Tag:Mark Cuban
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 7:20 pm

Mark Cuban: I didn't want to jinx Mavericks title

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban writes about his team's 2011 NBA title. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-cuban-cry

Over the years, we've listened as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban theorized about technology, bashed the media, questioned the NBA's officiating, exchanged trash talk with opposing coaches and players, promoted his television network and all the rest of it.

He's been a non-stop quote machine, offering bluster and brilliance interchangeably. But during the Mavericks' run to the 2011 NBA title, Cuban clammed up, taking a backseat so that he wouldn't be a distraction to his coaching staff and players.

We saw plenty of pictures of him clutching the Larry O'Brien trophy and we heard him extol the virtues of Mavericks fans, but we never got a really thorough, personal account of what it meant to win his first NBA title.

That is, until Tuesday, when Cuban wrote a blog post, titled "Tremendous," in which he recounts his thoughts and feelings as Dallas defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. 
For me, the entire season came down to the last 90 seconds of Game 6.  Our clinching game. I can’t even begin to tell you all the emotions I experienced in the course of those 90 seconds.

You see, I refused to let myself think we were going to win. I refused to get ahead of the game. Too many times I had seen games get away from our team. Too many times I had seen our team snatch away what the other side thought was a sure win.  We had come from way behind to win games in every series in this playoff run. If we could do it to them, they could do it to us.  In my mind, if I even began to think that a win was a certainty, I would jinx us.

It wasn’t until there were about 90 seconds left in Game 6 that I let myself accept that we were going to be World Champs. In the video below, you can see me screaming.   That’s me letting out 8 months of stress. That’s me releasing every doubt I had. Every dumb*** superstition I had.  That’s me transitioning from “I know we can, I hope we can” to “We are the Champions”  It’s me feeling joy for every guy wearing a Mavs uniform and every Mavs fan around the world that had to be feeling just as happy as I was.
Cuban is polarizing. He gets booed and cheered for his involvement and honesty. Here, he is at his best: Direct, honest and emotional, leaving out the snark, spitefulness and pettiness that so often serves as a lightning rod. It's not often that we get such unfettered access to what it's like to win an NBA title from a team's owner. We've watched the joyous celebrations, but it's nice to read about them too.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 5:38 pm

What teams risk in a lockout: Southwest Division

Posted by Royce Young

Talk of losing an entire NBA season is a bit ridiculous. But it's a possibility. And with all this hardline talk going on, it seems like neither the players nor the owners are wanting to budge. There's incentive for teams to get a deal done and not just for the money, but because a year without basketball and more importantly, basketball operations, could greatly affect each and every NBA franchise.

Earlier, we took a look at the Southeast, Atlantic and Central Divisions. Let's continue on with the rough and tumble, yet aging, Southwest Division.

New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets easily present the most interesting lockout case of any team in my mind. First off, the league owns them. Secondly, and related to that, Chris Paul is a free agent in 2012. The league took on the responsibility of the Hornets because David Stern wasn't about to see a franchise lost on his watch and wants to do everything he can to keep the team there.

But a prolonged lockout resulting in a lost season really might end professional basketball in New Orleans. Chris Paul would have the ability to walk with the Hornets never having an chance to get anything in return, meaning the one draw the team has could be gone and the already struggling franchise might not have anything to show for his exit. On top of that, David West opted out and is an unrestricted free agent currently. So not only could the roster be entirely turned over, the already suspect fanbase might take another blow.

Now of course if Stern and the owners can negotiate a deal that makes a franchise like the Hornets profitable no matter what, then the league can sell the team and potentially pocket a bit. That's obviously something in the back of Stern's mind. The Hornets really make this lockout all the more intriguing because now Stern has a stake in things directly. He's not just the mediator trying to produce a good system for his league, but he's an owner too now.

Dallas Mavericks

Here's one benefit of a prolonged lockout: The Mavs get to be champs for two years instead of one. Bonus? I don't think they'd think so. Especially because the window the Mavs have to remain serious contenders isn't going to stay open much longer. Dirk is aging, Jason Kidd is like 78 and there are a bunch of questions surrounding players like Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler and J.J. Barea.

Mark Cuban is a big market owner, but I can see him as someone leaning toward making sure there is basketball over the owners guaranteeing profits. He's a fan first and foremost and he's tasted the top of the mountain. Granted, he gets the chance to soak it up a little longer, but if he wants his roster to keep going, losing a year might be the beginning of the end for the current Mavs.

San Antonio Spurs

There's no hiding that the Spurs are getting older. A year lost means another year tacked on to Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. A year lost means Gregg Popovich gets a little older and as the longest tenured coach in the league, he might not have many left. The Spurs have a fanbase that will absolutely return in force and Peter Holt is maybe the finest owner in the league, especially in terms of managing a small market franchise, but I'm sure a year of lost basketball isn't something that sits well.

Holt obviously would love a system that levels the playing field a bit and helps smaller markets on the road to basking in the same light the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks get, but basketball is a priority in San Antonio. The window won't be open much longer. Even Tony Parker acknowledged that. And that roster still wants to try and make one more run at it all.

Memphis Grizzlies
Really, Michael Heisley probably isn't all that terrified from losing a season. He's a small market owner who has spent big as of late and saving money on Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley isn't all bad for him. The core of the team, sans Marc Gasol, is all locked up long-term so while a lost season would mean missing out on all the positive movement and momentum from last season, there's still a lot of opportunity ahead for Memphis.

Still, it's a risk to mess with a potentially fragile fanbase like the Grizzlies'. The FedEx Forum has never been known to be full, but during the postseason run, the Grizzlies emerged with one of the most passionate, loyal crowds in the league. There's clearly something working right now and Heisley and the Grizzlies don't want to jade and sour those fans that have come around by damaging all that goodwill they worked so hard to build.

Houston Rockets
Hard for me to guess how the Rockets see this thing. They are an in-between franchise, not necessarily small market but not big either. Their roster is set up to withstand a lockout and return with good pieces intact. They don't have any major lingering free agents of concern.

What I think would scare them a bit though is missing out on the opportunity to compete in the trade market for players like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams all season long though. The Rockets have quality trade pieces and good assets to dangle in front of teams and I'm sure Daryl Morey would have some interesting proposals to make. Sure there's always 2012's free agency but opening it up to that puts the Rockets a bit behind the other, more intriguing, brighter markets. A sign-and-trade might be their best chance to land that superstar player Morey so desperately wants.
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:43 pm

Tyson Chandler keeping all options open

Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler says he is keeping all of his options open in free agency. Posted by Ben Golliver. tyson-chandler

Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is in line for a big payday. And he seems to understand that better than anyone else.

ESPNDallas.com reports that Chandler is keeping all his options open publicly, refusing to lean toward a return to the 2011 NBA title-winning Mavericks.

"It's a great point in my career, and I'm coming up under free agency and there's a lot of great teams out there, a lot of great opportunities out there, a lot of up-and-building things," Chandler said Wednesday in a phone interview. "So, I mean, I've got to take a look at all that. I've got to take everything into consideration, and the good thing is I'm on a good side. I'm coming off an incredible year, so it's not a situation where it's worrisome."

"It's going to be a lot that comes into play," Chandler said. "I've got a family, so I want to make sure I put my family in a good situation, where my kids will be comfortable going to school, being able to adjust. That's my No. 1 priority. Being on the court, my surroundings, my teammates, the organization, the history of the organization, our chances, the type of impact I'll make. All that stuff is going to come into play. It's a long list."

Chandler is very shrewd to remain noncommittal. Why? Because all the elements exist for Chandler to receive a sizeable contract, and there's zero risk in alienating Mavericks owner Mark Cuban or Dallas fans, who both understand his value intimately and are highly motivated -- if not desperate -- to ensure that he returns. 

Here's a partial list of things Chandler has going in his favor. He is the No. 3 ranked overall free agent on the market this year, headlining what is otherwise a weak crop. He plays a high-demand position, and he's shown the ability to defend elite players at that position. He's about to turn 29, so he's still in the prime of his career.

He was durable and reliable in 2010-2011, appearing in 74 games after playing a combined 96 in the two previous seasons because of injuries. He nearly averaged a double-double -- 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds -- and the Mavericks have no other answer on their roster to replace that production. His skillset -- defense, rebounding, protecting the paint -- is a perfect complement to the team's franchise player, forward Dirk Nowitzki, and difficult to obtain on the open market (essentially impossible for the Mavericks to obtain without sacrificing other pieces because they are over the cap). His personality and locker-room presence are highly valued.

Add that all up and Chandler clearly realizes he is in line for a substantial contract from the Mavericks. Those same factors make him valued by bad teams looking to stabilize or playoff contenders looking for a centerpiece to put them over the top. Given Dallas' recent success, the hole that would exist if he left and Cuban's demonstrated ability to spend what it takes to keep things together, by far the most likely outcome here is that Chandler returns to the Mavericks.

But he's smart to play coy and remain patient to ensure that decision comes with the best possible financial reward.
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 11:42 am

Edible championship: Mavs' Ring-Pops

Posted by Matt Moore

Mark Cuban made noise after the Mavericks won the 2011 NBA championship about not getting rings and doing something "different." That's mostly gone away since it was pretty clear his players wanted to be like all the other champs and not have to wear championship tiaras or anything. But it turns out they will get a different kind of ring at least, in addition to the ones they'll receive whenever the league comes back.

From a press release from Bazooka Candy Brands:

Mr. Cuban, congratulations on winning the NBA Championship! But let’s face it, you know it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring!

Bazooka Candy Brands, the iconic confectionary company and manufacturer of Ring Pops, believes that the Dallas Mavericks should be rewarded for all their hard work and their NBA finals win.   That is why they will be stepping in and saving the day, creating Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pops in the team colors of Blue and White for the team to wear to celebrate their feat.  The Ring Pops will be shipped to the team shortly.

No, they are not kidding. Look. 

They sent me a sample of the thing. And it looks really cool. The deep blue, the shining silver. It's Mavs-branded very well. It did melt a bit in the sun during transit, but still, looks pretty neat. I keep wanting to eat it, but the (fake, on the sample, I'm assuming) glass crystals are actually embedded in the middle of the thing, and I'm afraid it's going to wind up shredding my insides.

Worth it? Maybe. But I didn't earn that trip to the hospital like Shawn Marion did by playing for the Mavs.  

All in all, it's a pretty nice looking piece of candy. Maybe this is the right way for the Mavericks to celebrate their championship, though. Instead of a ring that will grow dusty in a box or a trophy to place in an office at the AAC, the Mavericks should ingest their ring pops over champagne, using the sugary goodness to be converted back into energy for them to consume.

Efficient, kind of strange, very sweet. Much like the Mavs' championship run.  

Posted on: June 26, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2011 5:43 pm

Dirk: Mavs partied harder after 2006 Finals

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki says the team partied harder after losing the 2006 NBA Finals than they did after winning the 2011 NBAdirk-club Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was an emotional unknown to the nation for more than a decade. A bit distant, subject to cultural barriers as an international player and not playing an overly athletic game, Nowitzki was a superstar who resided on the outskirts. He was rarely the hot story, unless you count the time he got bamboozled by his crooked fiance.

All that changed when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Nowitzki and the Mavericks were the nation's heroes, having slayed the new Evil Empire in South Florida. The enduring image of this newfound celebrity and accessibility came from South Beach's Club Liv, when Cuban, Nowitzki and company bought out the club and partied with the Larry O'Brien trophy in full view of thousands of cell phone cameras. This was the peak of happiness, the ultimate spoils for the victors. 

The Dallas Morning News reports, though, that Nowitzki told 1310 AM in Dallas that the Mavericks actually drank more following their 2006 NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat than they did after winning the title. 
"I actually think we partied harder in '06 when we lost just to forget about it than we did now. Yeah, we've had some good nights so far, my birthday was in there. In '06, Jet picked me up for the party bus almost every day, and we went somewhere just to make us forget and have a good time. We ended up in Vegas after three hard weeks. This year, we've had a couple of good nights, but I'm 33. My body can't recover, so you have to party one day, and the next day you have to be off. You can't go back to back when you're that old. Partying once in a while gets old. But I'll definitely put in some good work when I get to Germany when I see my friends, definitely be a couple of good nights there."
This is something you wouldn't expect and we likely wouldn't have known -- in full -- had Nowitzki not earned the teflon status we give to NBA champs. It follows in a long line of revealing statements and actions that we were witness to over the last month or so. Nowitzki the enigma was replaced by Nowitzki the showman and leader. Point blank: he opened up. He admitted to the media that he ran off the court following Dallas' Game 6 win so that he could cry in the locker room by himself, expressed deep respect and appreciation for his teammates and owner Mark Cuban, and displayed a subtle but sophisticated sense of humor in his post-game press conferences, dropping unexpected quips and honest assessments on just about any topic.

Of all the great things that happened during the 2010-2011 NBA season -- record TV ratings, an amazing playoffs, the emergence of young stars and new championship contenders -- getting to know a more humanized Nowitzki ranks at the top of the list. Experiencing the joys of winning with athletes is a euphoric sensation, but hearing about the pain of losing is fascinating too. Here, Nowitzki gives us both.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 3:29 pm

Mark Cuban files classic legal brief

Posted by Royce Young

Ross Perot Jr. filed some weird lawsuit against Mark Cuban and the Mavericks in 2009 basically claiming the franchise was being horribly mismanaged.

Cuban responded with what is probably the greatest legal brief in the history of legal briefs (does anyone have a top five off the top of their head?).

If you can't read that, it says, "Under Hillwood’s ownership, the team was deemed the 'worst franchise' in all of professional sports. Under Cuban’s stewardship the Mavericks have become one of the league’s most successful teams and are now NBA champions. Accordingly, there can be no genuine question that Hillwood’s claims of mismanagement lack merit and Hillwood’s claims should be disposed of on summary judgment."

Hillwood being Perot's management company, which owns a five percent stake in the Mavs.

Basically what we have here is Cuban saying, "Scoreboard, b-words." The celebration picture, the "no genuine question" line, the fact that Cuban basically just said, "We won a title. Shut up."

You win Mark. You win. (Slams down gavel.)

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 5:21 pm

Video: Mavericks return home after winning title

Among the many reasons this NBA season and these NBA playoffs were incredible, the fact that the Mavericks -- who had never won a title -- won should be considered heavily as the favorite. This was no rote "just another title" to throw on a dynasty's pile, nor a coronation of a team expected to win. It was an organic title, the kind that everyone should pay more attention to in sports. From good team to great team to hot team in the playoffs and finally champion. 

And now we've got a nice video of what it was like after the Mavericks partied like a rock star on South Beach. Here's a video of them returning home to Dallas on the team flight. Highlights include:

  • Dirk working on the "We Are The Champions" rendition he did at the parade.
  • Caron Butler very excited despite his lack of playing time due to injury.
  • Jason Kidd with a simple "woo."
  • Rick Carlisle completely knocked out and sleeping the sleep of the victorious.
  • And a truly awesome "I'M THAT DUDE!"

But the best part of this video? This, right here:


That, friends, is priceless.

(HT: Earl Sneed on Twitter)
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:26 pm

Mavericks take on Letterman Top 10 as champs

Posted by Matt Moore

The World Champion Dallas Mavericks took to the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday to give the Top Ten Good Things About Winning the NBA Championship. Check it out. 


I think my personal favorite is Tyson Chandler's. Because this? This is awesome. 

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