- Created on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 23:46
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
As for his team, the Mavericks might want to put a muzzle on their owner to make sure that he keeps his mouth shut. Besides “talking” with Kobe Bryant some during the semi-finals series with the Lakers, Cuban has not been heard from.
His Mavericks did not just beat the Lakers; they dominated the two-time champs as they swept them out of the playoffs.
“It should be about the players, never about the owner,” Mavs superstar Dirk Nowitzki said. “We played a great series (against the Lakers), we fought hard and battled and that was fun. I haven’t really seen Mark since then and that’s probably a good thing. It’s fine.”
Nowitzki made sure that the players, or at least himself, took center stage in Game 1 of the conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a dominating performance. Cuban’s on-court leader scored the highest point total by a single player this postseason with 48 points, 24 of them coming from a perfect 24-24 night from the free throw line.
While Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks continue their journey through the playoffs, there is a group of people that would like nothing more than to hear something from the team’s verbose owner.
A group of Los Angeles Dodger fans are hoping to encourage Mark Cuban to buy their beloved team from Frank McCourt before it goes under. The group has been passing stickers out at games, started a website (MarkCubanSavetheDodgers.com), and is looking to paint a water tower with the message if they can raise the funds.
It is no secret that Cuban has been interested in buying a baseball team. A few years ago he put a bid in on the Chicago Cubs, but saw it declined. Just last season he became a last second player in the Texas Rangers auction, but failed in that attempt as well.
Whether or not he is interested is not known at the time, but a team with the storied history of the Los Angeles Dodgers would be right up Cuban’s alley. The Dodgers have been to the World Series 18 times and won six, both marks tied for second best in baseball. Next to the Yankees and the Cubs there is probably not another baseball team as iconic as the Dodgers.
The problem these fans will likely run into is that the current owner, Frank McCourt, has run the team into such a hole that no businessman in his right mind would be interested in taking on the mountain of debt that the team has.
Cuban may have been okay with forking over a million dollars to speak his mind about different things the NBA and its referees do, but gambling with a few hundred million would not be his style.