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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: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Please buy the Mets!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Yeah I have to agree with the immediate sentiment on this thread regarding Cuban.  As a Pirates fan, I've seen owners who really don't care about the team or the city (at least until recently, but that's neither here nor there).  Mark Cuban might have a big mouth at times -- though he seems to have put some of those actions behind him in recent years -- but he is among the finest owners in all of sports.  He truly cares about his team, and about putting on a great show for those in attendance.

The fact that he is paying for the parade because he doesn't want the city to spend money (that would be better spent elsewhere) on it is truly commendable. 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

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."





I'm speechless...

Really, I got nothin'...


Big Ups to Mark Cuban....


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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:20 pm
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Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Mark Cuban = Greatest owner in sports right now.


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