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Mavs players ask for championship rings even Cuban thinks are too pricy

Dec 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

Dallas forward Nowitzki kisses the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas Reuters

There is bling. And then there is what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd think a championship ring should look like.

On Christmas day the Dallas Mavericks will raise a championship banner to the rafters — while LeBron James and the Heat look on — but they will not get championship rings. That will come later.

There are a few reasons for that, but one is that the money key Mavericks wanted to spend was so much it violated league rules, reports the Dallas Morning News (via Ball Don’t Lie).

A few players had a little more say than others. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion all had a hand in on the final choice. Cuban admitted that when he initially asked Nowitzki and Kidd how much they wanted him to spend on the rings, they responded $150,000-$200,000 each.

Unfortunately for them, that’s against league rules.

“I’m like, ‘OK, you do know the NBA has a limit on how much we can spend, right?’ And it’s not 150 grand, trust me,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to tell you the exact amount but it’s nowhere near. The NBA, because they don’t want salary cap violations, puts a limit on how much you can spend on any given ring for any player.”

I had no idea there were league rules on how much you could spend on a championship ring. I bet only Phil Jackson knew that.

So the Mavericks are not going to spend that much, but you still know the thing will have enough bling to ‘lil Wayne double take.

  1. yournuts - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    They will get them at Tiffany.

    • skids003 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      Where in this article does it say Cuban thinks is too pricey? Or is this just another sensationalist headline by the wonderful writers at MSNBC?

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Imagine the damage Jason Kidd can inflict on his wife when he punches her square in the kisser while wearing a six-figure championship ring.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      And it’ll look so good when he props his young child up to act as a shield during press conferences, protecting him from the media who might otherwise ask him a tough question.

    • pudgalvin - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      Best comment I’ve ever seen on here.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      While the country was in a V-J Day like celebration because the Heat was “only” able to make it to Game 6 of the Finals; did any of you ever conside exactly for whom you were cheering?

  3. apanther - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Jason Kidd has been divorced for a while now. I think since 2007. Dont always believe gold diggers who are now on reality TV, stating that they only date men for their money. She appears on “Let’s talk about Pep” on VH1 and is as equally scummy as the things that she has accused Jason of.

  4. 973yenots - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Damn! Thats a bunch of f.ckin money even for someone who owns a NBA team! Thats the type of money you mutha f.ckas are spendind and you let the fans suffer all that time! Sh.t!, I need some air@

  5. narrabeen23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Cuban should get each member of the team solid gold six-shooters.

  6. bigtganks - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Again, these players are so out of touch… entitled really…

    How much do you think I should spend? “$150-$200k” What?!

    • goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      It’s Mark Cuban. You take advantage of the situation when it arises. And Cuban doesn’t care about the cost, except to follow the rules.

  7. kinggw - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    They might as well go all out, they wont be winning anymore anytime soon.

  8. tsi4431 - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Just go ask Lamar Kardashian.

  9. ballsooharduniversity - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    they might as well get them expensive cause there never gonna get one again

  10. ballsooharduniversity - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    @kinggw sorry i copied you there

  11. charlutes - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    How many people must beg Phil Jackson to work for them every year?

  12. t16rich - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I will take that bet. Pat Riley probally knew that too.

  13. lawrinson20 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Call me stupid — go ahead, get it in (that’s what she said…. grrrrrr)… But, i’d want something i could actually wear on a regular basis. Something small and unobtrusive. $9,000, tops. No diamonds. No bling. Platinum with a small insignia or something. Not a beacon to be seen from space. But, we’re in an era where linebackers wear 1/2″ diamond earrings. Under their helmets. And people still think tattoos of skulls and dragons are cool.

    These monstrosities that are being created for championships are ridiculous. They’re more like trophies than rings.

    If i ever saw anyone wearing one, i’d laugh at him. Where you began as a person who actually ‘accomplished’ something, you now get ‘negative points’ for wearing something some gol’darned tacky.

    These players have a problem. Having just read about Lebron’s 7-Escalade Convoy, i’m just about done with the whole ‘pro athlete persona.’ We’re at a point where it’s an aberration for one of them NOT to be a complete tool + moron + narcissist.

    Blame the money and the media. And a lack of intelligence, sophistication, grace, education, and parenting.

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