Why Mark Cuban Should Really Get Championship Rings for the Mavs (Updated)

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It just wouldn't be the same if Jordan had five rings and a show pony.

Tough to tell how serious Mark Cuban is about forgoing championship rings and getting something else to commemorate the franchise's first title. But he seems pretty committed to changing it up.

"Rings are old school," Cuban said, according to The Dallas Morning News. "Rings are done. It's time to take it to the next level and do something different."

Always the innovator, that Cuban. But this isn't Shark Tank. The guy from FuBu's not going to devalue the franchise if Cuban does something a little ordinary. And for Cuban, now is the time to ride with ordinary.

It's hard to judge the decision without knowing what Cuban will come up with. Watches, the most likely scenario, wouldn't be terrible, and a 2011 Mavs title Rolex certainly would fetch some extra coin on eBay for whichever player winds up broke in a few years (statistically speaking, it's bound to happen).

But even watches, and certainly anything else he might pass out -- cars, cowboy hats, cuff links, pet chimps, whatever -- will seem cool and novel and fresh and innovative right up until the first time a member of the Mavs' organization winds up at a party where old NBA guys are showing off their rings.

Hey, there's MJ! He has six! And Kobe! He's got five! And there's Bill Russell! He rents a townhome for all his! And there's J.J. Barea! He's got...wait, he's not wearing a ring. I know he won one or two, back when the Mavs...wait, didn't the Mavs win a...hey there's Shaq! He's got four rings. Maybe he'll let me hula hoop in one of them!

Cuban might think they're passe, but they're a major-sports measuring stick that's been in the game way longer than he has, and they'll likely be around way after he's gone. His players, his coaches, his trainers, his staff -- they've all been dreaming about slipping one on for weeks, if not years, if not forever, and they're on the verge of having that dream come true. Now's just not the time to get cute.

Update: Dirk and Rick Carlisle think I'm a genius.


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Cameron Trimble
Cameron Trimble

Watch the video ofDallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on the Floor of the house ofRepresentatives officially congratulating the Dallas Mavericks for winning the2011 NBA Championship. Watch HERE>> http://youtu.be/CVulo-rNyQ0

Bill Boyer
Bill Boyer

To break from tradition, when some veterans never received a ring during their playing days - and some have been given one well into their retirement - makes no sense at all.

I recommend that he give the players an option, with a nice watch, or ring to choose from along with something else.

What I can see the Cubanator doing is getting everyone championship earrrings.

I can just see it now; Dirk running around the floor with this huge championship earring hanging from his lobes and going on the DNP list because the cartlidge (sp) was torn. God.... 

Rooster
Rooster

My guess is whatever it is, Cubes will seek the input of his players and how they feel about it.

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

How about a big gold necklace with a solid gold Mavs logo inlaid with a shit ton of diamonds? Why have a Championship ring when you can have Championship bling?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

My bet is a ring and a Championship belt..hopefully with a spinner on it like Cena's..I don't care even a little bit.  We got the trophy and had to go back to our normal lives..and Lebron't gets to stew in it for another year.  Awesome how Karma is a bitch sometimes, amiright?

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Yeah they need a ring and if he wants to do something creative, he can do that IN ADDITION to a ring. Which might be what he's planning to do anyway

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I really do, Phe. Thanks, though, for the refresher.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Please tell me you really do know how to spell JJ Barea's name...

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

tattoos like Jason Terry, and then buy a championship star from the star registry.

But seriously, just go for putting a Mavs banner in Cowboys stadjium and at the Ballpark. That's different.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Hey, are you going to be a regular contributor here, Im guessing Phe was trying to nutkick Richie not realizing you wrote this

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Thanks, SM. I might show up every now and then. I'll be sure to wear my cup.

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