Mark Cuban is the most famous team owner in the NBA — well, he was — and that's how he likes it. He's at most Maverick games, clad in a jersey shirt, yelling at anyone who brings injustice upon his team. From referees to power forwards, Mark Cuban don't take no guff.
And if that means that an innocent water cooler has to be gingerly torn asunder, then so be it.
Pretty fearsome! He really picked that cooler up angrily, which is understandable when you consider how many millions of dollars Cuban spent to lose a first-round series against a team he hates. That warrants attacking an inanimate object in my book.
But then Cuban did something he rarely does — he got quiet. That didn't work out too well either.
Cuban isolated himself in a small room inside the visiting locker room at the AT&T Center. He sat in a chair with his head down for several minutes before finally emerging.
He wasn't happy with a TNT cameraman he noticed filming him in the locker room. Cuban told a Mavericks media relations person to obtain the tape from the cameraman.
Maybe he didn't want to ruin his reputation as the NBA's preeminent outspoken executive or maybe this was just a private moment he didn't want getting out, but the move to confiscate the tape is always an interesting choice. As we learned with the LeBron dunk scandal, taking the evidence alway makes things seem worse than they really are.
"Congratulations to the Spurs. George Hill emerged as the star and really was the difference-maker. They deserve to win. They're a Texas team, so I guess I'll be rooting for them the rest of the way. I'm proud of our guys and the way they kept on fighting back," Cuban said. "I'm not so proud of the NBA.
"I'm not proud of my inability over the last 10 years to have an impact like I want to have, so I kind of feel like I owe fans an apology, but that's just the way this business goes, but congratulations to the Spurs."
Did you catch it? The part where he said "I'm not so proud of the NBA?" As Kurt Helin notes, that's code for "Nice one, refs" with a big sarcastic eye roll aftewards. Hey, if it'll save him $35,000, maybe cloaking it is the way to go.
But really, you can feel where Cuban is coming from with all this disappointment. Not only did he lose to his rivals, his favorite player — Dirk Nowitzki — is now making noise about his "options." It was a stressful night. I'm thinking we should all chip in and get him a massage or something. Maybe a Build-a-Bear.
(h/t You Been Blinded)