Mark Cuban: 5 Franchises Who Need Him More Than the Dallas Mavericks

July 9th, 2011 by J. Matthew nespoli Leave a reply »
Mark Cuban is unlike any other owner in sports.

Eight years ago, I met Cuban at a local bar here in Hermosa Beach, California. After a night of beers, he came back to our rinky dink, smelly bachelor pad on the beach, and hung out with myself, and my  roommates until three a.m., talking sports, and life.

That night, I remember two very specific conversations (or at least two that I'm willing to share). The first was an argument about who his best player was. I made the case for Steve Nash, while Cuban wouldn't give an inch, insisting that Dirk was easily his most important player.

In hindsight, this is why Mark Cuban owns a team, and I write about guys who own teams...

Well, that and the two billion dollars.

The second discussion I remember was about Pittsburgh, where we both hail from, and the likelihood of him ever making a move to buy our beloved Pirates.

He said it was unlikely.

I wish that weren't the case.

Mark Cuban isn't a stuffy suit like most owners. He's an everyman's man; the kind of guy you can meet at a bar and not see the slightest sign of a man with a billion dollars.

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