Mark Cuban and David Stern have had their fair share of differences of opinion over the years. The expression of those differences has often wound up costing Cuban some serious coin — the brash owner has racked up at least $1.9 million in fines, most of it stemming from outspoken criticism of NBA officials, since purchasing the Dallas Mavericks 14 years ago. (The total outlay actually comes to nearly $3.9 million, since Cuban pairs each fine with a matching donation to a charity of his choice.)
With Stern set to step down as commissioner of the NBA on Saturday after 30 years on the job, Cuban recently requested, and received, one last fine from the man who played his longtime adversary in public, but whom he considered a partner in "trying to create change" behind closed doors. Apparently, though, one last $100,000 rip wasn't all Stern wanted to give Cuban to remember him by:
"Celebrating the commissioners final day in the office," Cuban wrote. "Yes we are.. CLOSE friends."
Almost uncomfortably close, one might say. (That does not look like a very natural embrace, guys.)
While incoming commissioner Adam Silver has a bit more personality than you might think (to say nothing of his strong penmanship), it is difficult to envision him getting up close and personal with the star of "Shark Tank" for a selfie to celebrate the conclusion of a mutually beneficial business relationship. I'm not sure if that is a bad thing or a good thing, but it is definitely something, and it is something that the league will no longer have as of midnight. I can safely say that it isn't something I expected to see on Stern's way out of the office, but I suppose it's nice to see him leaving with a trace of a smile on his face.
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