HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — It’s one thing to be a Maverick. That means you’re a champion.
But it’s quite another thing to be a maverick and that’s the area where Mark Cuban is usually most comfortable.
This time though, Cuban could be going too far with his notion to abandon the tradition of championship rings in Dallas.
“Rings are done,” Cuban told NBA TV. “It’s time to take it to the next level.”
Before he goes off on a hare-brained spending spree, Cuban might want to consult with his players and staff who have worked so hard for so many years for the right to slip that gaudy bauble onto their finger.
“We got to talk to him about that,” said Dirk Nowitzki, the Finals MVP. “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.”
Coach Rick Carlisle, who owns one championship ring from 1986 in Boston, agrees.
“It’s got to be rings. I don’t know what he’s thinking,” Carlisle said. “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.”
So in the interest of fairness and in helping a billionaire go shopping to break barriers, let’s take a poll on some possibilities:
- Diamond-encrusted saddles. Of course, in 21st century Texas, horses would have to be included.
- 2011 NBA Champion tattoos designed by Jason Terry.
- A box of “Cuban” cigars.
- 24K gold choker necklaces engraved with “2011” and “LeBron.”
- Mavericks blue Rolls-Royces for everyone.
- Rings! Rings! Rings!