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Mark Cuban Says Letting Players Play for Olympic Team is ‘Stupidity,’ Calls Olympic Basketball ‘Meaningless’

Above all else, Mark Cuban is a businessman. That is the reason he is one of the most successful men in America. He may love guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd on a personal level, but at the end of the day, they are assets to his company. Cuban pays them to play for the Mavericks, so if they are going to get hurt and jeopardize their careers, he wants to make sure it is done on company time. Dirk is currently nursing an knee injury that may have been caused while playing for Germany in international competition, and Cuban is not happy about it.

“It’s just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations (like the Olympics) can make tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars,” Cuban said according to ESPNDallas.com. “There’s some guys sitting at the Olympic headquarters going, ‘Those dumb-asses, we’re taking all their best guys for nothing.’

“I understand from Dirk’s perspective. We should never put our athletes in that position. For some sports the Olympics are very, very important. For basketball, it’s meaningless. It’s not that they’re not decent games. All things being equal, it’s fun to watch us play Argentina and Spain, but it would be just as fun if they were 21 and under.”

Cuban said he has tried to get the debate put up for vote but has had no success. Obviously his belief is shared by other owners, as evidenced by the fact that Amar’e Stoudemire may have been left off the Team USA roster this year over a similar dispute.

It’s easy to understand both sides of the argument. Cuban has a valid point; he and other NBA owners pay their players hundreds of million of dollars, and the Olympic teams get to borrow them without offering compensation. If someone should suffer a serious injury, it would be accompanied by nothing more than an “oops.” On the other hand, it is important to some players to be able to represent their country. It’s a matter of pride. Unfortunately for Cuban and others, pride is likely to continue to win out — at least for the immediate future.

Mark Cuban Upset NBA Didn’t Schedule Mavs to Play in DC for White House Visit

Anyone who was worried about the world ending in 2012 can be comforted by knowing that it only took Mark Cuban two days to launch a complaint about the NBA. Translation: all is normal in the world.

Cuban is upset the NBA didn’t schedule the defending champion Mavericks to play against the Wizards in D.C. Playing in D.C. would have made it easy for the Mavs to meet the president at the White House as championship teams do each year. Instead, the Mavericks scheduled their own trip to the White House prior to a road trip to Detroit and Boston next week.

“There’s no point in calling [the league]. It’s bull—- by the league not to schedule it,” Cuban said. “I figured I’d do it myself since the league wasn’t smart enough to figure it out. How can you be that stupid? All you’ve got to do is when you’re putting in the scheduling software, say Dallas at Washington, yes. They managed to get Dallas and Miami and all the games set on certain days.”

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Ross Perot Jr. Trying to Lock Mavs and Stars Fans Out of Their Parking Spots

Ross Perot Jr., a minority owner in the Dallas Mavericks, has had an ongoing feud with majority owner Mark Cuban. Perot Jr. has repeatedly accused Cuban of mismanaging the Mavs. Cuban responded by filing a brief after the team won the NBA title as a way of saying up yours. Now Ross Perot Jr. is back for more.

Perot Jr. apparently said that a parking agreement between one of his companies and the company that runs American Airlines Center was void. He was trying to keep several season ticket holders from being able to park in their spots during one of the center’s busiest sports weeks of the year. Cuban’s lawyer was able to get the judge to file a temporary restraining order against Perot Wednesday.

The order signed Dec. 21, 2011, by Judge Martin Lowy in Dallas’ 101st District Court was issued the day after the Perot-controlled units announced the lockout plan in a letter delivered to Center Operating Company, the group responsible for operations at the American Airlines Center, home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars.

“This order makes sure that no Grinch is going to steal Christmas for Mavs and Stars fans,” says attorney Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson in Dallas, who requested the court order on behalf of COC. “Our clients have honored their agreement with Mr. Perot’s companies and we believe they should do the same.”

Look, I don’t know all the details of the agreement (you can read the suit here), but that just crosses me as a dick move. If there’s any way for Cuban to buy him out as a minority owner, he needs to do it.

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd Wanted Mark Cuban to Spend $150-200k on Each Championship Ring

Many Dallas Mavericks complained when they learned that owner Mark Cuban wanted to get his players something other than traditional rings for winning the NBA championship. There was an idea that Cuban wanted to get them bracelets, but Dirk and Rick Carlisle wanted the rings instead. The players won the debate and they’re getting traditional rings, though they won’t receive them on Christmas. Apparently some of the players wanted the rings to be pretty flamboyant.

“We took all the proposals from everybody, all the hip jewelers and all the big time distributors, everybody,” Cuban said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). “They all sent samples and pictures and mock-ups and we laid them all out in the locker room. We had everybody sign off on what was their favorites.”

Cuban asked Dirk and Kidd how much they wanted him to spend on each ring. They said about $150,000-$200,000. Unfortunately for them, that couldn’t happen.

“I’m like, ‘OK, you do know the NBA has a limit on how much we can spend, right?’ And it’s not 150 grand, trust me,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to tell you the exact amount but it’s nowhere near. The NBA, because they don’t want salary cap violations, puts a limit on how much you can spend on any given ring for any player.”

Maybe that’s why Cuban spent so much money celebrating the Finals win — he knew he’d be limited on how much he could spend for the rings.

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Mark Cuban Honored Muggsy Bogues’ Contract After Retirement

Mark Cuban is an affluent man who is generous with his wealth, but we didn’t realize his kindness extended this far. Former NBA player Muggsy Bogues recently told Slam that his contract was paid in full by the Dallas Mavericks, even after he retired.

“I’ve never met Mr. Mark Cuban, but I tell people that I thank him more than life itself,” Bogues told Slam. “I had three years left on my contract when my mom passed away, and I decided it was time to move on [from basketball]. I walked away from the game with three years left on my contract. [Mark Cuban] could have easily just have bought me out of my contract, but he went on and honored it and paid the three years out and never looked back.”

Considering the lengths some franchises go to ensure they don’t have to pay money — or even that they recoup money after its been paid — this is a stunner. Bogues never played a game for the Mavericks but was paid $3 million by the team.

Cuban may come across as someone trying to show off when he throws around his money, but it’s obviously not an act. He seems to be a genuinely generous man, even if his actions often rub us the wrong way.

Mark Cuban Asked to Leave Dyckman Park Because of Lockout Rules

Dyckman Park has been one of the hot spots during the NBA lockout. Players have been going there (and Rucker Park) to keep their skills sharp. Jimmer Fredette’s brother rapped at halftime of a recent game, and Michael Beasley got into a fight with a fan there last week. Mark Cuban is never one to miss out on a party so he headed over to NYC to check out the park scene. It didn’t last long.

Cuban reportedly had to leave after a few minutes because NBA lockout rules prevent contact between players and owners.

“I love anywhere where there’s basketball. Anywhere where there’s people coming out and having fun is always a good thing, man,” Cuban reportedly said as he exited the park.

It’s too bad that Cuban couldn’t stick around especially after making his way out there. The owners may be locking the players out and prevented from having contact, but that’s not Cuban’s style. Money isn’t an object for him the way it is for other struggling owners. He should be allowed to have his fun.

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Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle Want Ring Over Mark Cuban’s Bracelet Idea

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said after his team won the NBA title that championship rings are done and that he wanted to take the tradition to the next level. We’ve seen plenty of ideas ranging from statues to private islands, but our personal favorite is mini-giraffes. And if Cuban is planning to take it to the next level, he better be going exotic with his idea. As it stands, the notion that he’s just going to get the team bracelets is pretty weak.

Speaking on PTI Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki agreed. “I’m an old school guy and when he brought that idea up I think the whole team was a little dumbfounded,” Nowitzki said. “I don’t think the last word has been spoken there. I think he was thinking about a bracelet or something but the ring is just so classic and everybody I think wants a ring.”

In separate yet related comments, Dirk said “I’m a man, I don’t know how I’d feel about a bracelet.”

Coach Rick Carlisle expressed a similar sentiment saying “It’s got to be rings. I don’t know what [Cuban's] thinking. You win an NBA championship, you gotta have a ring. If he wants to give guys something else (in addition to) a ring, that’s great.”

I’m in agreement with what Carlisle said. Cuban can get his team something else, but he should also get them rings. And if he’s making this big of a deal over bracelets as Dirk intimated, then I’d be really disappointed. That’s not next level, that’s poker stuff. When we think of Mark Cuban and next level, we think of private islands, customized cars, and heck even NBA franchises. There’s no way he’s going to do bracelets, so the suspense is mounting.