Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been one to try off-the- wall ideas and challenge the status quo. It should not have been a surprise to see him try to break with tradition now that he finally has his championship (while still waiting for David Stern to physically hand the trophy to him, he might have to wait for the next one on that).
Cuban suggested giving rings to his champions was a little too old-fashioned for the dot-com billionaire. What Cuban had in mind, nobody knows.
But the Mavericks do have something in mind . . . namely rings. They don’t have to be forged in the fires of Mount Doom or anything special like that (I think that is how the Eye of LeBron takes over Middle Earth or something) . . . just a few thousand dollars worth of diamonds will do.
As the Mavericks have made the interview rounds they have all said they want their rings. The message to the owner: if you like your title, put a ring on it.
“We’ve got to talk to him about that,” Dirk Nowitzki told the Associated Press. “I don’t think the last word has been spoken yet. We know he always wants to do something different, something bigger. But the ring is just so classic. I think I would vote for a ring. I mean, I’m a man. I don’t know how I’d feel about a bracelet.”
“He was talking about a five-finger ring,” Jason Terry said. “I don’t know if you could do that yet. We’ve got one championship.”
” I don’t know what he’s thinking,” coach Rick Carlisle said, laughing. “You win an NBA championship, you’ve got to have a ring.”
Jason Kidd probably put it the most succinctly: “I’m old-fashioned.”
Yeah, the players want rings. Cuban can do whatever special thing he wants, but get these players the rings they have worked so hard for. The championship belts, five-fingered wrings, bracelets, necklaces or other piece of jewelry you want to buy your players to celebrate can be extra gravy.
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