Mav’s want rings, Cuban wants bracelets
The Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is sometimes one for quirky innovations. He wants to replace the Championship rings with bracelets, or something other than rings (pic gallery below). Dirk Nowitski, Jet, Mav’s coach [Rick] Carlisle, and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson all agreed on the classic rings. Jet and Nelson even vouched to pay for the rings if necessary. Seperately, Mark Cuban has been literally attached to the trophy in the last days. He was spotted on the urinals with the trophy in hand (pic below). Check it out!
“Rings are done,” Cuban told NBA TV. “It’s time to take it to the next level.”
Cuban has compared his idea to when Michigan’s “Fab Five” started wearing long shorts, and soon the rest of basketball followed, although he has not said exactly what he has in mind. (courtesy foxsports)
“We got to talk to him about that,” Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki said with a big smile. “I don’t think the last word has been spoken yet. You know he always wants to do something different, wants to do something bigger, but I mean, 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. I’ve gotta go with a ring.”
“As a player and a historian of the game, we want the ring,” Terry said. “You look at the Sports Illustrated cover of Bill Russell holding those rings, you see Phil Jackson’s rings . . . you want that ring. That means a lot. That’s the thing that you can go to your grave with.” (courtesy foxsports)
“I tell you one thing,” Terry said. “If I’ve got to buy those rings myself, Jim, we’re going to have rings.” (courtesy foxsports)
“It’s got to be rings. I don’t know what he’s thinking,” Carlisle said, laughing. “You win an NBA championship, you gotta have a ring. If he wants to give guys something else (in addition to) a ring, that’s great. But if you’re asking my opinion, I’ll give it to you. I’m quite certain that everyone will be well accounted for.”
“Let’s get the rings,” Nelson said. “I’ll pay for them.”
“They might be plastic with cubic zirconium,”Nelson joked. (all other quotes courtesy espn)