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Mark Cuban may not do championship rings

Jun 13, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

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Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, all those Dallas Mavericks veterans who have chased rings through their entire career… they may not get them.

Oh, they get to call themselves champions, they get the chip and the bragging rights. But on NBA TV after the game last night Mark Cuban said he may not do championship rings for the players.

“I might not get rings,” Cuban said as Chris Webber started to give him look like he was nuts. “Rings are old school. You’ve seen it before: There’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.'”

If not rings then what? Championship belts? iPads with pictures of rings?

The rings are a bit old school, but so is his team? Has he looked at the ages of these guys? Those players he has may like the tradition. Except for DeShawn Stevenson.

  1. dirkified - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Cuban is making small trophys with gems in them

  2. goforthanddie - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Cubes could get everyone Flava Flav style neckwear, with basketballs instead of clocks. Or solid gold Cadillacs. Or their own D-League teams. That’s what makes him fun.

    • connaniii - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      One thing is certain; Cubes ain´t a cheap skate

  3. digitalpoo - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    We should get Mark Cuban a muzzle

    • medtxpack - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM


  4. kilo0986 - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Cuban. … please no……. please

  5. granadosm - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    its comments like this that makes me so happy he kept his mouth shut all series long. if he doesn’t give rings out he is going to get crusified by every sports organization and player

    • mella21 - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      lol, who cares if you don’t want to do a ring? Everyone doesn’t have to always fall in line. I mean, really is that big of a deal..?

      BTW_ Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks! I just got home, turned on the tv and ESPN barely mentioned the Mavs before they turned into all LBJ all the time. Now I come here, and most of the stories are about the Heat and their various decision making issues? PLEASE. The Mavs are the winners, lets focus on them.

  6. lucky5934 - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Cuban was NOT the reason I wanted the Mavs to win.

    • pudgalvin - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      Yeah, Cuban’s a loudmouth, but I kinda like the guy. I don’t think there’s a single person here that wouldn’t want him as an owner of their team. In 11 years, he took the equivilant of the Raptors to a perennial 50 game winner and a championship. He treats his players like kings and will spare absolutely zero expense for his team. He’s a little much from time to time, but I think he’s good for the sport. The exact opposite of the good ol’ boys networks that run most sports.

  7. jrmcool20 - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    cuban is crazy ,, lol look if he wants to give them guys somthing else thats fine BUT he still needs to give them a traditional RING and then he can add somthing diff to it or give them somthing with the ring ,,, in no way should he NOT give them a ring ,, sorry mr cuban not a great idea !!! lol will see …

    • mella21 - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      I actually think that is exactly what will happen. He’ll cave and do a ring because it makes the most sense (something like a chain just have the same visibility and accessibility), but he’ll probably do something extra…like give them all customized porsches.

  8. professoressadiesel - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Maybe bracelets?????

    Customized Bentleys????

    Individual Statues??? (Kareem might take offense though)

  9. jrmcool20 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM


  10. cam3420 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    ummm wat about tradition? its not old school u dick why dnt we jus get rid of the trophy too thats sooo old school, PFFFFT U CUBAN RETARD

    • jamie54 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      You’re an ass. Let the man enjoy the glory. That’s one of the reasons we might not all like him but he does things his way. His time, his team, you have no say in what he does and who cares? Just go away idiot, who can’t spell or even use grammar. Who really, are you? Nobody cares.

    • mella21 - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      The league gives out the trophy, so that is always going to be standard. But, as far as what the organization does….if the players don’t feel slighted by whatever new idea he comes up with, then what’s the big deal? They’re the ones who really have to love it.

  11. randysavage4ever - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Cuban must die.

    • connaniii - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      What are you a terrorist?

  12. nickterryo1 - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Old school?!?
    That expression is olé schol. Not giving out a ring to a world champion team is like not giving a gold medal at the Olympics. major “faux pas”.
    This owner is interresting in that he’s the Steinbrenner of B-ball.
    So what’ll be?
    If it’s mechanical, it’ll end up at the dump in a decade.
    Why not a framed team picture…. Autographed. It won’t cost 10 grand a ring.. That’s fo so.

  13. goforthanddie - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the whole ring thing optional? A bonus for a job well done? He can reward them as he wishes. As long as I had a DVD of me holding up the trophy, I wouldn’t need a ring.

  14. dogsweat1 - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Way To Go Mark!!

    Best Owner is Sports!!

    • evh12345 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Let’s calm down. I like Cuban and all but he has neither the tenure nor track record to be in the “best owner” conversation. My personal pick is the Rooney family in Pittsburgh. Tradition, class, and six beautiful rings.

  15. dogsweat1 - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM


  16. norcalraider510 - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    well cuban and the mavs know how to party…….

  17. lucky5934 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    I have heard a rumor that Cuban will hire a mexican midget for each player, for the entire offseason that would wear NBA Championship gear, plenty of bling, and would say “You are the champion Senor” once a week.

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