When fans talk about winning championships in sports, they often use the word “rings” to describe it. It’s a pretty simple reason why — players and teams get championship rings after winning titles. Rings may be an old concept, but teams keep trying to take the rings to the next level by making them bigger, more bejeweled, and more customized with commemorative events such as the ones the Lakers received last year.
No surprise, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks that the rings idea is old, so he may be following his team’s nickname by doing something different for his players.
During an interview on NBA TV after his team won the NBA title (at least he didn’t cuss in this one), Cuban said “I might not get rings. 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, and I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.'”
This is the exact core of my issues with Cuban. I love the guy for being an innovator and wanting to do something original to reward his players. I can’t stand it when he opens his mouth too much and overshadows his players. If he’s going to let his players play like he did during the NBA Finals and just stay in the background and generate cool ideas like this, then I support him. The key though is to let his team win before he does his talking.
Now that we have that out of the way, got any suggestions for what Cuban should get his players? Private jets? Mini-giraffes? Their very own NBA teams? 18-wheelers like Ochocinco? I can’t wait to see what the Cubes has planned, and his outside-the-box mentality is part of what makes him so enjoyable.