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Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks swept the hated Lakers out of the playoffs in what was a cathartic experience for Cuban and Mavericks fans.

Yet he said nothing. He almost didn’t speak to the media and there was no gloating. No jabs at Phil Jackson. Which had to be hard for him.

But Dirk Nowitzki, he kind of likes this new owner, he told the Star-Telegram.

“Yeah, it should be about the players and not the owner,” Nowitzki said. “We played a great series. We fought hard and battled. That was fun. I haven’t seen Mark since then, and that’s probably a good thing.”

Cuban isn’t being quiet around the team, he is still on the sidelines and still vocal and demonstrative. He’s just not starting any little dust ups through the media.

“He is still fired up,” Nowitzki said. “He is still such a huge fan. He is still in it with his heart. He is positive. Sometimes he yells. He picks his spots better. He is not as hands-on as he once was. He is still hands-on for an owner but not as hands-on as he used to be.”

Cuban has admitted he has mellowed a little, since he had a family and a child. Maybe that has something to do with it.

But if the Mavericks reach the NBA finals, and face the Heat, and Bennett Salvatore gets assigned to officiate a game… that will be the true test.

  1. dgforreal - May 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Good for him. I respect his hustle and what he’s done for the team and the city of Dallas.

    Putting a lid on it just increased that respect.

  2. cosanostra71 - May 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I hate Mark Cuban. He is terrible for the NBA.

  3. oumoonunit - May 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Yeah…If there were more owners with boat loads of cash and an extreme desire to win, the NBA would be so much worse. It would just be sooooo terrible. What happened to owners that just want our money?

    • cosanostra71 - May 12, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      The majority of even diehard fans probably couldn’t name the Celtics’ owners. Owners can have cash and a desire to win without being blowhards that turn themselves into a bigger “attraction” than their team.

  4. oumoonunit - May 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    That is b/c Boston is owned by a passionate owners group instead of one passionate owner. I would also say that Nowitzki is a much bigger attraction that Cuban. I can understand your not liking Cuban, but the assertion that he is bad for the league or bigger than the team is preposterous.

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