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Muggsy Bogues has $3.6 million thank yous for Mark Cuban

Sep 16, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

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Fans are divided on Mark Cuban, same with national pundits. Some consider him brash and rebellious, but those same people would kill to have them own their favorite team.

Players? They love him.

Which brings us to Muggsy Bogues, your favorite 5’3” guard. You remember him, he played for 14 NBA seasons, most in Charlotte. He left the NBA in 2001 after being traded to Dallas with three years left on his NBA deal… and that is where Cuban enters the story.

Bogues spoke with SLAM and recounted what happened.

“I’ve never met Mr. Mark Cuban, but I tell people that I thank him more than life itself,” Bogues, 46, said recently over the phone from his home in Charlotte. “I had three years left on my contract when my mom passed away, and I decided it was time to move on [from basketball]. I walked away from the game with three years left on my contract. He (Cuban) could have easily just have bought me out of my contract, but he went on and honored it and paid the three years out and never looked back.”

That would be $3.6 million.

“I was never able to thank Cuban in person for that, but I do thank him,” said Bogues. “And I’m happy the Dallas Mavericks won the Championship. That’s a great organization.”

That is why Dallas is going to be good no matter what the economic system that comes in after the lockout — players want to go there because they feel treated well. They want to play for Cuban. There are only a handful or organizations around the league that players speak of in these terms (no, not the Clippers) and they will always get the key free agents. Hard cap or not.

  1. therealhtj - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I know Cuban’s out there, and everyone loves Mugsy, but I really don’t get essentially flushing 3.6 million down the toilet.

  2. meatloaf025 - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    And baseball think they don’t need Cuban

  3. bigdublovespeggynmaddy - Sep 18, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I really wish Mark Cuban owned the Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers! Cuban is the best owner in sports!

  4. shorttracknews - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    For 3.6 million I think I would have made more of an effort to thank him in person. Not during the 3 years of course, Cuban might have been like…”What, we are still paying you”? But at least after the fact I would have met the man to thank him.

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