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Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 2:16 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- You just knew Mark Cuban would have to do something big, something different for the Dallas Mavericks first championship. His first two orders as trophy holder: The parade's on me and we're doing something better than rings.

Via ESPN Dallas:
Mark Cuban said championship parades and title rings just aren't his style, but the 2010-11 NBA champions will be riding floats through the streets of Dallas very soon.

And Cuban said he's picking up the tab.

"We'll do it," Cuban said early Monday morning. "All I told them was -- Terdema Ussery, our president -- you plan the parade. I'll pay for it because I don't think it's right for the city to have to pay for it. And let's just have some fun."

Remember all the problems last year in Los Angeles when the Lakers couldn't figure out what to do with the parade? It was going to cost the city millions and there was debate whether or not the team would have it. Cuban, being the completely awesome guy that he is, just said, "I've got it you guys." Say what you will about Cuban, but he's a terrific owner. 

Then Cuban talked about the hardware. But he doesn't want to go the traditional route.

"I might not get rings," the Mavs' billionaire owner told NBATV. "Rings are old school. You've seen it before: There's guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I'm like, 'Rings are done. It's time to take it to the next level.'"

If not rings, then what? Championship belts? Crowns? Necklaces? Golden sceptres? I wouldn't expect anything less from Cuban because, well, he's Mark Cuban.

But you know, if you don't get Dirk a ring, then how are Dallas fans supposed to win arguments now? They won't have the "Yeah but he's got a ring!!!" argument. I guess they'll just have to say, "Dirk is a top 10 player dude. He's got a sceptre now!" Actually, that's not all that bad.

Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

A spectre would be totally awesome. But wrestling-type belts are very trendy right now (Aaron Rogers) so it will probably be something like that. I'm not a fan of either team (although I AM and ANTI-fan of Miami-haha) but this was still one of the most exciting and interesting series' in recent mempry for me. Great job Mavs. And great owner too!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

he might be a goon. he might be a dork. he might annoy a lot of people.

but mark cuban truly invested himself in this team, top to bottom. bringing don carter in for th etrophy presentation and now picking up the tab on the parade. who cares if you think he should do it, most owners are so focused on the bottom line that they don't do it. good job mark. congrats.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

I can see why the Wilpons, wouldn;t let him buy the Mets. He's too awesome of an owner for them. LOL.
Mets lose, again. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cuban, please buy every team I might root for, ever.  Easily my favorite owner in sports, and it's not even really close.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

classy moves all around by a great owner...



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cuban has come a long way - from spoiled frat boy looking to insert himself into every camera shot at every game to mature, thoughtful, respectful owner who cares about the city and the team's fans.  During this entire postseason he's been well-behaved and not looking to steal the spotlight.  And this gesture here is truly class. 

As for how the people will behave, I fully expect the people of Texas to be rowdy but not destructive.  I'm from NJ, but have visited the city for work and vacation.  I'll be totally shocked if you see turned over burning cars and crowds behaving poorly in Dallas.  They know how to act down there.




Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, has also offered to pay for the Mavs parade in Cleveland. 


Best comment I've read in weeks.




Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, has also offered to pay for the Mavs parade in Cleveland. 




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

To all the Mavericks fans worldwide...you are very welcome. It does seem that whenever I root "against" a team that team always wins!

As for Mark Cuban picking up the tab for the parade....he is not awesome. He should do it because he is wealthy which is how he was able to own a major sports team. On that note, why didn't Jerry Buss pick up the tab?. He is also a wealthy sports owners. I also do not remember the Giants picking up the tab for their World Series victory parade. Oh well, I guess we do things a little differently in California. Long live the Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban.


I thought that Cuban inviting the previous Mavericks owners was a great gesture.




Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

It is great to see an owner with such passion for his team.  Congrats to Cuban, Kidd, and Dirk, they deserved this one.


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