- Created on Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:16
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
However, just like the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Life in the NBA continues even though the Dallas Mavericks are World Champions.
Business has not quite returned to normal. There was the matter of the parade which Mark Cuban said that he would pay for. True to his word, he covered the cost of the city-wide celebration—all $340,847 of it.
"I got off cheap," Cuban said during a radio appearance.
Cuban is especially proud to point out that there was only a single arrest during the whole celebration, especially after the riots in Vancouver where over 100 people were arrested.
"Dallas fans were phenomenal," Cuban said. "It's like they picked up after themselves. An officer told me there was only one arrest. That's unheard of.
On Wednesday Cuban filed a document with the court that he hopes will put a suit brought against him by the team’s former owner, Ross Perot Jr., who happens to still own a 5 percent stake in the team. Perot had accused Cuban of basically running the team into the ground due to his poor management skills.
Cuban and his attorneys believe the document which they titled the “World Champion Dallas Mavericks” will prove to the court that Perot’s claims lack merit.
As the adulation continues to die down, the stark reality that is the business of basketball will start to creep up. Even though Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle may want to keep the team relatively intact, doing so could prove to be impossible. Players retire, others get traded, but more often than not there is at least one person that is offered a contract from a competitor that he can’t refuse.
For the Dallas Mavericks, that player could end up being J.J. Barea. He has stated that he would like to return to the defending world champions, but has said that he would be open to going elsewhere—namely Los Angeles, Miami, or New York.
“Obviously I prefer to stay in Dallas. The treatment I get in that city is incredible. And besides, I’d rather not have to start again. I like where I am and want to stay in Dallas to look for another championship, but I’ll leave that to my agent (Dan Fegan) and Mark Cuban,” said Barea.
The team has already lost assistant coach Dwight Casey who has become the next head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
The world is still waiting to see what Cuban will do to commemorate his team’s world championship. He has made his feelings clear that he want to do something besides ring, but his team has publicly said that is what they want.
Shawn Marion, who is filming his own reality show, offered up one solution when he, J.J. Barea and Cuban appeared on Lopez Tonight:
"Do a ring and a watch!"
That would be different Mark.
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