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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.


Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:35 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Congrats Mark!  We in Dallas are proud of you and our team! 

You were correct all along - Our time is now!!!

Go Mavs Go!!

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:31 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks are the class of the NBA.  Solid gameplan, hustle and teamwork won the championship.   I have a feeling that if the players have a vote it will be the "old school" rings.  Having a crown would be fantastic, but, why give any pleasure or gratitude to the person who is now known as Queen James.  What a phony.  He is like Terrel Owens.  Comes in, tears a team apart and leaves the aftermath.  Poor excuse for a player.  Should have gone to college.  Anyway, it is now all about class and that is what you find in Dallas.  Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, hockey.  Can't lose.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:08 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Hey - Mark Cuban is a Pittsburgh guy -  we were born to show gratitude to others -  Greart Job Mark !!!  I wish you would have gotten the Cubs franchise.  Maybe shoot for Pittsburgh.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:07 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Giant blinged out clock necklaces is the next thing. Seriously though, I bet it's going to be crowns, to specifically commemorate this Finals and the chump they were playing. Cuban's the type of guy who'd have no problem rubbing it in like that.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:29 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Thank you Mark Cuban,

Last nights NBA game was the first I have watched in three years I just can't watch what they have turned this game into. The only reason I watched was because Mark Cuban was going to win an NBA Title and David Stern was going to have to hand him the trophy. But I did not get the chance to see that happen as Cuban had former owner Don Carter accept the trophy. This did nothing but make me like Cuban even more. Mark you are pure class.
I read where Cuban was fined for conduct unbecoming an owner when he came out from his seat behind the bench recently and picked up some towels that were on the floor. (what a moron David Stern is) Maybe we need about 20 or more owners like Cuban in the league that are true fans of the game then I may have a reason to watch the game again.
Congrats to the Mavs and especially you Mark you are what I consider class. Enjoy the culmination of what you have been searching for over these years.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:15 pm

Might not do rings

Championship beer steins, to celebrate ze big German winning one. Make it happen!

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:10 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.
Considering that's going to be the only parade they will ever see, it might not be a bad idea...

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:08 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

Bringing the previous owner up to accept the trophy was one of the classiest things I've ever seen.  As for the rings or something else, get the players both.

In a related story, LeBron just got vajazzled to celebrate his performance in games 4,5 and 6.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:46 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

I do have a great deal of respect for Cuban.  Great owner, great for the NBA.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:42 pm

Cuban paying for the parade, might not do rings

I have to say Mark Cuban has grown up.  Like last night have the founder of the Mavs get the trophy and paying for the parade.  But no rings?  Ok bracelets maybe.  But most people will want just want the ring.  Easier to show off.  I have in my lifetime worn a World Series Ring, an AFC Championship Ring, and an Olympic Silver Medal.  The rings were so cool.  I think I would want one.

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