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Mark Cuban will pay for Mavericks parade

As I mentioned two weeks ago, Mark Cuban was a major reason why I didn’t have a problem with the Mavericks winning the NBA championship this year.

He is the kind of owner I would love all of my favorite teams to have. He is a real fan and isn’t afraid to act like it. In an era when we have gotten used to rich men owning sports teams just because they can and not because they’re passionate about the game Mark Cuban presents a refreshing change of pace. He’s not like other owners sitting upstairs in some luxury box (when they actually show up to the games) he is sitting in the stands and actively involved in the game the way any fan would be. His habit of being outspoken has gotten him in a lot of trouble with the league over the years but that hasn’t made him back down one bit.

I really wanted the visual of David Stern handing him the NBA trophy but Cuban had something else in mind. He honored the former owner of the Mavericks Don Carter and let him accept the trophy on behalf of the team. Cuban wasn’t done making news though as he announced that Mavericks would not be getting championship rings but he wouldn’t reveal what else he had in mind. Is there any doubt that it will be something big?

His announcement today regarding the parade is what led me to write this right now. Mark Cuban announced that he will pay for the championship parade instead of the city of Dallas which like most of the country is facing a budget crunch. Again, what a refreshing change of pace. We’ve gotten used to billionaires hosting cities and states hostage so they will help them build stadiums and arenas off of which the owners will get richer. Has there been another sports owner who has done something similar? I honestly can’t think of one.

You should follow Mark Cuban on twitter @mcuban and read his blog “Blog Maverick“.
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Can we please not use “classy” and Jason Kidd in the same sentence?

I don’t think it is an unreasonable request. Can we please use other adjectives for Jason Kidd and not call him a class act? Has everyone really forgotten him pleading guilty to assaulting his wife?

Credit to The Smoking Gun

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Some thoughts on LeBron James and the NBA Finals

The moment a large chunk of NBA fans were dreading has arrived. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are playing in the NBA Finals in their very first season together.

LeBron James became public enemy #1 in the eyes of many in the aftermath of “The Decision” but as I said it then I find that stance from people quiet funny. I said back in July that I had no problems with LeBron leaving for Miami and remains true to this date. Unlike most I always wasn’t rooting against them in the playoffs. What do you think of his decision to leave Cleveland now? Is it the same as it was back in July?

By the way how much crazier does Dan Gilbert’s rant sound now? Unless you count University of Virginia’s lacrosse title the Cavaliers will not win a championship before the Heat.

I actually wouldn’t have had a problem with any of the conference finalists from this year winning the NBA Championship. I don’t know if I am cheering for the Mavericks or the Heat because I honestly wouldn’t have a problem with either of the two winning. A Miami win would be fun because of uproar it will cause from hypocritical NBA fans. I call them hypocrites because very few of them would have had a problem with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh signing with their teams. Now I’m supposed to buy into their arguments for hating these guys? I have encountered plenty of Knicks fans here in the NJ/NY area who have knocked LeBron for his decision to sign with Miami but I can guarantee not one of them would be saying a thing. It becomes even more laughable when many of those same Knicks fans are fans of the New York Yankees who’s entire business model revolves around signing the big free agents from around the league! I’m not trying to make this into a New York thing at all. Most of the people knocking LeBron happen to be Kobe Bryant fans. Yet again though they don’t see the hypocrisy in their views. For whatever reason they have chosen to forget that Kobe basically forced his way to the Lakers after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James honored his contract and took the franchise to heights it had never before seen.

Dirk Nowitzki has been one of my favorite players in the league for quiet some time. I definitely would like to see him win a championship and that is why part of me leans towards the Mavericks this year. The three guys in Miami will have plenty of chances to win a title, this could very well be the last time Nowitzki has a shot. Plus, how cool would it be to see David Stern hand the trophy to Mark Cuban? I couldn’t care less about Jason Kidd though. I get that he’s a future Hall of Famer and generally well liked player but that doesn’t change that he is an idiot.

Have you heard about the “Cavs for Mavs” fan group?

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Raptors bounce back in Game 3.

What a win for the Raptors. The ACC crowd is really quickly becoming one of the better ones in the league. The atmosphere was electric. Yes, Howard got another double but the Raptors dominated him all night. Hats off to Calderon(he needs to be starting)and Ford. Between the two they play exactly 48 minutes. Get 39 points on 13-22 from the field, 12 rebounds and 16 assists. Can’t wait for game 4.

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