the world.  The only people who pray to Failure Jesus more than Whitt are Mark Cuban, Dana White, and Joe Francis.  And you can bet your ass that Whitt thinks all three of those guys are geniuses.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yep, right now Cowboys are irrelevant for a few more weeks.

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