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SBD/June 14, 2011/Franchises
On The Mark: Mavericks' Title Caps Extended Period Of Success Under Cuban's Ownership
Published June 14, 2011
A NEW MARK: In N.Y., Karen Crouse writes Cuban “used this postseason to shine and buff his reputation and legacy.” Crouse: “Gone were the petulant outbursts. … Cuban remained in the background this time, content to let the spotlight stay on his players.” Allowing Carter to be presented with the trophy “represented one giant leap forward for his public image” (N.Y. TIMES, 6/14). In Ft. Worth, Clarence Hill Jr. writes Cuban “entered the 2011 playoffs as a wild card, even possibly a villain,” but that was “before he took himself out of the headlines.” And then when you "thought a giddy and rebellious Cuban might let loose after the Mavericks finally won it all -- especially with nemesis NBA commissioner David Stern handing him the Larry O’Brien Trophy -- he turned classy" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/14). In Pittsburgh, Rob Rossi writes Cuban’s “public image during this postseason changed dramatically” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 6/14). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said of allowing original Mavs Owner Donald Carter to accept the trophy from Stern, "Cuban did a very magnanimous thing" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/13). In Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw writes, “Mostly, he acted with class." His "persistence paid off" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/14).
A DESERVED TRIUMPH: In Boston, Bob Ryan wrote no NBA owner “deserves a championship more than” Cuban. Ryan: “Not since the days of the owner-coaches … has the NBA had an owner who has worn his heart on his sleeve to the extent Mark Cuban has since purchasing the Dallas Mavericks in January of 2000. Love him or hate him, you cannot say he doesn’t care, nor can you say he hasn’t done everything humanly possible to bring a title to Dallas. As an owner, he is every fan’s dream.” However, Ryan wrote Cuban “should have accepted that trophy” from Stern. Ryan: “I know people will think he was being noble and gracious by allowing Mavericks founder Donald Carter to receive it from his long-time enemy David Stern, but I interpret the move as being petulant” (BOSTON.com, 6/13). SPORTING NEWS' Sean Deveney writes there is "probably no NBA owner more deserving of a championship than Cuban." He has "changed the way the NBA does business" (SPORTING NEWS TODAY, 6/14).
TIME TO PARTY: The N.Y. POST's Page Six reports Cuban spent $110,000 "in four hours celebrating at Club Liv at Miami's Fountainebleau" after Game Six. He spent "most of it on a $90,000 bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne" for several players, including F Dirk Nowitzki. Cuban left a $20,000 tip "for the wait staff" (N.Y. POST, 6/14).