Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Mark Cuban

I need to just say a couple things about Mark Cuban. Well, it's basically one thing, and it can be summed up this way: I think he's an idiot.

I've been trying to hold it back, but after seeing one of the worst displays of sportsmanship the NBA, or any sport, has ever witnessed the other night, I just can't do it any more. There is nothing that bothers me more than someone blaming a loss on officiating. I don't care how successful he's been, or how he is supposedly a good owner and a smart businessman. He's like the teacher in high school who thinks he is like the "cool teacher" and thinks he is best friends with all his students. Cuban thinks he is the "cool owner". That last oint is actually somewhat irrelevant to my argument, but it has always bothered me.

Now, it's possible to be a good owner and an idiot at the same time, but lately Cuban has been walking a fine line where his idiocy negates the positive aspects of his ownership. On the positive side, Cuban has shown that spending money to build a winning team creates a winning environment, and subsequently brings in more money. He has treated the team as if he is the fan, because, let's face it, he is the fan, and as a result he has turned one of the NBA's lauhgingstocks of the 90's into one of it's most successful organizations.

However, as time has progressed, Cuban's lack of class and general idiocy continues to be exposed, and his image has transformed from the "fan's fan" into the "idiot fan who no one wants to sit next to." You know, every sporting event has one. He gets way too emotional, rides the refs mercilessly, complains about every call, and won't shut up or stop moping unless everything in the game goes his way. Let's face it, no one likes that guy, and no one wants to be associated with him. Now imagine if that guy was given free reign to join timeout huddles and go in the locker room after the game. Now you have Mark Cuban.

It's not too late for Mark Cuban, and while I don't expect a change, I hope for one. He was once a good owner who did represent his fans well. That was before he bought into all his own hype and started thriving on media attention and thinking that he was the answer to everything that was wrong with the NBA. It's sad to see, because just when the Mavericks organization should be enjoying one of its proudest moments, it has to be ruined by the man who helped get them there.

I hope the Heat win tonight, and Mark Cuban cries, and then Dirk kicks his ass.


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