No Really…

Watch Letterman tonight. I already have picked out my next charity to donate to…

And this is for all of those people who really, really hate me. A lot.

If you have a very strong dislike for me, then I promise you that you will be extremely entertained by my “antics” in the new Like Mike 2 DVD that just came out.

Rent it or buy it now.

If you really, really hate me.

838 thoughts on “No Really…

  1. Hey Ben!

    I’M A MAVS FAN YOU EFFIN’ MORON!!!! I just know a load of horse manure when I see one. And what the Mavs put out tonight was a steaming load of horse manure. They played like women. Fight through the damn fouls! That’s the way they play on the playgrounds–where real men ball. fall down and look for a foul every time there’s contact. To his credit, Dirk didn’t bitch about the refs. To his discredit, he let the Heat take him completely out of his game, couldn’t hit a damn shot to save his life, and let it affect him at the defensive end as well. Honestly, this is the kind of loss that breaks the back of a team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Heat win this thing in 6 now.

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  2. Show some class, Heat fans. Troll somewhere where you might be wanted.

    We’ll snap back. Remember what happened after the last time Dirk had a meltdown…!

    GO MAVS!@#

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  3. Mark,

    Tough night bro, hang in there. My name is Guy, we met a couple of times in Chicago, thru Ted Widen. I don’t really expect you to remember but Hello anyway. This is the first time I’ve ever written you or any blog for that matter.

    I threw a couple of big Maverick party’s at my home for the first two games and obviously things went quite well. Unfortunately I’ve had other committments the past two games and look where we are. I’m not sure what to do now.

    I heard that you respond to all the postings you get, I’m not sure how you do it but let me know what you need and I’ll try to get it done on this end. Maybe I should try and get a few buddy’s and fly down for the next game.

    Keep the faith, tell Dirk to keep driving and forcing the action, give Dampier a big pep talk Eric s I’m confident that Jason and Josh will step it up.

    BTW,I saw you on Letterman, very good stuff. D Trump sounds like a complete tool and you told a good story to confirm it.

    All the best,

    Guy Rudloff

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  4. Amazing how all the heat fans come out after the series is TIED. It can go either way, yes. Calm down, everyone. The Heat played some bad games, the Mavs played some bad games. Both took advantage of each other when the time was right. Honestly, we’re just the fans. It’s the players. Who are we to sit there and slam the other fans, the other teams? Yes, cheer for your team. Say GO HEAT or GO MAVS as much as you want, but what’s the point of bashing the other side? Obviously both sets of fans know what hard losses feel like. Both teams know how to overcome hard losses. It isn’t over yet for either side.

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  5. Men playing Women
    LoL thats funny, were you a passenger on rothlessbergers bike or something? Dirk’s nose was purple and bruised in the press confrence. and he got his ankles stomped on by shaq, but he didnt happend to say anything about Fighting for his life or being questionable for game 5. And yea Dirk only made 2 shots tonight and yet managed to still tripple shaqs 2 shot performance from game 2. I understand your pre-puberty thrills of winning by more than 2 points. but seriously try to hold that load in you couldnt of lost this game it was given to you.

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  6. i think you were great on Letterman, but i do have a question. Did you drink out of Dave’s coffee mug?

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  7. We lost the series when Dirk choked on that FT. Is over.

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  8. You shouldn’t have gone on Letterman after only 2 wins, Mark. That’s something you’re supposed to do AFTER you win it all. Your move negated Shaq’s foolish talk about winning “5 or 6 rings” before he even had #4. Pride comes before a fall, Mark. Thought you’d know that by now.
    GO HEAT! (P.S. I live in LA now — let’s do dinner when you’re out here next time.)

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  9. You shouldn’t have gone on Letterman after only 2 wins, Mark. That’s something you’re supposed to do AFTER you win it all. Your move negated Shaq’s foolish talk about winning “5 or 6 rings” before he even had #4. Pride comes before a fall, Mark. Thought you’d know that by now.
    GO HEAT! (P.S. I live in LA now — let’s do dinner when you’re out here next time.)

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  10. Quit complaining about the refs…
    These are some of the reasons the Mavs flopped!
    – Dwayne Wade’s supremacy over your “best” player
    – Best D-E-F-E-N-S-E in the NBA…ahh! and don’t ever forget our offensive game…24 point lead that’s what I call great !!!
    – Better bench!
    – Dirk’s lack of David Haselhoff’s Cd’s
    We are not haterz.. like ya’ll

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  11. The Mavs played like women (especially Dirk). The Heat played like me. In competitive sports, men beat women. That’s just how it goes. I do like that Dirk stood up and took it at the press conference, unlike the classless Shaqira. But this series is over. When men play women, men win.

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  12. I’m a MAVS fanatic and always a 100% believer. In fact I’m the only one supporting MAVS from my group. I have silenced our critics here from the fisrt two wins, but after this last two, I simply can’t control them….. But this is completely different from the playing court wherein we have five players all the time. Why don’t we try to do what they did when they return to there home court….. They were playing desperate basketball on game 3 and it work for them…….Try to study game 3 again, maybe we can decipher something out of it for our own advantage……Hey guys, to tell yo the truth, I’m not a gambling man, but I do bet hard earned money against all of them, that is how far I’m going for this team because I still do believe we can take GAME 5 on their homecourt and go home to finish it off……. AFTER ALL THE PREDICTION BY ALMOST EVERYONE IS 4-2 in our FAVOR. MR. MARK CUBAN, please do something miracously before game 5… THE GUYS DO NEED YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT RIGHT NOW…… YOU CANNOT SIMPLY LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS YOU……… I do believe in you SIR…..
    REMEMBER….. IT’S GONNA BE A LONG CLIMB IF WE WILL LOOSE GAME 5 EVEN THOUGH WE ARE RETURNING HOME.

    REGARDS,

    ARVIN CAPULONG
    NAVMAN NZ LTD.
    AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND.

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  13. Wow. I’ve seen it all…

    Blame losses for an officiating clock, referees, and now humidity. Sounds like the anatomy of a choke!

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basketball/heat/sfl-heatrun15jun15,0,2286059.story?coll=sfla-sports-heat

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  14. I try to not complain about the refs, it causes a lot of negativity and players should never argue with the ref. But for F’ing sakes what the hell just happend. Dirk must of been kncoked to the ground 15 times tonight. And i’ve never seen a player put his hand around another dudes throat but Shaq did it twice tonight. And if that bafoon Shaq throws another moving screen I swear to god ill break his kneecaps myself. And everyone keeps talking about stacks foul lol… Avery needs to teach them how to fight back IE Kidney shots, the eye gouge and the great charlie horse/deadleg. This is retarded and its obvious whats going on here. The cool thing about Nelson was he would tell the refs where to stick it, get T’d then ejected and the players would get pumped. Anyways i say if mavs lose game 5 we all throw some money in get oh about 2-3 thousand dollars worth of Angel Soft and let Russ n JD go wild on cubans front lawn agian. Or atleast everyone take a collection to help pay half of Marks fines as show of our appreciation.

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  15. wow dallas really played well in game four…….hahahahahahahaha

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  16. I can’t wait until the next couple of days when Wade and Riley go to the press and tell them how his leg is falling off or how his tummy hurts. I’m beginning to think mentally he comes out playing better when he acts like other players have an advantage over him because he’s hurting. Boo hoo, every damn player on the mavs and heat are fighting through injuries and pain. But yet, every day the press is commenting on how he is fighting for his life.

    This game is about beleiving in yourself. Some people play better when they think they got something going against them, and he is definitly one of them.

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  17. Mark,
    I have a theory about playing out of your own environment. Going from Dallas where’s it hot but does not have the intense humidity that Miami does, is taking its toll. One or two days there, maybe, but more than that it spells trouble. The body takes weeks or months to acclimate to totally different environments and I suggest you get the hell of Miami until the day of the game. The players are obviously sluggish and slower than normal. Get out until the the next game!

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  18. .
    Shaq is like one of those football tackle dummies . What a lug.

    It ain’t over, till it’s over!

    tt

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  19. i personally don’t hate you, Mr. Cuban.. i read your blog as often as i can, and i admire the way you’ve gone by your business, because i think we need more sincere identity in the NBA, and in the rest of the sports world.. but i’m a Laker fan, and a Shaq fan as well.. i said it in my blog, and i am praying i’m right.. Heat in 6.. but good luck to your team.. good call on Avery Johnson as well..

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  20. Just saw Dirk in postgame interview, Still showing class even after loss.( unlike Shaq) Yea the series is tied but we win our first NBA title at home. No better treat for MAv fans. Go Mavs this is your time, take advantage amd dominate.Beat the Heat!!!!!

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  21. i personally don’t hate you, Mr. Cuban.. i read your blog as often as i can, and i admire the way you’ve gone by your business, because i think we need more sincere identity in the NBA, and in the rest of the sports world.. but i’m a Laker fan, and a Shaq fan as well.. i said it in my blog, and i am praying i’m right.. Heat in 6.. but good luck to your team.. good call on Avery Johnson as well..

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  22. Stack put Shack on his Back.

    Comment by Patrick -

  23. Sir,

    Watch the david letterman,I agree with your comments regarding Donald Trump..Anyway I hope the Mavs win the 2006 championship,your team deserves it

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  24. The Mavs did not play a game tonight. This was a no energy, bad, bad, almost not wanting to watch performance effort by the Mavs. The performance of the Mavs reminded of how the stock market was performing over the past several weeks and I hope the game tonight was the bottom. They will have to make a significant emotional change in their focus to come out of the doldrums from their efforts in the game tonight. Your performance, especially when you review how you played tonight, has to really piss you off so much, it did me, that you want to come out and rocket to new highs for the next one. Come on Mavs, do what you do best and make the corrections needed to overcome. Your ability as a team is unlimited!! Apply your attitudes and synergize your talents to overcome the losts of the games 3 & 4. You have what it takes to win the NBA Finals!!

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  25. Way to go Heat!

    I must say though, Heat fans shouldn’t be making fun of Mark Cuban or how the team played tonight. Afterall, we played pretty damn awful in Game 2 and Cuban is an excellent owner, regardless of what you think of his image.

    This series isn’t over, the Mavs are still a talented bunch and could easily take Game 5. No need for Heat fans to get a big head, and also, no need to give us some negative karma🙂

    Go Heat!

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  26. I guess it must have been the refs this time, huh? The officials knocked all those Dirk balls out of mid-air… what was he, 2-14? Thank goodness he was getting fouls called or his point total would have been even more embarrassing. And don’t forget how the officials tipped in all those D-Wade jumpers and Posey treys. How many offensive fouls got called in the Heat? Three second violations? Turnovers? And the officials had the gall to call that flagrant on Stackhouse when after all he was just defending, obviously the officials are homers.

    And yet… the Heat won by … 16? … no… 2, like Tuesday? … no… 24. That happened because Stern wanted it to happen. C’mon, be consistent. Why don’t you pick Dallas in 5 now? It’s unbelievable how moronic y’all — ANYONE — sounds when y’all blame the officiating.

    Shoulda put the kid in. Maybe he’d have sunk some jumpers.

    At the very least, he might have prevented the Mavs from setting a new NBA finals record — FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN A QUARTER — ANY QUARTER — OF A FINALS GAME.

    SEVEN.

    SIETE.

    SIEBEN.

    7 — 7 — 7 — 7

    But everyone knows it was the officials’ fault, so the record doesn’t count.

    Doesn’t it?

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  27. You should have waited until after the Finals to go on Letterman. Idiot comment about Nash by the way. (classless) We played soft tonight in Game 4. Also those idiots at the morning news and the city of Dallas making plans for a parade look extremely ignorant right now. We lost respect for our opponent and now we’re in deep trouble.

    This team needs to sac up and realize the opportunity in front of them. Zero points from just about everyone in the 4thQ except our youngest player. Dirk isn’t hitting the boards and he needs to quit falling down on every fade away jumper and go to the rack.

    GO MAVS!!

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  28. Mark, I think you should make your next post about the lousy officiating. Or maybe it should be about how Pat Riley cheats. Better yet, how Dwyane Wade is being protected by the refs. Something unexpected.

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  29. Way to go Heat!

    I must say though, Heat fans shouldn’t be making fun of Mark Cuban or how the team played tonight. Afterall, we played pretty damn awful in Game 2 and Cuban is an excellent owner, regardless of what you think of his image.

    This series isn’t over, the Mavs are still a talented bunch and could easily take Game 5. No need for Heat fans to get a big head, and also, no need to give us some negative karma🙂

    Go Heat!

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  30. WHAT IS A FOUL> It would be nice to have some consistency in the foul calling in ANY NBA game. Why would a team get more foul calls just because they are at home? When can you hand check and when can you bang around? When does a player cross the line for a technical foul? Call technical fouls for saying ANYTHING to the refs and maybe some of that whining and bitching would stop.If I don’t do my job I get fired. Maybe reprimanded first, but eventually I get fired because SOMEBODY is evaluating my work. GUESS I SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN NBA REFEREE. When you get hired you can’t get fired. No matter how bad of a job you did, or what kind of attitude you bring to your job. Just go to your local playgrounds and watch a pick-up game, cause you ain’t far from it in this league.

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  31. Samuel, your spelling speakings highly of your intellectual level. so stick to watching the game on tv and cheering like a little kid that doesnt know whats going on. Or why dont you just blame the kid that mops the floor, blame him on the loss..Or why dont you start rumors that Wade and Shaq use steriods, or that today, the clock had an extra 47 minutes in it, or that theres too much white in the arena…What else are you Mavericks fans going to put the blame on for this loss? Keep us as the underdogs, keep hating on us, keep planning your parade, because I am sure after we are done showing Miamians the trophy and Mickey Mouse, we can drive to Dallas and shows you how it feels to be Champions, true Champions.

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  32. Avery better not let those boys party again this weekend, they got work to do! Dirk’s girlfriend and her posse need to go back to Dallas and leave him alone.

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  33. Come on Mark. Some of the Letterman stuff was funny. But there was no need to take the shots at Steve Nash. I love the Mavs but I cringe when you pull crap like that. In addition, you might want to back off some of your predictions and shots at Riley. We don’t need to give those guys any more ammo. Especially after tonights freakin disgusting display. Spend some time taking shots in-house and light a fire under Dirk’s ass. This collapse is really pathetic.

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  34. we got a series now…. Go heat..

    Goodluck to the Mavs may the best team win..

    Keep up the good work Mark… not a fan of your team, but you are a cool cat…

    Comment by Carlos -

  35. You may be a billionaire… but your a loser and so is your team… Dirk is proving that he is no champion. Bird, Jordan, Magic, Shaq,
    they NEVER choked like Dirk is? What a big pussy in crunch time! What a embarassment!
    Bench him. That retarded kid Cuban gave free seats to in Game 1 could outshine Mr. Nowitzness. Let’s call him Nogameness. Overrated loser!

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  36. we got a series now…. Go heat..

    Goodluck to the Mavs may the best team win..

    Keep up the good work Mark… not a fan of your team, but you are a cool cat…

    Comment by Carlos -

  37. So, we just finished kicking your butt all over the place (where is Geg? my pizza guy, the ststs boy). What was it this time, the refs, the 4 seconds, the boat, the stupid sequence of questions for Shao…Well, my theory, the HEAT is just better.

    At the end of the game, Mark Cuban looked like a little girl, lost in the park, looking for her mom. This was not a victory…This was a message.

    GO HEAT!!!!!

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  38. When men play women in a competitive sport, men win. That’s what happened tonight.

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  39. Please do not let van horn play anymore… Go Mavs.

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  40. The series stands as such:
    Mavs 2
    Heat 0
    Refs 2

    Comment by Daniel Miller -

  41. I hate the officials. Yeah Heat deserved to win this game. But we had the last game. Damn officials calling for the underdog team. Stearns you greedy bastard if you are hedging the games (by telling the officials to make it close) so you could put another buck in your pocket you should be in jail for fraud. This game when the heat was ahead we got some silly foul calls go in our favor but the last game was ridiculous. Do your freaking job call it fair the whole game whoever is in the lead. Stearns youd better watch tape and do the right thing. There are people who are true fans who can’t deal with this type of fraud. Do the right thing Stearns and stop looking at the dollar bills.

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  42. NBA is enjoyable, but until officiating improves, not going to grow to its potential.

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  43. Got to attend Game 2 Sunday night. Awesome energy at AAC, but the “White Hot” look at AAA is strong!! What can we do to compete with that?

    Comment by Roger -

  44. MARK!! PLEAASSEEE don’t say anything crazy on Letterman about the refs tonight, we ALL know they were horrible last night, HOWEVER you can’t add this added distraction to your team. They WILL win the championship, they just so happened to lose that game last night. Just let the men play and justice will prevail!!!

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  45. Hey Mark -Well done! As an expat American living in New Zealand, I am absolutley charged watching the Mavs live up to their expectations and the obvious synergy they have with their coach. No worries, people seem to frequently hate what they don’t understand… Hi-def is getting alot of press in this part of the world now too, so good luck in those ventures as well. Dirk Rules, Mavs play like a real team, and will win the Finals!

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  46. Let us know what you think of Mark’s Letterman interview. Sports De Dallas are always looking for writers.

    http://www.sportsdedallas.blogspot.com

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  47. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll definately be watching.
    By the way, forget what that Angel said about buying the cubs, BUY THE RANGERS!

    Comment by Brian -

  48. Mark,
    Please buy the Cubs. They really need an actual person in control of the team.

    Comment by Dave -

  49. Hey Mark, As in the words of Billy Joel, “We love you just the way you are” I agree with one of the other fans, screw ’em. Maybe they will enjoy watching our parade in another week or so. If they don’t, sucks to be them. My family will be there bleeding blue. GOOOOO MAVS!

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  50. Great game last night Mark. I am just excited to see such great playoff games all around. You guys are great and I love watching the guys play. It si a great matchup.

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  51. Its a discrace to see the officials miss so many wide open calls…true enough the mavs didn’t play up to there potential, its just a shame for the refs to put the games in there hands and decide it instead of the players..

    Cuban stay on the NBA’s ass

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  52. Hey Mark,

    Why when I click on your name the official site of the Boston Celtics comes up? Is that a sublimal message or something? lol

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  53. Mr Cuban,
    Great idea for staying in tune with the moment and I appreciate the energy you bring to the business of pro basketball. This is going to be a great finals and too bad one team has to lose.
    You are great for the city of Dallas!

    Peace

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  54. Hmmm… Would have done that before you got married. Still, you’re the coolest team owner ever.

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  55. Mav’s in 5!!!!!!!!!!!
    Go Mav’s
    Touch loss, but Mav’s have Team Chemistry and Big Heart, will rebound and win the next 2 games, and Win the NBA Championship in Miami.

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  56. After reading all this hate from Heat fans and M.Cuban haters. I sure wished the Mav’s would of swept the Heats now. I didn’t want a sweep because I respect Wade and Shaq and thought they should’t go out like that. But now, I hope we end it Miami. Like a poster commented earlier, let’s celebrate our Championship in their HOME just to rub it in these haters faces.

    GO MAVS!!!

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  57. Mark,

    When are you buying the Cubs?
    Chicago needs someone like you!!
    We are all cheering for you to buy them!! Save US from the “Darkside of the Tribune”….

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  58. I moved to Dallas in 1997 and have been a Mavs fan since. I’ve waited 9 years for a championship through all the hardships and 30 point blown leads in the 4th quarter. I knew when Dirk joined the Mavs that he was going to grow into one of the best and most versatile players in the league. If you can give credit to any “1” player on the team for “carrying” the team I would say Dirk is that person. Although it is a collective team effort and you never hear any one player take credit for where we are today. Our bench runs deep and the Heat brought their best in Game 3. Hope they enjoyed it because they will not be taking home the championship this year.

    And tell the reporters to stop asking stupid questions after the games.

    Comment by Luda -

  59. Mark,

    When are you buying the Cubs?
    Chicago needs someone like you!!
    We are all cheering for you to buy them!! Save US from the “Darkside of the Tribune”….

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  60. I’m a sport fan, special NBA and NFL. Before the NBA Final series started, I predict that the Dallas Mav will win in Six. I definitly think that the Mav’s will in Five instead of Six
    .
    Go Mavericks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. ps you are HOT!!

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  62. hey mark, wow, not much into b-ball, but a co-worker is so I started watching with him…and WOW have I got the “jones” love watching and got the faith we will win it!!! thanks for the memories! GO MAVS!!!

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  63. Hey Mark! Make sure what needs to be taken care of with the officials is taken care of. That being said, while I am looking forward to Letterman tonight, don’t go too overboard. You already not so subtly hint that you think the refs have it out for the Mavs. At this point, with momentum teetering in the Finals, it may not be a good time to tick them off! But I will definitely be recording tonight!🙂
    Also, I am a true MFFL and I am not yet concerned about this series. I figured Miami would pull out at least one. When you take into account that Wade was incredible, Shaq made FT’s, Payton actually hit a shot, Dirk missed a FT and wasn’t particularly great, Terry had a slightly off night until the end, Stack was invisible, etc., it’s amazing that the Heat only won by 2!

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  64. What is all the fuss about Dallas playing on the road in Miami?? Do these people not realize that Dallas was happy to put the Spurs away in San Antonio and the Suns lost their shot at home…bring it on Heat, the Mavs will be more than happy to celebrate an NBA Championship in your house! Besides Miami has some great places to party afterwards. And Mark true Mavs Fans love that you are you, keep it up!

    Comment by Andrea -

  65. Hey Mark,

    Any chance you can add Celiac Disease to your (I’m sure really long) list of charities to donate too. My kids have this … and I’ve tried to “walk the talk” with a variety of off-beat fundraisers that have generated over $10,000 for the University of Maryland – http://www.celiaccenter.org/news_xmas.asp

    Tons of good causes out there Mark – this one happens to be personal for me – so hope you don’t mind me making a pitch for it next time you are looking for another charity to support – heck, maybe you will sell *YOUR* boat (hah, hah!) and donate those proceeds!

    Good luck in the series,
    alek

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  66. Okay. Mavs gave one to the Heat to prolong the series a little longer. Not a prob. It’ll be nice to give Mbenga some playing time, some opportunities for another of the Mav Centers to wack on Shaq….. Then afterwards, Mavs centers can argue who’s #1, #2, #3, #4 in the NBA.

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  67. Marc I am sure that women are waiting in line to blow you! lol

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  68. He tried to warn you Mark.

    http://www.smartmoniesclub.com

    Comment by Clubmember -

  69. Hi Mark,

    Dallas is going to win this series. Last night only confirmed that fact. All the intangibles had to happen in Game 3 in order for Miami to win by only 2. And I’m not saying other intangibles won’t happen in Game 4 for Miami to win but it doesn’t seem likely. I say Dallas in 6

    That being said, I think Avery Johnson is a great coach, especially for being a rookie. However, whoever suggested that play at the end of Game 3 is nuts. Why?

    1. First of all, you had Dirk inbounding the ball. This takes your biggest scoring threat out of the play since there was only 1.0 second left. Given the right spacing, the play could’ve had Dirk running a curl pattern, which would draw two defenders, leaving a teammate with a decent shot for the tie. At the very least, Miami’s eyes would be focused on Dirk and a quick pass to someone else would produce a semi-decent shot.

    2. The same applies to Jason Terry. He was doing well and if a play was drawn up for him, I’m sure Miami would’ve shaded towards Terry leaving someone else with a good shot.

    3. Instead, the play that is run is a lob from almost half court to Josh Howard. I’m not saying Howard couldn’t have got the basket but I imagine the odds of the play being successful are pretty slim. Of course, no actual statistical research was done but I’ve watched enough basketball to assume that the percentage of inbound lob plays from near half-court is pretty low.

    So I disagreed with the play selection. But what’s done is done. Dirk is a great player and it’s unfortunate he missed that free throw. Good luck in Game 4 tomorrow. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Ming -

  70. RebeccaLee Coventry, the only way you can become my assistant is to get down on your knees and blow me

    m

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  71. Marc – You Rock! You are the coolest owner. Don’t let the haters bother you! I have faith that the Mavs will win! Dallas is faster and younger playing against an old geriatric team excluding Dwayne Wade. Walker is a joke, Payton is a joke, Alonzo is a joke, hell Pat Rily is a joke! The Mavs will need to run! If the Mavs can beat the Spurs and the Suns, the Miami aka the geriatric team should be a piece of cake. WE GAVE THAT GAME AWAY! I hope the Mavs morale is not down because of this. It happens. They will have to erase this game from their memory and PLAY MAVS ball.

    Dirk will have to ignore the chanting of Miami’s crowd. The Mavs have come this far and will prevail! GOOOOOO MAVS!!!!!

    Comment by tracy -

  72. Mark,

    Great blog, I’ve learned much here. Looking forward to seeing you on Letterman.

    Comment by Matt -

  73. They made a second one!?!?! I’m sorry you had to be a part of this Mark. First one blowed, can’t even imagin how bad this one is.

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  74. Well I don’t hate you ^_^ I’m always on the edge of my seat to see what you’ll do next and it’d probably be a trip to work for you too. Do you happen to need an assistant that will run to Hell and back for anything you want… within reason of course. People don’t like the truth so they don’t like anyone who speaks it. No one said truth is a pretty thing but it’s much better to be truthful than a fake and you certainly aren’t faking it.

    I may just put together some of your best moments and set it to that Nazareth song ‘Not Faking It’ but I’m short on clips.

    Rebeccalee

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  75. (For those that care…)

    This from tonights Letterman

    “I’ve tried to make it more fun, but we’ve changed the rules around some,” said Cuban, wearing a Ben Roethlisberger jersey. “I mean, the game got to a point where it really, it slowed down, and then they went through a whole set of rules changes, which really helped, and then these past couple years, I really got involved to outlaw all the handchecking and all the beating up of guys on the perimeter, so now the game’s gotten a lot smoother, so you’ve got superstars like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki who can take the ball to the hoop without all of that old Knicks ball, the old Pat Riley stuff, where they’d just beat up on people. So, we changed it up some.”

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  76. Mark,
    There is a fine line between love and hate and u have to know someone intimately before those raw emotions are felt. People who think they hate u are actually greey with envy.:( They are just too stupid to acknowledge it. You are what u are and I say don’t ever change!!!
    Looking forward to Letterman.

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  77. I’ll be watching tonight for sure. I’m still pretty pissed off about last night’s game but I’m not worried. I know we’ll win in 5! Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do for our Mavs!

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  78. I don’t think even you have enough haters save that movie from tanking. Good thing I’m ambivalent about you, otherwise I might have to waste 2 hours of my life watching a straight-to-dvd sequel to a terrible movie.

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  79. I am going to Wal-MArt right now to buy Like Mike 2.

    HAve you ever heard of my brother’s band at http://www.officialfilter.com? My brother, Frank, is the bass player. You can reach him at 972-394-5059.

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  80. Mark you are AWESOME!!! How anyone could ever hate you is beyond me. Go MAVS!!!! Beat the Heat!

    Comment by Jen -

  81. 1 Mark I’m a Heat fan 100% but at this point i just have allot of respect for your team, your players and you
    I also want congratulate you for your new biz adventure http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/biztech/06/14/cuban.stock.ap/index.html
    I think is a great idea good luck with it

    and that only the best wins ! GO HEAT!
    your new friend in the magic city MIAMI

    Jr

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  82. havent paid much attention to whats going on but want the mav’s to win

    Comment by Suz -

  83. The watermark for success always seems to be the point where a perceptable number of people voice their hate for you without actually knowing much about you.

    Sounds like you’re doing something right.

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  84. I hope your next charity is the Pittsburgh Pirates

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  85. Go MAVS! Your team rocks and I cant wait to see you guys win a championship. Dirk is the Man…
    http://www.newagecreations.com

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  86. Knowing that you’ll be on, I’ll definetely watch Letterman tonight.

    But I don’t think I’ll be buying the Like Mike 2 DVD anytime in the next decade!!! Besides, I have a positive image of you, which I’d like to keep as is.

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  87. I’ve lived in Dallas my whole life, and theres no way I could have hate for anyone who pulled one of our franchises out of the gutter. There are plenty of dumbasses out there that cringe at every thing you do and emotion you bring to a mavs game. I tell them to go screw themselves. Anyone thats a fan of professional sports would love to have you as an owner. If not, I guess they enjoy seasons of utter dissapointment and boredom. Look at where the mavs were before you started your tenure, and look at where they are now. Stick it to the Heat on Thursday.

    Comment by Tim -

  88. Hey, I hated to see us lose, but we couldnt control the clock. Mark, long time Pittsburgh Mavs fan. Me and my girlfriend watch every game we can, and are going to try to come to a game next year. (if we can get tickets) Hope you buy the Pirates, we need it!!!!

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  89. Let the haters hate!

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Gabriella -

  90. Mark – I have to say that a short time ago I really thought you were a jerk. I have a new found respect after reading your blog and hearing some of the things you are doing.

    I have become quite the Mavs fan in the finals too. Team-play, defense, heart, no-egos, they are champions already. I look forward to seeing you holding that trophy soon to make it official. Just don’t get too attached, The Pistons will snatch it back again next year.

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  91. Mark –

    Keep up the great work. Go Mavs!

    Jim
    http://www.runfatboy.net – Exercise for the rest of us.

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  92. Mark, Can’t wait to see it. What are you up to now? I pledge a $100 dono to your new charity of choice…. “site unseen”! You rock. Keep up the good work.

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  93. Mark, Can’t wait to see it. What are you up to now? I pledge a $100 dono to your new charity of choice…. “site unseen”! You rock. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Mike Carlson -

  94. Mark,

    Great job this season, were taking home the championship! Go Mavs!!!!!

    Comment by Heath -

  95. Is

    Comment by Vanessa -

  96. Mark, you and the guys need to keep up the pressure – you are the TRUE American spirit and you are always honest! Mavs in 6 – i’ll give Dwyane (or however you spell his 1st name) one more, since he is one amazing guy, but Shaq is over!

    Kazaam baby! ;-))

    And I hope you throw your considerable spirit and wealth behind some regime change in this country once these finals are over. 🙂

    Peace,
    AP (Sulking Pistons fan)

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  97. you suck, antoine rules, pierce rules, celts win in 07

    Comment by Dennis -

  98. that funny that cuban was told to move his sign or get out we donot want see gooo mavs sign here in miami next aaa arean

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  99. Hola Mi Amor! Yes…love hating you! Just like my ex…5 minutes together and we’d be hanging on that death trap chandelier like Douglas and Turner in “War of the Roses”. However…I must most grudgingly admit…you are FABULOUSLY BRILLIANT! Finally…we have some semblance of an answer to the innovative, cutting edge genius of Richard Branson…and for that…and that alone…GOTTA LOVE YA!

    VAMANOS D-WADE UND AUF WIEDERSEHEN MEINE, LIEBE DIRK!!

    P.S. I live on South Beach…please chill with the reverse layups and stop littering our streets!

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  100. Come on people, this blog is a blog for fans with class. There is no need for such vulgar language on here. Grow up! Let’s focus on celebrating a championship that is only days away.

    GO DALLAS!

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  101. I hope the MavS loOSE

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  102. listen trey allmon, your a piece of trash from frisco texas, the trashiest place there is, noone cares about your opinion.

    Comment by Dennis -

  103. Dear Mr. Cuban, In 2000 when you bought the mav’s we knew with your love of the game the Mav’s would one day be NBA champs!You have put the “heart”back into the game of professional basketball. For this you have the undying appreciation from two of the Mav’s biggest fans!
    Go Mav’s!

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  104. Tiptoe, you’re right. I let him sucker me in!!!

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  105. No worries Mavs fans. Mavs are taking it in 5 on Miami’s home floor. What a dagger!!!!

    Comment by East Coast Jessie -

  106. So Mark you are the guy that decided basketball needed to become a “sissy game”. Congrats. Last time I checked when I watched the game in the late 80’s and early 90’s there were a lot of scoring even with hard nosed defense. Why can’t the guys do it now without having the rules in their favor?

    I find hard to believe that I have to watch the WNBA to see some semblance of a hard nose defense.

    Maybe that’s what you were trying to do… drive up viewer ship for the WNBA? Because if that was it… you really are a genius.

    Great players step up without help.

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  107. .
    *it has disintegrated*

    tt

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  108. Yes Douchebag Dennis, I didn’t post on here before then. Didn’t have a reason to until I saw your wisdom on the screen. I don’t care how long you think I’ve been, I know where my allegiences lie. Kiss a dick rope smoker

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  109. Good luck Mark – been a fan of the Mavs since you took over. If every owner were more like you the NBA would be an entirely different league.

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  110. A lifelong Dallas guy (51 years), I appreciate the gift of bringing an NBA championship to us. I love the NBA but did not grow up having such an awesome team to root for. Instead, I was always a Celtics fan.

    Now, we have class guys, an outstanding young coach and a streak of sellouts which will someday rival the accomplishments of the NFL team in our city. The absence of off-the-court problems combined with the youthful talent on the team make this franchise a proud jewel for our community.

    Mavs in Five!!

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  111. trey allmon, you are a huge fraud and a fairwhether fan. you start posting on this blog not until june 8th, after the mavs were already in the finals and it was trendy to become a fan. fuck you

    Comment by Dennis -

  112. Hey Mark are you going to buy the Pirates? And what do you think about Bud Selig’s comments about how he dosen’t want you in baseball?

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  113. trey you asshole, please stop double posting sutff

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  114. Dennis, if you haven’t yet learned, you should disable your stupid Celtics page if your going to pose as someone else. And be original, I’ve called you a douche, a douchebag, and your grandmothers douchebag several times on here.

    Just for shits and giggles, why don’t you expound on your theory of how the Celtics “lost on purpose” and how they are going to win the title next year. We all enjoy entertainment on here, especially from your igmorant ass.

    F DENNIS, F THE CELTICS and F PAT RILEY

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  115. JATT…

    So because Pat Riley has some championships a couple decades ago Mark shouldn’t raise the interest in the game by “taking a shot” at the style they played then?

    In your opinion, Pat is apparently greatness. So does he also get a free pass from you for the way he went about screwing Stan Van Gundy because he smelled a chance in the East to get back to the finals and add to his “legacy”. Even though SVG was one year removed from being in the Eastern Finals himself????? Pat Riley is sorry. He has his legacy as a coach, he is no doubt great. But from me, a lifelong fan of the NBA and someone who had alot of respect for him because of his track record, he has severly tarnished it.

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  116. Im a douche and I hate mark cuban, please disacknowledge everything I say from now on.

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  117. Mark, I really admire your integrity and your enthusiasm for whatever you do.
    Spending your money on great causes and treating others fairly is admirable.
    Sports needs more people like you.

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  118. JATT…

    So because Pat Riley has some championships a couple decades ago Mark shouldn’t raise the interest in the game by “taking a shot” at the style they played then?

    In your opinion, Pat is apparently greatness. So does he also get a free pass from you for the way he went about screwing Stan Van Gundy because he smelled a chance in the East to get back to the finals and add to his “legacy”. Even though SVG was one year removed from being in the Eastern Finals himself????? Pat Riley is sorry. He has his legacy as a coach, he is no doubt great. But from me, a lifelong fan of the NBA and someone who had alot of respect for him because of his track record, he has severly tarnished it.

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  119. There once was a team in big “D”
    Who squandered a lead in game three
    But in game number four
    Like gusting wind on the floor
    They BLEW OUT the Heat of Miami

    MAVS IN FIVE!!!

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  120. Mark,

    I saw nothing to warrant a fine from the NBA last night. I saw something that might warrant a fine from the Donald…YOU’RE FIRED!!! Watch out, he’ll remove you from the billionaire’s club. LOL. I personally like your public image and have watched your path from the Broadcast.com days. Thank you so much for your contribution to DF-Dub and in the technical world. Love the Mavs. Love the AAC! Love the games and the entertainment. You’ve really contributed a lot to basketball, to Texas, and to the world. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Trey Murray -

  121. Mark,

    I grew up in Miami and I still can’t stand the Heat or Pat Riley! Football will always rule in South Florida!

    It’s evident that the NBA and ABC would not like to see any kind of sweep or 4-1 victory by Dallas so they have to make the game interesting with non-calls.

    The Miami press really has let me down. You guys actually quit playing with 6:00 minutes to go and they are calling the game one of the greatest in NBA History? You’ve got to be kidding me?

    Even with Wade scoring 42 points, the Heat is only 2 points better? You’ve got to be kidding me?

    I wish you would address this crazy 2-3-2 format which is really whacked! The early 80’s format was better with a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

    Thanks for being a “maverick” owner! We’ve got too many preppy and prissy owners in all of the leagues combined that take the fun out of sport, especially the NFL.

    Thanks for being an owner that takes care of the players. Just tell the team not to let up and to win one tonight in Miami!

    Comment by Edward Thurston -

  122. I’m not empahsizing anything seriously its just that mark cuban taking a shot at Pat Riley thats just >:S<. That coach is a legend and this mark dude coming out of nowhere??? My Favourite team is actually phoenix but like i said anything could happen if heat could take out detroit then dallas ? i'm not saying heat is going to win but the past playoff yea do u get wat i mean?

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  123. “Mark I just saw your idiotic comment about San Antonio on ESPN’s page and you have no concept of what the city is like if you have to reference the river walk every time you put it down. just because we aren’t full of white, red-neck rich F**ks that are devoid of culture doesn’t mean that San Antonio is ugly”

    Funny how you deride Mark for basing his opinion of San Antonio on the River Walk, but turn around and stereo-type all citezens of Dallas as “white, red-neck rich F**ks that are devoid of culture”. Do you see the irony there?

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  124. JATT…
    The heat have beaten the Mavs exactly one time in the past 7 games over the past 2 years. Now they had a good game three, but come on, Wade had to go out of his mind and the Mavs had to go to sleep for the Heat to win by 2. Do you honestly, I mean not as a Heat fan, but realistically, as someone who watches sports believe that one two point victory sets the precedent to overcome 6 consecutive losses by an average of 15 points? I admire your gusto for your team. I sympathize with your lack of perspective. GO MAVS. F Walker…

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  125. Mark,

    Great job on Letterman last night. I loved the bit on Donald Trump. Keep up the good work!

    Chris, NH

    Comment by Chris -

  126. Mark,

    Stayed up last night to watch you on Letterman and I’m so glad I did. I have always respected you for being the man you are but I gained a whole new level of respect for you after your comment about “The Donald” and just so you know you are “Our Billionaire”

    I for one am glad to have you here …

    Lets do it in 5 guys

    Go Mavs!!!

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  127. Good job on Letterman, you are a down to earth guy. Glad to know your billions hasn’t taken your compassion and sense of humor away!!
    Please let us know when your show on Sirrus or XM radio starts.
    Go Mavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by ginger -

  128. Hate You? Please! As long as Jerry Jones is around, you are not even the most hated owner in Dallas. And I’m not sure what Tom Hicks is doing these days, so you’re certainly the most successful owner of this millenium in big D to date.

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  129. Mark I just saw your idiotic comment about San Antonio on ESPN’s page and you have no concept of what the city is like if you have to reference the river walk every time you put it down. just because we aren’t full of white, red-neck rich F**ks that are devoid of culture doesn’t mean that San Antonio is ugly. Have you ever ventured beyond downtown? I highly doubt it. I think your comments reflect how much the Mavs have been the Spurs bitch for a decade. Savor winning the championship this year because that’ll be it. Yea I do believe you’ll win it…and I’m happy for Dirk and Avery…but for a jack-ass like you that dances up and down the sideline like a 10 yr. old kid? hell no.

    I’ll be looking for your sour-puss face when the spurs beat you (once again) in the playoffs. it couldn’t be too satisfying squeaking by us in an overtime victory on the seventh game knowning that a bounce the other way would have given it to us could it? think about it.

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  130. I am ordering 8 sets.

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  131. lol Mark dont be all over yourself – your not leading 3-1 ur leading 2-1 and thats nothing. Just because you were so close to winning in game 3 its not the deal a win is a win either 100 points or a point. Taking a shot at pat riley? he has more experience that all the coaches combined together and your players. And if heat can beat Detroit i think they beat dallas too just wait and see. Shaq mite be little frustrated and heat dealing with injuries i gotta give it to them there the true team…

    THANKS AND GO HEAT GO

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  132. Roxana…

    Well said. I agree. It’s funny, I’m a lifelong Cowboys fan, 26 year Mavs fan. I’ve heard my share of hate filled diatribes over the years re: the Boys and over the last 5 or so re: Mark Cuban and it always brings the same thought to mind. Don’t these people have a team to root for? I mean, I use all my energy on cheering for my team, not hating on another one. It’s crazy to have SO much negative passion for another team or individual. Get a life, move on. Anyway, well said.

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  133. “Mark this is a Miami Heat fan from Miami. Your team is pretty good this season. But Miami is GOING TO WIN TONIGHT. Miami will never go down 3 to 1 going back to Dallas. Although am from Miami I have to say the truth. I think that if Dirk and Jet have 2 more great games in Dallas the Championship is yours and God knows your players deserve it…Anyway good luck 2night…P.S. I think Donlad Trump is an ASSHOLE too…”

    Your right – they won’t go back to Dallas down 3-1 because there is another game on Sunday in Miami that we have to win. Then of course it won’t matter because that will be win #4 which means… do-do-do -GAME OVER FOR THE HEAT

    Comment by Luda -

  134. No comments on the refs? C’mon Mark, I stayed up late to see ya say the same jokes you always say (except the Riley thing lmao). Anyways, keep up the great work, and GO MAVS!

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  135. LETS GO HEAT!!!!!

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  136. Mark this is a Miami Heat fan from Miami. Your team is pretty good this season. But Miami is GOING TO WIN TONIGHT. Miami will never go down 3 to 1 going back to Dallas. Although am from Miami I have to say the truth. I think that if Dirk and Jet have 2 more great games in Dallas the Championship is yours and God knows your players deserve it…Anyway good luck 2night…P.S. I think Donlad Trump is an ASSHOLE too…

    Comment by Y.Ali -

  137. Wow, that was a huge suspension. I really don’t know what to think. Honestly, I think the Heat fans want Stackhouse out there. They want to boo and they want to beat the Mavs with their best players. You have been on the short end of the stick with calls in the Finals, but you just gotta fight through. This is a tough blow, but you can handle it. When you win, the victory will be that much sweeter.

    Comment by James Askew -

  138. Why is it that all you heat fans have nothing to do but complain about mark cuban? Just because the owner of the mavericks actually gives a crap about his team doesn’t mean he’s an attention whore. Stop attacking the man just because he made one of the worst nba teams into one of the best….THE BEST. Does Micky Arison have a blog where he talks about the success and downfalls of his team? No, he doesn’t. Cuban gives a shit about his team, and the league doesn’t like it. The entire league is against the mavericks organization and they give special treatment to people such as shaq. Maybe the league should suspend shaq for throwing his beastly elbows into player’s faces…Heat fans: find somewhere else to complain about your team.

    Comment by jen -

  139. This Stack suspension is complete BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!! Everytime I start to think the league is clean and legit, something like this reminds me that it’s rigged…They are willing to do anything to have a seven game series. More $$$$. Mark, we love ya but I think Stern has “stacked” the deck.

    Comment by Jeff -

  140. Mark,
    Keep your powder dry for the rest of the Dallas/Miami series. But keep all of the film archives of the mauling of Nowitski, Terry, Howard, etc. and the no-calls by the zebras.
    After the season, use some of your gold and retain the meanest trial lawyer available, and sue the shit out of the NBA; Comm. Stern; and every other asshole that protects the current officiating system.
    Make the NBA start hiring and training objective, knowledgeable referees.

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  141. Definition of a clothesline: To knock down (an opponent in an athletic contest) by hooking the neck with an outstretched arm. If shaq wanted to he wood’ve broken stacks jaw and knocked his teeth out. This could have been an all out brawl. Antoine was ready to throw down. Cuban, Avery all wood’ve gotten laid out in Miami. Dallas would have gotten dropped along with their 5’0 coach and their owner who thinks he’s a wise guy. bottom line. Dont you worry about a thing Dallas cause the series is over thanks to Jerry. He woke up the giant. Lets hear from Cuban or is he in seclusion?

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  142. The Stack penalty was deserved.
    Go look at the video for Raja Bell & James Posey
    which got 1 game suspensions.
    Stop the whining

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKwAhkTu5K4&search=stackhouse%20shaq

    Comment by Vivek -

  143. STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!!

    Haha….Hitting Opium tonight in South Beach, about 15 blocks from Cubans condo…Im going to check on his balcony lights, its ODD that he hasnt written a blog today, Didnt the refs suck last night? I mean, how could they call a foul on Stackhouse, he did nothing, he didnt even touch Shaq!!

    haha…i been waiting all day for that blog…I guess he was just too busy trying to find his players a new hotel, far far away, seems he has thrown in his white flag…haha

    Hey Trey, you just dont know who I really am, nor who I really know. Maybe you should stop by Opium and ask the bouncers for me, Ill share a few drinks with you…but dont expect me to agree with you that the Mavs will win the series, or rather, another game, Heat in 6..Stephen A Smith agrees!

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  144. STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!! STACKHOUSE!!!!

    Haha….Hitting Opium tonight in South Beach, about 15 blocks from Cubans condo…Im going to check on his balcony lights, its ODD that he hasnt written a blog today, Didnt the refs suck last night? I mean, how could they call a foul on Stackhouse, he did nothing, he didnt even touch Shaq!!

    haha…i been waiting all day for that blog…I guess he was just too busy trying to find his players a new hotel, far far away, seems he has thrown in his white flag…haha

    Hey Trey, you just dont know who I really am, nor who I really know. Maybe you should stop by Opium and ask the bouncers for me, Ill share a few drinks with you…but dont expect me to agree with you that the Mavs will win the series, or rather, another game, Heat in 6..Stephen A Smith agrees!

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  145. You want pics of Shaq “flagrants”?

    See the 6-16-Star-Telegram, pic in Section DD, Page 4. Checkout Shaqs left arm. Is that not a flagrant>

    Check the Game 4 tape. Approx 3 minutes remaining in 4th qtr. Shaq is holding the ball out horizontal in his right hand. Is that left handed straight arm he delivered to the face of Harris not a flagrant?

    Keep the film going, about five seconds later Shaq is moving in for a rebound from the right side of the key. He does get the rebound and scores. However, before the rebound, was not use of his right hand to literally throw a Mav out of the way a flagrant?

    Those three officials are pathetic. Those guys in the league office are the guys that should be banned from any decision making activity concerning the NBA.

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  146. Your comments: Hey Melissa, did you even watch the Spurs/Mavs series? In the majority of the games the Spurs key players were in foul trouble too so don’t even start whining that the Mavs were called unfairly. 2 of those games Duncan got fouled out in one and Ginobli got fouled out in the other and they were very close games.

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  147. 480 bringing shaq’s wife into the picture is low class. you mavs fans talk about how the heat fans are punks look at your own. now i understand that he does not represent all of you but you need to tell people like that to shut up cause they give everyone a bad name. we all have different opinions on the suspension but come on.

    Comment by A-LO the HEAT fan -

  148. I cannot they suspended Stackhouse. This is totally uncalled for and such a disgrace to the league, team fans, everyone…The refs did not see this as even a flagrant 2, and Shaq has nailed several of our players in the face, including Stackhouse.

    Why punish a whole team, city, and all of the fans for one man’s controversial mistake. He was only trying to motivate his team and play hard, that’s it. If they think it is worth a penalty, why not fine him instead of punishing everyone, including NBA fans? This is a total disgrace, and the NBA is only hurting their own product.

    How a team can have three conversial suspensions in the playoffs is beyond me. There was a guy on the Nuggets grabbing Kamin’s undershorts, and he wasn’t even suspended. These suspensions are being tossed out like candy, and it is really rediculuous, to say the least. Something needs to be done about this nonsense, and they virtually tie everyone’s hands…maybe congress needs to get involved…MLB has a steroid problem and the NBA has a suspension problem…LOL!

    P.S. You can send comments to the NBA also..

    http://www.nba.com/webAction?actionId=surveyInitialize&target=/email_us/email_form_041027.jsp&surveyId=1152

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  149. Hey Jay – stop commiting stupid fouls???? Have you ever played baskteball? It’s a part of the game – NO EASY SHOTS!!! Stack’s foul was what was needed. If I blindfolded my dog, she could have a higher free throw percentage than Shaq – so you foul him instead of giving him a dunk!!! It was called a flagrant and that’s all it was. No suspension was warranted. GO MAVS!!!! Beat those pansy, Stern lovin HEAT!!!

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  150. Tracy…..go and do some homework and wash your hair. your bed time is in 50 minutes.

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  151. Jefe, at what point are Heat fans rejoicing? Stop it, you’re making that up.

    It was a flagrant foul. Stack went for the body and the head, not the ball. The suspension could have gone either way. When Terry was suspended the Mavs did fine. Posey’s been suspended, Haslem’s been suspended… Stack, Shaq and others have to think about what they do when they make potentially stupid decision. Remember last night Shaq picked up a technical last night?

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  152. Hey Jay – stop commiting stupid fouls???? Have you ever played baskteball? It’s a part of the game – NO EASY SHOTS!!! Stack’s foul was what was needed. If I blindfolded my dog, she could have a higher free throw percentage than Shaq – so you foul him instead of giving him a dunk!!! It was called a flagrant and that’s all it was. No suspension was warranted. GO MAVS!!!! Beat those pansy, Stern lovin HEAT!!!

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  153. why do some of you dumb assest still dont get it …… Shaq purposely put his foot under Dirk

    Those that say it happens all the time are partly correct ..

    it happens wheneverone is UNDERNEATH THE BASKET trying to rebound or coming off a lay up under the basket ..

    BUT it does not happen all the time the way Shaq did it…

    its virtually impossible in THAT ANGLE for it to happen by so called Accident.

    Shaq runs towards Dirk then decides to pull back to not foul Dirk and then while Dirk is in the Air he plant his MO FO Big Ass Foot right under …

    Again it may happen all the time in the NBA but not this way.
    Again the angles are all wrong unless it was dont on purpose and if you dumb assed watch it in fast or slow motion .. its so obvious.

    And to the guy who says that Shaqs Foot would get injured by a 7 foot buy landing on it … Thats mostly crap 1st because it would depend on the angle of the hit

    2nd most accidents like this that happen under the basket its the guy coming down that gets hurt .. not the one that was landed on.

    Geeze just freaking look at the VID

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  154. Tracy…..go and do some homework and wash your hair. your bed time is in 50 minutes.

    Comment by Josh -

  155. Hey Melissa, did you even watch the Spurs/Mavs series? In the majority of the games the Spurs key players were in foul trouble too so don’t even start whining that the Mavs were called unfairly. 2 of those games Duncan got fouled out in one and Ginobli got fouled out in the other and they were very close games.

    Comment by Nicole -

  156. Hey Jay – stop commiting stupid fouls???? Have you ever played baskteball? It’s a part of the game – NO EASY SHOTS!!! Stack’s foul was what was needed. If I blindfolded my dog, she could have a higher free throw percentage than Shaq – so you foul him instead of giving him a dunk!!! It was called a flagrant and that’s all it was. No suspension was warranted. GO MAVS!!!! Beat those pansy, Stern lovin HEAT!!!

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  157. Hey Jay – stop commiting stupid fouls???? Have you ever played baskteball? It’s a part of the game – NO EASY SHOTS!!! Stack’s foul was what was needed. If I blindfolded my dog, she could have a higher free throw percentage than Shaq – so you foul him instead of giving him a dunk!!! It was called a flagrant and that’s all it was. No suspension was warranted. GO MAVS!!!! Beat those pansy, Stern lovin HEAT!!!

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  158. What Mark….no blog entry today? You must have had a bad night. It’s going to go down hill from here. The Heat are White Hot!

    Comment by Heat Fan -

  159. Hey Jay – stop commiting stupid fouls???? Have you ever played baskteball? It’s a part of the game – NO EASY SHOTS!!! Stack’s foul was what was needed. If I blindfolded my dog, she could have a higher free throw percentage than Shaq – so you foul him instead of giving him a dunk!!! It was called a flagrant and that’s all it was. No suspension was warranted. GO MAVS!!!! Beat those pansy, Stern lovin HEAT!!!

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  160. I cannot they suspended Stackhouse. This is totally uncalled for and such a disgrace to the league, team fans, everyone…The refs did not see this as even a flagrant 2, and Shaq has nailed several of our players in the face, including Stackhouse.

    Why punish a whole team, city, and all of the fans for one man’s controversial mistake. He was only trying to motivate his team and play hard, that’s it. If they think it is worth a penalty, why not fine him instead of punishing everyone, including NBA fans? This is a total disgrace, and the NBA is only hurting their own product.

    How a team can have three conversial suspensions in the playoffs is beyond me. There was a guy on the Nuggets grabbing Kamin’s undershorts, and he wasn’t even suspended. These suspensions are being tossed out like candy, and it is really rediculuous, to say the least. Something needs to be done about this nonsense, and they virtually tie everyone’s hands…maybe congress needs to get involved…MLB has a steroid problem and the NBA has a suspension problem…LOL!

    P.S. You can send comments to the NBA also..

    http://www.nba.com/webAction?actionId=surveyInitialize&target=/email_us/email_form_041027.jsp&surveyId=1152

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  161. I really think it’s so funny how the Heat fans are complaining about us crying and complaining. And if the tables were turned and Wade were to be suspended over something stupid….what then? You wouldn’t be bitching and moaning about it??? I find that really hard to believe.

    Comment by Melissa -

  162. Jefe, at what point are Heat fans rejoicing? Stop it, you’re making that up.

    It was a flagrant foul. Stack went for the body and the head, not the ball. The suspension could have gone either way. When Terry was suspended the Mavs did fine. Posey’s been suspended, Haslem’s been suspended… Stack, Shaq and others have to think about what they do when they make potentially stupid decision. Remember last night Shaq picked up a technical last night?

    Comment by Dave -

  163. Cuban,
    I would really appreciate your take on Stu’s decision to suspend Stackhouse! I look at this blog and see some intelligent insight, but then there’s always stupidity that seems to rear it’s ugly head.

    Anyway, what is Stackhouse’s attitude right now? Mbenga returning from suspension from rd. 3, now this? What are the chances of a “soft team,” as many have said, having players suspended for 3 consecutive rounds in route to win the city of Dallas and the team its 1st ring. After being a laughing stock and not hard enough for so many years, are they now being dissed for changing their mentality??

    I honestly like your approach to the team, which is a contribution to its success. But, some of your words/actions during such a competitive time may be igniting the league office to shut you up. You know that saying, “I can show you better than I can tell you?” Stu and Stern are probably doing so…

    The message may be to remind you who’s in charge.

    At this point, Avery needs to toss the clip board. Hit Terry in the hand again if it’ll fire him up to score 30+. He has drawn up the plays and Dirk and Josh need to figure out if they want this or not!! Simple.

    How bad do they want it? Josh will be a game stopper once he mentally has the will to take over. Stop playing like “I’m very happy to be here.” I’m sure Dirk won’t mind sharing the rock…Carpe’ Diem!

    I have also learned that the team has moved to another hotel in a remote location. Good move by Avery!

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  164. I really think it’s so funny how the Heat fans are complaining about us crying and complaining. And if the tables were turned and Wade were to be suspended over something stupid….what then? You wouldn’t be b!tching and moaning about it??? I find that really hard to believe.

    Comment by Melissa -

  165. 485. Posted Jun 16, 2006, 8:31 PM ET by nd- GO MAVS!!!

    Whaa, whaa, whaaa….jeez! I have never seen a more bitchy, crying, team constantly on their period than the Allas Mav’s. I dont blame you, I blame your owner. If your mother constantly complain and cry, then why should we, the Heat, expect anything differnt from their players.
    Trust me, the Heat and the fans did not want this. We do not want to hear anymore of the lame excuses already said. We want you to be healthy and able so there is no reason to say sh@t after we win.
    The only player on the Mav’s team I respect is stack. Dirk is a joke. A sodt, whimp. Mav’s and Mav’s fans… stand up and be a man. you guys act like girls. Might as well just go play for the WNBA.

    You guys need to grow up.

    Comment by Josh -

  166. During Pat Rileys interview he claimed to not care about the hard foul on Shaq, but then mentioned Posey’s suspension all in one breath. Yes, in the media the Heat tries to act like the hard foul is no big deal, but then cries to the league. I don’t think I am going to watch the NBA anymore. It is just too corrupt! Why wasn’t Shaq suspended when he bloodied Stackhouses nose? What about when Shaq hit Dirk in the jaw? At this point, I could care less who wins. The NBA sucks! Miami looks like a bunch of hard nosed criminals! Disgusting! Shaquetta is a big fat ass bitch! Look at his mama! Ghetto-Fab. Why was Shaq’s stepdad sitting apart from Shaqetta’s mother?

    Comment by tracy -

  167. rejoicing over stack being suspended? I dont think so, that just gives you the “what if” arguments – that’s lame. We rather he play. But the bitching over it is mind numbing and the remarks being made (“Heat fans are jumping all over this rejoicing…”) are mind numbling stupid.

    Comment by Jay -

  168. Hey Mark.
    I am a big Heat fan, I have to tell you that your Mavs was thinking sweep, planning a parade, telling your fan that series will not go back to Dallas, everyone rode us off the series, stating that Mavs will win in 4 games.
    Well now, what do we have, 2-2 Miami is a strong team: 15 STRONG, and they will fight till the end. I predict they will on Sunday and then we will see what happenned. I will be at the arena on Sunday, and we are going to go nuts and again HEAT WILL WIN SUNDAY.
    By the way, is South Beach too much for your players, c’mon having to move away from Miam, ship must be sinking.
    GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  169. You can really tell the differnce in intelligence and class between the mavs fans and heat fans.

    Yes, it was a hard foul but that’s basketball at the most competitive level. let the boys play.

    The fact that Heat fans are jumping all over this and rejoicing shows their true character..they dont want a good game or even care about the integrity of the game. Do you really think Shaq is just so clumsy he can’t help but to accidentally elbow Dirk to the face, purposefully trip him, and smack Stack in the face on accident..in the same night? Come on Heat fans, surely you have more intelligence than that. As for the NBA, perhaps they need to stop the obvious preferential treatment.

    Comment by El Jefe -

  170. Dear Dirk,

    WHERE ARE YOU?

    HELLO!!!!!!

    MCFLY!!!!!

    ANYBODY HOME??????

    Is this the REAL Dirk?

    Or will the REAL Dirk PLEASE stand UP!?!

    Please STAND UP!
    PLEASE stand UP!

    Whose the REAL slim shady?

    Please STAND UP!
    PLEASE stand UP!

    WAKE UP!
    WAKE UP!
    WAKE UP!
    WAKE UP!

    The only way Dirk will NOT go down as a LOSER in
    the history of the NBA is if he DOMINATES EVERY GAME OF THE REST OF THIS LAME SEIES!!!

    Please STAND UP!
    PLEASE stand UP!
    Please STAND UP!
    PLEASE stand UP!
    Please STAND UP!
    PLEASE stand UP!

    Your embarassing the sheist out of everyone in Dallas and Gemany!

    Even KITT and Hasselhoff are hiding their asses in the sand!

    Come on Bro!!!!

    Where’s the FIRE?!?!!!!

    Where’s the PASSION!?!

    Dirk, don’t let us down!!!!!!!!!

    DUDE!!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    ALL MAVS FANS young & old!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by DIRKS LEGACY -

  171. Man, you Mavs fans are really a bunch of babies. Any excuse to blame the refs or the league…shut up already. Jason Terry was suspended for a game agasint SA and you guys still won. Here’s a suggestion, stop committing stupid fouls!!!! Maybe then you wont have players sidelined. You guys are already talking about the trophy being tainted no matter who the winner. Suspensions are part of the game – deal with it!!

    Comment by Jay -

  172. I have been a rabid Heat fan since they entered the league. But even longer than that I have been a basketball fan. Although the Heat side of me is happy about the suspension, the basketball side of me is disgusted by it. This is the FINALS!! Let the best players stay on the court. If a suspension is warranted, suspend them for the start of next season. Why would the NBA want controversy surrounding these games? The officiating in this series and all year long has been way too inconsistent. This series is the same way…both teams have been screwed on calls. The players need to accept it and move on…the bitching will not help. I for one want to see the Heat win, but most of all I want to see good solid basketball. Go Heat!

    Comment by Brain -

  173. I have been a rabid Heat fan since they entered the league. But even longer than that I have been a basketball fan. Although the Heat side of me is happy about the suspension, the basketball side of me is disgusted by it. This is the FINALS!! Let the best players stay on the court. If a suspension is warranted, suspend them for the start of next season. Why would the NBA want controversy surrounding these games? The officiating in this series and all year long has been way too inconsistent. This series is the same way…both teams have been screwed on calls. The players need to accept it and move on…the bitching will not help. I for one want to see the Heat win, but most of all I want to see good solid basketball. Go Heat!

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  174. 485. Posted Jun 16, 2006, 8:31 PM ET by nd- GO MAVS!!!

    Whaa, whaa, whaaa….jeez! I have never seen a more bitchy, crying, team constantly on their period than the Allas Mav’s. I dont blame you, I blame your owner. If your mother constantly complain and cry, then why should we, the Heat, expect anything differnt from their players.
    Trust me, the Heat and the fans did not want this. We do not want to hear anymore of the lame excuses already said. We want you to be healthy and able so there is no reason to say sh@t after we win.
    The only player on the Mav’s team I respect is stack. Dirk is a joke. A sodt, whimp. Mav’s and Mav’s fans… stand up and be a man. you guys act like girls. Might as well just go play for the WNBA.

    You guys need to grow up.

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  175. Nicole-
    Did you even watch the Spurs/Mavs series????? Apparently not. There were games when the entire Mavs line-up was in foul trouble, everyone benched for having 4-5 fouls each. So don’t even start with that bs. In that series, the Mavs beat the Spurs AND the refs.

    Comment by Melissa -

  176. So Mawrk, is it great the league has cleaned up the game or what?

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  177. Now, now. We don’t some ignorant punk come on here and post ebonics and make no sense whatsoever. Texas pride will be upheld and the title is coming to the Big D. Patience. Nice video on Stack taking down the Shaq. D town out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  178. I hope the Mavs (& Mark) take this and turn it around from a negative to a positive. Mark, please don’t be humiliated. You’all will overcome, and have all season. I hope the Mavs can concentrate and bring back that fire they started with this season. Be proud of yourselves as teammates, play the best ever defense, and Dirk, you are still awesome, just shake it off and don’t sulk like Tim Duncan anymore. You are to valuable for this franchise and Game 5 is the time to shut Jackson and the league office up with or without Stackhouse.

    Comment by raf -

  179. great point by jshel..no matter how you look at it..its going to be a tainted championship.

    Comment by Shake -

  180. It’s because of the refs that the Mavs are even in the Finals instead of the Spurs. Quit your crying and grow up.

    Comment by Nicole -

  181. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    #479 by “STACKHOUSE” rawks!!!
    hahaha!
    Great Post!
    I’m peeing in my Mark Cuban underooos —
    that’s soooo funny!
    🙂

    hee hee ha ha ha ha!!!

    LOL

    Comment by hee hee hee -

  182. Stop saying that the NBA has been consistent. Not one player from Detriot was suspended for the way they fouled Wade 2 times in the SAME game. I am surprised Wade can even walk. The Heat were ahead in series so the NBA took no action as the Heat led the series all the way!!! Face it the NBA and Stern want the Heat to win. Stern DOES NOT want to hand the trophy to Cuban. Since the Heat suck so bad except for game 4, Stern knew the Heat needed some help.
    At least Cuban and the Mavs speak the truth. The Heat (Riley, Shaq and Mourning) say to the press the foul was no big deal and want the game played that way. However, behind closed doors the WHINE and WHINE about it to Stern. GROW up Heat Fans. We know have 3 7’00” for game 5. Get ready Shaq and Wade that means we have 6 more fouls (VERY HARD) fouls to give!!!

    GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by nd- GO MAVS!!! -

  183. The star system has to go. Wade gets away with palming the ball every time he goes into the lane and slows down his dribble. He uses his wrist to slow down the dribble. The refs blew the call against the Suns when Diaw and Nash called timeout before Kobe stole the ball and scored. Fortunately it dind’t affect the outcome of that series. The NBA is forcing every series to go 7 games in order to gain more revenue and coverage. Notice how many series went 7 games this year ? Its a lot more than past seasons. Its unfortunate they promote a star system and not a team game. I guess having balanced teams like Detroit and San Antonio doesn’t make them the big bucks.

    Comment by Shake -

  184. Let’s see..one day it’s “the ref’s all suck!”, the next,” the front office should trust the ref’s ability to make a decision.” Make up your freaking minds !!!! Also if Shaq hit anyone the way Stack hit him, Shaq would kill them!

    Comment by Andy -

  185. This suspension is just another reason why the NBA has such a terrible reputation. The favortism shown to the star players has become disgusting and making this league look unprofesional and classless.

    Not something that can be fixed by having the players dress up before and after games.

    These types of decisions are not fair for either team, and not for the fans.

    Comment by exNBAfan -

  186. Mark – It is clearly apparent that the league does not want to hand us the trophy this year. The Stackhouse suspension is the final straw! Especially when you compare it to the hard foul he took by Shaq in game one that cut his nose.

    Now is the time for you to demonstrate just how one-sided the league is in regards to the East, Pat Riley and the Miami Heat. And tell ABC to quit showing Shaq’s fat wife and his ugly parents! They have no clue!

    Thanks again for treating my daughter like a queen last year. She had to use a wheelchair for awhile last year and your staff made her feel extremely special. Definitely a reflection of the owner!!!

    Kick ASSSSSSS!!!!!!
    tc

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  187. The suspension of Stackhouse is lame, but it IS consistent with what the NBA has done this yr in the playoffs. Leading with the forearm, regardless of intent, probably made the decision pretty easy for Stern, Jackson, et al in the NBA offices.

    The shame of it is, regardless of which team you are rooting for, is that the NBA’s decision is now the focus of the series, rather than the two teams playing. And rather than letting them play it out on equal terms, you now how have a championship potentially being determined by the people that run the league rather than the people that play in it. If Miami wins, Dallas fans will claim that they were screwed and it’ll leave both sides pretty unsatisfied – Dallas fans will wonder “What if?” and Miami fans will have to endure “Well, the NBA gave it to you.” Neither city, regardless of the eventual winner, should have to deal with that.

    It blows any way that you look at it.

    Comment by jshel10 -

  188. John Trotter Why are you blaming the NBA. Its obvious that Stack didnt go for the ball and shaq did.

    Comment by Ron -

  189. Sun ball for Life – I hope Nash is enjoying sitting and watching the finals since he wore out like Cuban said he would. The Mavericks let him go because he wears down the playoffs and can’t play a lick of defense.

    Comment by Shake -

  190. Say!

    Hear dis!

    Yeah, I did it on purpose. So what?
    That gorilla gave me a bloody nose and I needed stitches. I wasn’t gonna let that a-hole punk me out!

    Shaq! You my bitch! Next time you hit my ass, I’m gonna go up into the stands & hit some of dat fine ass wife of your’s doggie-style on National Television.. biaaatch!!

    Don’t worry my nigga’s – we shall overcome.

    I have a dream!

    We will reach the mountain top!

    Plan dat parade fools!

    We will maybe even lose 5

    But take 6 and 7!

    Now what… biaaaaatches?

    Word!

    Comment by STACKHOUSE -

  191. Mark – I’d have the Mavericks not show up for the mandatory media session on Saturday at American Airlines Arena. Take the fine and screw the league. This suspension is a bunch of baloney. Its just like Avery said – if Shaq hits someone like that they just let it go because some players get special treatment. I’m glad Avery decided to move team away from Miami. Good luck Sunday – your in a war zone down there but we’re all behind you no matter what !

    Comment by Sekar -

  192. Obviously the NBA front office doesn’t believe their refs can do a good job either. This isn’t like the suspension with Terry when the refs didn’t see the seriousness of the foul. The refs watched this foul and saw no need to eject Stack, so why should he be suspended? Maybe the front office should trust the ability of their refs to make decisions on the floor. Isn’t that how it should be? Or should the refs rely on the front office to review every call? I know I hate my boss looking over my shoulder. (btw, great decision moving the team hotel)

    Comment by Creecy -

  193. I just heard on ESPN today that the NBA has suspended Mavs forward Jerry Stackhouse for game 5 due to his flagrant foul on Shaquille O’Neal. If you were still watching the disaster that was game 4 and saw this foul, it was called correctly in the game – flagrant 1, Stack was not ejected from the game. This foul was not worthy of a suspension, certainly not this time of the year. It is clear to me now that the NBA is trying to sway this series in the Miami Wade’s favor. The NBA so desperately wants another Jordan. They are trying to make Wade that guy. They tried to get it with LeBron and failed. This entire series the national coverage has been so focused on Wade and his knee, why should I care? There has been absolutely no attention given to Dirk or Howard. The NBA doesn’t feel they can market these players. It comes down to whose shoes/jerseys more people will buy with the NBA.

    If the Dallas Mavericks are to win this series they are going to have to beat the Miami Heat and the NBA. Plus, they’ll have to do it without Jerry Stackhouse. Thanks a lot for your support David Stern. The NBA is quickly becoming a joke league about as real as the WWE.

    Comment by John Trotter -

  194. Stack suspended…. What a joke. Even Shak said his kids hit him harder. They simply have it out for Cuban. And Shak was off balance and has no core to stabalize Last time I will support anything related to NBA cares.

    Comment by kgantz -

  195. OK after reading Jason C’s comments I can’t help but laugh and ask myself if this guy has any knowledge about basketball. He tells everyone that Dallas has mental toughness but Dirk chokes under pressure and the whole team folds to blow a 20 pt lead in game 3. Then they come out shooting in game 4 to throw it all away in the second half scoring 7 pts in the fourth quarter. That is mental toughness that only comes from Dallas fans. You guys should be ashamed of your team and most of all your owner for acting like the won the championship in 2 games. This would be why the series in 7 games and not 2!! Cuban goes on Letterman like he just won the NBA championship; I mean this guy is a joke! He needs to stop celebrating and start mourning because Dallas in good as done. They might get back here in 10 years but no time soon. They had their chance but threw it away, seeking to be the Sacramento Kings of the last few years. YOU CANT GET IT DONE!!! Good luck getting to the finals next year with Sacramento, Phoenix, both LA’s, and SA being powerhouses!! Jason Terry think he’s a jet, but the sad part is, is that the jets wing fell of an the plane is going down. Hopefully before you post dumb comments you should realize you had a chance but now its over!

    Comment by Sun Ball for Life -

  196. 1.) Shaq’s foul on Stack was not intentional when he cut his nose. Shaq was standing there with his arms up and Stack just ran into a BRICK wall.

    2.) Shaq’s elbow to the head. YEAH I think it was intentional, nut no whistle no NBA review.

    3.) Posey had a flagrant foul in the Chicago series and was suspended a game. Same exact way as Stackhouses foul. The only thing worse was Shaq was in the air for a shot.

    Plain and simple you get a flgrant foul to the head while in the air, your intention is to take him out of the game!

    Keep crying Dallas Fans…

    LETS GO HEAT!!!!

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  197. STACK GOT SUSPENDED deal with that shit. guess the league thinks hes a punk 2

    Comment by A-LO the HEAT fan -

  198. I’m a fan of MAVS in taiwan!
    I enjoy Watching MAVS play everygame very much.
    Althougot you seem get trouble in Miami,I still believe you can get the champion.
    But I think you should get the 5th game to change your atmospherics after 2:2.
    It’s time to get the first champion for MAVS.
    I look forward to watch MAVS be the champion.
    Anyway,I will abet the MAVS.

    Comment by est -

  199. Don’t buy the Pirates… find a way to buy the Royals and save my beloved team!

    Plus, you like challenges right?

    Comment by David -

  200. Don’t buy the Pirates… find a way to buy the Royals and save my beloved team!

    Plus, you like challenges right?

    Comment by David -

  201. are freaking kidding me? your blaming game 4 on the refs. you team shoots awful , dirk has no heart and your ripping the refs, what a retard

    Comment by andre -

  202. Cuban, guess what buddy, MAVS are done. Dirk isnt half the player Wade is, and at this point Wade just realizes he can take over whenever he wants, and will whenever necessary to propel the Heat to a 6 game (latter portion sweep) of the most annoying team in NBA. By the way, Is Jason Terry a clone of Avery Johnson? Did you do something Mark? The real Terry, who we all saw wallow in mediocrity on the Hawks, has been replaced by Avery Johnson. He even talks like him. Anyway, better go get Nash Back, it’s over this year.

    Comment by Ian -

  203. This was a big thick steaming bowl of CRAP! The refs couldn’t call a foul if there life depended on it. Shaq can slap Dirk in the face and hold Devin’s jersey and not get called, but if we put a pinky on them, we get called for a foul. Personally, it should be 2-1-1, with game four going to the refs. Rip into them Mark….Rip into them!!!!

    Comment by Steven Goltz -

  204. Another great game.

    I enjoyed seeing Zo putting ol’ Dirk on his butt in the second (it was a clean block).

    Stackhouse is crazy.

    Again, I am looking forward to the next game in Miami.

    Comment by Hornets OKC -

  205. How come Cuban falls off the face of the earth when the Mavs start losing? Coincidence?

    Comment by RJ -

  206. Hey Mark–I am a fan of yours, however, I dont think taking a stab at Riley on Natl TV was your “best move”. Why in the hell would add fuel to the fire burning in South Beach. And lets get something straight. Dirk is shooting bad because UD(Udonis Haslem from UF baby)is giving him some serious trouble. Officiating continues to be horrible, but atleast its consistantly bad. If Haslem would have plowed into Dirk like that….automatic ejection with no questions asked. Granted, you have to hit Shaq pretty damn hard to give him a hard foul, but come on, clearly Stack wasnt going for the ball.
    Obviously, I am a HEAT fan, not a bandwagon fan either, I was born and raised in South Florida and have been following the Heat since I was 8 yrs old. But I am also a fan of the NBA so I love seeing hard fouls, trash talking, and hard nosed basketball. I dont think I could have wished for a better series than this one. The best part is, “A series doesnt start until a home team loses!”
    One last thing….DWAYNE WADE is an absolute stud. Amazing, spectacular, dominating.
    When the Heat win the trophy in Dallas, they should celebrate in the great city of San Antonio on the River Walk. Cuban…could you drive the boat?

    Comment by Jimmy Stew -

  207. I believe Dirk is more interested in the World Cup back in Germany. He planned to be at the event with Steve Nash to watch the games but the playoffs ruined everything. Right now he wants it over with (even if it means losing the finlas to Miami) so he can go back and enjoy the World Cup.

    Comment by Informant -

  208. dirk is nothing but big sissy. knock him on his butt a few times and he’s done.Wade is the man!

    Comment by andre -

  209. You know Dave (post 247),

    No need to be calling any Heat fans “fucking morons”, and you my friend are far from talking about sportsmanship. I have posted several times, and even being a faithful Heat season ticket holder, I’m not blind enough to realize your team deserves to be there…AS much as we do. I can’t speak for ALL Heat Fans, as I’m sure you can’t speak for ALL Mavs fans…we both know there are sore losers, and sore winners in every sport.

    I don’t understand how some fans here…all they do is complain, and find an “excuse” for losing. If it’s not the refs, it’s this or that. Man you lost a game…give some credit where its due. The Heat played better last time. You don’t lose by over 20 and blame the officiating. I sometimes wonder if I’m just biased towards my team, like we all are, but I realized the officiating in the NBA SUCKS for EVERYONE. Last night, we had bad calls on both of our teams. They called stupid charges, stupid blocking fouls, missed calls, etc, etc. It’s the team that plays through these calls, and doesn’t lose focus, that survives. The Heat have NOT been getting the benefit of the doubt lol. As I recall, you guys came back and cut it to 10 in the 3rd..mostly because of turnovers on our part, and in my opinion…bad calls..but if we had lost the game, I wouldn’t come here and find excuses. You say you’ve been watching basketball for years..but to say 2 Hall of Famers like Shaq and Charles are the dirtiest players in the game??? Get a clue brother and watch some more tape lol.

    The series is definitely not over. Just remember it wasn’t us who went on Letterman declaring victory. It wasn’t our paper who scheduled a victory parade. It wasn’t our fans who became SO overconfident they predicted a sweep. Some Mavs fans I have talked to here, and at the games, give the impression they deserve this trophy…like it’s their divine right or something. Last time I checked, the Mavs have been perennial losers every year…where did they get this championship swagger?? I’m not trying to knock them or anything, because I have alot of respect for Mr. Cuban, the team, and the city. It’s just some of the fans who ruin it…you know that whole sportmanship thing you touched upon..maybe you should revisit that.

    I’ll go back “to where I came from” and hopefully not every Mavs fan thinks “me and my kind are not welcome here.” Once again, to any visiting Dallas fan…have fun, enjoy the city and The Finals, and good luck.

    Comment by Luis Rojas -

  210. Dear Mark,

    We the undersigned may be fans of the NBA, your Dallas Mavericks or even (shudder) the Miami Heat. One thing that brings us together is that we are bloggers and readers of blogs – we believe that the common woman and man have something to say about sports, life or Angelina Jolie that can not or will not be said by the mass media. We see the internet and we want to fill it with words, photos, links and miles and miles of glorious banter.

    Thus is was with great hope and pride that we greeted your announcement that you would blog the NBA Finals. You, who have resources and options far beyond the common person, chose to step forward and declare that you were one of us. Willing to sit before a keyboard and spill the contents of your head for the world to see.

    Game one was impressive, you taunted Shaq, shared your excitement at being able to take some shots on the NBA Finals floor, and took us inside the maelstrom of the locker room. Game 2 was an equally strong outing.

    Then in Miami you just gave up. “Dang its humid”. I could have written that … of course it’s humid. It’s Miami in the summer for cryin’ out loud!!

    Mark, you have a PHONE WITH A KEYBOARD. You have BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. If you wanted to blog the NBA finals like they’ve never been blogged before, YOU COULD DO IT.

    You stepped forward and said I AM A BLOGGER. You put my vocation and the passion of countless others on the NBA stage. Mark Cuban sounded off and the world took notice. “Yes these Mavs can!” you shouted in the faces of the unbelievers. You made yourself a target and now it looks like you’re hiding from the Heat.

    So, Mr. Mark Cuban, shirt-sleeve billionaire and the most entertaining owner the NBA has ever had, I’m calling you out:

    Get out there and blog like a man, or publically apologize for having the temerity to call yourself a blogger.

    -farlane aka Andrew McFarlane
    http://farlane.wordpress.com/2006/06/16/nba-comix-blog-maverick-where-are-you/

    (feel free to add your support, additional calling out, call me an idiot, whatever)

    Comment by Andrew McFarlane -

  211. From Post #244
    ************************************
    WE GOT THIS…WHETHER IT’S IN 6 OR 7 GAMES, WE WILL UPSET THE MIAMI HEAT. D-WADE IS CARRYING THIS TEAM ON HIS BACK AND HE CANNOT POSSIBLY GO AT IT FOR THE NEXT FEW GAMES STRAIGHT.
    *************************************

    I’m sure a few people said this about Jordan before he won his first title.

    No, Wade is no Jordan. Just saying….

    Comment by L Johnson -

  212. bet you wish you had antoine now…

    Comment by Dennis -

  213. Most Off-Point Poster goes to Adamn Winn in Post 155 leading up to Game 4

    *************************************
    Tonight, they will be back on track Mavs 4-1. Champions of the world
    **************************************

    Can someone in Dallas inform me how the parade plans are comming along.

    Let’s Go Heat.

    The arena was electric last night. I didn’t get home until 1 AM, but I enjoyed the experience.

    The Heat still must get the next game to have a chance.

    Comment by L Johnson -

  214. Mr. Cuban,
    First I would like to comment on the spectacular stadium you have in dalas. everything you have put in such as the chairs for the players on the bench really gives the mavs a home court advantage. No for the boat, Jessica if you want to do that I doubt any male HEAT fan would complain and would probably fake being a mavs fan in order to get on the boat(me included). now on to the officiating. the 4 seconds is a problem, but when you have a ref who is so old that he cant blow the whistle loud enough it could have happened to EITHER TEAM. now for the overall officiating. In both games 3 and 4 it was HORRIBLE to say the least. to all you mavs fans it was not 5-7 it was 8-7 because you guys get hubie brown. the refs made some horrible calls for both teams. one of the offensive fould called when shaq was touching the restricted line was a BAD call. A HEAT FAN SAID IT WAS A BAD CALL. but an even worse call was when Dirk was being guarded by shaq and he spun and did his trade mark jumper and was awarded with a foul on shaq. replays CLEARLY showed that dirk was not touched at all by shaq. the ref continued by giving the Mavs a tech when payton complained. Mr. Cuban when you complain about an obvious mistake and get fined I think the nba is being dumb because YOU were right. Overall. Great series. AND STACKHOUSE IS A PUNK. Mr. Cuban, you have a great relationship with Shaq and to have one of your players take a cheap shot is punk. I did not say you told him to!!!! I mean that it happened and I hope you take it upon yourself to fine him because it would be unlikely that you would suspend him even though the league better do it.

    Comment by A-LO the HEAT fan -

  215. Mavs had their chances, but no once could get on track. What’s the deal with the Mavs chunking up 3-pointers from the corner all freakin’ night long. go to the basket and earn points while the clock is stopped. As a side note – is there no such thing as an over-the-back foul anymore? It seemed like both teams were getting away with it at times, but more Heat than Mavs. Also, on the stupid lane violations, I didn’t think it was a violation if the shooter stopped in mid shot before following through.
    Anyway, Mavs is seven. Unless of course D.Wade comes out with one leg and a nub for an arm. He seems to play better when he *thinks* he’s hurt. Never seen a bigger sandbagger in all my life.
    Don’t get fooled about the parade route and the fans’ big heads fool you. That means nothing to the Mavs, however it apparaently was exactly what the Heat needed. If the premature talk of championship did get to the Mavs they don’t deserve it.

    Comment by Tommy -

  216. Dave (Post 200)

    You are a fucking moron just like most of the Heat fans that have visited this site. It is obvious that no one ever taught you something called sportsmanship!!! So the Mavs had a bad night..so what. The series is not over.

    But the thing that happened tonight and even in game 3 is the inconsistencies of the refereeing. It is obvious that they have an inclination toward the Heat. How many times did Dirk get put on the floor tonight? How man fouls weren’t called? What about the foul that Wade committed with about 2 1/2 minutes left in Game 3 that would have been # 6? The fact of the matter is that the Heat have been getting the benefit of the doubt with the refs and getting away with dirty play. I have been watching basketball for years and I cannot think of a dirtier player than Shaq (except maybe Charles Barkley). He throws his elbows around like he is in boxing match..but where are the refs? Probably been paid off or something (LOL).

    Anyway, go back where you came from, learn something of sportsmanship, and get the fuck off this site. You and your kind are not welcome here!!

    Richard

    MAVS IN 7

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  217. Mark, Dirk rocks! Cuban sucks.

    Comment by miguel -

  218. Miami’s not as old and slow as the “experts” thought and the Mavs are not as dominant as the ‘experts” opined. No reason to celebrate or retreat…just tighten your seatbelt as the ride is far from over. If the Mavs win the next game everyone will say its over and vice-versa. Guess what???they know as much as we know…and that ain’t saying much. But…one way or the other….only Miami and Dallas fans have their teams in the finals. THIS FINALS FOR ALL OF US FANS …ENJOY!!!

    Comment by FLORIDA DAVE -

  219. COME ON DALLAS FANS! DALLAS IS STILL GONNA TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE EXPECTED MIAMI TO COME OUT IN FULL FORCE AT HOME. THEIR PROBLEM IS THEY CAN’T WIN ON THE ROAD AND GUESS WHERE THE LAST 2 GAMES ARE? DALLAS!

    WE GOT THIS…WHETHER IT’S IN 6 OR 7 GAMES, WE WILL UPSET THE MIAMI HEAT. D-WADE IS CARRYING THIS TEAM ON HIS BACK AND HE CANNOT POSSIBLY GO AT IT FOR THE NEXT FEW GAMES STRAIGHT.

    COME ON PEOPLE, UNDERSTAND THAT DALLAS HAD A POOR SHOOTING NIGHT. IT HAPPENS. NOW WE HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE TO WIN GAME 5 IN MIAMI THEN GO HOME AND CLOSE IT OUT ON TUESDAY.

    HOW SWEET IT WILL BE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOME ON TUESDAY.

    GO DALLAS!

    Comment by East Coast Jessie -

  220. Mark,

    Who got offended by the GO MAVS banner? hahaha

    I love you! Keep up the good work.

    To all the Heat fans:
    Let us not forget the series is tied.
    It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Dallas
    is not out by a long shot. Although they played horrible last night.

    Comment by Tina -

  221. Make it BLOGHEAT!!!

    What happened to your man Stack?

    Loxahatchee, Florida Heat Fan

    Travel-Ascending.com
    http://www.travel-ascending.com/

    Comment by Dan -

  222. I can say that I was embarrassed by our play last night, I’m not going to say anything about the officiating because everyone knows that it SUCKS. I still believe we can and will take this Championship but someone better tell Dirk and Josh they are starters and need to shoot like they are!

    Comment by Chris -

  223. HEY CUBAN, WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT? GOT TO HAND IT TOO MY HEAT THEY DONT BACK DOWN,

    Comment by ED OCHOA -

  224. Don’t Mavs fans find it a little ironic that Mark Cuban is going on Letterman ragging on Pat Riley’s old-school Knicks-style physical basketball at the same time Avery Johnson is promoting his “Hack-a-Shaq” defense?

    And j2 you are seeing things, Shaq’s foot was nowhere near Dirk’s when Dirk came down. I had thought of that at the time, because Shaq hurt himself in the exact same way early this season, but that time there *was* a foot underneath him when he came down — Ben Wallace’s — but there was no way it was intentional. You are seeing things j2. Do you have any idea the damage a 7′ body dropping on your foot can cause? A friend was on crutches for two months after something like that, and he was wearing hiking boots.

    Dave, the proud Heat troll.

    Comment by Dave -

  225. i hate mnark cuban. why? because he deleted my post about him being dissed at bungalow 8. what a fuccing loser!

    Comment by hahahaha -

  226. Mark just like the NBA took a look at the punch that Jason Terry gave Finley …. Well dude you need to take a look at the Video of game 4 when Dirk rolled his ankle …. look slow motion and check out what SHAQ does …. He purposely places his foot underneath the area that Dirk would land on …….. you see there is no way that his foot would be there in a natural progression of trying to block the shot …. he actualy angles his leg forward and plants his foot right under Dirks landing area …… i mean as wild as it sounds its obvious that Shaq took a gamble that he may land on his foot and get hurt ……. just look at it ……. hey you never know dude.

    Comment by j2 -

  227. Ben – No, they don’t.

    The Mavs have home-court advantage. Do the math. If both teams win all their home games, the Mavs win 4-3.

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  228. Last nights game was physical. It was an extremely tough loss for the Mavericks. Now that we have a series it will be hard for me to sit down and watch. I believe in the Mavericks. I have been following them from game one when the franchise came to Dallas. I have the honor to say that I was there for game one of the Mavericks history. They will not let us down. We will win in Maimi and take it home…….

    Comment by michael -

  229. As goes game 5 will go the series. The Mavs have worked too hard to get where they are at to give up the advantage, play tough and get in focus…….lets do this thing.

    Isn’t this great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best BB games ever….well for Mavs fans anyway….

    Comment by Patrick McCoy -

  230. We now have a series folks. The Mavs can not play this bad again. We will win game 5.

    Comment by MitchellB -

  231. You couldn’t have said it better Thynoe. How ugly is Miami’s play now? Not very, I should say. Here’s my impression of the Mav’s physicality. (You can’t see it, obviously, but I’m waving a piece of tissue in the air.) Stackhouse was the only one to show any kind of physical play in game four, and my hats off to him too, because he’s one of the weirdest looking guys I’ve ever seen in my life…

    Comment by Brandon -

  232. I still believe that this is all going to lead to Championship title in Dallas for the Mavericks.

    GO MAVS!

    Comment by Vikram -

  233. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=dw-cuban061506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Hey Mark, at the end of Game 3, what that your idea of a traveling call or were you auditioning for the next remake of Saturday Night Fever?

    Hope your boy Stackhouse doesn’t get suspended for a game. What a shame that’d be when you guys are getting beat down.

    Comment by rkstevens -

  234. cuban you moron. you jinxed it for the mavs. lol

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AnpOFUGqsucYE4tqweRDf4SC0bYF?slug=dw-cuban061506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Comment by hahahaha -

  235. You’ve lost again dear Mark hehehe, if your team loses this Game 5 your team is history… Miami is on a roll and unfortunately you can’t stop Wade.. All of my webdatedotcom chatmates are for the Mavs, but I’m definitely for the Heat…

    Comment by thynoe -

  236. ummm, Oscar e cordova jr…

    you might want to check your grammer before you start ragging on someone else’s spelling there bud.

    “posted Jun 16, 2006, 12:31 AM ET by oscar e cordova jr
    Samuel, your spelling speakings highly of your intellectual level.”

    What exactly does your spelling speakings mean??

    That said. Give the heat all the credit in the world. They did that. And as a diehard Mavs fan, that’s hard to say. The heat came in and played hard nosed, kick your ass basketball.

    To all my fellow MFFL’s, don’t cry about the officials, even Bavetta can’t be blamed fof a 7 point 4th quarter. We sucked. Dirk sucked, Jo-ho sucked, Jet sucked, Damp sucked, Gana sucked, Quisey sucked, Van trick sucked. Devin and Stack had a little game. They wanted it more, they took that from us. Don’t bitch and whine and moan, no ref could have done that. The Mavs better man up if they want to come home up a game.

    All credit goes to the heat from a Mavs fan, ya’ll did that. congrats….

    Comment by trey allmon -

  237. Yes I am rooting for Miami but I must say the officiating on both sides of the ball has been bad….I will give you that….but this is the way I am calling it, if Miami wins Game Five which is possible they have to win Game six in your home court to take the series…I don’t see them winning a Game Seven though I do have a funny feeling we are heading for a Seven Game series…being from North Carolina, I have ties to both teams but the reason I am rooting for D-Wade is because I am a Marquette graduate and not since Doc Rivers have we had a player with this much of a chance to have a ring that I can recall…..plus there are several players on the Heat that I have always admired such as Mourning and Gary Payton who have had great careers but no rings………But I fully expect these next two to three games to be real thrillers…..but let’s let the teams settle it on the court…and if you any body from the Heat or the Mavericks need a good event planner don’t hesitate to call..SMILE…….

    Comment by Marc Lee -

  238. I’m a mavs fan, but you have to give all the credit in the world to the Heat tonight. If the mavs lose this series it’s not because of tonights game, its because of the lame ass 6 min they played in game 3. If you think scoring only 7 pts in a quarter is bad, think again. If we win game 3 this series was all but finished.

    I’ve been rooting for the mavs for years now but I would like to say to the players that you played like utter shit tonight. My high school b-ball team that won state a few years ago could have beat you’ll tonight. I hope you can pull some type of motivation out of this poor performance. If not, I guess I’ll see you again next year.

    Comment by Dave -

  239. Yes I am rooting for Miami but I must say the officiating on both sides of the ball has been bad….I will give you that….but this is the way I am calling it, if Miami wins Game Five which is possible they have to win Game six in your home court to take the series…I don’t see them winning a Game Seven though I do have a funny feeling we are heading for a Seven Game series…being from North Carolina, I have ties to both teams but the reason I am rooting for D-Wade is because I am a Marquette graduate and not since Doc Rivers have we had a player with this much of a chance to have a ring that I can recall…..plus there are several players on the Heat that I have always admired such as Mourning and Gary Payton who have had great careers but no rings………But I fully expect these next two to three games to be real thrillers…..but let’s let the teams settle it on the court…and if you any body from the Heat or the Mavericks need a good event planner don’t hesitate to call..SMILE…….

    Comment by Marc Lee -

  240. Yes I am rooting for Miami but I must say the officiating on both sides of the ball has been bad….I will give you that….but this is the way I am calling it, if Miami wins Game Five which is possible they have to win Game six in your home court to take the series…I don’t see them winning a Game Seven though I do have a funny feeling we are heading for a Seven Game series…being from North Carolina, I have ties to both teams but the reason I am rooting for D-Wade is because I am a Marquette graduate and not since Doc Rivers have we had a player with this much of a chance to have a ring that I can recall…..plus there are several players on the Heat that I have always admired such as Mourning and Gary Payton who have had great careers but no rings………But I fully expect these next two to three games to be real thrillers…..but let’s let the teams settle it on the court…and if you any body from the Heat or the Mavericks need a good event planner don’t hesitate to call..SMILE…….

    Comment by Marc Lee -

  241. Yes I am rooting for Miami but I must say the officiating on both sides of the ball has been bad….I will give you that….but this is the way I am calling it, if Miami wins Game Five which is possible they have to win Game six in your home court to take the series…I don’t see them winning a Game Seven though I do have a funny feeling we are heading for a Seven Game series…being from North Carolina, I have ties to both teams but the reason I am rooting for D-Wade is because I am a Marquette graduate and not since Doc Rivers have we had a player with this much of a chance to have a ring that I can recall…..plus there are several players on the Heat that I have always admired such as Mourning and Gary Payton who have had great careers but no rings………But I fully expect these next two to three games to be real thrillers…..but let’s let the teams settle it on the court…and if you any body from the Heat or the Mavericks need a good event planner don’t hesitate to call..SMILE…….

    Comment by Marc Lee -

  242. Ben-

    I’m not from Seagoville. I don’t know if that was some kind of mysterious, dumbass joke you were trying to make or what, but if it was, I don’t get it. And I’ve cheered for the Mavs loud and proud for the last six years, since I knew I was moving to the metroplex.

    As for the refs, they were the only thing that kept us in the game as long as we stayed in it. Those were some pretty lame offensive fouls, don’t you think? The refs had nothing to do with this loss. Nothing. Your bitching aside, the only thing that had anything to do with this loss was the almost complete lack of anything resembling defense on Wade, and the inability of Dirk and Josh to throw the ball in the ocean from knee-deep in the surf. I’m no bandwagon fan. I’m just honest enough to admit that the Mavs played like [INSERT ANOTHER WORD FOR CAT HERE] tonight, and that’s why they lost. We set the friggin’ record for least points ever scored in an NBA finals quarter for god’s sake! Quit bitchin’ about the refs and lay the blame where it belongs: at the feet of our players, who playe like a bunch of candy-ass, punk bitches tonight.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  243. Dirk is over-rated…..he is not even in the same league as the real Mr. “D” Wade. Mark Jackson thinks he will be better than the great Larry Bird, he has been spending too much time on Mr. “Goofy” Cuban’s payroll. GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by RA -

  244. As MAVS fans we been down this road before with San Antonio and Phoenix. We let some games slip away and everybody counted us out. Don’t count the mavs out yet, home court advantage is key in this series. If Dallas loses on Sun. it will go 7 for the mavs, if we win Sun. mavs in 6.
    Mark you have my respect no other owners can compare to your devotion. To all other fans besides mav fans go to your team owner blogs, oh yeah there arent any???????

    Comment by jarrett -

  245. Kevin Bailey I apologize, I didnt know the mavs had fans in seagoville. Shit I didnt even know seagoville had tv. So you’re a fan? Jump on the band wagon last week? Heat still havent proven they can win in Dallas, and they will have to atleast once. Or did you get your playground math mixed up agian? Fight through the fouls haha fight through the semi choke slam. the elbow on the 3 point line that knocked him airborn. The heat played like they were trying to take Dirk out of the game, this is why we have Refs Kevin, I know thats a hard concept for someone who apparently learned to play ball in huntsville, But this is to be a semi controlled game that features talent. And the Heat turned it into some white trash wwf wrestling style event.

    Comment by Ben -

  246. omg..this blog pwns. mavs better win game 5.

    Comment by ninong -

  247. I am a Mavs fan because they have heart and resiliency. I live in Portland, so I know about adversity. Even though they lost tonight, they played as a team and got great contributions from Dirk, Stack, Jet, and Devin. The officiating was very bad, but the Mavs will focus on how they can do a better job shooting, rebounding, defending and moving the ball. And then they will come back and win. Let’s not lose sight that the series is tied. Beat the Heat !!!!

    Comment by Susan -

  248. Everytime this kind of shit happens to the mavs is when they get overconfident. They lose the confidence they always come out ballin.

    No way in hell the Heat win 4 games in a row. This thing will be finished in Dallas. Win or lose this has been a hell of a ride.

    Go Mavs

    Comment by james -

  249. you aren’t reading my comments randy. there is video proof from nearly every series in this year’s playoffs that suggests the refereeing needs some tweaking.

    forget about dallas vs miami. two evenly matched teams. congrats to the heat for pulling it out.

    in no way am i suggesting that the first 46 minutes don’t matter. i’d like to see the entire game called better. i’m just suggesting that the refs get an opportunity to review calls in the last two minutes, just like they do shot clock violations. it’s not an absurd thought, and not based solely on a knee jerk reaction to this series.

    Comment by Michael Hinson -

  250. i think it is valid to say that dallas wasted their opportunities, while miami capitalized. miami got the victory and congrats.

    now that does not change the fact that there were some blatant bad calls in miami’s favor. i believe i saw that wade had 97 free throw attempts in the series. WOW! and beyond the finals, there were other teams effected by bad calls, like washington against lebron james. that series was patheticly favoring james.

    what i’m saying is forget about this series. miami is a quality champion. let’s take a serious look at the way the league calls their games. i don’t think the whistle should have blown on bruce bowen on that infamous play. that was a make-up call without question. bowen had fondled up dirk and gotten away with a lot prior to that call, which had nothing resembling a foul.

    i just don’t believe that what i’m talking about here is whining. it’s asking that the league call things in a fair manner. a review of fouls in the final 2 minutes may be a nice answer. the point is that is important to get the calls right in such important moments like that. forget about the first 46 minutes. you hope they improve their calls, but they are human. with as many baskets scored as bb has, you can overcome those early couple of bad ones. let’s eliminate the superstar call in the final two minutes please.

    Comment by Michael Hinson -

  251. When it’s all said and done, the result at the end of the day is that we lost.It doesn’t matter why or how, it doesn’t change a thing. You call us sore losers, but you know there is such a thing as sore winners. Do you think that talking trash about Mark Cuban, the Mavs and the fans makes you any better than us? It puts you in the same boat as us. You have your trophy…enjoy it, don’t tarnish it with silly banter. If Mark Cuban wants to make comments about the league…let him. News flash, he owns the team. It’s called freedom of speach and he pays the price…$250K. And for all of the Mavs’ fans, let’s not forget about the great season we had and the great seasons still yet to come. They gave us all something great this year and we should all be proud. Thanks Mark…you never let us down.

    Comment by Mavs fan in Houston -

  252. Oh get a clue Denise. Even people who aren’t Mavericks fans thought the Mavericks were ripped off with some of those calls. Just because the NBA has the Sporting News in their pocket doesn’t mean shit. When the average fan who isn’t rooting for either team feels one team got ripped off, then the NBA hasn’t done its job well.

    Comment by Shake -

  253. http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=102484
    Best article on the subjedt I’ve read.

    Comment by Denise -

  254. Not sure why comments are disabled on the “Right is its own Defense” entry. I can’t seem to post on it. Mark I think you’ll uncover a lot of things you may not want to when looking at corporations. At some point, all companies cross the unethical boundary when trying to turn a buck. I hope you can do stories on how the banking system really works in the US and around the globe. This will provide insight into why “free” markets behave the way they do.

    Comment by Shake -

  255. Maybe, in retrospect, going on the Letterman show wasn’t such a good idea?

    Well, at least you were able to sell a lot of….wait, why were you on there? Oh right right, to promote your ego. Good thinking. You outsmarted everybody once again. Brilliant!

    Comment by Tim -

  256. Good job MAVS! Great job HEAT! – I’ll be somking a cuban tomorrow at the parade!

    Comment by erika -

  257. what’s the definition of a NBA champion team – game three the end of the fourth quarter – MAV’S up by 13 – the MAV’S get confindent and the HEAT refuses to lose and the HEAT takes it – at that point we all new who the NBA Champion would be
    15 STRONG !!!! GO HEAT !!!! KUDOS !!!!

    Comment by marlene -

  258. in post 819 classes
    I guess you missed the the game when Ben Wallace sent Shack to the floor with the big block in the finals. Oh, I forgot, Miami cryed fowl on that one. Hmm, who made Defense player 4 times. Shaq? oh that’s right, it was Ben Wallace. We like Big Ben right where he is.

    Comment by Donna -

  259. Dirrrrty.
    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6246/cubandirk4sx.jpg

    Comment by Criztal -

  260. Hey Mark. I herd you say on ESPN one time that you love baseball. And there are some teams you are intrested in. I herd the Cubs and the Pirates. Well here in Detroit we love football. And our owner dosent seem to care. I would like yo know if you would ever think about buying a football team? And if you would so should the the Crappy Lions and turn them around like you did the MAVS.
    Thanks

    Comment by Bill Sutterfield -

  261. First off i am a huge laker and shaq but i still wanted the mavs to win it. i just wanted to say you are the best owner in the NBA keep doin what you do.

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  262. http://mavs.justgotowned.com/

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  263. I have lived in Dallas for 7 years and started out as a Mavs fan. I recently moved to Colorado and I have tried to stay a fan. I have always been a adament Spurs fan(sorry) but I loved the Mavs as well until this season. I think Cuban is becoming more obnoxious and is ruining the team for me as well as others. We just want to say Shut your Hole and give the Mavs back their class and respect. Behavior trickles from the top so shut it!

    Comment by trish -

  264. In post 817 Michael Hinson says
    “Can we talk Ben Wallace into playing center for us this off-season?”

    LOL! You apparently didn’t see the Heat Pistons series! Wallace disappeared worse than Nowitzki! Your own reporters have said you need an OFFENSIVE presense in center, and you think Ben Wallace is that answer??? I HOPE we see you in the finals again with Wallace instead of Diop. Hilarious!!!

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  265. This is Mark When they were up in the series on Letterman: “I’ve tried to make it more fun, but we’ve changed the rules around some.”
    Ahh, so the rule changes were made and/or approved by you.

    “I mean, the game got to a point where it really, it slowed down, and then they went through a whole set of rules changes, which really helped.”
    You mean the rules changes you ordered Bill Simmons to complain about FIVE DAYS LATER?

    “and then these past couple years, I really got involved to outlaw all the handchecking and all the beating up of guys on the perimeter, so now the game’s gotten a lot smoother, so you’ve got superstars like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki who can take the ball to the hoop”
    hmmm, so it wasn’t due to the rules that Dirk didn’t do it, it was due to good defense. DWade thanks you for the rule changes. However, when Dirk did the hand check to end game 5, why were you upset? After all, it was a rule you PRAISED when it was in your favor against the Suns and Spurs.

    “without all of that old Knicks ball, the old Pat Riley stuff, where they’d just beat up on people. So, we changed it up some.”
    And then one day later, Stackhouse tried to end Shaq’s career in a play that was worse than ANYTHING the Knicks did in the finals under Riley. The only Thug play in the Finals was the Stackhouse play.

    And to rip Riley for modifying his game to match up and survive the Pistons Bad Boys, when he was the CREATOR of SHOWTIME LA LAKERS basketball, shows an ignorance of the game that is surprising from someone so sure of their “details”.

    Bill Simmons complained about going to 90’s basketball, because he would rather have 80’s basketball, from back when his Celtics were Champions. Well, Miami looks more like those Celtics than the Mavericks did…

    Finally, you said the last suspension of Stackhouse (how many does that make by the way?) for trying to ruin Johnson’s career was JUSTIFIED, because it was on the road, and gave the impression that intent to injure was there, even though you say you are sure that Stackhouse wasn’t TRYING to injure. Sounds like EXACTLY the same situation that ocurred in Game 4. Road game against a team where there star is knocked to the floor with an apparent intent to injure. So, you MUST have felt this suspension was justified as well.

    Someday, you will suggest to your players that jumping in the stands, hitting man sacks, and slamming players into the stands is outside the scope of things you can buy them out of with your billions.

    Have you EVER responded to these comments here? People act like they are writing to you, but you seem to ignore them. Pretty funny….

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  266. I posted this in a message to Mark, but wanted to post here too… A Vince Lombardi quote. “In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

    We saw the groundwork for what should be a perrenial contender. Can we talk Ben Wallace into playing center for us this off-season?

    Comment by Michael Hinson -

  267. Hi Mark!

    Your NBA accomplishments are truly unappreciated. For what it’s worth, you’ve done an awesome job as far as I’m concerned! The fact that you are willing to challenge the NBA for the purpose of making it better organization is obviously misunderstood. Your courage to do so should be applauded and not criticized!

    Please allow me to make one suggestion regarding on what I believe will improve your team for next year. It looked to me that the Maverick players were afraid to win. It sort of reminds me of how the Clippers use to play prior to Sam Cassell’s arrival. My suggestion is to sign a player that has been on a championship team that actively participated in achieving the ultimate goal.

    You have the best job in the world and it really looks like you know it.

    Best regards,

    Mike

    Comment by Mike T. -

  268. Look Classless Asshole,

    Dallas knows we lost The Finals. We know we lost 4 games in a row. We know a lot of people hate Mark Cuban and I’m sure Mark Cuban is quite aware of the people who share your animosity towards him. We know Dwayne Wade is fucking amazing at basketball and we know that Miami Won. SO, just leave us the hell alone already. Mkay? Although we lost, the Dallas Mavericks have come a hell of a long way and they were at the Finals for a reason. They worked their asses off. They deserved to win just as much as Miami. You’ll See.

    Also Miami WAS voted the most uncomfortable city (look it up, it’s true)

    I’m not going to waste my time writing up a whole paragraph full of comments and commentary I’m just going to tell it like it is…Miami DID have a lot more people rooting for them. Their players, their team, and their coach got more coverage than the Mavericks and that’s the damn truth. Since you are so well connected with the media and every word that comes out of everyone’s mouth you should see that was obvious. It’s not even about that though…when it comes down to it, it’s about the players on the court and the four quarters of basketball they play.

    so in shorter terms: shut the hell up already.

    Comment by IamSICKofClasslessStackhouse -

  269. To cuban and his awesome team of Mavz, thanks for the greatest season in franchise history. I know as a diehard mavs fan I dont need a trophy (or officials) to tell me who the best TEAM in the NBA was this season. Anyone who says Miami was the best team (including David Stern) obviously didnt see Miami hand the ball to the “unguardable” Dwyane Wade everytime they got down or toward the end of the game, teamwork?? I dont think so. And as far as Walker pulling Terry’s jersey on the last shot of the series lets not go there. Thanks Mark and Mavz for a great memorable season.

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  270. in post 787 by Alma Squillante, whiner-storyteller says “ya know… I thought it was just me taking it all personal-like, but I see it was clear to many others.”
    Nah, it was just you.

    “It’s hateful how ABC or it’s representatives showed such blatant favoritism for the Heat.”
    Right. Hubie Brown was riding the Dallas team ALL SERIES, with blatent comments that were directed pro Dallas and anti Miami. In fact he was doing it against Miami in the Detroit sereis as well. He hates Williams, for punking his son, and wanted nothing more than to see the Heat fail.

    “It was so wrong for them to suspend Stackhouse and not shaq when Shaq seems to be able to do just whatever he wants to other players.”
    Right, the collision was Shaq’s fault. Stackhouse wa the innocent victim of a charge. Shaq should have been suspended for going into the stands. We have heard it all before…

    “So, it was almost worth it to see how SHAQ reacted to some of his own medicine. They had to hold him down, yet Dirk and Stackhouse maintained their decorum and dignity in the face foul play.”
    Rigggght. Who did Shaq knock into the stands? Mark had just finished saying that he had brought a new league about where that kind of play would no longer exist, and the next day his own player proved him wrong. The “foul play” was a “flagrant foul play”, seen by the league, the tv, the refs on site, the league office on video, and the fans all over the country. Even Mark’s new hero, bill simmons, said the suspension was justified.

    “I applaud Stackhouse!!! I am all for fairplay and sportsmanlike conduct, I just didn’t see any of it so am behind Stackhouse.”
    Better to be behind him. If you are in front of him, you might get your head beat in. Good thing Shaq was to classy to retaliate. Like he said, his daughters hit him harder! LOL!

    “I think it will be a different ballgame with our guys back home from that miserable coastal climate and those miserable folks. Boooooo to the officials. Go Mavs!!”
    Yeah, it was different. The home cooking gave you a 14 point lead, but Miami overcame you, the refs, the fans throwing things at them (classless), their booing during the trophy presentation (classless), and the cheap shots on Wade all through the series. Explain to me why Terry decided to stand with his legs spread on top of Wade after the cheap shot Dampier foul. good sportmanship? it wasn’t good, it wasn’t sporty, and it wasn’t manly. I guess that was the ship that Cuban claims to not own.

    Oh, and this “miserable coastal climate” gets alot more tourists, as in people WANTING to be there, than your smoggy dry dusty oil smelling climate. Look it up, it’s true.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  271. Why does is matter what Mark Cuban says, he has the right to say whatever he wants. Just because he is the owner of the Mavs, that doesn’t mean he can’t express whatever the heck he feels like expressing.

    Comment by Tina -

  272. I was a huge Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls fan and I haven’t watched NBA basketball since 1999.

    That being said, “Thank You!” Dallas Mavericks. “Thank You!” Mark Cuban. I can’t speak for anyone else, but you saved the NBA for me. Let’s get ’em in ’07!!

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  273. THANK YOU MAVS FOR ONE HELL OF A GREAT SEASON!

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  274. I saw Dwyane Wade, the NBA Champion Miami Heat Finals MVP on Letterman, too.

    Unlike you ripping Riley, when Wade had a chance to rip you, he was modest and polite.

    He showed class and restraint.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  275. While I agree with some of the comments regarding the behavior of Mark, Mav’s fans and the team……there has to be a line drawn some where. We lost and the Heat won. Mark clapping for the Heat showed good sportsmanship where quite frankly, he didn’t have to. There were bad calls by the refs and bad plays on both sides. But it’s over people! Read on for a little experience I had with Spurs fans:

    I just moved from Dallas to San Antonio (and let me stress I am, was and ALWAYS will be a MAVS fan and don’t care who knows it!) during the Spurs vs Mavs series. Went into a local, neighborhood bar to catch the game with my husband and mother in law. We enjoyed a little dinner and a few drinks prior to the start of the game. During the game, a napkin was passed around the bar and delivered to me…..the napkin and the fans were asking me to leave the establishment. Why? Because I was wearing my Mavs tank top showing support of my team. By the way, we lost to the Spurs that night,but I still walked up to the instigators of the napkin and congratulated them on their victory AND walked out with my head held high! My point is, everyone has a few tacky fans and each team has a few tacky moments of behavior in each season. If we didn’t have a little rivalry, what’s the point? If you are a true fan, you are a fan through the good and the bad and the inaccuracies reported by the press. Shouldn’t we rally around our team and our owner instead of jumping on the band wagon and bashing? You don’t have to agree with what is said or done but you should show support for the team you cheer for.

    Thank you Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks for one heck of a season. I can’t wait until next year!

    Comment by Susan -

  276. JASON WHITLOCK of ESPN.com is my new hero!! Read his latest article and learn something.

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  277. Classless Stackhouse…. do you think you have enough built up anger bro? I mean I give props to Miami for playing a hell of a series. Maybe a few things were said that should not have been … but that is life bro.. We have all done that…
    To be honest… who on gods green earth really cares about what ESPN has to say about being the biggest chokers in bball history? Half the guys that write that stuff have never even played basketball… Instead of bashing Dallas because they did not win the championship.. how about saluting them for playing one hell of a year. Lets not forget that those so called guru’s of sports had the finals locked in with the Spurs and the Pistons.
    Also… fans are fans bro.. they have the right to boo who ever they want to boo. As I recall, … I remember Miami’s fans booing one of your players during the season.
    It was a good series… Not the outcome I hoped for.. but that is why you play sports…
    Dallas will just be more hungry next year..
    Enjoy your title.. you guys earned it.

    Comment by William King -

  278. Wow, even the Dallas papers are saying that Cuban and all the plotting and suggesting and going on national TV blaming Riley and all that was a mistake, just like planning a parade before winning on the road.

    And remember, this is the guy that said the Heat had no chance because Dallas was gonna shut down DWade. At least HE has the class to say he was wrong.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/mavs/stories/062206dnspocowlishaw.1663079.html

    And tiptoe, if that is your real name, the reason Heat fans are still here is because your town insulted us, and we are looking for justice. In your weak brain, saying Cuban has less money than Arison is some kind of badge of honor because he made it by selling off a .com, while Arison inherited some of his money? I guess that means you hate Cuban’s kids too, since they are gonna inherit someday.

    Dallas tried to blame the Miami fans, the refs, David Stern, Stu Jackson, but the finger pointed out had four pointing right back at you and your “team”.

    Alonzo’s five blocks, Haslem’s timely jumpers and rebounds, Payton’s clutch shots, Posey’s dagger threes, all that had nothing to do with your loss. Blowing 13, 11, and 14 point leads had nothing to do with your loss. Nowitzki and Terry and Howard fading when they were needed had nothing to do with your loss.

    Instead it is now a question of whether the foul on Wade occurred before or after the whistle on one of the four games.

    That is weaker than Micheal Jackson.

    ESPN has you listed as the biggest chokers in basketball history. That will be the only asterisk on this year’s title, not the possibility that a ref blew the whistle a millisecond too early. Two days later and you won’t accept the truth, get over it, you lost, lost badly, and by booing during the presentation on national TV, tarnished the sport, your city, and your fans forever.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  279. I watched the Letterman show. Before watching the show I had never heard of you or watched a Mavericks game … I watch basketball when my boyfriend wants to and really do not know that much about the teams (terrible I know). I always thought that an owner of a sports team would be stuffy. You were anything but. You were funny and down to earth. Next season I will have to surprise my boyfriend with tickets to a Pistons vs Mavericks game (we live in Michigan). Thanks for keeping it real! If you’re ever in Michigan you’ve got a fan .. although I’d have to root for the Pistons .. haha.

    Jen

    Comment by Jen -

  280. I am probably the most “non-sportiest” person who has ever commented here…I just wanted to tell you I saw you on Letterman. And although I had NO CLUE who you were (and still really don’t)I found you quite intriguing and therefore had to “look you up”.
    PS…your blog makes me chuckle.

    Comment by Lisa -

  281. It’s a miracle you have made it far as you have…living proof that luck is better than brains. Go hang out at the Ghostbar in Vegas some more…last time I checked you were still on the guest list. PS – The girls there like you for your witty charm and looks, not your money. HAHA, Not…

    Comment by BC Purshe -

  282. Hey Mr. Cuban… you’re not accepting comments on your other blogs. But I wanted to show you something… Follow the link and view the picture.

    http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/oly_full.getty-bkn-finals-heat-mavericks_1_00_10_am.jpg

    Nowitzki clearly fouled Dwyane, sir.

    Comment by Mark D -

  283. Mark. We love your antics. Because of you, all the rest of us know who we’re better off than. Let’s hope the Mavs win. Then it’ll be one for the retards and hope for all the citizens of dumbdownland….

    Comment by JaneyRuth -

  284. Mark, I stood watching game 5 with my fist in the air (Terry style) all night long. The defeat was devastating. Seeing those refs going bananas really hurts.

    Regardless of the outcome of this series, I’ll keep believing, I’ll keep watching, and I’ll keep buying the merchandise. Thanks alot, and I’ll be a supporter till the end.

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  285. He said to take the extra points with Dallas and so I did.

    http://www.smartmoniesclub.com

    Comment by Clubmember -

  286. No, really..who the hell calls a time-out with 1.9 seconds left and the home team with the ball on the line. Make sure you slap him from me! Better yet, I’ll come down to the arena when you guys get back and do it myself!

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  287. I knew Cuban would start running hi mouth. Wow after tonight, He will be right in “Stern’s” ear

    It will nice to celebrate on your Floor Cuban.
    Maybe you can give me some tips on Windows Vista, Cause your basketball tips are not working..

    Comment by Mike -

  288. Nice Free Throw Discepancy in Game 5.

    Miami 32-49
    Dallas 21-25

    Wade was 21-25 by himself. Hello can you say..rigged.

    Comment by Shake -

  289. No, really..who the hell calls a time-out with 9 seconds left and the home team with the ball on the line. Make sure you slap him from me! Better yet, I’ll come down to the arena when you guys get back and do it myself!

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  290. mark the last play wade was not fouled! i am so pissed off! the foul discrepancy in tonight’s game is so insane! they are cheaters mark, cheaters!

    Comment by adam -

  291. I guess with all the pushing off by Dwayne Wade, and a few extra pushes by Shaq,the Mavericks would be better off with Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, & Jose Feliciano as the ref’s. Good game, glad its coming back to Dallas, and away from the ice cream parlor look of the Heat fans. Mark you should be sending video to the league office with all the missed calls.

    Comment by Douglas -

  292. Mark,
    I am pulling for the Heat here, but I must say, there was no foul on Wade on that final drive, and the officiating was clearly pro-Heat at the end. Sorry man. But, Dallas can EASILY win the next two back at home. tonight you may have been robbed on the court.

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  293. Miami does Dallas, no? Rent some guts for this team, please.

    Comment by Sad Dallas -

  294. I HOPE YOU CAN PAY OFF YOUR DEBTS NOW HOWARD.

    TWO FREE THROWS AND A CRAP TIMEOUT.

    Comment by JOSH HOWARDS BOOKIE -

  295. Man you need to shut your mouth, both you and your coach. You created all the foul calls in Miami by whining about not getting ever call!! If it was not for tit for tat calls, Nowitski would average 15 points a game and not 25 plus, its the NBA, NO BABIES ALLOWED!!

    Kelly Bigham

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  296. What just happened?

    OK, this is very strange.

    What was Josh thinking?

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  297. To the Champions~so many of us believe in all of you…play the way you all play as a team and you will prove to all how great you are!

    Comment by Martha & Jimmy -

  298. To the Champions~so many of us believe in all of you…play the way you all play as a team and you will prove to all how great you are!

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  299. Who will be the Mavs’ leader?

    Good Luck, Mark! Go Mavs!

    Comment by Brighten Cambridge -

  300. “Rule with a fierce, kind hand!”—-

    The problem with the Mavs is that they are struggling to find a guy that will just decide to take over the game- and when he takes over he actually takes the game over.
    The Bulls had Jordan; the Lakers (80s) had Magic; the 90s Lakers had Kobe; the Pistons (80s) had Isiah; the Spurs have Duncan; the present Heat have Wade; and the present day Mavs (I’ll get back to you.)???
    I love the Mavs! But this advice is needed for wins! (or maybe I’m just a blind idiot!- either way, this needs to be said….)

    Dirk can be the guy, but he is too nice on the floor (too generous with his teammates/ Jordan never backed down from another player: his own team or opposition)- granted, getting the team involved is necessary, but not to the point you forget your own involvement in the game and basically become a non-factor (like Dirk does). Check Dirk’s past game stats: when he scored and rebounded and took over a game “because he felt he had to” the Mavs won big.
    If I was Cuban or Johnson… right before game time I would go up to Dirk, pull him to the side, and make it abundantly clear, “Tonight is your night! No one else. This is your game! Now get the f*** out there and be the MAN!”
    Let’s face it…the great basketball players where a bit confident..when they shot they knew the ball was going in, and they asked for the ball at the end of the game.
    I wonder who asks for the ball at the end of a game for the Mavs? Does anyone step out? or does Johnson decide? Who is the man that steps forward as a leader?
    Right now, and in the past, it seems that the Mavs and its players want to share the leadership- this cannot be done- a house divided cannot stand! There can be only one leader of a team. And I can’t honestly tell you who that player is for the Mavs.
    Maybe it should be Dirk, Stackhouse, Tery, someone else? Maybe they don’t know who the leader is, or they are being too nice and are afraid to step on each other’s toes (like Shaq and Kobe- and what happened to them: Kobe stepped up, said he was the guy- and Shaq decided to play as a team player- and they won Championships!)…if the Mavs are too generous with the leadership and one guy is afraid of stepping up and taking the responsibility – then well, all I have to say is that fear does not win championships!
    [This criticism is given with years of basketball experience, a patience not willing to see the Mavs lose another game, and the undying love for the Mavs- spare the rod, spoil the child!]
    Go Mavs!
    And Mark….what is up with ‘Like Mike 2’????
    …..have to go – Game Time!

    [No one should hate anyone.]

    Comment by Cody Fuston -

  301. “Rule with a fierce, kind hand!”—-

    The problem with the Mavs is that they are struggling to find a guy that will just decide to take over the game- and when he takes over he actually takes the game over.
    The Bulls had Jordan; the Lakers (80s) had Magic; the 90s Lakers had Kobe; the Pistons (80s) had Isiah; the Spurs have Duncan; the present Heat have Wade; and the present day Mavs (I’ll get back to you.)???
    I love the Mavs! But this advice is needed for wins! (or maybe I’m just a blind idiot!- either way, this needs to be said….)

    Dirk can be the guy, but he is too nice on the floor (too generous with his teammates/ Jordan never backed down from another player: his own team or opposition)- granted, getting the team involved is necessary, but not to the point you forget your own involvement in the game and basically become a non-factor (like Dirk does). Check Dirk’s past game stats: when he scored and rebounded and took over a game “because he felt he had to” the Mavs won big.
    If I was Cuban or Johnson… right before game time I would go up to Dirk, pull him to the side, and make it abundantly clear, “Tonight is your night! No one else. This is your game! Now get the f*** out there and be the MAN!”
    Let’s face it…the great basketball players where a bit confident..when they shot they knew the ball was going in, and they asked for the ball at the end of the game.
    I wonder who asks for the ball at the end of a game for the Mavs? Does anyone step out? or does Johnson decide? Who is the man that steps forward as a leader?
    Right now, and in the past, it seems that the Mavs and its players want to share the leadership- this cannot be done- a house divided cannot stand! There can be only one leader of a team. And I can’t honestly tell you who that player is for the Mavs.
    Maybe it should be Dirk, Stackhouse, Tery, someone else? Maybe they don’t know who the leader is, or they are being too nice and are afraid to step on each other’s toes (like Shaq and Kobe- and what happened to them: Kobe stepped up, said he was the guy- and Shaq decided to play as a team player- and they won Championships!)…if the Mavs are too generous with the leadership and one guy is afraid of stepping up and taking the responsibility – then well, all I have to say is that fear does not win championships!
    [This criticism is given with years of basketball experience, a patience not willing to see the Mavs lose another game, and the undying love for the Mavs- spare the rod, spoil the child!]
    Go Mavs!
    And Mark….what is up with ‘Like Mike 2’????
    …..have to go – Game Time!

    [No one should hate anyone.]

    Comment by Cody Fuston -

  302. To think moving the MAVS to Ft Lauderdale a less distraction. I guess they did not do research well. Fort Lauderdale Parties just like Miami

    Go HEAT

    Comment by Mike -

  303. It’s all good. Fun Night coming up tonight – even better Tuesday. “No Worries”. Mavs Romp!

    Comment by Pete Bitchakas -

  304. Cuban, you suck. Your team doesn’t. But you’ll lose. Because you suck. Badly.

    And the nba hates you just like everyone does. And have fun with your little blog cuz i shall haxxorz it!!1 Peace Homez

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  305. go mavs!! you need to push it hard in game 5! go mavs!!

    Comment by Billabong -

  306. A note to the whole team:

    A tough, tough fight is ahead tonight (game 5), but you’ve shown the ability to exceed even lofty expectations. Fight hard, fight long.

    Tonight, make Dallas proud.

    Go Mavs.

    Comment by Casey -

  307. A note to the whole team:

    A tough, tough fight is ahead tonight (game 5), but you’ve shown the ability to exceed even lofty expectations. Fight hard, fight long.

    Tonight, make Dallas proud.

    Go Mavs.

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  308. I hope many of those people on ebay eat their tickets! I hate that people are bidding. It really fuels the fire.

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  309. Shake, you appear to be suffering from some memory loss. Let’s go to the video tape, shall we? http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/6721616637326928/

    In there Cuban says he wanted Nash to be a Maverick for life. Guess he was fine with him supposedly wearing out in the playoffs.

    As for the Stackhouse suspension, all you Mav fans know that if this had been Shaq taking out Dirk you would have been screaming bloody murder and calling for Shaq’s ban for life

    Cuban is hilarious. He whines and cries about the officiials not being consistent and wanting them to call fouls by the book. Yet when they do and it goes against him he whines. Hilarious.

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  310. I want to set the record clear regarding Jerry Stackhouse. Stu Jackson was unwarranted in what he did in not only suspending Stackhouse as well as MBenga. WikiPeida has it right now after my edits:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu_Jackson

    Comment by Jeff -

  311. You whining bunch of fans! (that means Miami /*and* Dallas fans) You’re waaaay too biased to comment rationally on Stack’s flagrant foul. Check out what the unbiased, professional writers are saying about it (truehoops.com, etc.).

    Think about this — the precedent was set by Posey’s hit on Hinrich, so the league had to call the same on Stack. (Even more so, since Stack had to barrel into Shaq a lot harder to overcome Shaq’s extra 110 lbs and may him fly like a rag doll — Posey did the same but they are of similar weight).

    Did you Mavs fans see the piece by so-called journalist Kevin Sherrington of dallasnews.com? (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/ksherrington/stories/061206dnsposherrington.d9a61ee.html) I realize he’s biased, but this is poor, poor journalism…

    From my vantage point, Riley didn’t seem to whine about the officals or “vacation mentality” or other outside influences when his team lost the first two. This directly contrasts Avery.

    Chicago Bulls in ’07

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  312. You whining bunch of fans! (that means Miami /*and* Dallas fans) You’re waaaay too biased to comment rationally on Stack’s flagrant foul. Check out what the unbiased, professional writers are saying about it (truehoops.com, etc.).

    Think about this — the precedent was set by Posey’s hit on Hinrich, so the league had to call the same on Stack. (Even more so, since Stack had to barrel into Shaq a lot harder to overcome Shaq’s extra 110 lbs and may him fly like a rag doll — Posey did the same but they are of similar weight).

    Did you Mavs fans see the piece by so-called journalist Kevin Sherrington of dallasnews.com? (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/ksherrington/stories/061206dnsposherrington.d9a61ee.html) I realize he’s biased, but this is poor, poor journalism…

    From my vantage point, Riley didn’t seem to whine about the officals or “vacation mentality” or other outside influences when his team lost the first two. This directly contrasts Avery.

    Chicago Bulls in ’07

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  313. You whining bunch of fans! (that means Miami /*and* Dallas fans) You’re waaaay too biased to comment rationally on Stack’s flagrant foul. Check out what the unbiased, professional writers are saying about it (truehoops.com, etc.).

    Think about this — the precedent was set by Posey’s hit on Hinrich, so the league had to call the same on Stack. (Even more so, since Stack had to barrel into Shaq a lot harder to overcome Shaq’s extra 110 lbs and may him fly like a rag doll — Posey did the same but they are of similar weight).

    Did you Mavs fans see the piece by so-called journalist Kevin Sherrington of dallasnews.com? (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/ksherrington/stories/061206dnsposherrington.d9a61ee.html) I realize he’s biased, but this is poor, poor journalism…

    From my vantage point, Riley didn’t seem to whine about the officals or “vacation mentality” or other outside influences when his team lost the first two. This directly contrasts Avery.

    Chicago Bulls in ’07

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  314. Mavs should use the old school baseball philosophy: you hit my star player, I hit yours. Shaq hits Dirk hard, one of our 7-footers takes Wade down hard. He elbows our 6th man to the nose, we elbow his to the nose. And if I had Cuban’s money, I would offer DJ a bounty on Shaq’s nuts……say 10K each and also cover any fines………

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  315. LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’LET’S GO MAVS!!!!S GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!LET’SLET’S GO MAVS!!!! GO MAVS!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!!!LET’S GO MAVS!!!!

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  316. This series should have been over tonight. The NBA is milking these series for all their worth. We’ll take 5 and 6 and send the Miami Weak home with a disappointing season. I live in south Florida and I’ve been wearing my Josh Howard jersey religiously; these people hate me down here. I work at Sportsline.com and all the fairweather Heat fans are coming out of all corners of the office. I really wish I had tickets for tonights game. Mark, hook me up! Tonight Harris and Daniels go for atleast 15 each. We’re gonna miss Stack, but this is where depth comes into play. Daniels was big for us last season in the playoffs and they’ll be talking about him on Sportscenter in the morning. We go up 3-2 tonight yall!!!!!

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  317. comment #666

    Comment by NIN1337 -

  318. Did you see what Dan Wetzel wrote about your Letterman appearance? Go tear him a new one, Mark!🙂

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AlfzWrAVamHFJz5P1z2Kpj.8vLYF?slug=dw-cuban061506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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  319. Is Cuban on hiatus????????????

    Comment by ginger -

  320. First off I would like to say I am a 100% Suns fan. But since u beat the suns I have given in and am rooting for the Mavs in the finals. Just cuz Dirk is Nash’s buddy.
    I saw Like Mike 2 (I don’t hate u. U R the coolest owner in the NBA) It would be very funny if u did that in a game to an official. (but it wouldn’t when u get suspended)
    I wish the Mavs the best of luck tonight. It ain’t over till the tall German sings.

    Comment by Hannah -

  321. This blog should be called the missing maverick

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  322. Avery said it best, (to paraphrase) if league officials have an axe to grind against the Mavs/Cuban, it’s disgraceful.

    Not unlike some micro-managing executives we’ve all known, I’m sure Stern Inc. will only change if Mark ever gets fed up enough to consider pulling his innovation/enthusiasm/money from the NBA.

    Comment by JD -

  323. NaNaNaNa, NaNaNaNa, Hey HEEEY GOODBYE!

    Loxahatchee HEAT FAN

    Travel-Ascending.com
    http://www.travel-ascending.com/

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  324. Face it! The league wants Shaq to win, so Stu Jackson will continue to be inconsistant with his actions. Somehow, they (NBA) think that the general public likes Shaq; little do they know that he is the player America Loves…to Hate! Kind of like theDallas Cowboys in the 70’s and 80’s. Now a question Mark…are you going to sign Shaq’s daughters?

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  325. The Stackhouse suspension blows!! It was a clean hard foul on Shaq. Avery is ticked off..as he should be!! Hope Dirk and Howard can get it going tonight. I hate the Heat!! Go Mavs, win it for the West!!!

    http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=19686&subForumID=23513&action=viewSubForum

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  326. Kick some Miami ass tonight! The suspension on Stackhouse is insane, we’ll get through it. Worse case scenario, we’ll have the home advantage for 6 & 7, but it would be classic if we nailed them in Miami tonight. The more obstacles the NBA throws at us, the sweeter our victory will be.

    GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!

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  327. Happy Father’s Day Mark.

    I really enjoy your blog and although I never followed the NBA much ever, I hope the Mavericks can prevail and make you and the city of Dallas proud.

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  328. i see some of the messages from the heat fans in this blog…. know what heat fans? you’ve got the wrong web.. this is for mavs fans only… go to hell where you can feel the real heat!!!!
    hahhahahhaha….

    go mavs! pls. dirk lead our team… all of them relies on you.. stop complaining just listen to AJ and do your job… we can make it…

    we will win this championship! and all of us mavs fans will be happy.. go mavs! damn refs in game 3 and 4. shaquille is just an ugly giant hahahahha…… we can beat them!

    go mark! go mavs!!!!!

    Comment by annie marie c. ramirez -

  329. Did anyone else see the foul Mourning gave Dirk? He continued to shove him to the ground even after the hard foul yet the refs didn’t call it and nothing gets done about it afterwards. The league obviously has some sort of bias either towards the Heat or against the Mavs.

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  330. 1. Posted Jun 14, 2006, 6:53 PM ET by Dennis

    you suck, antoine rules, pierce rules, celts win in 07

    ———————–

    LOL

    That’s all I can say to that. Good luck with your Pierce/Walker-led Celtics in 2006-2007, DENNIS. You’re living on another planet in another time parallel apparently–more specifically in 2002 when the Celtics had their chance.

    I have nothing else to say other than to emphasize the fact that DENNIS was the first to replay to this post. Thank you to my friend who shall remain unnamed who tipped me on this blooper of bloopers.

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  331. nicole… get back on britney spears blog and shut the hell up.

    GO MAVS GO!!!
    NO… that sounds stupid.
    LETS GO MAVS!!!!

    Comment by cope -

  332. you maverick fan are a joke. first you were celebrating about winning after 2 games. then saying that dwyane wade is faking his REAL injuries. and then now your saying stackhouse didnt do it on purpose. whats next, shaq dunks and gets a 5 pointer. and i can guarantee that if dwyane wade gets fouled hard there is gonna be a fight because miami isnt gonna take bullshit like that especially if the player doesnt deserve it. and if the mavericks foul hard that just proves your team sucks and has to hurt the players just to win. the only people that deserve better than what started to happen is jason terry and avery johnson. and thats what happens when you talk smack when you dont finish the job. and to your players: punching dwyane wade in the nuts wont work because he wears a cup. and you know because of the equipment he uses. check on http://www.mcdavidusa.com. and you shouldnt be mad because you are getting destroyed by the next NBA legend and to make it easier for you can hum “Looking For Freedom”. it should help you and dirk get through it okay!

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  333. you maverick fan are a joke. first you were celebrating about winning after 2 games. then saying that dwyane wade is faking his REAL injuries. and then now your saying stackhouse didnt do it on purpose. whats next, shaq dunks and gets a 5 pointer. and i can guarantee that if dwyane wade gets fouled hard there is gonna be a fight because miami isnt gonna take bullshit like that especially if the player doesnt deserve it. and if the mavericks foul hard that just proves your team sucks and has to hurt the players just to win. the only people that deserve better than what started to happen is jason terry and avery johnson. and thats what happens when you talk smack when you dont finish the job. and to your players: punching dwyane wade in the nuts wont work because he wears a cup. and you know because of the equipment he uses. check on http://www.mcdavidusa.com. and you shouldnt be mad because you are getting destroyed by the next NBA legend and to make it easier for you can hum “Looking For Freedom”. it should help you and dirk get through it okay!

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  334. BLOGS SAYS 649 MESSAGES POSTED FOR JUNE 14. SHOWS ONLY the FIRST 500. HOW DO YOU SEE THE REST>>>>>>>>> ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  335. . Posted Jun 16, 2006, 8:31 PM ET by nd- GO MAVS!!!
    Stop saying that the NBA has been consistent. Not one player from Detriot was suspended for the way they fouled Wade 2 times in the SAME game. I am surprised Wade can even walk. The Heat were ahead in series so the NBA took no action as the Heat led the series all the way!!! Face it the NBA and Stern want the Heat to win. Stern DOES NOT want to hand the trophy to Cuban. Since the Heat suck so bad except for game 4, Stern knew the Heat needed some help.
    At least Cuban and the Mavs speak the truth. The Heat (Riley, Shaq and Mourning) say to the press the foul was no big deal and want the game played that way. However, behind closed doors the WHINE and WHINE about it to Stern. GROW up Heat Fans. We know have 3 7’00” for game 5. Get ready Shaq and Wade that means we have 6 more fouls (VERY HARD) fouls to give!!!

    THIS was posted by the most IGNORANT person on the face of the Earth… SO STUPID.. sad to think a MAvs fan would think this … ND,, we know the ND is not for Notre Dame because this was the dumbest post I have ever read… Stern telling Pat dont worry, we will give you the games….. LOL>.. two numbers to look at 42 points & 36 points.. yeah mavs gave that to WADE….LOL…… GLMAVS

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  336. It was heart warming today to see all the support for the Mavs all over Plano, on cars, in stores and on stores.

    ^^^^^ = a HIGH FIVE!

    tt

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  337. Tim says “I think someones screwing with you. If that foul was a suspension Stern is truly out to get Cuban.”

    No, if poseys bump led to a suspension, and Haslem’s toss of a MOUTHPIECE led to a 1 3/4 games suspension, then him trying to make Shaq into a pinata is suspendable. It has nothing to do with Cuban and Stern, it has to do with Stackhouse and a lack of class.

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  338. Check that…go to http://www.espn1033.com/ and listen live if you’re not in Dallas.

    Comment by Mark -

  339. Hey Trey. Switch it to ESPN radio/103.3FM if you’re in Dallas. If not, go to http://www.kesn.com and listen live. They’ll be back on air in a few and will be talking about. Avery was pissed. And rightly so. That was a hard, flagrant foul. But not one to warrant a suspension. Oh well, what can ya do?

    Comment by Mark -

  340. Does the radio station have a website where we can listen?

    Comment by Nicole -

  341. I think someones screwing with you. If that foul was a suspension Stern is truly out to get Cuban.

    Comment by Tim -

  342. Stu Jackson and the rest of the NBA sucks.

    And I’m sorry, Mark. But I have to take a princpled stand on this and refuse to watch one more NBA game or spend one more red cent on this league until they rid themselves of the hypocrites in the league front office.

    This is such f***ing bullsh**!!!

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  343. KD Says “The reason this series is going 6/7 is simlply about the money, thats why the officiating has swayed once we got to Miami. Otherwise this would have been a sweep.”

    Finally something we can agree on. After all, without the Dallas home court advantage, Miami would have had game 1 easily and them maybe game 2. Haslem and Shaq have been in foul trouble even in Miami, where we are being treated like a road team, but it was even worse in Dallas. Shaq gets a T for saying “excuse me” to Bavetta? Gimme a break…

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  344. well peopl calling shaq a “little baby b****” and sayin “f pat riley” and callin Pat a “thug” thats rude, to me. Every fan thinks the opposing teams fans are rude, everytime. and lol abt the eagles team. is thats a rival or sumthin? im not really big on football

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  345. Mark,

    The ticket hasn’t said anything yet. Damn.

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  346. Know what? These playoffs — just about all the games, every single one, and definitely ALL the playoff series — have been FANTASTIC.

    Really a lot of fun to watch. These finals are great too. GO HEAT!!

    But also GO MAVS!! Give us great games, both of y’all!🙂

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  347. Avery talking about it on 103.3 FM right now. 1 game suspension. He’s not happy at all. And that’s putting it mildly.

    Comment by Mark -

  348. So Stack is suspended for Game 5. What a joke. Nice job, NBA.

    Comment by Mark -

  349. You guy’s are all silly. Remember, this is a game.

    Each game has its own life and the Heat are a great team. The are bound to win a few/two. The Mav’s coulda done them in with game 3 but they don’t have the experience to know how to stay within themselves and finish that kind of thing out. They will though. That was a GREAT lesson to learn. And the Mavs now have a few days to recoup and regain the strength needed to win.
    It’s mostly mental now. The Heat can’t bang their way and ride Dwyane’s phenomenal play to win the best of 7. The Mavs are the better team, mentally and physically. Dwyane’s cockiness is not a good sign for the Heat.

    Look at what happened to the Spurs last year in game 4. They lost by 31! The Pistons beat them up.

    Name the last time the better team did not win a 7 game finals series. It just doesn’t happen.

    BELIEVE THE POWER OF POSITIVE THOUGHT. FAITH.

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  350. Is he suspended for real? I haven’t heard anything. I didn’t think he would, i was just mentioning it.

    Comment by Nicole -

  351. So Stack is suspended for Game 5. What a joke. Nice job, NBA.

    Comment by Mark -

  352. I saw you on Letterman and i didn’t really hear you say anything that would lead to a fine. Besides, nothing you said was even remotely funny. I don’t think you have much class from how you’ve acted this playoffs but i guess you’re a fanatic like the rest of us. I respect you for what you’ve done in life and i really liked what you said about Donald Trump. That’s keepin it real and for that i respect you alot.

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  353. I saw you on Letterman and i didn’t really hear you say anything that would lead to a fine. Besides, nothing you said was even remotely funny. I don’t think you have much class from how you’ve acted this playoffs but i guess you’re a fanatic like the rest of us. I respect you for what you’ve done in life and i really liked what you said about Donald Trump. That’s keepin it real and for that i respect you alot.

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  354. JR Ewing (397, http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000223073751/#c699926),

    Yes, you really shouldn’t waste your time here any more. We don’t need the hate, and you can be on your own to stew in it.

    It’s clear that you prefer hate to rational, open-eyed thought. You have convinced yourself that being “against the grain” and not “politically correct” makes you somehow more brave or more intelligent. I wonder how you got this way? Your daddy? Your granddaddy? Mein Kampf? Prison?

    A racist xenophobe is a racist xenophobe whether a genius or a moron.

    Meanwhile the rest of us in the rainbow will take happiness and celebrations and joy from whatever culture we feel like, and will always laugh at thin little people like you.

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  355. Okay Marybeth. Now we can move on. How is Dallas? Rude? Supporting your team is rude? I don’t get that, and by the way, there were several cars adorned with Go Heat, Heat flags, Heat Jerseys etc… in the parking lot and the arena for Games one and two. I’ve yet to see a post from the rude people in Dallas about that. Not to mention, that piece of crap Terrell Owens coming to the game in a Shaq jersey, noone threw anything at him. We are actually pretty civil here, unless we’re talking about the Eagles….Then admittedly, we are a-holes….

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  356. Wade 78 points in 2 games

    Comment by JP -

  357. ok im sorry! dang! i realize i contradicted myself…yea thats freedom of speech , w/e . i just dont like it. in my opinion its kinda rude, but hey thats how dallas is and i guess i gotta get used to them 4 now

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  358. Here’s my last message to you mystery man who is probably not taller than me and probably not as strong. We can probably go back and forth with beliefs and racial slurs in which I don’t care for doing. When someone speaks the answer should be relevant. You obviously don’t get that concept dumb ass. Anyway, the fact that you say you are more intelligent than me is really just nonsense. The fact that I say that I’m probably stronger than you is really just nonsense as well (seeing that I highly doubt we will ever meet, hopefully for your sake). The bottom line here is that you have hate problems. Maybe a “foreigner” took your fathers/mothers job at one point, or maybe a “foreigner” slapped you in the face once and you’re still pissed about it. You want to continue saying that I’m better off dead and blablabla….that is all you’re really saying. You bring up 9-11, I bring up your ignorance.
    You group people like me (born and raised in USA) with people like 9-11. I say you are ignorant and extremely unintelligent. You ask me to prove that I am more intelligent than you and then you make statements that make no sense….what?!?!?! It’s funny how you group someone like me with haters like 9-11 when you’re the one doing the hating. Maybe you’re more like them, maybe you should leave. You’re an ass, and most people on this blog agree. Maybe you should find your way out of here. I express my opinion about teams race free and you choose to make race and issue. I think I now know why you hate “foreigners”…. you’re probably one. You probably have that in your blood line. I think your mother slept with one and you can’t deal with the fact that you are something that you hate….ha! Hey, I think that’s a reasonable concept given that you refuse to disclose what you are….uh, lets go heat?!

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  359. Mark,

    Relax, the mavs are gonna win the series. Right now the heat are riding Wade, and thats not gonna last. Howard and Nowitzki rebound back in the next 2. The reason this series is going 6/7 is simlply about the money, thats why the officiating has swayed once we got to Miami. Otherwise this would have been a sweep.

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  360. Marybeth,

    Then clearly you believe in freedom of speech, when it suits your agenda. You can’t have it both ways. You believe in it on Cuban’s blog but in the mile surrounding your arena it should be banned? Please stop double talking. I welcome your comments on here, say what you want, just don’t contradict yourself.

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  361. JP,
    LOL!! Funny stuff, funny funny stuff. and wats worst is people were calling miami an unworthy apponant becase dallas was beatin us by “alot”, but we wooped them by both game 1 and 2 margins added 2gether…GO HEAT

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  362. 7 points in the 4th. Lowest in finals history.

    Comment by JP -

  363. Hi Pot, meet Kettle.

    Comment by Melissa -

  364. Trey,
    but haitians and cubans aren’t playing against us. I see much more american flags than any other flag here anyways. And u damn rite they threw crap at the boat, cuz we dont play that. dont get me wrong i wasnt part of the throwing of rock, and i dont think all of that was nessecary but i still dont think that banner should be flown in front of OUR arena(jus my opinion)

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  365. Pat says “Love your comments about Pat (the thug)Riley. Keep it up.”

    I bet he doesn’t say anything about Jerry the thug. Instead, I see people trying to blame Shaq for Nowitzki’s ankle. That happens all the time in basketball. Getting thrown into the stands on a 0-2 break does not.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse. -

  366. “Cuban just believes in FREEDOM OF SPEECH and makes use of it. So Heat fans quit your grippin at the best NBA team owner ever and get outta his page.”
    Kristen, do you realize how STUPID it is to praise Cuban for freedom of speech one second and then rip Miami fans for using that same freedom of speech in THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE?

    Cuban is a GREAT owner. Miami fans know that. But we can also hope our team wins without it being called “whining”. What about the people here threatening to send slowmo tapes of everything that doesn’t go the Mavs way, but at the same time say Stackhouse was just playing Mavs basketball? Do you consider that whining? I didn’t think so….

    And after Cuban took all the credit that HE changed the rules so that kind of play would not occur anymore…

    Free speech means your words can be used against you even in this blog.

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  367. Posted Jun 16, 2006, 4:32 PM ET by marybeth

    And yes they did need to take that stupid sign down off the boat. You wouldnt like some big boat saying Go Heat in front of Dallas arena. Thats our house, our domain, and we dont play that shit.

    Posted Jun 16, 2006, 4:46 PM ET by marybeth

    and we believe in freedom of speech too.

    Marybeth, those two comments don’t really go together…

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  368. So JR Ewing (375)

    So no Dirk, Diop, Tony Carter, Tim Duncan, Ginobli, Xao, etc.? No hockey? Excellent.

    Good work. You should run America. Except you have no idea what America is all about. We’re ALL immigrants. Bet you don’t think any of your friends or family are gay, either… or (heaven forbit) atheists…

    Aren’t you late for the cross burning?

    I’m glad your ignorant ass is in Texas, where you can keep dreaming those ignorant dreams… unfortunately you also give the rest of us your ignorant ex-governors.

    Comment by Dave -

  369. and we believe in freedom of speech too. its a public site for ALL to see and comment. O and im sure the mavs were just letting us get in some practice, do u really believe they would just let us win for the heck of it in the Finals? sorry honey we just played better. and we will continue to play better cuz we are better
    Heat Takin it all the way!! GO HEAT!

    Comment by marybeth -

  370. Pat says “Love your comments about Pat (the thug)Riley. Keep it up.”

    I bet he doesn’t say anything about Jerry the thug. Instead, I see people trying to blame Shaq for Nowitzki’s ankle. That happens all the time in basketball. Getting thrown into the stands on a 0-2 break does not.

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  371. Let them have there fun. They will look like dumbasses when we go back to Dallas up 3-2. We all know the mavs won’t play like they did in game 4 again.

    Comment by Tim -

  372. lol exactly!

    Comment by Lisa -

  373. Marybeth…

    Come on. Next you won’t sell tickets to opposing teams fans. I mean that’s a little paranoid really. In Miami of all places, where more Cuban, Mexican and Haitian flags fly throughout the city that American ones. And btw, they didn’t make them take it down because “we don’t play that shit”, they made them take it down because some of your citizens were throwing bottles, rocks, etc… at the boat. Noone wants a riot. Making them take it down was actually the right thing to do, but don’t make it into some territorial pissing contest. Enjoy the series…
    MFFL GO MAVS

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  374. I used to think Tim Duncan was the “little baby bitch” of the NBA. He got up and stormed out of the press conference after a huge loss to the Mavs, just proving that point. What does Shaq do? Skips the press altogether…yep, “little baby bitch” in my eyes, too.

    Comment by Lisa -

  375. DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….DAVID HASSELHOFF….

    Comment by HeatFan -

  376. Ok…All the HEAT fans gettin’ on Cuban’s site and makin comments cause of course Miami’s owner doesn’t have his own for us MAVS fans to go and comment on. Cuban just believes in FREEDOM OF SPEECH and makes use of it. So Heat fans quit your grippin at the best NBA team owner ever and get outta his page. All yall do is grip like the dang Spurs do.Whinny lil peoples. MAVS goin all the way. They are just keepin it interesting and let the Heat get in some more practice time for all the oldies on the Heats team. GO MAVS…LOVE YA CUBAN…ROWDY, LOUD AND PROUD!!!! MAVS #1

    Comment by Kristen -

  377. hay gente que son fans de los dos equipos que hablan espanol y que tienen corazones latinoamericanos. que me maman la berga todos los haters como JR Ewing.

    Comment by Dave -

  378. IS it just me or is SHAQ just pushing the hell out of whoever comes to double team him? If you notice in the first two games in dallas when the double team came he was just falling apart. In the last two, whenever the double team comes, He holds the ball in one hand and pushes/elbows with the other. SERIOUSLY, just look at the tape!

    Comment by TH PROFIT -

  379. HeatFan

    No, that’s not what we’re all about. I don’t know what that’s all about. I must have missed that!
    GO MAVS MFFL

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  380. So now shaq is a “little baby bitch”? keep thinking that if it makes you feel better about yourself. And yes they did need to take that stupid sign down off the boat. You wouldnt like some big boat saying Go Heat in front of Dallas arena. Thats our house, our domain, and we dont play that shit.

    Comment by marybeth -

  381. Hey, people here are taking this way too personally….its just a freakin game ya’ll. Hats off to the Heat for making this series interesting. Both teams are the best in the NBA right now. Riley came in and turned the Heat around and Avery has brought the Mavs to the finals in his first full season as a coach. The fact is …nobody can predict who will take the championship. Just a few days ago the MAVS were going to sweep…NOW it seems that Miami has the upper hand. The next three games should be VERY interesting!!!

    And hey give Cuban a break will ya!

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Mike H. -

  382. Si alguien entiende lo que escribo, hay tejanos como ese pinche pendejo “JR Ewing” que odian los que pueden comunicar en espanol, que tienen una cultura mixta y por eso mas fuerte… es dificil a entender especialmente por la cantidad de cultura tejana que es igual como la cultura latina.

    Comment by Dave -

  383. Mark just like the NBA took a look at the punch that Jason Terry gave Finley
    …. Well dude they need to take a look at the Video of game 4 when Dirk rolled his ankle
    …. look slow motion and check out what SHAQ does
    …. He purposely places his foot underneath the area that Dirk would land on
    …….. you see there is no way that his foot would be there in a natural progression of trying to block the shot
    …. he actualy angles his leg to the side and sticks his foot right under Dirks landing area
    …… i mean as wild as it sounds its obvious that Shaq took a gamble that he may land on his foot and get hurt …
    ……. just look at it
    …. its very obvious and a FOX 4 sports producer took a look at the film for and was blown away as he agrees….. its on tape and the league needs to view it.

    Comment by j2 -

  384. Jay, you still don’t get it. what I said just went way over your 5’6″ head didn’t it. Funny how you give your body stats and exagerate them. badly I might add. But I’m still bigger than you even after your exagerated stats. And when I say bigger, i mean taller and muscular, not fat.

    Here is something for you. If i was running this country the way I should, you and all the other foreigners wouldn’t br here. Look at that. That was simple. i just prevented 9-11. How tough was that? We have enough white trash and homeboys to be fry cooks and landscapers. We have no use for the illeagals to do that. We should just not let tyhem in. Crime would be down and so would welfare.

    Tell me, how do you figure you’re smarter than me. This ought to be good. You should just be shot, the hell with the paperwork of deprtation. Just eliminate you now. Look what is happening. A foreigner is coming on here and act like he has the same rigyhts as real people. You foreigners aren’t even real people.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  385. “so you’ve got superstars like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki who can take the ball to the hoop without all of that old Knicks ball, the old Pat Riley stuff, where they’d just beat up on people. So, we changed it up some.”
    Oh, so it’s okay for Stackhouse to play “Knick basketball” on Shaq, but if we breathe on Dirk he gets another free throw?

    You were lucky it was Letterman and not a real investigative reporter. How can you claim your team doesn’t do that and then have Stackhouse try to take Shaq out of the game with a cheap shot. I guess Miami fans should just be glad it was not Williams with the ball.

    I know he won’t get suspended, because you “own” the refs, but he should be.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse -

  386. So Dallas fans…what are WE wearing to the game to support our Mavs? All blue? All green? Let’s not spend our energy trash talking the Heat, let’s focus the energy on showing our Mavs some love! GO MAVS! 🙂

    (Yeah, last night wasn’t our best game, but it’s not over yet!!)

    Comment by Jennifer -

  387. So Dallas fans…what are WE wearing to the game to support our Mavs? All blue? All green? Let’s not spend our energy trash talking the Heat, let’s focus the energy on showing our Mavs some love! GO MAVS! 🙂

    (Yeah, last night wasn’t our best game, but it’s not over yet!!)

    Comment by Jennifer -

  388. JR Ewing (319),

    DOING TEXAS PROUD!!!

    I’ve spent enough time in Texas to know this is not a common attitude. And thanks to the Mavs fans for calling your sorry ass out for that sort of thing. Jeebuz, last think we need in THIS sport is someone playing the silly-ass race card (yes JWill was an idiot).

    Comment by Dave -

  389. Hey,Mark ,u r a real s o b,i like u.
    I’m expecting ur further activity against authority of NBA~~~~~
    As a Chinese,i wish u beat Heat.

    Comment by Ash -

  390. Been watching the NBA for years, the winners never complain about the refs only the losers. Generally speaking, when one team goes to the free throw line noticeably more than the other it’s for one simple reason: The losers don’t move their feet. You can blame the refs for each and every loss, you can bitch each and every time a superstar gets preferential treatment; just a waste of time though. I’ll ask you this mark: If your players had made the free throws, would you have bitched about the refs. No, not you. Just another example of a dot com rich boy who made billions from other people’s retirement accounts. Game 6 should end your suffering and you can concentrate on how you’ll fleece the next generations retirement accounts.

    Comment by Steve -

  391. Sorry Mav’s fan but this is Miami’s year… Wade is as unstoppable as MJ was during his finals runs!!! by no mean am i saying he’s Like Mike but he’s toasted you guys 3 games in a row…

    LET’s GO HEAT!!!!

    Comment by emon -

  392. Sorry Mark… Dirk looks too tiered and banged up.

    Comment by Bram -

  393. Sorry Mark… Dirk looks too tiered and banged up.

    Comment by Bram -

  394. Those free throws broke your teams back buddy. IT’S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Manny Miami -

  395. Happy Birthday Dirk!

    Today is Dirk Nowitzki’s birthday!!!!!

    He turned 28 years old today….. I wonder what Mark Cuban will be giving Dirk for his b-day???

    Comment by Maria Stella -

  396. Uh oh, looks like Mark Cuban spoke too soon. Maybe he’ll blame the refs for Howard wasting away that final timeout. You know, because it’s always the ref’s fault, the refs are evil and want the Mavs to lose so you know of course that’s the only reason why the Mavs lost.

    It’ll take a lot of determination for the Mavs to beat the Heat twice in a row. The only reason the Heat lost was with Shaq trying to do it all while Wade was sick. The Heat have the momentum and might close this out in 6. Go Heat!!!

    Comment by Angel -

  397. Uh oh, looks like Mark Cuban spoke too soon. Maybe he’ll blame the refs for Howard wasting away that final timeout. You know, because it’s always the ref’s fault, the refs are evil and want the Mavs to lose so you know of course that’s the only reason why the Mavs lost.

    It’ll take a lot of determination for the Mavs to beat the Heat twice in a row. The only reason the Heat lost was with Shaq trying to do it all while Wade was sick. The Heat have the momentum and might close this out in 6. Go Heat!!!

    Comment by Angel -

  398. Mr. Cuban,
    I’ve been a long time Mavs fan, in fact, since their inception. But I’ve allowed my perception of you to override, what most likely is reality, the fact that you are probably a great guy.

    Unfortunately, either the way the media portrays you or taking certain quotes out of context, I can’t help but come away with the feeling of irritation when I see you hoisting the Western Conference trophy and basking in it while your team and coach wait for you to get done. I mean, what are they going to say to the owner,”Get out of the way, we won this.”?

    I know that you’ve done some great things for the Mavs, but it’s like you’re the biggest Mavs fan in the world and it’s utmost authority because you now own the team. Where were you in ’87 when we lost to LA? Where were you during our dismal seasons to vie for the worst regular season record once held by Philly? If you ever sell the team, will you be just as gung ho about them?

    Sorry for the rant, but it has led me to root for any team besides the Mavs if it means I don’t have to see you pouring champagne on yourself with the O’Brien Trophy while my Man Avery Johnson and the rest of the Mavs wait their turn because their boss is the biggest micromanager ever.

    Comment by Jason -

  399. Mr. Cuban,
    I’ve been a long time Mavs fan, in fact, since their inception. But I’ve allowed my perception of you to override, what most likely is reality, the fact that you are probably a great guy.

    Unfortunately, either the way the media portrays you or taking certain quotes out of context, I can’t help but come away with the feeling of irritation when I see you hoisting the Western Conference trophy and basking in it while your team and coach wait for you to get done. I mean, what are they going to say to the owner,”Get out of the way, we won this.”?

    I know that you’ve done some great things for the Mavs, but it’s like you’re the biggest Mavs fan in the world and it’s utmost authority because you now own the team. Where were you in ’87 when we lost to LA? Where were you during our dismal seasons to vie for the worst regular season record once held by Philly? If you ever sell the team, will you be just as gung ho about them?

    Sorry for the rant, but it has led me to root for any team besides the Mavs if it means I don’t have to see you pouring champagne on yourself with the O’Brien Trophy while my Man Avery Johnson and the rest of the Mavs wait their turn because their boss is the biggest micromanager ever.

    Comment by Jason -

  400. Mr. Cuban,
    Your complaining about the refs is getting a little old. Your whole team has followed suit and has turned into a bunch of whiners. I have seen Dirk drive the lane and do his flop shot attempts and get calls all year. If your boys would make their free throws at the end of games, this series could have been over by now. Also Howard is cleary shown signalling timeout and you want to say just kidding? Try going on Letterman again, that seemed to work last time! You guys aren’t the Mavericks, you’re the Whiners!!!

    Comment by Andy Yeh -

  401. Mark,

    I met you on a Monday night in Austin, TX on 6th street in May. It was a pretty dead beat night, so I’m sure you remember — you were with two blonde girls, and were wearing a blue t-shirt. You approached the Dizzy Rooster and I came up to you reciting, “DALLAS MAVS!”

    Getting to the point, I have an idea that can make you more of a billionaire and maybe even put me on the map. I suggest you e-mail me when you can. Who know’s if you’ll read this, but it’s sure worth a try. With or without you, I’m going to go for it, but it wouldn’t hurt to get a major player involved.

    R

    Comment by Raj -

  402. After watching game 5, it makes me not want to watch any more games because of the !@##$$%^^&**& officals. The NBA officals have been so one side against the Mavs its ridiculous. They’ll let Shaq through his elbows but not let Stackhouse give a hard foul. Its not like Stackhouse tackled him. Why hasn’t the officals suspended Shaq for using his elbows. Heaven forbid any body critize the NBA Officals. The officals has become the 6th player on the court for Miami.

    I also want say thank you for all that you have done for the troops. Wished that there were more billionairs like you. You definitely know how to give back. God Bless you.

    Go Mavs.

    Tom Willcox

    Comment by Tom Willcox -

  403. ya know… I thought it was just me taking it all personal-like, but I see it was clear to many others. It’s hateful how ABC or it’s representatives showed such blatant favoritism for the Heat. It was so wrong for them to suspend Stackhouse and not shaq when Shaq seems to be able to do just whatever he wants to other players. It even feels like it to me that ABC kisses their butts!!! So, it was almost worth it to see how SHAQ reacted to some of his own medicine. They had to hold him down, yet Dirk and Stackhouse maintained their decorum and dignity in the face foul play. I applaud Stackhouse!!! I am all for fairplay and sportsmanlike conduct, I just didn’t see any of it so am behind Stackhouse. I think it will be a different ballgame with our guys back home from that miserable coastal climate and those miserable folks. Boooooo to the officials. Go Mavs!!

    Comment by Alma Squillante, singer-songwriter -

  404. Horrible. That pretty much sums it up. What is the refs problem? They’re either on the take or getting too old. You keep doing what you are doing. I saw the post game on Fox Sports Net and you are right on. Backcourt violation, offensive foul. You name it, they refs let them get away with it. They’re turning the league into a puss league! Let them play!

    Comment by Josh -

  405. the suspension was warranted and it was consistent with how the NBA has been ruling.

    Comment by jay -

  406. Am I the only one that can’t figure out how to read comments past 500? If this doens’t work I won’t even be able to read my own post.😦

    Comment by Andy -

  407. I saw you on Letterman. I think I’m in love😉

    Comment by Candice -

  408. Well I must say that there seems to be a lack of intensity on the mavs part. The last 5 shots in OT were not well thought and Dirk’s was just lucky. Why is Van Horn riding the bench?

    Comment by Scott -

  409. MAVS have a had a chance to win 2 out of the 3 games in Miami, but they have lost “heart” and Miami has gained “heart”. Riley is talking to his team in a positive way, rather than in a negative way, and his team is succeeding. Miami is not giving up and will not accept defeat.
    Avery and the team are getting frustrated and not turning it into positive energy but rather mistakes.

    I was shocked to hear the families are with the players in Miami. Are you kidding me? This a job for the MAV players, not a vacation. They should be concentrating on winning the game, and improving their game, so they can say the famous line when they ask the players, “now that you won the NBA Championship, what do you plan to do “, and their reply would be “I am going to Disneyland”.

    Instead you hear that the MAVs are partying in their hotel rooms with family and friends. Then you hear they moved away from their family to another hotel, but you heard the players still had parties in their rooms rather than watching game highlights on how they could improve their game. What is the MAVs goal? From what I am hearing from the media and seeing, it seems their goal was just to get to the NBA finals, but not to win the NBA finals.

    The MAVs need to think positive and they need to have “heart”. They need to give 100% when on the court. Dirk needs to get confidence in his game. Dirk is not the same person we saw against San Antonio when he stated, “i saw our entire season go down the drain, so I stepped up my game.” Where is that Dirk? That is the Dirk we need.

    MAVs, if there is any advice to give, stay away from the media articles, and read positive books. The brain is more powerful than you realize. MAVs need to believe and they will succeed.

    Comment by Jacqueline -

  410. Mr. Cuban,

    Where are you comments relating to game 5? I am interested to see if you think you were beat or if you were robbed.

    Thank you.

    -Chief

    Comment by Chief -

  411. Sorry but if Stackhouse ran into someone that wasnt 300+ lbs and 7’2″ with that foul, he might have done some serious damage, if Shaq was a smaller man, he would have been knocked to the 10th row. Please look at all angles. That foul could have been much worse to an apposing player.

    Comment by Trent -

  412. MAD MAGAZINE’S
    SCENES WE’D ALL LIKE TO SEE:

    That worthless, arrogant bureaucrat David Stern handing the Larry O’Brien tropy to his ultimate nemesis, Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

    Excellent must-see TV.

    I’m a die hard Spurs fan, but I am absolutely certain that Mark Cuban is good for the league and his fearless approach to team ownership, his real life observations on the farce that is NBA officiating, and his “all of you NBA front office stuffed shirts can blow me” attitude is just plain fun to watch.

    Go Mavs !!

    Comment by Beau -

  413. So Mark or anybody. Was that a backcourt violation on Wades last drive? And how are the REFS gonna let Wade push off twice before they call a foul on Dirk for tapping him. UN-Fricken-Believable. Now I really never complain about officiating because of the fact that it still came down to a missed free throw or easy layup. But the 3 games in Miami obviously showed favoritism. I hope the Mavs come out on Game 6 and 7 winning it in Mavs fashion. By like 30 Points. haha. Just Gunnin. But thats highly unlikely though because Miami adjusted well. Let’s just keep our head up and hope for the Best!

    GO MAVS!!

    Comment by J.V, -

  414. Mark, I’m a long time Mavs fan. I grew up going to Brad Davis’ basketball camp when I was a kid. I cannot believe the game last night. How crappy are the refs? You can tell by watching the game that the NBA has an agenda about who they want to win. They have tagged Dwayne as the next MJ so they want him to succeed. He shot more freaking free-throws by himself than our whole team. The refs had to bail him out on that last play, too. He committed an offensive foul before he ever drove, but that doesn’t matter because of who they want to win. It is so frustrating to watch. I don’t know how you sit there and not go out on the court and choke someone. We will bounce back and win in 7. You Rock!! Go Mavs!!

    Comment by Adam Horton -

  415. Hey mark cuban, watching the nba finals on tv have been great fun, especially seeing the mavericks blow a HUGE lead in the fourth quarter in game 3. The mavericks almost had the championship wrapped up… but NO! and then the heat come back and cream the “mavs” in game 4. This is fabulous, cuban your mavericks, after last night’s lost to the heat, (mavs now down 3-2) are now over. Sorry billionare!

    Comment by Tommy -

  416. Hey, Mark….Where are you??? Hopefully you’re not just too busy picking out some more charities to write an update! Jim.

    Comment by Jim O'Dell -

  417. All I have to say is I’m glad we dont have Michael Baiamonte as an announcer and this guy during team intros: http://blog.tabangcora.com

    I believe in a game 7. Yea last night was a tough loss but I know Dallas will pull through and win it at home.

    Comment by Charles T -

  418. I am a hardworking guy with 4 kids. Can I have $100,000? I promise I will use it wisely. Go Mavs. Thanks.

    Comment by mark -

  419. Please pray for our head coach, Avery Johnson, for his warrior spirit to shine again.

    Comment by Warrior -

  420. So Mark whats going on buddy? whats happening with your players? Can’t defend worth a crap against a real super star like Wade huh? Man gotta love those free those. well i will talk to you on Tuesday after the Heat win the big one.

    Comment by Ed Ochoa -

  421. I thought the suspension of Stack was the final straw, but the officiating was it for me, I will watch the final two games of the finals, cheer for the Mavs, and I do believe that we will win it in 7, provided we get to partake in the same style of home cooking Miami has enjoyed. But Frankly, if this is the last time that the Mavs are in it, okay, because it will spare me the agony of watching the travesty that is the execs at the NBA and it’s officials. I’m disgusted with the NBA, and frankly, they can all go to hell!!!! So frustrating because I love the Mavs, always have and always will, but they way the league personally has it out for Dallas is insane, and is a turn off for me. I probably will still watch Mavs games but nothing more, as I have a new found disgust for the NBA and it’s inconsistent star treatment, ridiculous. And to all the Heat Fans that have posted on here, I’m impressed, we in Dallas heard that you in South Florida couldn’t complete sentences, kudos to those of you that can spell CAT correctly, even without us spotting you the C and the T.

    Comment by P1JonnFrisco -

  422. wha dup……mavs fanz….tough one last night….now you gotta do whatchoo gotta do to make it happen for yourselves…..but really im a knick fan…so it dont matta…but i wrote a nice song for the mavs and mr.cuban you can get at me…..kipstashio@yahoo.com…..peace!!!

    Comment by kip stash... -

  423. Where oh where is Mark? No comments since the 14th????

    Comment by Amy -

  424. I’m a Miami resident and a Heat fan, but Mark gotta tell you, you truely are one of the BEST owners in the league. You are a fan first and then an owner second. I’f Miami wasnt in the finals, i’d be cheering for your Mavs.

    Comment by John -

  425. Where oh where is Mark? No comments for five days??????

    Comment by Amy -

  426. Why do you fans keep crying about special treatment for stars, when Nowitzki gets just as much respect from the refs as the next super star (watch the Suns series for proof) And the Stackhouse suspension is justified completely by the way the league has called this postseason! Not agreeing with the suspensions, but they have been consistent in terms of the intent of the foul…so don’t try saying their picking on just the Mavs, it’s something that has happened to MANY teams thru these playoffs, not just the League picking on poor Dallas!!!

    Comment by Jimmy -

  427. Please stop whining about officials. Just own up to the fact that you need to give the Heat and one of the best players in the league credit. 42,36,43. What happened to all of you who said Dallas was going to take Game 4 & 5? Oh yeah, Dirk rules all stationary bikes. Maybe he should listen to more of Hasselhoff’s cd’s for inspiration!

    Comment by Andrea -

  428. First let me let you know where I’m coming from. I am a huge Suns fan, I think you are a great owner, do alot for your team and your city. However, already tired of hearing blame put on the refs from last nights game! ALL calls went your way in the Suns series, and the “Mavs” had no problems with that, so now all the “Mavs” are trying to put the blame of last night on the refs…Wade hit two FT’s to win the game, how many FT’s did Howard miss??? The Mavs wouldn’t have been in the situation for Wade to drive to the basket for a win if the players didn’t put themselves in that position. So don’t use the refs as an escape goat for bad plays on the teams part, and if you do then make sure to add how appreciative you are of the refs for getting you to the Finals!!!

    Comment by Jimmy -

  429. The leagues attitude has really leaned towards treating NBA players like animals, as if the crowd is in some sort of imminent danger from them. IMHO, many NBA players have a great deal of class.

    Why the suspension? It wasn’t because of the push on O’Neal per say. It was because he was moving toward the baseline quickly and he was off-balance (at the time of contact, on one-leg I think). Also, he’s 7+ft and 300+lbs. You DON’T push a man that big, he could’ve KILLED a fan.

    Its really the leagues fault though. They should know fouls like that are going to happen, and its their responsibility to take care of it. I bet had that happened in another area well away from the fans there wouldn’t have been a suspension.

    Comment by Yasir -

  430. June 18, 2003…11:29PM…I’m sitting on the edge of my couch, stunned and in total disgust. The NBA, David Stern, Stu Jackson, and every referee that has ever stepped onto the court, as well as Pat Riley and every Heat player should be thuroughly embarassed. The final score of last night’s game was 101-100; the free throw count was 49-25 with Wade shooting 25 himself (equally the Dallas effort); but the real score last night was David Stern 1 Mark Cuban 0. That is what it boils down to. David Stern simply does not want to have to present the trophy to Mark Cuban. It would be a hard pill for him to swallow. There is no doubt in my mind and I am sure in the minds of many more, that David Stern has made it clear to the Head of the NBA officials, who has made it clear to the officiating crews of the finals that no way, now how, is Dallas to win this thing. The suspension was a total crock of crap, but
    Dallas rallied. When it was clear to the officials that Stack’s abscense was not enough to snuff out the Mav fire they took matters into their own hands…or should I say whistles. In the third quarter with Dallas hanging onto a scant lead the officials sent the Heat to the line 20 times. Wanna guess how many attempts Dallas had…You got it…ZERO, NADDA, NONE, ZILCH!!! How do you take drive the basket constantly and get knocked to the floor repeatedly and not get a whistle then on the other end of the floor someone breaths on Wade and it sounds like the 8 o’clock train leaving the station.
    A total farce…A sham…should not even register as an NBA game. If I didn’t love my Mavs so much, I’d quit watching the NBA alltogether…that is how sick of the inconsistency of this league I am. Devin Harris made it to the NBA and as such has the right to be treated every bit as equal as Dwane Wade. So when Shaq knocks him on his ass on the way to the rim he deserves a call. When Shaq splits a players nose open he deserves a flagrant and an ejection. But most of all David Stern deserves a Dallas, Texas Sized ass whoopin.
    If by some chance, Dallas is able to overcome the league and take this thing back in Dallas, I urge YOU…MARK CUBAN to refuse to shake Stern’s hand when he hands you the trophy. I urge all Dallas fans and Basketball fans everywhere to show your displeasure of this league’s administration. Let’s hit them where it counts…stop buying NBA apperal and gear for awhile…refuse to watch the NBA for a week or two next year at the beginning of the season…don’t buy from NBA sponsors for a couple of weeks and by all means flood that putrid NBA office with email and letters…maybe if we email enough we can even overload their system.
    Ok I’m done venting for awhile…Let’s see what happens Tues and Thurs. We know the Mavs can do it…We know they will come out smokin…let’s get behind them for these last two games and bring the O’brien to Dallas.
    GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Michael Hough -

  431. From a Heat fan:

    OK, I feel for you guys. My mom is from Dallas and if it weren’t the fact that my hometown team was in the Finals, I’d be wearing my Josh Howard jersey in front of my TV at every game.

    Some of those calls have gone against you, but all of them are legit calls. You could call a foul on almost every play in the NBA, but it’s the no-calls that people really want to see.

    For instance: on Wade’s drive, did he get bumped? Yes. Did Nowitzki have his hand on his hip? Yes. Would it have been a good spot for a no call? Yes.

    Here is where I think you are guys are really hurting. You have no star, marquee players. I know about Dirk. He deserves it. He is the best power forward in the game. However, he will always be a lower marquee guy next to Kobe, Shaq, Wade, Iverson, LeBron, Duncan, Vince, and even guys like Carmelo and Ray Allen. Throughout history, the marquee guys get calls on rep. Shaq and Wade are too up there to not get the calls.

    One final thing on the free throws discrepancy. The final count on fouls was 38-26. Free throws do not necessarily mean foul shots. Consider: 1) the Heat do two things that get you to the line that the Mavs do not. First, they take it to the basket. The Mavs are more of jump shooting team with the exception of Terry and occasionally Howard, and even then those two almost always shoots from outside. Second, the Heat have an inside game. Even though Dirk has improved his down low repertoire more than any big in the league in the last two years, he is still a jump shooter.

    Additionally, a lot of fouls called on the Heat are charges. Charges never get you to the line even if you are in the penalty.

    So…..I know FTAs seem out of whack. But a 12 foul margin called on the Mavs compared to the Heat with the major differences in style of play is not out of proportion.

    Face it, Dallas lost because it didn’t make all the plays down the stretch. Nowitzki missed on FT, Howard two. Obviously Howard’s timeout was big, but not paramount. Meanwhile, Wade was unconscious the entire fourth quarter. There were even some plays that he got fouled and it wasn’t called (i.e. the bump by Griffin that put him off balance, but he still made the bank that put it into OT).

    Wade was awesome. There is one other person I can remember that has done what he did at the end of the game…..

    Comment by JW -

  432. Whiners…
    nuff said

    Loxahatchee, FLORIDA HEAT FAN

    Travel-Ascending.com
    http://www.travel-ascending.com/

    Comment by Dan -

  433. You know all the Spurs fans are smiling after the Miami win yesterday. Now you know how the Spurs felt about the refs throughout the series with the Mavs. Call or no-call. When it doesn’t go your way it stinks, doesn’t it..

    Comment by WW -

  434. The League wants the Heat to win so bad, they suspended Udonis for throwing a mouth piece and Posey against Chicago.

    Take off the Blue and Green blinders. Although it is pathetic, without question Stack was going to be suspended. That’s how it has been this year (SEE: Terry’s love on tap on finley.)

    GO HEAT!!!

    Comment by L Johnson -

  435. maybe cuban will find his bike in the basement of the alamo.

    1-2-3-HEAT

    Comment by larry johnson -

  436. the heat looked weak at the start – and now the tables have turned! watch out mavs, shaq daddy is coming

    Comment by the pool man -

  437. I thought this way a big thick steaming bowl of Wolf Brand CRAP…now it is a big thick steaming bowl of Wolf Brand CONSPIRACY! Let’s face it…David Stern, Stu Jackson, Shaq and everyone else doesn’t want the Mavericks and Mark Cuban to win the NBA Title. And now you made “The Little General” mad!!! That’s a bad thing. Just like Dr. Banner(Hulk), you don’t want to see what happens when Avery gets mad. I’m surprised that Avery didn’t get fined for his comments about the Stack suspension. I don’t know how they think Shaniqua(Shaq) would come down when he got fouled. News flash….When a 350 pound “Freak of Nature”(?) goes up in the air and there is contact, how do you think he will come down?? On his tippy-toes?? I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!!!! But he can slap Dirk in the face and pull on Devin Harris’ jersey and get away with it. He even had the nerve to smile when a time out was called. That is all that needs to be said about this series. And I don’t care what you Heat fans say….”Just Bring IT!!!”.

    Comment by Steven Goltz -

  438. All this suspension of Jerry Stackhouse is a joke.
    Shaq keeps saying that he was treated not right in a Chicago Miami series. Oh, guess what, the Mavs was not treated wright in the middle 90’s.. Who knows. Great carrer for Shaq but he’s done.
    I think the Mavs will be well enough motivated to win Game 5. Come’on !! GO Mavs.

    Comment by Bartek -

  439. The nba has just damaged your product mark. I thought that stack was attempting to make a play on the ball but…
    1. Couldn’t get up 12 feet to get to the ball.
    2. Couldn’t get around shaqs fat ass to get to it.

    I quit watching the NBA for a long time while shaq was allowed to dislodge 300 pound defenders(about 8 years). If he is going to now be allowed to elbow players with impunity as well as dislodge and be protected by the league….I’m thinking I could do a lot more with my season ticket bucks. We’ll see.

    Comment by danny -

  440. Go Mavs!

    Which charity are you donating to? Just got back from Iraq and don’t have access to a tv yet, heh. Will donate!

    Comment by Alex -

  441. Go Mavs!

    Which charity are you donating to? Just got back from Iraq and don’t have access to a tv yet, heh. Will donate!

    Comment by Alex -

  442. Imagine my surprise when this blog has turned into a racial fight. Why does anyone answer JR when he is clearly not a fan.

    Comment by Jane Browning -

  443. Hey Mark,
    I hope that you can give out clappers to every single seat in the house for game 6. I don’t think we can bring cow bells anymore, which would be my first choice.
    Whatever can be done, we need to make sure that our arena is considerably louder than its ever been.
    Another thing… please don’t ever have those idiots with the whip and styrofoam as our half time show. OMG, that was pathetic.
    (Game 2 half time show in the Mavs/Suns series.)
    And what about having Kelly Clarkson sing the national anthem or even being the half time show?
    She is a huge Mavs fan!!! HUGE!!!
    Obviously, American Idol contestants are good luck for the Mavs, so give her a call.
    If Elliot Yamin got that kind of reaction from the crowd, can you imagine how much of a treat Kelly Clarkson would be????
    (Especially knowing how big of a fan she is of the Mavs?)

    Comment by Mary -

  444. Hey Mark,
    I hope that you can give out clappers to every single seat in the house for game 6. I don’t think we can bring cow bells anymore, which would be my first choice.
    Whatever can be done, we need to make sure that our arena is considerably louder than its ever been.
    Another thing… please don’t ever have those idiots with the whip and styrofoam as our half time show. OMG, that was pathetic.
    (Game 2 half time show in the Mavs/Suns series.)
    And what about having Kelly Clarkson sing the national anthem or even being the half time show?
    She is a huge Mavs fan!!! HUGE!!!
    Obviously, American Idol contestants are good luck for the Mavs, so give her a call.
    If Elliot Yamin got that kind of reaction from the crowd, can you imagine how much of a treat Kelly Clarkson would be????
    (Especially knowing how big of a fan she is of the Mavs?)

    Comment by Mary -

  445. Cuban, after the Mavs win the trophy I expect nothing less than you telling that knitwit Stern to shove it straight up his ass.

    Comment by The Honorable Elijah Mohammed -

  446. Mark,

    As a diehard Cub fan, we need you and other investors to put pressure on the Tribune Company to sell the team. The present ownership has been a disaster as they have only been interested in making money instead of fielding championship teams. Please bring your investors and expertise to Chicago to bail out our Cubbies.

    Comment by Dave Lawrenz -

  447. Thanks to Mark for such a great Blog. We all love the discussions.
    thanks
    Sam
    http://www.motortoyshop.com

    Comment by Sam -

  448. Is Shaq still worth the money? I think he’s overrated.

    Comment by Sam -

  449. The fact is – Dallas will win the Championship in Dallas!

    Go Mavs

    Comment by Kevin -

  450. As a dedicated Detroit fan, I have to pull for the Heat, sorry that’s the way it is, gotta pull for the team that beat the Pistons. Eastern Conference basketball is tougher, more physical, more defensively oriented and points towards the playoffs all year, despite the league’s wish for the more entertaining, high scoring, toreador-style defense that the Western Conference exemplifies.
    The point is this, Stackhouse merely pulled on his experience and years in Detroit and tried to play defense on Shaq the way it needs to be played. Suspension? Absolutely not. If Big Ben or Tayshaun had done the same thing, it would still be being replayed on SportsCenter as typifying “playoff basketball”. On the other hand, if Rasheed had done it, he’d be suspended for TWO games. The officials are the officials, and Stu Jackson (East Coast hypocrite) and Stern are who they are as well. Deal with it, TV revenues, endorsements, national contracts et al; not the take from local fans, drives the game, and money really is the bottom line in a capitalist society.
    Though I applaud your willingness to take on the league Mark, take a clue from Dallas’ other hands-on owner and just keep piling on the right players and coaches until you have enough to get the job done, no matter what the league or officials may throw at you.

    Comment by Kip -

  451. FYI…

    http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_12.html?nav=ArticleList

    So how did you end up hiring Bug’s Bunney? The guy sounds worse than President Bush at a news conference.

    Comment by Daniel -

  452. The way the NBA runs things makes me think that they are total idots that want to make this series longer than what it already should. The NBA wants money and they will get it if they make the series more interesting. Well thats B.S. There is no excuse for the way the Mavs played last game, none. They just need to block everything out and start like its game one. Get back into a rhythm and blow Miami out of the water. But, with this Stack suspension it will be harder on them. I am a big Mavs fan, but what I have seen take place; I am not so sure Dallas will win a game in Miami. But the good news is we come back here for 2 games. It will be kind of tough to win 2 in a row if Miami is on a high and needs one game to win the NBA championship. I look forward to tomorrows game.

    Comment by J.D. -

  453. Good Grief…..I thought this was Mark Cuban’s and the Dallas Maverick’s blog…what in the heck are sooooooooooooooooo many Miami trolls hanging out here for,,,no fun in your neck of the woods??…..nothing to do but show what idiots you are??? Go back to your own cave and try to be contained, and happy! You should be happy…you can’t beat the Mavs without the NBA League pulling punches for you, so they had to suspend one of ours LMAO! does that make you feel great now if you win….knowing you had to have one of our guys thrown off? The only thing I regret is that they didn’t carry him off on a stretcher for a few days rest and relaxation….he deserved what he got, for all those elbow punches he’s been throwing, countless number of times and games. And don’t tell me “oh, that’s just shaq being shaq” BS
    It’s time someone put a stop to the bill fat man, who’s by the way……OVER THE HILL, but can only stay afloat by throwing those elbows into people’s heads!!
    One of these days, someone is going to get fed up and deck him……and I hope I will be watching to see it.

    GO MAVS….You’re still the winners!

    Comment by Sophie -

  454. i dont understand why people say NBA is out for CUBAN. Is he the players? NO is he even the Coach? NO. Hes just a rich basketball owner that whines to much. And i think its very interesting that he didnt write a new blog yet. Probably to busy cryin about his stupid team. Anyways, Heat taking it all the way, no queston. GO HEAT!!!!

    Comment by heat -

  455. Go Mavs! I still believe!

    Comment by Gabriella -

  456. Wich damn idiot appointed this stupid match-suspension against stackhouse?? and why? for such a light foul he will be suspended? damn officals! why they didn’t see the much harder fouls, especially against dirk, from the stupid o’neal? i can’t understand such a game-important decision for sunday. how think you other mavs-fans about that? think like me…

    grüße

    Matthias aus Deutschland

    Comment by Matthias from Germany -

  457. SUSPENDING STACKHOUSE FOR A FOUL ON SHAQ!GET REAL NBA SHAQ LEADS WITH AN ELBOW I’M SICK OF THE OFFICIALS WHO WONT CALL THE GAME FAIR.IF SHAQ CANT CONTROL HIS GAME TO MEET THE RULES YOU CANT JUST CHANGE THE RULES FOR SHAQ.I’M REALLY BEGINNING TO HATE THIS GAME

    Comment by rICK -

  458. Mark,
    The Mavs have done great this season. “Atta Boy” to all those who have contributed to the team.

    My company does suite construction (and many other things) in downtown Dallas (and other places). I’ve been having all my guys put “GO MAVS” on every piece of rock hung for over two weeks now. Some are full size (12′ x 4′). We’ve covered over 30k sq. ft. of wall in these two weeks.

    Had a lawyer client who happens to be from Miami come to approve the layout of his suite yesterday, he wasn’t amused. Me, I was ROFLMAO!!!

    Ya’ll keep it up and Dallas will own Basketball in 06!

    Lane G.
    KGL Con.
    Dallas, Texas

    Comment by Lane -

  459. Hey Cuban,

    Can you feel the HEAT! Your prediction was wrong. The series is coming back to Dallas.

    THE HEAT IS ON.

    Steve from West Palm

    Comment by Steve Berman -

  460. Mark? Remember NBA 2.0….blogging, taking it to the next level?!?!?!?

    Mark’s Houdini act is as bad as Shaq not showing up after game 2.

    Comment by Derek Shipes -

  461. Mark one thing you need to understand is you don’t go on public t.v. and talk about the opposing teams coach(even if its a small thing)unless you are saying how good of a job he has done.In this league you cannot give bulletin board material during the finals!If the Mavs lose these finals(which you will)you can second guess yourself all year.Show a little class like diesel did when the reporters tried to draw him in with the Erik Dampier thing.What did he say?We are going to keep the finals classey.

    Comment by Chris Myers -

  462. This suspension thing is SO INSANE and WRONG specially in FINALS!! We want the best team to play and win. In my opinion NBA is loosing all respect of the fans, and it is eventually going to HIT them and in revenues as the fans understand and see these politically charged CRAZY decisions. Let the best team players play and let the best team WIN. STOP interfaring NBA! It hurts the players, league and above all, the FANS to see these stupid decisions made at a time when the WORLD is watching these FINALS!!!

    My love for the game has diminished as the result, I would rather be spending my money on other sports where it is little more fair.

    Comment by Dumit -

  463. Mav’s complaining is bunch of baloney itself! I mean common! Can’t you guys think for a minute without being whinny? First see the foul POSEY got against Chicago bull. It was a less-hard foul compared to what Shaq got. And POSEY was suspended for a game. The league has to be consistent right? And thats what they are doing. So stop this b.s, and concentrate on the teams, I think its been a great series, I am sure tempers are high now, lot of physical games to come, and may be best team win(BTW, that is HEAT)…….GO HEAT!!

    Comment by GoHeats -

  464. It’s clear the ref’s and the NBA want the Heat to win this one. Actually I don’t think it’s they want the Heat to win as it is they want it to go 7 games. They are trying to stretch it out for the cash 7 games gives them a lot more publicity and a lot more cash than 5 or 6.
    It’s a shame when it is so obvious that they will do whatever they have to, to stretch the series out. They figured after an embarassing loss like that the Mav’s would come back strong so they had to handicap it.

    Comment by Tony Cawthorne -

  465. It’s clear the ref’s and the NBA want the Heat to win this one. Actually I don’t think it’s they want the Heat to win as it is they want it to go 7 games. They are trying to stretch it out for the cash 7 games gives them a lot more publicity and a lot more cash than 5 or 6.
    It’s a shame when it is so obvious that they will do whatever they have to, to stretch the series out. They figured after an embarassing loss like that the Mav’s would come back strong so they had to handicap it.

    Comment by Tony Cawthorne -

  466. Yeah, but ask yourself how you would feel if Shaw had fallen the wrong way and been injured. The simple fact is, Stackhouse was frustrated, and knew he had no chance to get to the ball, but still charged right at Shaq and hit him hard. Posey did the *exact* same thing earlier in the playoffs and got suspended for it. Just because Shaq is big doesn’t mean he deserves to get plowed into.

    And the idea of comparing this to when Shaq elbowed Stackhouse is rediculous. The cut was a freak accident, caused by the elbow of an incredibly large man. If Shaq had barreled down the court, with no chance of blocking the ball, and elbowed Stack in the face, opening up a cut- you better believe he would have been suspended.

    I like the Mavs, I would love to see Mark Cuban win if you guys were playing anyone other then the Heat… but if the situation was reversed you would be justifying the NBA’s decision. It wasn’t a close game. Keeping Shaw from scoring was not necessary in that situation. Just admit it was a frustrated player, taking his emotions out in the wrong way, at the wrong time…

    Comment by Zach -

  467. Mark,
    The real problem with Stack’s suspension is the reinforcement of the notion that there is something going on off the court to influence the outcome of things. My dad is 86. He won’t watch any more because he believes the games are officiated in a manner to provide the greatest financial benefit for the league, i.e. increasing the likelihood of game 7’s, increasing the number of close finishes, the double officiating standard for marquee players, etc.

    Now we have Stu (short for stupid) Jackson making a controversial decision which unquestionably will have a direct impact on the outcome of game 5 and potentially the championship series. If they think that’s good for the league and its credibility why not just declare the champion at the end of the regular season, and not put the fans through this mindless charade?

    If I want to see that I’ll watch professional wrestling. I’ve observed similarities in the officiating.

    Tell them they’re killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

    Thanks for giving me a place to vent.

    Comment by ned webster -

  468. Heat fans coming out of the woodworks! Let’s go back in time to a couple of months ago and some of these “fans” can’t even name any other players besides Wade and O’neal. It’s crazy out here in Florida. Bandwagon state of the U.S., especially South Florida

    Comment by THC -

  469. Well, it is official. Stack sits out game 5. There is nothing for it except to get really PO’ed and beat them everywhere in the game that you can. Anyone else notice that when there was a huge traffic jam under the basket and all arms and legs were entwined fighting for rebounds, that the refs didn’t bother calling fouls? It’s not that we played that badly, regardless what the final score was, it just seemed that there was, at times, an invisible vacuum sucking balls out of the net that had gone in. In the 5 shot try, there had to have been at least 3 that popped back out. Lucky Heat. Not to mention, not one fouled called for the minute plus spent under that hoop. Lucky Heat, again. If every shot that popped out, had stayed in, the outcome would have been different. We might not have won, but the stats would have been very different.

    I do believe that the refs should watch dear Shaq a little closer and get over the notion that he’s going to whack people because of his size and that they can’t all be fouls. Actually, there have only been a few winners in the Shaq Attacks. And Jerry was rewarded with three stitches.

    And Wade has been pretty darn good the last couple of games. Someone should warn him that sometimes the Karma gods will pee on you.

    I hate the three point shot. Just too damn unreliable. I want to see the short jumpers and more movement under the basket. I love to watch Dirk move in. It is a thing of beauty when it works.

    Comment by Elizabeth -

  470. Cry so more big guy…

    Comment by NBA Fan -

  471. Well, it is official. Stack sits out game 5. There is nothing for it except to get really PO’ed and beat them everywhere in the game that you can. Anyone else notice that when there was a huge traffic jam under the basket and all arms and legs were entwined fighting for rebounds, that the refs didn’t bother calling fouls? It’s not that we played that badly, regardless what the final score was, it just seemed that there was, at times, an invisible vacuum sucking balls out of the net that had gone in. In the 5 shot try, there had to have been at least 3 that popped back out. Lucky Heat. Not to mention, not one fouled called for the minute plus spent under that hoop. Lucky Heat, again. If every shot that popped out, had stayed in, the outcome would have been different. We might not have won, but the stats would have been very different.

    I do believe that the refs should watch dear Shaq a little closer and get over the notion that he’s going to whack people because of his size and that they can’t all be fouls. Actually, there have only been a few winners in the Shaq Attacks. And Jerry was rewarded with three stitches.

    And Wade has been pretty darn good the last couple of games. Someone should warn him that sometimes the Karma gods will pee on you.

    I hate the three point shot. Just too damn unreliable. I want to see the short jumpers and more movement under the basket. I love to watch Dirk move in. It is a thing of beauty when it works.

    Comment by Elizabeth -

  472. OK…I am and always have been a a MAVS fan, for the last 25 years, including 2 years as a ballboy. I have watched some of the stupidest games and some of the greatest players of all time, including the 1986 All-Star Game. I have never seen anything like I have in these playoffs. There are fans here that care more about what an owner does and says than they do supporting their own team. There have been so many OBVIOUS SCREW UPS by officials, that it makes me wonder each night how they are going to screw one team out of the victory that night. Yes, I will say THE MAVS ARE GETTING SCREWED, But I will also say they tried to screw over Phoenix (against the Lakers), the Nuggets (against the Clippers), and lo and behold Cleveland (against Detrit). It is obvious that Stackhouse fouled Shaq, but a suspension?? That’s like the punch in the Sna Antonio series that noone saw except the Spurs, well, until they sent the tape to the league. Here is my opinion on the suspension:

    Avery Johnson stated that the Mavs need to get physical with the Heat. Shaq just about broke Stackhouse’s nose in Game 1 (no suspension by the way), they are pushing and elbowing Dirk and Terry all over the place with no fouls called. If they did not suspend Stackhouse, I can guarantee that in Game 5, you would have seen a meaner, rougher, and I hate to say this word, but “dirtier” Dallas Mavericks team. Now, by suspending Stackhouse, the league sends a message to Dallas that says “Oh no, you are not going to get to start playing physical basketball. We want the Heat to win so that Mark Cuban will not be able to talk about the championship and Dallas fans will once again be known as the fans of the team that cannot win the big one.” So, thank you Commissioner Stern and the rest of the NBA, as I say that you are CONTROLLING the game of basketball (wouldn’t that be like fixing games? I wonder how much these officials have bet on the Heat as underdogs in Vegas) and you are screwing the best fans of the best team in the NBA that You don’t like the owner of, because he says it LIKE IT IS!!

    GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by Eric -

  473. You guys are nuts, and I’m a DALLAS FAS…The NBA has been extremely consistent in suspensions during the playoffs…you seemingly forget Posey was suspended for running in to Hinrich…Hinrich just got right up, no harm done to him…but the issue was not making a basketball play, leading with his shoulder/forearm, not going for the ball…that is exactly what Stack did…he CLEARLY didn’t go for the ball, and he CLEARLY had intent to harm with the way he came across shaq’s face..just look at the replays guys…look, everyone here is upset, but it has been consistent…that said, stop whinning, please guys, it makes us look like pu$$ys…

    Comment by Ben -

  474. Dan Wetzel said it just right:

    “…but winning a championship takes discipline and focus, not appearances on “The Late Show,” the leaking of championship parade dates to the local newspapers, and juvenile blog entries.”

    For the entire article, which was excellent, go here:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AnpOFUGqsucYE4tqweRDf4SC0bYF?slug=dw-cuban061506&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Comment by Jeff M -

  475. I am boycotting Sundays game. I would advise both the Mavs and the Heat fans to do the same (they have to play game 6 no matter what). This series is fixed. How could the Mavs win so dominatly in 1 & 2, then with loose game 3 & 4 with the Heat looking exactely like the mavs looked in the first 2 (not to mention the bs calls on the heat to try and get the mavs back into the game.). This is a ploy by the NBA to earn the billions of dollars in revenue by ratings and extending the series. I am boycotting. I hope the mavs win but this is starting to get a little regodda-n ridiculous. The league and officials are corrupt ON BOTH SIDES HEAT FANS. Is it almost time for football? This game is no longer fun to watch!! Congratulations Stern you have combined the NBA with the WWF or E. I bet if the fans hacked into the League computers, we would find the scripts!

    Comment by Perry -

  476. Dirk was hit just as hard in the head by Shaq in the first two minutes of the game and they just called a regular foul. That hit needs to be sent to league officials. Shaq was not going for the ball at all. Another defender was going for the ball, but Shaq went right for the head and Dirk hit the ground pretty hard. But, because he has class and doesn’t get up like a madman trying to fight like Shaq, there is not much talk about it. Dirk just went to the line to shoot two free throws.

    Comment by Joseph -

  477. This finals is almost like last years. Spurs were up 2-0 before they went to Detriot. It came back to 2-2 but after the media criticized Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs, they won game 5 and ended up taking the trophy. Could this be another one like that?

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Mavs Fan -

  478. The suspension should be lifted immediately. Brian is right. Let the finals be the finals, without any interference from the league with one exception: the Mavericks should be allowed to carry and to use clubs, chains and battle axes. Otherwise, no interference. Your move.

    Comment by George Blackman -

  479. Hey Mark-

    I think the suspension of Stackhouse is way out of line. I don’t really understand it being that the refs didn’t even eject him at the time of the foul. Maybe Galloway’s right-the league hates you. I think it will make the series victory that much more sweet.

    Thanks for being a real owner and a real fan.

    GO MAVS!!

    Comment by Kevin -

  480. Egads! Talk about takin’ one for the team, the Stack-a-Shaq suspension proves one indisputable truth about the NBA front office: They can certainly “Stack” the deck against whomever they wish, right or wrong, fairly or unfairly, morally or immorally. Having said that, the one thought that keeps me on the sane side of Paxil or Prozac, pick your poison, is the fact that the game still has to be played to determine the winner, and I liked the Mavs in 6 with Stackhouse, now in 7 without. There is an opposite, you see, to being a winner and that is being the loser. My friends, my enemies, my uncategorized contacts, we are all losers in this contentious situation. Stackhouses’ punishment was handed out with the flagrant call and the following free throws [is free throws one word or two?] that Shaq subsequently shotputted through. [Is shotputted even a word, and if so, again, is it one word or two?]. The fact that Stu— [I’d like to buy an i, and can I get a P and D please?… I’d like to solve it!] Jackson can (and actually did) upgrade it to a flagrant II in the middle of the NBA Finals is beyond belief… much like the poor (albeit a billionaire) fellow who was threatened to have his boat permit revoked by city manager Joe Arriola (heh heh, don’t get me started) unless he removed a “Go Mavs” banner from his dingy – “Ariolla said the banner disappeared after inspectors threatened to remove the boat owner’s permit.”

    Much maligned is he that tampers with eventual outcome of such a wonderful game. Doust he [Stu— Jackson] giveth a reason to impose such a sentence?

    Alas, I digress… I would like to believe the NBA front office, and Mr. Jackson put forth the fair and deserved punishment of one a.k.a. Jerry “Stack-A-Shaq” Stackhouse. I am sure Mr. Jackson [Stu— to you] feels confident and feels good about the decision he came to after toiled hours of deliberations.

    And on that note… I think Freddie [Friedrich to you] Nietzsche said it best:

    “Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

    Comment by Lance -

  481. Egads! Talk about takin’ one for the team, the Stack-a-Shaq suspension proves one indisputable truth about the NBA front office: They can certainly “Stack” the deck against whomever they wish, right or wrong, fairly or unfairly, morally or immorally. Having said that, the one thought that keeps me on the sane side of Paxil or Prozac, pick your poison, is the fact that the game still has to be played to determine the winner, and I liked the Mavs in 6 with Stackhouse, now in 7 without. There is an opposite, you see, to being a winner and that is being the loser. My friends, my enemies, my uncategorized contacts, we are all losers in this contentious situation. Stackhouses’ punishment was handed out with the flagrant call and the following free throws [is free throws one word or two?] that Shaq subsequently shotputted through. [Is shotputted even a word, and if so, again, is it one word or two?]. The fact that Stu— [I’d like to buy an i, and can I get a P and D please?… I’d like to solve it!] Jackson can (and actually did) upgrade it to a flagrant II in the middle of the NBA Finals is beyond belief… much like the poor (albeit a billionaire) fellow who was threatened to have his boat permit revoked by city manager Joe Arriola (heh heh, don’t get me started) unless he removed a “Go Mavs” banner from his dingy – “Ariolla said the banner disappeared after inspectors threatened to remove the boat owner’s permit.”

    Much maligned is he that tampers with eventual outcome of such a wonderful game. Doust he [Stu— Jackson] giveth a reason to impose such a sentence?

    Alas, I digress… I would like to believe the NBA front office, and Mr. Jackson put forth the fair and deserved punishment of one a.k.a. Jerry “Stack-A-Shaq” Stackhouse. I am sure Mr. Jackson [Stu— to you] feels confident and feels good about the decision he came to after toiled hours of deliberations.

    And on that note… I think Freddie [Friedrich to you] Nietzsche said it best:

    “Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

    Comment by Lance -

  482. Egads! Talk about takin’ one for the team, the Stack-a-Shaq suspension proves one indisputable truth about the NBA front office: They can certainly “Stack” the deck against whomever they wish, right or wrong, fairly or unfairly, morally or immorally. Having said that, the one thought that keeps me on the sane side of Paxil or Prozac, pick your poison, is the fact that the game still has to be played to determine the winner, and I liked the Mavs in 6 with Stackhouse, now in 7 without. There is an opposite, you see, to being a winner and that is being the loser. My friends, my enemies, my uncategorized contacts, we are all losers in this contentious situation. Stackhouses’ punishment was handed out with the flagrant call and the following free throws [is free throws one word or two?] that Shaq subsequently shotputted through. [Is shotputted even a word, and if so, again, is it one word or two?]. The fact that Stu— [I’d like to buy an i, and can I get a P and D please?… I’d like to solve it!] Jackson can (and actually did) upgrade it to a flagrant II in the middle of the NBA Finals is beyond belief… much like the poor (albeit a billionaire) fellow who was threatened to have his boat permit revoked by city manager Joe Arriola (heh heh, don’t get me started) unless he removed a “Go Mavs” banner from his dingy – “Ariolla said the banner disappeared after inspectors threatened to remove the boat owner’s permit.”

    Much maligned is he that tampers with eventual outcome of such a wonderful game. Doust he [Stu— Jackson] giveth a reason to impose such a sentence?

    Alas, I digress… I would like to believe the NBA front office, and Mr. Jackson put forth the fair and deserved punishment of one a.k.a. Jerry “Stack-A-Shaq” Stackhouse. I am sure Mr. Jackson [Stu— to you] feels confident and feels good about the decision he came to after toiled hours of deliberations.

    And on that note… I think Freddie [Friedrich to you] Nietzsche said it best:

    “Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

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  483. Maybe it’s just me, but I think this Mavs pic is hysterical!

    http://www.hogwild.net/Bubbles/20060613-nba-finals-dirk-nowitzki-shaquille-oneal-funny-myspace-pictures-03.htm

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  484. Great post Brain!
    I agree with you completely. Game 5 is THE pivotal game and the mavericks are showing up one piece less. From a call that was assessed on the floor as a Flagrant 1. This Stalinesque Dictatorship of Stu Jackson during the season and playoffs is rediculous. There are NO consitancies. Its an unbelievable heresy for the leagues reputation and for the fans as well. The Mbenga suspensions was downright silly. The league dissected every player in the Detroit-Indiana brawl based on each players involvement. Suspensions and Fines were handed out on a scale according to each players intention and involvement in fan interaction. Yet, our 12 manth Mbenga in a SUIT assists the coaches wife for 3 seconds and he misses 6 games. Unbelievable. Inconsistant and unjustly absolute. I’m embarressed for this league and angry of all of the money Ive spent on them. Changes WILL be made. As for game five…no more crying. No more arguing. It is the reality and now its time to show the heat what they havent seen yet. Mavericks (2005 Houston Game 7 style) Filter all of the anger, dissapointment and embarrasment into pure effort, heart and will. I’m excited for Sunday.

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  485. Speaking for myself, I don’t hate you. I’m indifferent which is how I feel about most things that don’t make my list of things to consider.

    That said, I don’t remember the Rockets owner, you -know-him, stealing focus from the players and the game. But that’s okay because you guys are polar opposites.

    Good Luck. Bring it back home to Texas.

    That would mean every team in the state has an NBA championship.

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  486. You know all the Spurs fans are smiling after the Miami win yesterday. Now you know how the Spurs felt about the refs throughout the series with the Mavs. Call or no-call. When it doesn’t go your way it stinks, doesn’t it..

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  487. Speaking for myself, I don’t hate you. I’m indifferent which is how I feel about most things that don’t make my list of things to consider.

    That said, I don’t remember the Rockets owner, you -know-him, stealing focus from the players and the game. But that’s okay because you guys are polar opposites.

    Good Luck. Bring it back home to Texas.

    That would mean every team in the state has an NBA championship.

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  488. If the commissioner of the NBA wants to be fair, he should suspend Pat Riley for coming onto the court during the possibility of an altercation between Shaq and Stackhouse. Also, if this is their way of fair treatment, we, as Mavericks fans, need to ban the NBA commissioner from the American Airlines Arena and let him watch the game from any sports bar that will let him in.

    -Your fan

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  489. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING…… THIS IS IS’NT FUNNY AT ALL….I’M A LAUGHING STUFF NOW BECAUSE OF MY SUPPORT TO OUR TEAM. I’M NOT A RICH MAN EITHER. I’M BETTING HARD EARNED MONEY AGAINST ALL MY WORKMATE BECAUSE I’M SIMPLY FED UP BY THEIR ARROGANT COMMENTS AGAINST OUR TEAM AND AGAINST YOU MR. MARK CUBAN. I ALWAYS TELL THEM, THEY CAN CRITICIZE ALL DAY LONG, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, MARK CUBAN IS ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT GUY ON THE PLANET AND HE IS THE RESPECTED OWNER OF THE MAVS TEAM. PIECE OF ADVICE…… CAN YOU WATCH AGAIN GAME 3, STUDY IT, OUR COACHING STAFF MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING FROM IT…….THERE IS SOMETHING ON THAT GAME THAT MADE THIS SERIES TO A DEADLOCK RIGHT NOW. MR CUBAN, THE GUYS NEED YOUR INSPIRATIONAL TALK NOW……. WE HAD A ROUGH HISTORY, THAT IS WHY WE CANNOT LET THIS PASS OUR HANDS… IT TIME TO SEE OUR BANNER UP ABOVE OUR HOME ARENA….. DALAS MAVERICKS NBA CHAMPIONS 2005-2006 THIS IS OUR TIME TIME…. LET’S DO IT ON GAME FIVE…..PLEASE DON’T LOOSE THIS TIME….. IT’S MY PETROL MONEY THAT I’M BETTING THIS GAME 5….. I BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT

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  490. STERN is a Muther Fkng FAG and someone needs to kick his MO FO Ass

    … Will they suspend SHAQ for purposely trying to injury DIRK even though it was done in a covert way?

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  491. I admire your passion and dedication to the Mavericks organization. Go Mavs!

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  492. Mark
    Lots of Chinese fans love Mavs and you.
    I don’t know how to express my feeling,but I’ll support you!

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  493. Is it “home cooking”, bad officiating, or a conspiracy at work?

    The NBA needs to own up and publicly apologize for missing Wade’s over and back violation which, if it had been called correctly, would have given the ball back to the Mavs and would have most likely secured the win for Dallas.

    Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qDdzU8Dxj4&feature=RecentlyWatched&page=1&t=t&f=b

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  494. Can’t wait to read Mark’s inevtiable next post: bitchin and whinin about the officiating in game 5, no doubt. Mark my words. The Mavericks never just lose, do they? It’s always somebody else’s fault…

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  495. Why can’t you let it go Cuban? You’re team is going to win the NBA Championship and I hear you taking shots at Steve Nash on Letterman. Sure the Mavs have improved since Nash left, but not because Nash left. The Mavs got to be a championship calibre team because they became better in the middle. In fact, the Mavs are the best rebounding team in the NBA. Last time I checked, rebounding isn’t Nash’s responsibility. The guy you replaced Nash with is a very good player but don’t tell me he is better than Nash. Nash has completely outplayed Terry in the last two playoff matchups between the Mavs and Suns. And for all you Mavs fans who claim Nash can’t play defense and wears down in the playoffs, explain these facts. Smush Parker shot 33 percent from the field in round one against Nash. I know Parker isn’t very good, but Nash must be doing something right on defense. Then in the conference finals, Terry shoots a whopping 41 percent. Nash sure played horrible defense considering Terry is shooting 53 percent in the Finals. On the offensive end, Nash was far from wearing down. In 20 total playoff games, Nash managed to average 20 ppg, 10 apg and 50 percent shooting. If that’s wearing down, find me another point guard who could manage those numbers.

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  496. Just watched the last 1 min of game 5 over again and from the video Wade caught the ball and landed over the line so there was no backcourt. When Wade was driving into the lane Dirk had his hand on his back and looked like a little push so seem’s clear why the foul was called. Maybe if Jason Terry was paying attention instead of trying to talk wade into missin the FT he would of said something to the players about taking the timeout after the 2nd FT, also the video shows AJ giving the timeout signal then after the timeout was called saying he meant after the 2nd one. This loss can be blamed on the 2 missed FT at the end of the game, just dont blame it on the refs its not their fault Wade drives into the paint at will and a mistake timeout was called plus the 2 missed FT thought I was watching Shaq only with a Mavs jersey on

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  497. Why are the Mavs even bothering to go thru this??
    The refs in Miami couldn’t call a game even WITH lasik surgery.
    How many times last night did Dwayne Wade push off as he had the ball and score….only to not have the foul called on him?
    How could they call ALL of those fouls on Harris when he guarded Wade is beyond me. Heck there was even a spot last game where Shaq was pushing Harris’s head as he had the ball….CALL A DAMN FOUL ref!
    Thank God the series switches back to Dallas….hopefully we can regroup and make Shaq ordinary again.
    PS Dennis…you suck….and the Celtics ALWAYS WILL reek as long as Red owns the team.

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  498. Did the refs watch the same game 5 that I did? Even sportcenter is saying that wade’s last play was not a foul. They were calling that very one sided. I don’t normally buy into those conspiracy theory things. But, why is it that even the east coast biased sportscenter is talking all about the stupid amount of fouls being called on dallas and not miami? The only other thing I have to say is drive to the hoop a little more guys…

    Michael
    http://www.adwordconsulting.com

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  499. Did the refs watch the same game 5 that I did? Even sportcenter is saying that wade’s last play was not a foul. They were calling that very one sided. I don’t normally buy into those conspiracy theory things. But, why is it that even the east coast biased sportscenter is talking all about the stupid amount of fouls being called on dallas and not miami? The only other thing I have to say is drive to the hoop a little more guys…

    Michael
    http://www.adwordconsulting.com

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  500. HAHAHAHA!!!
    guess money isnt everything, eh Mark? your antics on the court remind me of my 4 year old brother. go buy some restraint. can you do ANYTHING about Wade? no. sorry. i hope you read this, you fat rich guy

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  501. HAHAHAHA!!!
    guess money isnt everything, eh Mark? your antics on the court remind me of my 4 year old brother. go buy some restraint. can you do ANYTHING about Wade? no. sorry. i hope you read this, you fat rich guy

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  502. The refs blew tonight’s game. D. Wade was given every call and Dirk couldn’t get a damn call when players were pushing him around on the other side. How the hell does one player (D Wade) get more free throws than a whole team when both are playing equally aggresive defenses?

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  503. The refs blew tonights game. D. Wade was given every call and Dirk couldn’t get a damn call when players were pushing him around on the other side. How the hell does one player (D Wade) get more free throws than a whole team when both are playing equally aggresive defenses?

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  504. how come this blog hasn’t had any new posts since the mavs got beat in game 4? now the mavs lose another heartbreaker in game 5, im sure a lot of rants will go up in this page. miami is now up 3-2. i’ve been waiting since game 4 to hear the excuses of mark cuban. can’t wait to read this blog later to read what you’ve got to say. happy birthday to dirk nowitzi, nice gift from miami huh?!

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  505. The refs blew tonights game. D. Wade was given every call and Dirk couldn’t get a damn call when players were pushing him around on the other side. How the hell does one player (D Wade) get more free throws than a whole team when both are playing equally aggresive defenses?

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  506. Dallas mavericks will be the champion!!! in the end

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  507. WHIIIINNEEEEERRSSS!!

    Shut up and let’s win game 6 and 7. Go Dallas!

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  508. I guess having a sexy, flashy player to sell is more important than producing a wonderful, well rounded game to the fans. dwyane wade and david stern 3, the dallas mavericks and basketball fans wishing for honest officiating 2. hopefully the mavericks can over come the odds in game six and seven.

    thank you for not giving in.

    dvjs

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  509. You complain about bad calls against the Mavericks, but do you also look at the bad calls against the Heat? If you picked apart any game there are instances for both teams. Guess what, the refs are HUMANS not computers, they dont have multiple angle views, instant replays and elaborate time to determine what just occurred. Its been like this since basketball started, so stop the complaining and let the game be played. They do the best they can, that is why they are reffing the finals. Complain until you get your way, huh Mark?

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  510. Heat 101 Mavericks 100

    Win or lose the series, the Mavericks will be a favorite for years to come. Great job Mark.

    Go Spurs!

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  511. The National Basketball Association is too biased. What’s the point of watching when they act blatantly in favor of one team? They should be ashamed of themselves. They’ve always hated the Texas teams. I will never forget the look on Stern’s face when he had to hand over the trophies to the Houston Rockets in the 90s. He probably hates the Mavericks too. I hope the Mavericks beat the Heat by over 20 points in the next two games. The Mavericks players play as a team and all the players shoot well. GO MAVS!!!

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  512. How about that highlight reel ESPNEWS showed during Nowitzki’s interview? He shot 42% from the field and made some amazing shots down the stretch, but, of course, none of those shots were aired. You want to believe and hope that neutrality exists in a sport. You desperately cling to the idea that the best team always wins simply because they are the best team. But, in light of recent events, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have any faith in the NBA’s neutrality. And with neutrality goes its credibility.

    Oh well, so much for a great series. Regardless of who the victor is, this Finals Series has fallen far short of some of the spectacular playoff action in this year’s Playoffs. The Dallas/Spurs ; Cavs/Pistons ; Suns/Lakers series were far more exciting than this one. They consisted of good, clean basketball.

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  513. I couldn’t help but watch your ridiculous showing on Letterman. In fact, the only reason why I flipped to the channel was because Stephen Colbert told me to watch him. I have only one question for you. If you claim that Donald Trump is so conceited in having only pictures of him in his office, then why did you try to create a television show in likeness of “The Apprentice.”

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  514. Robbed again…there was no foul on Wade. Go Mavs!

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  515. Too bad your team doesn’t have an answer for WADE…Miami will take the championship in your court on Tuesday…ah…how great it’ll be to see you lose.

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  516. Well, the NBA is now the WWE. The outcome is decided, but the drama remains.

    1. No way with the rules of the NBA any team can go 1 full quarter without a foul…but Miami did. As a matter of fact, it has happened twice in the playoffs: both against the Mavs.

    2. Hack-a-Shaq: This supposed superstar required the NBA change the rules to protect his teams from his FT. There is no Hack-a-Dirk since he would make then pay at the FT line.

    3. D. Wade is the NBA’s new Jordan. He is deemed worthy for the sales revenue of the fair weather fans. Dirk gets less than 1/2 the calls he got this game but is being pushed the whole game. Yes, Wade played well…any of these guys could shine with that much protection from the refs.

    I told my wife about mid-way thru the 3rd, “the refs will send Wade to the line as much as it takes to win it”. They had to break an NBA record to do it, but they did.

    So, with two protected players on the Heat, the Mavs are up against the wall here.

    With other pro leagues, they tune the rules to something achievable in game play and enforce them. In the NBA, they leave them unenforceable and tolerate selective enforcement.

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  517. It’s allllll evidently home court advantage Sir. There had better be every Maverick blue tshirt Ever made given out at the next 2 games to everyone from vendors to valet people to ticket takers to every rowdy loud & proud fan that walks in & past the AAC’s doors!! I’d like an XL one if you have an extra! 🙂 Best of luck to the team & you in the next few days Mark!!

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  518. Game 5 …

    This is getting old. I can’t believe the Mavericks are letting this great opportunity slip away. And they are losing due to bad decisions and choking down the stretch. I thought the Mavericks were past that , but no, we are seeing that they cannot handle the pressure of the Finals.

    I hate to say it, but Dirk has fallen off again, this time in the Finals. Yes, he has hit some clutch shots in key moments, but the overall game is not there. We don’t have anymore time for him to go through growing pains. There are no gaurantees that the Mavericks will get back to the Finals any time soon, with the tough competition in the West. This is Dirk’s last chance to put a full game together – if he had done so tongiht, the Mavs win easily.

    Of course we all know the worse meltdown of Game 5. Josh Howard can’t put his 2 free throws down … heck not even one of them … Damp was even able to hit one of his. Then the bone-headed time out. I don’t know if that was Avery’s mistake or Josh’s, but that cost them the game as well.

    This is just very dissappointing.

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  519. i think that there is more whine in dallas than in the napa valley. you guys lost fair and square,,, maybe play real ball and not foul so much so you can have a chance,,, stop crying the heat outplayed you not the refs

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  520. Nice comment about Shaq’s wife and parents. Guess you’d be okay with someone calling your daughter an ugly cripple =)

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  521. Wish you’d blog more after a LOSS. It’s more interesting to hear your thoughts after losses. After wins… it’s a no brainer.

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  522. Great game tonight. You almost pulled it off, but I think maybe your big mouth on Letterman p.o.’d the basketball gods. And Dwayne Wade is at 100%. Here’s to your luck at finding a way to neutralize him.

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  523. lets go heat! lets go heat! mark cuban is cocky and thinks he can win dallas is known as the crybaby city. They cant take a loss and they can never win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  524. Interesting. Since the Mavericks have been losing nothing from Mark Cuban on the blog. The Heat will close out on Tuesday in front of your fans.

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  525. lets go heat! lets go heat! mark cuban is cocky and thinks he can win dallas is known as the crybaby city. They cant take a loss and they can never win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  526. Way to go Mavs!! First Dirk misses a huge free throw that cost you big time and now tonight, after blowing another big lead, Josh Howard tanks two more!! I know you guys are going to argue big time about the time out fiasco, but that did not cost you the game. Your lack of poise in the clutch cost you. This after you Mark on Letterman acting all cocky! I am rooting for you guys, but it’s very difficult.
    You guys are done!! Got it? I can’t wait to hear all the excuses..the refs..Stern…You just plain choked!! Deal with it!!

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  527. wow! What a joke game #6 was. I am not a Mavericks fan, nor a Heat fan but I can sure feel for the Mavericks after watching the hatchet jobs the refs did on you near the end of the game. The foul call that Wade got to win the game on was a joke. The refs always let plays like that go. My dog breaths on my harder than that!

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  528. Mark I have to keep it as real as possible. I just had to post something after watching a horrible reporter from a Dallas newspaper ask Avery a question about the “non-foul” that was called at the end of the game. He choked! He had a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a situation that would have given him national headlines and he blew it! Mark, if you guys ever need an “in-house” reporter, check my credintials! He blew it like he was Shawn Marion in the Olympics!

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  529. You are so cute, Mark Cuban. That’s all I have to say.

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  530. Wow, i’ve never seen a more lopsided officiating of a basketball game in the history of the NBA than what i just witnessed in this game 5. The Heat with the help of the refs were able to overcome the mavs. Hopefully when the series shifts back to DAllas the better team comes out on top like they did in games 1 and 2.

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  531. Maybe there should be a fine system set up for the referee’s. They call games like they did tonight and they get fined.

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  532. Did someone say Wade had no Jumper?
    Hmmm

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  533. Tim Capps –

    Woah, you’re calling Shaq’s wife FAT and his parents UGLY, yet you’ve got a daughter who was in a wheelchair? I bet you would have felt great had someone called her an ugly cripple.

    Get some manners and think before you post.

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  534. the mavs will win you’ll see. can’t you see how dirk moves? man, he is the best! no one could do that turn around jumper like he does. me, and the other mavericks fans are hoping that they grab the championship. some of my friends at webdate dot com are already telling me that we should get tickets to watch the finals. we chat about how we are going to put up these signs that show how much we are mavs fans for life!

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  535. the mavs will win you’ll see. can’t you see how dirk moves? man, he is the best! no one could do that turn around jumper like he does. me, and the other mavericks fans are hoping that they grab the championship. some of my friends at webdate dot com are already telling me that we should get tickets to watch the finals. we chat about how we are going to put up these signs that show how much we are mavs fans for life!

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  536. the mavs will win you’ll see. can’t you see how dirk moves? man, he is the best! no one could do that turn around jumper like he does. me, and the other mavericks fans are hoping that they grab the championship. some of my friends at webdate dot com are already telling me that we should get tickets to watch the finals. we chat about how we are going to put up these signs that show how much we are mavs fans for life!

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  537. I have to admit that I thought this series was over, but am definitely glad we actually have a series here.

    Miami has shown incredible heart by coming back the way they did in game 4 and Wade is absolutely ridiculous.

    I also have to admit that these are my two favorite teams to watch in the NBA. Growing up I was a Bulls fan and and there haven’t been too many players as fun to watch as Jordan and Wade is one of only a few that can even be mentioned in that category and the Mavs are just a fun, fast team to watch and how often do you get to see a 7 footer that plays like a guard?

    Also, for all you die hard Mavs fans out there… please stop whining about the officials. I know Mark has stats on them and constantly writes about them, but you know what… The officials made just as many bad calls when Wilt, Magic, Larry, and Michael played. You have to realize that as long as officials try to make themselves a part of the game you will always have questionable calls. Officials should be invisible and only make calls on what they actually see and stop making situational calls.

    Well, good luck Mark and whatever happens I hope it’s a close and exciting series.

    Bryan

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  538. I have to admit that I thought this series was over, but am definitely glad we actually have a series here.

    Miami has shown incredible heart by coming back the way they did in game 4 and Wade is absolutely ridiculous.

    I also have to admit that these are my two favorite teams to watch in the NBA. Growing up I was a Bulls fan and and there haven’t been too many players as fun to watch as Jordan and Wade is one of only a few that can even be mentioned in that category and the Mavs are just a fun, fast team to watch and how often do you get to see a 7 footer that plays like a guard?

    Also, for all you die hard Mavs fans out there… please stop whining about the officials. I know Mark has stats on them and constantly writes about them, but you know what… The officials made just as many bad calls when Wilt, Magic, Larry, and Michael played. You have to realize that as long as officials try to make themselves a part of the game you will always have questionable calls. Officials should be invisible and only make calls on what they actually see and stop making situational calls.

    Well, good luck Mark and whatever happens I hope it’s a close and exciting series.

    Bryan

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  539. i love how you so called “miami” fans just keep talking your low class BS about the mavs and mark cuban on his own blog when your only wishing your owner was anything close to cuban. admit it your jealous!!! after reading all of this stupid crap you “fans” have posted i now can say i hate the heat. not because of that WIGGER williams or the BORN loser walker, but because you guys have no class.

    i cant wait till we wrap this thing up and you punks will shutup…

    its a three game series now. 2 of 3 in big D.
    after this it will be time to watch the marlins… wait… you guys dont care about them. you guys love the yanks right?

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  540. i love how you so called “miami” fans just keep talking your low class BS about the mavs and mark cuban on his own blog when your only wishing your owner was anything close to cuban. admit it your jealous!!! after reading all of this stupid crap you “fans” have posted i now can say i hate the heat. not because of that WIGGER williams or the BORN loser walker, but because you guys have no class.

    i cant wait till we wrap this thing up and you punks will shutup…

    its a three game series now. 2 of 3 in big D.
    after this it will be time to watch the marlins… wait… you guys dont care about them. you guys love the yanks right?

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  541. Steve Kerr sums Jerry’s suspension nicely:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AqZjme6Hi3X._MJQflj_gyW8vLYF?slug=sk-stackhouse061606&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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  542. I hate the NBA now, so pussified and so sensitive to the slightest of wrongdoings.

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  543. Three suspensions in three playoff series? Something smells fishy in Miami and it rhymes with Stern. Are you kidding Shaq busted Stack’s nose, elbows Dirk in the face, and uses his off hand everytime he touches the ball without a call. Cuban should put his production company to work a new film called NBA Conspiracy Theory. I thought this was a respectable sport not WWF. I think Stern gets pointers from Vince McMahon and Aaron Spelling. I have nothing but love for the Heat players and nothing but suspicion for the leagues front office. Hey it’s a business and this is about the benjamins by way of promotion and extending the series. Guess we can expect Ice Cube and Stern to be hanging out at the next game in the
    Hollywood of the East Coast.

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  544. I am a fan of NBA games from Beijing, and understandably, I’m a fan the the Rockets. Now I am rooting the Heats to win this series not because of all those emotional arguments made so far. It is because that it seemed to me the Heats have found their way to bring the game back into their way, and the Mavs could not react it. Even worse, now they are trying to get more physical instead of their running game specialty. They lost their rhythm in which they had displayed such basketball intelligence.

    BTW, if there is a an emotional reason for me rooting in the Heats, it has to be that I would love the Heats to take the series to show the world that the beauty of the game is from the heart, the desire, the skill, the intelligence, and the ability of the players, not from one big ego from Texas.

    Yes, Mr.Cuban did a good job. But now he has to do better.

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  545. There’s no denying the NBA got what it wanted, with or without a conspiracy. Lost seconds on the clock. A dramatic suspension just before a pivotal Game 5. That storm in Miami may just be the Mavs and Heat going after each other after all this bad blood. I’m sure the ratings will start to go through the roof with all the drama. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried… or could you?

    I keed, I keed.

    One bright side to note is the last time Riley went on the road with a 3-2 lead in the Finals, his team coughed it up. If the Mavs win Game 5, label me excited and impressed.

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  546. I am a fan of NBA games from Beijing, and understandably, I’m a fan the the Rockets. Now I am rooting the Heats to win this series not because of all those emotional arguments made so far. It is because that it seemed to me the Heats have found their way to bring the game back into their way, and the Mavs could not react it. Even worse, now they are trying to get more physical instead of their running game specialty. They lost their rhythm in which they had displayed such basketball intelligence.

    BTW, if there is a an emotional reason for me rooting in the Heats, it has to be that I would love the Heats to take the series to show the world that the beauty of the game is from the heart, the desire, the skill, the intelligence, and the ability of the players, not from one big ego from Texas.

    Yes, Mr.Cuban did a good job. But now he has to do better.

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  547. …and the Heat fans come out of the woodwork. Don’t you guys have something better to do than spam the crap out of Cuban’s blog with your inane drivel? Like build a makeshift boat out of a car door and drown in the middle of the ocean?

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  548. I am a fan of NBA games from Beijing, and understandably, I’m a fan the of the Rockets. Now I am rooting the Heats to win this series, not because of all those emotional arguments made so far. It is because that it seemed to me the Heats have found their way to bring the game back into their way, and the Mavs could not react it. Even worse, now they are trying to getting more physical instead of their running game specialty. They lost their rhythm in which they had displayed such basketball intelligence.

    BTW, if there is a an emotional reason for me rooting in the Heats, it has to be that I would love the Heats to take the series to show the world that the beauty of the game is from the heart, the desire, the skill, the intelligence, and the ability of the players, not from one big ego from Texas.

    Yes, Mr.Cuban did a good job. But now he has to do better.

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  549. 1st off: Mark, ignore the ‘Cuban-Haters’ and just keep doing what you do and just be yourself. If I owned my own team and was worth $1.3B, I would probably do some of the same things you do. On another note:
    Dallas made a big mistake by assuming the Championship after the first two games. Miami is making the same mistake, or at least the fans on this blog are, after winning their first two home games. Honestly, when you get down to the finals and noone is left but the best, either team can win on any given night. That’s why it isn’t a 1-game finals; Instead, they play best of 7. Dirk and Josh will get a chewing-out and may get 80 between them in game 5. Shaq and Wade may score the same. You never know what’s going to happen. For all we know, J. Williams or D Harris may bust out for a 40+ game (not likely, but who knows?). All of you Heat fans can boast all you want, all your team has done is win its home games so far, just as Dallas has. But don’t forget, Miami has to win in Dallas. Dallas doesn’t have to win in Miami. The chances of Miami actually winning in Dallas are not as good as the Heat fans think they are; and not as good as Dallas’ chance of winning game 5 in Miami!! But then again, it all depends on which players and referees show up.

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  550. For better or worse, once these playoffs are over, I am done with hoops until Stu Jackson is out. Done. And for you Heat fans that think that’s about Stack, ask Shaq how much HE likes Stu as well.

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/63955.htm

    Yeah. Stu is a great all around guy. Uhhuh. Shaq says the officiating & Stu Jackson suck and ya know what? HE WAS RIGHT.

    Once this series is over, someone will have to inform me that Stu is gone – so I can see what happens. Anyone have Stu’s email? I have some choice words to pass him.

    M

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  551. I have great respect for Mark Cuban and the entire Mavs organization. You guys truly deserve this championship. You guys are gritty and bad ass but at the same time you have some dignity. I like that, go whooop Dwade and fat boys butt.

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  552. LOL @ some of the idiots here calling Mavs fans a bunch of crybabies. Especially you, HEAT FAN. Go away. You probably weren’t around when your team was down 0-2.

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  553. Some advice from hard core fans, keep Shaq in the game, he is the best defense you have! Have you ever noticed how they go on a run when he is on the bench? It is his attitude. We will be watching on the edge of our seats Game , GO MAVS! Martha & JImmy your fans from Las Vegas, NV!

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  554. Hard core fans…our advice, keep Shaq in the game…he is our best defense…whenever he sits out, they go on a run. Did you happen to notice that? We want you to win and Shaq’s attitude of only him will let that happen!!! Your fans~Martha & Jimmy from Las Vegas, NV!

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  555. Mark-

    Nobody hates you. You give yourself too much credit by believing as much. Rather, people find you exceedingly amusing. Keep it up!

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  556. For all Mavs fans that are saying it was a “good hard foul”, you have no where else to look for blame than Mark Cuban! On Letterman he boasted about getting rid of the rough “Pat Riley” basketball so players like Dirk can flourish. You get what you ask for! You can’t ask for a “soft nba” and continue to play “Pat Riley” ball. Remember one more thing, if you want to play “Pat Riley” basketball….don’t play it against a Pat Riley team cause chances are they know how to play that style better than you🙂 GO HEAT!

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  557. Mark, you should really just disable commenting on this thing. All the Dallas people left because the Heat fans think they’re some cool SOBs by posting here saying what babies we are.

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Stephen -

  558. ATTENTION.
    THIS IS A NOTICE FROM MARK CUBAN’S OFFICE.

    Mr. Cuban apologizes that he has “disappeared” from his blog site, but he has been busy arranging the following:

    – Mr. Cuban will be appearing live on “Sesame Street” tomorrow, where he will give a demonstration of “crying like a baby.”

    – Mr. Cuban will be apearing on “Geraldo Live” where he will confirm a two-pronged investigation is currently underway to locate “the missing four and a half seconds” and to confirm a report by unnamed sources in the NBA office that it was actually David Stern disguised as official Dick Vetta in Game 4, thus explaining the lop-sided fouls against Dallas.

    – Mr. Cuban will resume blogging LIVE during the actual parade celebrating the Dallas Mavericks as World Champions this coming Monday, which he assures his fans will take place after Dallas wins it all in five games, because Mr. Cuban is going to get the results of Game 3 Reversed, no matter how much it costs him.

    Finally, Mr. Cuban wopuld like to thank all his loyal Mav fans who recognize that Mr. Cuban is a genius never to be questioned, and who understand his sudden “disappearance” from the world of blogging is necessitated because unnamed sources in the FBI have told him that Shaquille O’Neal’s daughters have made death threats against Mr. Cuban’s life.

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  559. ATTENTION.
    THIS IS A NOTICE FROM MARK CUBAN’S OFFICE.

    Mr. Cuban apologizes that he has “disappeared” from his blog site, but he has been busy arranging the following:

    – Mr. Cuban will be appearing live on “Sesame Street” tomorrow, where he will give a demonstration of “crying like a baby.”

    – Mr. Cuban will be apearing on “Geraldo Live” where he will confirm a two-pronged investigation is currently underway to locate “the missing four and a half seconds” and to confirm a report by unnamed sources in the NBA office that it was actually David Stern disguised as official Dick Vetta in Game 4, thus explaining the lop-sided fouls against Dallas.

    – Mr. Cuban will resume blogging LIVE during the actual parade celebrating the Dallas Mavericks as World Champions this coming Monday, which he assures his fans will take place after Dallas wins it all in five games, because Mr. Cuban is going to get the results of Game 3 Reversed, no matter how much it costs him.

    Finally, Mr. Cuban wopuld like to thank all his loyal Mav fans who recognize that Mr. Cuban is a genius never to be questioned, and who understand his sudden “disappearance” from the world of blogging is necessitated because unnamed sources in the FBI have told him that Shaquille O’Neal’s daughters have made death threats against Mr. Cuban’s life.

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  560. DIRKING MY NOWITZKI & OTHER RANDOM INSIGHTS

    So no post from the Big Guy (no, not Shaq) and I’m forced to go through and read what EVERYONE ELSE on here has to say for a change…

    Pretty interesting stuff, I must say, and a great barometer of the true NBA demographic (hard to categorize except that y’all are, as a whole, a pretty entertaining bunch). Now, I haven’t exactly been keeping a tally here like the fellow from the Grammar Police, but I have definitely noticed a few trends…

    And so far, we’ve got TONS of excuses–from both Dallas & Miami fans…

    We’ve got TONS of bragging, boasting, and bitching, again from both teams’ fans…

    We’ve got TONS of opinions on here, ranging from the seemingly intelligent to the obviously insane…

    And we’ve got at least one ridiculous online feud that’s alive, kickin’ & vaguely reminiscent of a discussion you just might hear on the floor of the U.S. Senate…

    And so, with all of that, I’d like to simply add two undeniable, indisputable FACTS to this awesome forum of true, free speech:

    FACT 1) When Mark Cuban talks–be it on TV, internet, radio whatever–people listen. TONS of em’. Whether you guys love him, hate him, or merely wish that he owned YOUR team…it’s pretty hard to deny that he’s got your attenion. And unlike many of the other “schmucks” (for lack of a more vulgar word)who comprise the ultra-elitist, super-wealthy class in this country, Mark Cuban is a REAL person.

    There really is a lot to be said for that. Over 500 posts worth and counting, actually…

    FACT 2)Now that the Heat have successfully landed their counterpunch to even this series at 2-2, it clearly sets up what could easily be one of THE MOST DYNAMIC, MOST INTENSE & MOST EXCITING NBA FINALS series in a very long time…

    Games 1 & 2 were awesome if you were a MAVS fan.
    Games 3 & 4 were much better/much more like it if you were a HEAT fan.

    And if you have any knowledge & appreciation & passion for pro sports at all, you’d better BELIEVE that Games 5 & 6 & (hopefully) 7 are going to be even better!

    Yes, Dirk will show up.
    No, Shaq ain’t gonna back down.
    Yes, D-Wade will continue to show his emerging greatness.
    No, Avery Johnson will not be “outcoached” by Pat Riley in crunch time.

    Whatever the outcome, there is clearly some unbelievable, world-class basketball in store! So enjoy the GAMEs.

    (Now if the NBA refs & NBA brass would actually let the NBA players determine the winner…)

    Good luck, Mark.
    Go Mavs.

    signed,
    Long Time Listener/First Time Caller.

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  561. This is unbeleivable. Its The THIRD time in this post season that the mavs have been victims of biased, unprofessional league suspensions which could easily impact the outcome of an entire series. Especially this last stackhouse suspension during the NBA FINALS…i think its cheapening to everyone involved. the mavericks, the heat, and the fans of each side. because the outcome of ENTIRE SEASONS should not be in the hands of behind the scenes officiating. Mark, i love you man, and i hope when stern hands you that trophy you pull your hand back before he can shake it and run it through your hair.
    GO MAVS

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  562. Hey Bob, when did “Giambi” start playing basketball????

    And btw genius, Ginobali is European too.

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  563. Sure we will miss him, but the Mavs will right the wrongs and correct the injustices, because we know PLAYING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE.

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  564. Since when did the precedent by the league change a flagrant like Stack’s to a suspension? My memory is fuzzy, but what were the circumstances around the Joe Johnson thing in rd 2 last year? I know he got hurt bad, but wasn’t it from a Mavs foul? No suspension, right? The L really needs to stop making itself prone to calls of rigging games or trying to impose on them. Let the damn teams play, no more of this crap. Set a standard for every way to be suspended, for how every game will be called, etc. and go by it. If the L has to admit to bad calls every night, then it has serious problems. I can only think of one reason these playoffs have taken longer than ever to finish, the L gets tons of $$ by swaying a few games.

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  565. DIRKS LEGACY Couldnt have stated it any clearer.

    If Dallas wants to win this thing, things are going to have to change. First of all Dirk
    needs to realize that there’s only room for one flopper in the NBA and that Ginobili… of course. Second of all he needs to step it up and get in this game! He and Howard need to start making some baskets. Second of All Everyone needs to stop blaming the reffs for crappy calls. The reffs are a 1,000 years old and they made crappy calls on both teams. GET over IT! and Third So What if Stack is Suspended. He’s a reserve, Mavs shouldnt have to worry thats he’s not going to be there and it wouldnt be a problem if Dirk and Howard could get in this thing! Come on Boyz If you want Dallas to be remebered For wining Numerous Superbowls and o yah Going to One Finals and blowing it by stupid distractions then mabye you are an overrated team.

    Come on Mavs We are too Close to lose this thing now!!

    P.S. Avery, keep up the good work, even if the NBA is full of Bologna!

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  566. There’s a lot of abuse of Dirk by Heat fans on this blog. But Dirk took an elbow from Shaq early in the series. Didn’t complain. He didn’t need Stu Jackson to stand up for him. And when Dirk had a bad game, he showed up for the press conference and made no excuses. When Shaq was throwing bricks in game 2, he didn’t show up for the press conference. Couldn’t face it like a man. Just called mom and dad.

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  567. I see Stu(pid)Jackson has decided to be judge, jury & executioner in order to help the Heat. Obviously he has overstepped the Officials who were calling the game because he sees it differently. I wonder where his eyes were when Shaq had the elbow smash to Dirk’s jaw, then the nose rearrangement with Stack. Perhaps because it is Shaq there are a different set of rules. This is in no way an attempt to belittle Shaq, as I do like him as a player. Fair is fair and I do believe Stack was going for the block or just a little foul to put Shaq on the line, I dont think he was in no way doing a revenge move. Stack isnt Kevin McHale or Bill “the Butcher” Laimbeer. I think this is Stu(pid)’s way of making it easier for the Heat to win Game 5 to extend it past 6 games for the Mavericks to win. Dont worry Mark, Stu(pid) cant fine me for my comments.

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  568. There’s a lot of abuse of Dirk by Heat fans on this blog. But Dirk took an elbow from Shaq early in the series. Didn’t complain. He didn’t need Stu Jackson to stand up for him. And when Dirk had a bad game, he showed up for the press conference and made no excuses. When Shaq was throwing bricks in game 2, he didn’t show up for the press conference. Couldn’t face it like a man. Just called mom and dad.

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  569. One thing

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  570. Repeat after me

    S-T-A-C-K.

    Marc, bet you feel like a punk after gloating about stackhouse in your previous post?

    Miami is going to CAKE your butts and for those that keep whining as much as marc, I got a box of kleenex here for y’all so you can wipe my ass with it.

    I’ve taken calculus III and my math tells me MAVS = DONE.

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  571. Who gives a chit about pro or NCAA sports anymore as it’s all about money. You seem to have a bit of that Mav owner so send me a little. LOL?

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  572. Who gives a chit about pro or NCAA sports anymore? It’s all about money which you seem to have a bit of, Mavs owner. Send me some. LOL!

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  573. That foul on shaq was far worse than haslems mouthguard and on par with poseys shoulder. Instead of concentrating on the so-called injustices faced by your team, how about spending that time talking to dirk and asking him what the hell is going on. 2 buckets in game 4, what a disgrace. One things for sure, foundation players should not have that poor a game in the nba finals.

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  574. OK, Shaq can hit Stackhouse so hard it bloodies his nose and he has to have stichies in Dallas but when Stackhouse hits Shaq to hard in Miami (according to the league vice president) he gets Suspended … hmmmmm

    according to Shaq his daughters tackle him harder than that when he comes home.

    I am mad … I am mad as hell … this is stupid.

    Shaq is a BIG boy and I would venture to guess he can take care of himself without some pencil pushing moran stepping in to help “defend” him.

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  575. People hate people. that’s normal. Sent you an email of examples of people hating me.

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  576. Hey Bob, when did Giambi become a basketball player?????????????????????????????? Do you actually know who you’re talking about?

    And Ron, how does Shaq “go for the ball” when he is holding it? Not going for the ball is not what constitutes a flagrant 2. It is however, what constitutes a flagrant 1, which was assessed on the court by the officials. Flagrant 2 = malicious intent to injure. That was a good, Pat Riley style, old school foul. Nothing more. Stu Jackson is an idiot, but hey, what can you do about it. Accept the suspension and move on. MAVS in 6.
    GO MAVS MFFL

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  577. Shake-
    I know you think you know a little about basketball but the truth is you really have no clue. You are telling me that Nash wears down in the playoffs?? What other season did Nash wear down? What other season was Nash FORCED to play 46 minutes a game? Oh thats right never! You may be trying to convince yourself that letting Nash go was a good idea, but we both know that it was the dumbest thing your “wannabe player” owner ever did. Jason Terry will NEVER win an MVP award and neither will Dirk. The sad this, is that Nash is WAY to classy to play for such an arrogant team and owner. He doesn’t have to garuntee wins or series, he just lets his game do the talking. Next time your gorilla team wants to open their mouths they should probably pop in a David Hasselhoff CD and come back to reality, because the only thing the Dallas Mavericks will be bringing back to the city is a bunch of disapointment and a bunch of MAVS HATERS!!

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  578. For all the non-Mavs fans (mostly the Spur and Heat fans) that say we are lame, crybabies, unintelligent, bitchy…etc., what are you doing on blogmaverick.com? We are lame?!?!?

    Also, again for the Spur fans that think this season will be tainted when we win the championship because of the refs against San Antonio….how did the Spurs win their first Championship? It was during a short season because of a player lockout. So no matter what, our first championship this year will never have a askerisk beside it like yours does.

    Don’t you San Antonio fans have ANYTHING else to do??? Maybe NFL or MLB or any other professional sport….didn’t think so.

    GO MAVS

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  579. Nadine – your an idiot. If you are going to post comments on here, please at least learn correct grammar. You aren’t making sense at all. Avery moved the team because he felt they were losing focus on the objective. It has nothing to do with ships sinking or any other nonsense that you are babbling on about. Did you even watch basketball before the Heat made it to the finals or are you a poser who jumped on the band wagon when they mad it past the Pistons.

    If you think Jerry Stackhouse’s suspension is going to “help” the Heat in any way you are sadly mistaken. I am not saying Stack isn’t an asset to the team because he is and we wish he could play on Sunday. What I am saying is that Avery Johnson wasn’t voted coach of the year because he is an idiot. He got there by getting his “team” to a 60 win season and to the NBA Finals. All of this in his first full year as a head coach in the NBA. Now – How many times has Pat Riley been around the block? It’s pretty clear who the better coach is here. We are a team, not a 1 man show (ahem! D Wade). When one guy is off there is another to step up.

    Here’s an idea – Go back to elementary school, learn some grammar and educate yourself on Basketball and the rules. Then come back and post your comments so we understand what the fuck your trying to say. I needed a decoder ring to read that idiotic shit.

    examples
    “mavs was thinking sweep” The Mavs were never thinking they would sweep – each game is it’s own entity
    “everyone rode us off” what like on a horse or something?
    “we will see what happened” what do you have a DeLorean with a flux capacitor so you can go “Back to the Future”? “happened” is past tense – That means it’s already happened in case you weren’t aware.
    “go nuts” that’s a fuckin understatement

    We’ll see who is on top when the clock runs out. It may go 7 games but I still believe the Mavs are a better team and will win the Championship.

    “Who’s with me!?” Jerry Maguire

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  580. Ok first of all, if all of you people hate the mavericks fans or hate mark cuban or watever it is you hate about the mavericks, then why the f*** do you come to this site!!!! If you dont like Cuban or our fans or our team then complain about it to people who actually want to listen to you!!! Dont come tell us about how much you hate us, or how u think we’re whiners, go tell sum1 who actually cares, because we sure dont give a f***!!!!…..And about the whinin, we actually have a right to whine. How many people has Shaq knocked to the ground like that? How many times has Shaq elbowed people in the face “accidently”? And how many times has he been suspended for it???? But the 1 time Shaq gets knocked down every1 acts like stack tried to kill him….all he did was make sure that he earned those 2 points at the free throw line, and not get an easy dunk!!! It’s not like he ran down there and tackled him for no reason, he stopped him from scoring!!!……But all i got to say is if you hate mark or the mavs, stop gettin on here, bc no1 wants to hear about how much u hate us!!!!

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  581. http://psychedelickimchi.blogspot.com/2006/06/michael-corleone.html

    “If Dallas manages to regroup and win the series (big “if”), who are they going to give the Finals MVP to? Nowitzki? Very undeserving, especially after his performance today. Ditto for Howard. And can you imagine Jason Terry, NBA Finals MVP? Me neither.

    Who’s left? Stackhouse? A sixth man as Finals MVP? Pretty sure that’s never happened before. Probably for good reason.

    What I’m getting at is, is it explicitly written in the NBA rule book that a Finals MVP MUST play for the winning team?

    If the Mavs end up winning it all (and I realize my hypothetical questioning only serves to dangerously anger the basketball gods), is it still possible for D-Wade to earn MVP honors?

    ‘Cause that would be cool.”

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  582. while it was not the cause of the MAVS losing i will still continue to bitch and moan as to why the league did not do anything about Shaq trying to covertly screw up Dirks ankle

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  583. All you Dallas fans…I know you hate em cause you don’t got em!

    Stackhouse just got caught on a dumb play….it’s like Football. The offensive line never holds until they get caught.

    Every players gets away with some fouls every now and then. All of you point out Shaq elbowing, grabbing jerseys ect. If I sit there and just watch one player I am sure I can point out just as many non-called fouls from any player. But the ones that draw the most attention will get penalized the most.

    The fact that Stackhouse went directly for his head while Shaq was in the air was the worst part about it. I agree it’s the final, and he probably should have not been suspended. But at the same time I was not shocked about the suspension.

    Can’t Cuban appeal the suspension and try to have it overturned? Just don’t want you Dallas Fans crying that the reason you lost game 5 was because the suspension.

    GO HEAT!!!!

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  584. I am so angry about this suspension that steam is probably coming out of my ears.

    Being a Carolina girl, I am a Stack fan first (I always wear 42) and a Mavs fan second.

    This suspension is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever seen. Dick Bavetta made the call right the first time. The NBA is way out of line. If they want to see Wade and Shaq win that much, why don’t they just let them carry baseball bats!

    My husband and I often joke about the “conspiracy” against the Mavs as something that was so far out there but now I’m not so sure. My husband asked last night, “do you think the NBA commissioners slipped something into Dirk’s water?” We laughed jokingly at the time, but with real live junk like this going on, it isn’t funny anymore!

    Stackhouse does not deserve this kind of treatment! He is a veteran player, with a great record and is a great person. This suspension is just the NBA peeing to mark their territory and it is BS!!

    A pox on NBA management (and on the city of Dallas for annoucing parade plans before we had the trophy in our hands.)

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  585. Cuban…you’re an idiot.

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  586. Mark – –

    U lost it,mate!! It was a disgrace for u to take shots at Riley at the dave letterman show and now u,ur coach and donnie lost it over the league call on stack..It was not accidental..it was a flagrant..if devin harris had gotten it down the lane.he wud in the ER..jsut coz shaq’s fat does’nt mean that he can take a swing at him….Afterall..u cant control destiny.go and rile in a dairy queen near u..

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  587. What Mark….no blog entry today? You must have had a bad night. It’s going to go down hill from here. The Heat are White Hot!

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  588. What Mark….no blog entry today? You must have had a bad night. It’s going to go down hill from here. The Heat are White Hot!

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  589. Stackhouse Suspended. This is total Crap. I am now beginning to feel that the league if fixed. CRAP CRAP! Yea it was flagrant, but doesn’t deserve a suspension. Hopefully the Mavs can use this as fire! Lets take them down now. All fans should watch the slideshow i made of the Stack taking down Shaq. I loved it when he did it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOW7ijG5kMQ

    Comment by Jeff Cassidy -

  590. I am crushed. How could they suspend Stackhouse? The Heat were taking shots at us all night and the refs only called a handful. I feel like they were targeting Dirk especially because everyone knew about him having that bad night after missing that freethrow. Damn it, the man is like 90% from the line and Shaq is the exact opposite most of the time.

    Stack or not, we need to come out swinging Sunday night and show no mercy. The east can’t stand it that we don’t fit into any mold or pattern. That’s the God’s honest truth.

    BTW, if anyone is interested, I’m blogging the Finals too. It may be a dumb-ass country girl’s opinions but I’m really tired of shouting them at the TV.

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  591. Hey JR-

    Talk about foreigners – what about that Eurofag/flopper Dirk. Or that idiot Diop. Need I go on.

    And you talk about officiating – how about that phantom foul by Giambi on the Eurofag/flopper? You got into the finals on a lucky call.

    This series is done. This blog is done. The Mavs are done. And most importantly, Cuban’s done.

    GO HEAT. GO RILES. GO SHAQ DADDY. GO FLASH. WHOOP THEM TEXAS WUSSIES.

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  592. OK after seeing Jason C’s comments I have a hard time not laughing. You must be a complete idiot!! Tell me how Jerry “Crackhouse” is going to win the MVP for being an idiot and getting suspended for game 5? To tell you the truth he is lucky to be alive after fouling Shaq like that. Unfortunately your dirty team was not able to take out another opponent like you have done in previous years. The way you guys try to win games and championships in pathetic. The Mavs are the Kings of the last few years. Get deep in the playoffs and go home with no championship. Hope all you dirty Texans realize that you will NEVER get a championship and signing with the Suns was the best thing Nash could ever have done. He plays with people who have no egoes and know how to win games like classy champions. Hope all you enjoy your once in a century NBA finals because next year you will have trouble beating the Kings or Suns!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Sun Ball for Life -

  593. The Mavs have only lost three games in a row once this year (on a eastern conference road trip in March). I don’t think they are about to repeat that anomaly against one team that they owned in the regular season, as well as in games 1 and 2. They will take game 5 in a nail-biter and then destroy the Heat in game 6 with their home crowd cheering them on. Remember last years game 7 against Houston against Yao and McGrady. We drubbed them by thirty points. Remember winning in double OT against San Antonio last month. This team is tougher than anyone gives them credit for. The better team always wins the title, and a 60-win western conference team definately has the edge over a 52-win eastern conference team.

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  594. 2 for 14 thats 14%. Can’t blame that blame that on Stern

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  595. The Mavs aren’t done. Hopefully this is just the fire they need lit under their tails to end this series once and for all.

    This is where “Mental Toughness” comes in, Dallas.
    Show the world what you have been showing the city of Dallas all season, that you will prevail against adversity.

    GO MAVS!
    Stackhouse for MVP! lol.

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  596. come on mark, you can’t just show up when you win. we all want to know your thoughts.

    this suspension is bullshit. sorry mavs fan but i think you’re done. you blew it in game 3. stern is rigging this shit and the heat will prevail in 7.

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  597. Mark complaining about the suspension is kind of funny. Wasn’t he the one on Letterman a few days ago talking about how he worked with the NBA to get rid of all the hand checking and hard plays? Isn’t it ironic?

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  598. Jeff and Dale why dont you scurry along to another blog. Kind of hypocritical of you to talk about Cuban not blogging when you twirps were nowhere to be found when the HEAT were down 2-0. I cant wait for Stern to hand Cuban that trophy next week in Dallas. This crap that they have pulled with suspedning players will make it all the more enjoyable.

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  599. Mark, PLEASE tell us what you think about Stack being suspended. I’m dying to hear what you have to say. It is so ridiculous, it’s literally sickening.

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  600. Cuban,

    Funny how when you are winning, you blog in after every quarter but when you get your ass handed to you on a platter, not a peep. Spouting off like than on Letterman and then getting your ass kicked? That was priceless man – you don’t even have to say anything man…

    Comment by Jeff M -

  601. I think you (Mark Cuban) are a total joke, and the fact that you parade your self around, and continuously make yourself seem more important than the team, says alot about who you really are. Your TEAM, your PlAYERS deserve face time after, during, before the games…they’ve earned it…..you just paid for it. in short, the only reason i am cheering AGAINST the Mav’s…..is because i cant stand you.

    asshole

    Comment by dale from wisconsin -

  602. Can you say OVERRATED – OVERRATED!!!!!

    Miami in six – mark this date and time down. Put a fork in the Mavs and the Euroflopper Dirk. You’re done – WELL DONE.

    Go HEAT.

    Comment by bob -

  603. It’s a very sad day for Dallas and all other NBA cities when the dictatorship that is the NBA front office suspends stack for his hard foul on Shaq. before today I did not believe the whole conspiracy theory but let’s review what has happened Shaq almost breaks stack nose on a hard foul no suspension no league review of the play Shaq hits dirk with an elbow to the jaw clearly intentional on the replay and the NBA rule’s state if you swing an elbow above the shoulder it’s an automatic technical foul again no suspension no league review and not to mention the referees for game 3 Dan Crawford Mavs record when he officiates 1 and 12 I don’t know what the Mavs record is when “Crypt Keeper” Dick Bavetta who is too old to officiate basketball at any level officiates but it can’t be good you can’t tell me that the NBA doesn’t know these stats cause Mark Cuban give’s them to them

    Comment by Hank -

  604. Did anyone else see shaq put his foot under Dirk? I know it was intentional. Look at his reation when Dirk goes down. He has a “what did I do?” look on his face. He almost suceeded. To see the Mavs overcome all this biased B.S. will be better than a sweep.

    Comment by Joel G -

  605. I second that Matthias Miller,

    It’s the NBA Finals. Sure, Mark, that means more publicity for you but let the players play. Wait until the finals are over, then do watever you want. Also, it’s one thing to go on a talkshow, it’s another to bash the opposing coach. Show some class please, like Micky Arison.

    Comment by DS -

  606. JET suspended in round 2 – game 5…lost games 5 & 6…came back won game 7

    Mbenga suspended in round 3- game 4…came back and won games 5 & 6

    Stackhouse suspended in Finals – game 4…Mavs will overcome!

    Show support for Stackhouse and wear his gear on Sunday and Tuesday nights. We love JERRY STACKHOUSE!!

    Mark, Avery, DALLAS MAVS and fans…keep the faith!

    Comment by Diana -

  607. Mark,

    You are brilliiant and entertaining but bagging on Pat Riley on national television. He of many rings, you of none? Pat Riley, someone who played and coached in the NBA, and you, someone who bought your way into the party? And you have a revisionist view of history. Pat Riley made the Knicks tough for two reasons – 1) to respond to the style of play made famous by the Pistons. Riley reacted to win, he did not initiate that style. Also given the makeup of his roster, he had to – that team could not score. When he had different types of athletes, he instituted Showtime, which was the opposite of Bruise Ball. Pat adapts, Pat wins, you whine.

    Amazing what a billion bucks can buy you…

    M2

    Comment by Matthias Miller -

  608. Unfortunately, the Heat has found the Mavs’ soft underbelly, and they will win the series if Avery can’t harden this team ASAP. Cuban needs to slap this article down in front of Dirk!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/060616&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab1pos2

    Comment by Eric -

  609. Great replay of Stack taking on Shaq on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CCknwBTQBk

    I missed most of the 3rd quarter so this was the first time I saw what all of the fuss was about. I’m sorry, but Shaq slowed down, Stack was running at full speed and his left hand was going for the ball. Was it a hard foul? Of course, no question about it, but was Stack delivering some vengeful body check to Shaq with the expressed desire to cause him harm? No. Watch the video, the announcers get it right.

    Comment by Sean Foushee -

  610. Jeff Cassidy…

    Nicely done. Great video. Love the …get out the way… at the beginning, but you should add when Shaq flopped on the Devin Harris contact!

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  611. There was a good article on espn.com by scoop jackson…i love the mavs, but some of the things he said in here were the things i was thinking to myself during the game…

    When is that player going to hit a basket and run down court with his tongue out? When is he going to stop letting Shandon Anderson and James Posey look like Bruce Bowen and Ron Artest, and take them in the paint and and pound them to death? When is he going to scream at a ref for not giving him the calls when the Heat players knock him down on his 3s? When is he going to remind them who he is?

    Comment by E -

  612. Mark, you were highly entertaining on Letterman!

    Comment by Jessica -

  613. STCKHOUSE SUSPENDED…!!!

    Wow, we thought Dallas Fans where already cry babies. Let’s see you guys now.!

    Comment by HEATFAN -

  614. Tracy, those are his good qualities. Don’t be so nice with your comments…”low class ghetto bum” is a compliment to him.

    Comment by mffl -

  615. Hubie Brown looks like my grandfather did while he was dead and in a casket. I can guarantee his funeral plans are already in place…yet, apparently someone thinks he should be commenting on a game when he is 73 years old.

    Comment by Necropheliac -

  616. I hope someone knocks Shaq’s f’ing head off in this next game. If Ben Wallace would have fouled Shaq in the same way Stackhouse did the suspension would have never been upheld.

    Comment by craig -

  617. Stackhouse suspended for Game 5??????????? WHAT A F******* JOKE!!!

    “The contact by Jerry Stackhouse was clearly excessive and warrants a suspension,” said Stu Jackson, the NBA’s senior vice president of basketball operations.

    WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT!!!

    Why doesn’t Stu Jackson review the elbow from Shaq to Jerry’s face and tell me that contact was not “clearly excessive.”

    Comment by DL -

  618. Stack I’m glad someone knocked Shaq on his ass. Stu Jackson hates The Mavs. He is a jerk. MAVS ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!

    Comment by JOHN -

  619. Pat Rily put together a bunch of thugs. Look at how thug-like Shannon Anderson looks, Posey, Alonzo Morning, Antoinne Walker, Shaq. D-Wade is the only decent person on that team. MIAMI IS A DIRTY TEAM! THE REFS LET THOSE THUGS BEAT UP ON DIRK. SHAQ DESERVED TO GET HAMMERED!!!! I enjoyed watching teams like the Suns, Spurs, etc. But Miami is a dirty team! I PRAY THAT THEY LOOSE! It will be a shame for this team to represent the NBA Finals. A darn shame!

    Comment by tracy -

  620. I wont stop untill ive put in jail every masturbator this side of the mississippi! Next time your at the local library on the internet looking up “sports, stuff like that” ill be there with my hidden camera and my hand fixated securely around my cock.

    —Monday

    Comment by Carl Monday -

  621. Shaq has a big mouth. That is why Geri Buss gave him away for nothing. It was a huge pleasure to see Shaq fly across the floor. Shaq is a low class ghetto bum!

    Comment by tracy -

  622. Come on Mark, you can’t just post stuff when your team wins. Give us something.

    Comment by GM -

  623. so why didn’t Shaq get suspended for putting stitchess in Stackhouse’s nose on the same type of foul??? Shaq went hard, hit the face and body, and clearly didn’t go for the ball.

    NEWS FOR ALL Heat trolls:
    THE MAVERICKS ALREADY WON THE 2006 NBA TITLE, AGAINST THE SPURS.

    These games this June are just for Stern and his cronies to make this personal on Mark Cuban.

    I say Cuban take his money and team out of the NBA, start a new league for the fans without that asshole Stern in the front office.

    Comment by greg -

  624. Get away from deadspin, Carl Monday!

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  625. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOW7ijG5kMQ

    Click on the link above for a replay of stack taking out Shaq, and also an explanation of why Dallas lost the game. Come on MAVS! Get back in it!!!

    Comment by Jeff Cassidy -

  626. All we need is faith in ourselves….WILLPOWER is the name of the game…..even after playing this bad we almost had our chance when we recovered from 20 pt deficit to 8 point game….but some how messed up…
    No Worries…We still believe in you MAVS…

    G O M A V S !!!

    Comment by Prateek -

  627. Get the fuck away from me, Carl Monday!

    Comment by Mike Cooper -

  628. If your jacking it in public, im gonna film you and jack off to you jacking off

    —Monday

    Comment by Carl Monday -

  629. That suspension is bullshit. Mavs fans know it and the league knows it. Win this next game for Stack.

    Go Mavs

    Comment by Tim -

  630. GET AWAY FROM ME, CARL MONDAY!

    Comment by Mike Cooper -

  631. Stackhouse went for the body, striking Shaq’s face with his forearm, bodyblocking him in midair, and didn’t make a play for the ball until well after body and face contact had been established. That is incontrovertably in the video from the camera above the basket.

    I understand how it could have gone either way, but Stackhouse’s foul was flagrant by any measure.

    Was it good old-fashioned hard-nosed basketball? No. More like an open-field tackle.

    But ya gotta love Shaq’s reaction, both during and after.

    Comment by Dave -

  632. HEAT FANS CALM DOWN!!!
    are you guys forgeting this series is tied at two with two of the three in dallas??? you guys do have momentum on your side, but trust me this mavs team can really turn it up when thier backs are at the wall. this series is turning out to be great and i see so much bitterness on this blog.

    THE NBA HATES DALLAS!! THIS JUST IN—STACK IS SUSPENDED FOR GAME 5. MAYBE HE SOULD HAVE THROWN AN ELBOW INSTEAD. WHAT A JOKE.
    heat fans-
    loose the wierd guy from mars that waves the flags before each game… creepy…

    keep the dancers, now they are hot.
    ALMOST AS HOT AS THE MAVS DANCERS.
    GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by cope -

  633. Suspensions are issued by Stu Jackson.

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  634. ok well i love Pat and yea he was wrong about van gundy, but w/e…GO HEAT!

    Comment by marybeth -

  635. Classless Stack…

    That’s just Bavetta being Bavetta. Anyone else thinks he looks like rigormortis (sp.) has set in there? He looks dead!

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  636. At least Dirk is not a little baby bitch like Shag. At least when Dirk has a bad game he faces the media, He doesn’t hide behind his mama’s skirt.
    I would rather have Mark as our owner than some foriegn bastard. Are the people of Miami such pussies that a guy with a GO MAVS GO banner is so offensive they make him take it down? This series is not over. Dallas will win the series. Avery Johnson is a genius and will get this thing fixed. The Heat won one game and were given another one. Stay Hard Mavs fans. Mavs in 6!!!!!

    Comment by bill -

  637. if you think the celts will win in 07 you know nothing about basketball… mavs 06 and 07…!!!!!!!

    Comment by John -

  638. whether you think my comments were about being a homer its really
    not …. dude just watch the tape … it was not clumsy on Shaqs part … it was not done by accident ….. all im saying is that it did happen and my comments have nothing to do with being a homer ……. the tape proves it and if this was a court of law and the jury saw the tape … Shaq would be guilty ….

    Comment by j2 -

  639. Snooze… is this back and forth bantering still going on?

    Mavs still will pull out the series. They just need to get in the game first.

    Comment by Kristin -

  640. D-Wade has never blamed bad play on an injury (actually, except for last year when he had one of those bruised ribs that tickle).

    Comment by Jay -

  641. perhaps you should have waited to see how your team would play before trash talking!!

    CHOKE!!! WORST CHOKE IN FINALS ALL TIME!!!

    Comment by Jarod -

  642. perhaps you should have waited to see how your team would play before trash talking!!

    CHOKE!!! WORST CHOKE IN FINALS ALL TIME!!!

    Comment by Jarod -

  643. Oh my God…Shaq purposley put his foot under Dirk while he was coming down. Are you kidding me…? Is this really what Mavricks fans are all about?

    Did you guys see Harris flailing his arms while trying to double team Shaq? That was hilarious! I have not seen that much flopping since Faith No More’s “Epic” Music Video!!

    Comment by HeatFan -

  644. Richard (Post 253),

    Like I said, ain’t it easy to blame the officials?

    Now THAT’S sportsmanship.

    GOOD WORK!!

    Comment by Dave -

  645. Well I see why you would say that seeing other players (ala Dwyane Wade) but Dirk doesn’t make excuses when he doesn’t play well. Hurt or not, he owns up.

    Comment by Lisa -

  646. Well, I mean recover and be effective so that no excuses can be given for not playing well.

    Comment by Jay -

  647. He’ll recover, he always does.

    Comment by Lisa -

  648. as a former jump shooter, that is a risk that you are willing to take. I dont think that clumsy shaq could have done that purposely even if he wanted to. If anything, I think you can call it a bad defensive play given that the defender should respect his opponent enough to not go too deep when the shooter is in the air for purposes of what happen to Dirk. Shaq is not used to playing careful. Nonetheless, Shaq doesnt normally run out to the 3-pt line to gaurd shooters. Bad mistake on Shaq’s side but I dont think it was maliciously done. I dont like Dirk becaus he’s good and thats the nature of an opponent, but I dont like to see rolled ankles like that. I hope he recovers asap.

    Comment by Jay -

  649. that was beautiful derek..lol but for real that is all so very true. Especially 1 and 2. GO HEAT!

    Comment by marybeth -

  650. Mark just like the NBA took a look at the punch that Jason Terry gave Finley
    …. Well dude they need to take a look at the Video of game 4 when Dirk rolled his ankle
    …. look slow motion and check out what SHAQ does
    …. He purposely places his foot underneath the area that Dirk would land on
    …….. you see there is no way that his foot would be there in a natural progression of trying to block the shot
    …. he actualy angles his leg to the side and sticks his foot right under Dirks landing area
    …… i mean as wild as it sounds its obvious that Shaq took a gamble that he may land on his foot and get hurt …
    ……. just look at it
    …. its very obvious and a FOX 4 sports producer took a look at the film for and was blown away as he agrees….. its on tape and the league needs to view it.

    Comment by j2 -

  651. miami got dallas now you all calling for sweep no more we got you number get ready go behind on sunday and get upset in your house on tue heat are on fire thank to you because what did to us on game 1,2 gooooooo heat i bet cuban got drunk on thur night after you let us tie up 2-2

    Comment by javier valdes -

  652. WHERE IS THIS WEIRDO? Yeah I am a Heat fan, but man I crack up seeing Mark Cuban and his dumb ass comments.

    Comment by HeatFan -

  653. you need to get ur shit straight cuz i corrected myself retard

    Comment by marybeth -

  654. I actually love seeing the back and forth of these fans….and I’m pretty sure Mark does too.

    Mavs fans, I just read through most of these post and wanted to know the following:

    1) You rag on Miami fans for showing up here and showing bravado at 2-2 but say nothing about the puffy chests at 2-0. I had about 8 Dallas fans last night sitting near me loud as can be before the game. They were quiet as crickets during and gone by the middle of the fourth. Fair weather fans?

    2) Dallas just had a bad six minutes. Dallas just had a bad game. Doesn’t this mean that maybe, just maybe Miami had two bad games?

    3) Is it easier to cry about Wade’s injuries than discuss how the Mavs have no answer for him. Frankly, Harris the speedster has looked like he has been running through mud when Wade starts his drives. What is Avery’s answer to Wade?

    4) Are you at all concerned the Dallas has not won on the road? I mean, this is a fantastic road team who beat Phoenix and SA there. The fact that it has not happened yet has to make you pause for a moment.

    I’m not here to puff out my chest and talk about the Heat. I was just interested to see Mark blog the finals. Unfortunately he has pulled a Houdini (or a Shaq after game 2) and has not shown up to blog which is a shame. (Please do not tell me how busy he is as he is always online!)

    I do not think either of these teams is a ‘complete’ team and both have weaknesses that can be exploited. I think both of the coaches have done that and I think both have adjusted.

    As a Heat fan and 10 year season ticket holder (i.e. not fair weather fan or bandwagon jumper) I hope they pull it off. As a fan of the NBA I know this is the best playoffs I have seen to date and this finals is shaping up to be a classic.

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  655. “LOL Interesting coming from a dumb foreigner being that texas and Florida have the biggest amount of illeagals and also have the highest rate of prison incarceration and death row inmates next to california” – what does this have to do with anything that I said idiot (I think that should be your new blog name…I have officially changed it for you). Last time I checked anyone in any state can be imprisoned…idiot. No where did I say just Fl or Tx. WOW, not the brightest when it comes to issue spotting are you. Hmm…”And trust me, you are not even close to where my true intelligence is” – I guess that’s like saying that I have 2% body fat. Sure, I trust you…lol. Just to clear some stuff up, I was born and raised here. Don’t know anything about your past but you must not be very proud of it because I haven’t heard you mention anything (I’m assuming that your past has to do with Indian Killing?). So you can take your intelligence back to England or where ever your ancestors are from, and take your hate with you.

    Comment by Jay -

  656. That would be 3-2 retard. Mavs up. Get your shit straight.

    Comment by Tim -

  657. It was about the Celtics……about 20 years ago….lolololololo

    Comment by Mark Hans -

  658. 3-2*

    Comment by marybeth -

  659. everyone knows mavs and heat suck its all about the celts.

    Comment by Dennis -

  660. yea its so obvious isnt it???!? u say that cuz u a Mavs fan, but u dont even realize how many f’d up calls they had on the Heat. The was seriously one of the worst called games dealing with fouls ive ever seen. But u kno how we do, we get through it and beat yall by 24 points. and you will see my comments after we take over the series 3-1 goin back 2 dallas

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  661. miami got dallas now you all calling for sweep no more we got you number get ready go behind on sunday and get upset in your house on tue heat are on fire thank to you because what did to us on game 1,2 gooooooo heat i bet cuban got drunk on thur night after you let us tie up 2-2

    Comment by javier valdes -

  662. Actually I’m not worried at all. You act like this series is over just because the Heat won 2 freakin’ games. They still have 2 more to go, sweetie!! The next game isn’t until Sunday, so come back then…it’ll give you a little time to learn how to use a dictionary.

    Comment by Lisa -

  663. Poor heat fans. You are just fooling yourselves if you think the mavs will come out flat again. Do some research on the last 2 series and you should have an idea how the Mavs will respond. Officiating is the last thing you could blame last nights game on. If game 3 was called perfectly I think we would be up on them 3-1 right now, but not last night. Mavs had a bad game.

    Comment by Tim -

  664. u must have no life over here correctin my english. How bout worry bout ur sorry a$$ team loosin against us and get a life! Anyways like i was saying GO HEAT!!

    Comment by marybeth -

  665. Marybeth, I look forward to your comments on Monday after the Mavericks head back home with a 3-2 lead. I’ve thought the officiating was fairly good (at least even, bad call for bad call) up until Game 4. It’s obvious that the NBA is helping extend this series. It’s all about the money. Well, just keep laughing until the tears come out, because they will…See ya!

    Comment by Larry -

  666. Please don’t lost it Mavs

    Comment by David Harvey -

  667. Ok….seriously? What kind of education system do you have over in Florida? “rite”= right, “geuss”= guess, “ova”= over, “jus”=just, “cant”=can’t, “wit”=with, and “wen”= when. And that’s just in ONE post!! Spell check your posts before you try to rant about how much better you are than the Mavs fans.

    Comment by Lisa -

  668. JAY

    Idiots like me behind bars? LOL Interesting coming from a dumb foreigner being that texas and Florida have the biggest amount of illeagals and also have the highest rate of prison incarceration and death row inmates next to california.

    And trust me, you are not even close to where my true intelligence is. Everything i say is 100% fact. get lost and get back on your little canoe with 400 of your closest friends and take Elian Gonzales with you.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  669. I will support the Heat because of teh diesel…to fully appreciate Shaq you have to have lived in and followed one of the teams that he played for Orlando, LA or Miami. I only wish hw was still here with Kobe and then the finals would be awhole new ballgame..Ah wellparity is a good thing I guess

    Comment by Mark Hans -

  670. If you are a Mavs fan, that was ugly last night. But, remember the last time the Mavs got hammered? It was also Game 4 in Phoenix and Nowitzki stunk it up (3-13fgs) and finished with 11 points and the Suns rolled them by 20. Game 5 rolled around and Dirty went for 50 and the series was basically over. I doubt he’ll go for 50 in Miami on Sunday night, but I see a 30-10 game coming, and the Heat will have to play as good as they did last night to win.

    Comment by DoubleK -

  671. I will support the Heat because of teh diesel…to fully appreciate Shaq you have to have lived in and followed one of the teams that he played for Orlando, LA or Miami. I only wish hw was still here with Kobe and then the finals would be awhole new ballgame..Ah wellparity is a good thing I guess

    Comment by Mark Hans -

  672. I wonder where the big rich and rude mavs owner is rite now? Probably thinkin of some way 2 blame the refs or just cry about something. Geuss yall better rethink planning that parade ova in texas, cuz u crossed ova into Wade county and u jus cant mess wit the best.
    Oh and by the way i think thats hilarious that u guys had the lowest scoring quarter in playoff history! i had a good laugh wen i heard that one. So anyways Go Heat! and ill see u sunday

    Comment by marybeth -

  673. There you go again. Listen up blogsters, I think we have a real maniac on our hands…you know, a revolutionist with a vision…uh oh, everyone out of his way…Why dont we stick to what counts on this blog rather than discuss your ridiculousness. You are a disgruntled, pathetic person with no intelligence whatsoever (may I add ignorant). Anyway, I’m done with you. I’ll go back to studying..you know, learning how to put idiots like you behind bars….SING WITH ME EVERYONE…LETS GO HEAT! LETS GO HEAT! LETS GO HEAT!!!!

    Comment by Jay -

  674. TRACY…Shaq is soft? LOL…hahah…oh my god I just can not stop laughing….oohhh. Okay I am done…..Oh know…still laughing….hahaaha.

    Comment by HeatFan -

  675. paul pierce lost his teeth against the suns and didnt miss a game. he also got stabbed and ditn miss a game. he broke his jaw against the pacers inb the playoffs yet still, he didnt miss a game.

    Comment by Dennis -

  676. WHERE ARE YOU MARK CUBAN? GETTING READY FOR LENO NOW?

    Comment by HeatFan -

  677. Yes, “ditto” drop Shaq on the floor. The only thing tough about Shaq is his big mouth. I tevo’d that foul in slow motion. Shaq had little birdies flying around his big doome head. That foul was a classic! He will now thing twice before going to the paint! He was ready to go into one of his clowing slam duncks and got dropped on his big butt. Yeah right Shaq, you say the only reason why you didn’t retaliate was because of your family? Yeah right, everyone knows that you are soft! That is why you want to be a police office when you grow up. Big ol whale!

    Comment by tracy -

  678. What up with all this Miami Fan nonsense? Since Riley ahs been here Miami has been one of the top teams in the east. Where has Dallas been the last 10 years?

    I HOPE Stackhouse gets suspended that way more money can go to charity since I know for sure Cuban will go nuts..Can’t wait to see that.

    But, yeah this series has gotten to be a physical game now and Dallas is a finesse team and won’t be able to match up on physical play with the Heat.

    Sorry Mav Fans…LETS GO HEAT!!!

    Comment by HeatFan -

  679. Jimmy Stew…

    He talked about having the freakin flu for TEN DAYS!!!!!!!!!!! Again I ask, don’t they have a team doctor? Don’t they have something for that. And yes, it was HIM talking about it, as well as the media. He is a stud, but come on, I’m an average guy and I don’t ever remember having the flu for more than 3 days, maybe four.

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  680. That shows just how damn dumb you are jay or should i say Jose or maybe Jesus. 2% bodyfat is impossible you dumb piece of shit. that shows you have no clue about working out or bodybuilding or anything you stupid little dork. You know you and your fellow illeagals all have blue collar fast food jobs and litter my streets with your pigeon English and smell or worse, your Espanol.

    God, i can’t beleive how dumb the majority of these posters are. Unbeleiveable. I haven’t even started yet and most of you guys act like I should stop. Most don’t know the real truth about how the world should be ran anyway.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  681. The Mavs had a bad night. I was upset, but it felt good to see the hard foul on Shaq. Shaq was stunned. He was drooling on himself! Go Jerry!

    Comment by tracy -

  682. Dennis Miller….maybe I am a thug. You know the old saying “It takes one to know one”.
    Sorry, but I have a hard time believing that all those elbows that Snaq throws are all in good fun. So let me say it one more time….drop him to the floor!!!!!

    Comment by c lock -

  683. Are these the same Heat fans who were booing their team in the third quarter of Game 3 when the Mavs went ahead and it looked like the Heat would lose??? At least we are real fans.

    Comment by GR -

  684. Mark, already switched, thanks.

    Tim…
    Nope, it’s true, game 5.

    Marybeth, yes it’s a rivalry, huge. We hate the Eagles as much as they hate us. And I’ll agree, those things are rude, however, I say again. Pat Riley is a piece of cow dung for what he did to Stan Van Gundy. Pure and simple. Anyways, this is a great series and GO MAVS

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  685. any comments

    MIAMI – He sat there on David Letterman’s show with a cocksure grin and a smack-talking mouth in a guest appearance whose bad timing was exceeded only by its imbecilic arrogance.

    What in the world (other than his Texas-sized ego) possessed Mark Cuban to go on national TV Wednesday and yuk it up like the NBA Finals were in the bag? What was Cuban thinking when he decided to take a pot shot at Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, criticizing his style of play as being ugly and overly physical?

    Well guess what, the NBA Finals just turned into just that kind of Riley-perfect series – a physical slugfest.

    Comment by Mark Hans -

  686. Cuban, dang man. The refs are SCREWING us out of Game 4!!!! I know if you say the same thing you’ll get fined, so I’m doing it for you. This just plain blows.

    Comment by Tim Mo -

  687. Mark,

    Please buy the SciFi network and bring on the HD. Those idiots continue to buy crap movies like mansquito instead of upgrading to HD. HELP!!

    Comment by SciFi Addict -

  688. Mark,

    Please buy the SciFi network and bring on the HD. Those idiots continue to buy crap movies like mansquito instead of upgrading to HD. HELP!!

    Comment by SciFi Addict -

  689. Mark,

    Please buy the SciFi network and bring on the HD. Those idiots continue to buy crap movies like mansquito instead of upgrading to HD. HELP!!

    Comment by SciFi Addict -

  690. Could ABC not field a better crew? Hubie puts me to sleep. And ask about a homer. Give me a break. For the money spent, put a better crew on.

    Comment by WL2 -

  691. GO MAVERICKS! Beat the Heat!

    #1 MFFL from Mesquite Texas!

    Comment by Tammy B. -

  692. Mark,

    It’s been a long time since those days at Micro Solutions (I was your Intel rep). I’ve watched with pleasure the success of the Mavs under your ownership. Never back off the NBA or the officials. Somebody needs to keep the pressure on to keep the game honest.

    I generally don’t write to gripe about many things sports related but WHAT’S UP WITH ABC’S BIAS TOWARDS MIAMI???

    I’m sitting here watching game 4 and I couldn’t believe the pregame show. 3 or 4 Heat players were highlighted and NOT ONE MAV. The first half the announcers continue to rave about Wade.

    This is a NATIONAL broadcast, not a local Miami show!

    Anyway, I just had to air that gripe. Back to the game. (The bias continues in the announcing) Only 2:35 left in the half and we are down by 11…DAMN

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  693. I am probably the most unlikely basketball fan you’ll ever meet. However,my husband has turned me into a mavs fan!! This is a tribute to the organization…it’s heart and it’s class. I especially appreciate the team spirit, and lack of egos involved in the game. However, it’s my observation that we play to our best ability when we’re pissed off! Why is that? Howard was quoted as saying to play with a higher energy level, he needs to think of something that makes him angry (like doubters of his team and of himself)…my advice…show them clips of opposing teams newspaper editorials or clips where they total rag on the mavs. When they rile up our hornets nest, noone can beat us! When I see dirk, stackhouse, JET,etc with that steely look of determination on their face….I know a win is coming. We have an unstopable team…we just need to play at the level that we’re capable of– no matter how “up” we get.

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  694. Mark, you rule that’s why I’m a Cubaniac! Yeah Go Mavs GO!

    Comment by Ryan -

  695. Mark, you rule that’s why I’m a Cubaniac! Yeah Go Mavs GO!

    Comment by Ryan -

  696. Have seen plenty of your interviews all these years – for the Letterman on, it was so obvious that you can smell the championship! You could not stop smiling! Ouch about the Pat Riley comment – but its game time! I guess its fair🙂
    Go Mavs!

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  697. Us hate you Mark? Never! I love ya, darlin and love those Mavs too! GO MAVS!!
    Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga
    (haha!)

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  698. Us hate you Mark? Never! I love ya, darlin and love those Mavs too! GO MAVS!!
    Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga
    (haha!)

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  699. cheap shot on riles last night on letterman. i never agreed when others reffered to ur mavs as soft n previous years; so dont call us thugs. if shaq had the temperment of previous bigs that ruled the nba, ud need a club to go down the lane. u might have done us a big favor bumping ur gums on tv the other night. i love to watch this series, ur my 2 fav teams; 2 great systems of strategy. all great teams have a “way” they play. dont misinterpret our system as dirty. heat n 7.jp

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  700. Mark,

    You are the bomb, keep it up man. GO MAVS!!! O, and the Heat officials suck!

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  701. There are some ridiculously stupid morons in these comments.. Waaay to many people to call out. Some of you don’t have damn clue about anything from basketball to business.

    I would get great pleasure out of pissing you dorks off if i was a billionare. Most of you are pathetic and most likely very ugly.

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  702. I watched my first interview of Mark last night on Letterman. I appreciate that Mark represents Texas, and grateful Trump represents New York. If the game comes back to Dallas, I wish I could find 2 tickets to the game.
    Go Mavs!

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  703. I am not a Mavs fan. Have always hated them ever since they took a cheap shot on Chris Webber in the playoffs ruining his career and then taking Joe Johnson out last year. The comments made on Letterman the other night we nothing less than classless. To call out Steve Nash after all he did for your organization is pathetic. Without Steve Nash and Dirk playing in Dallas where would your team be?? Ill tell you where, on the selling block with a lottery pick. Next time you want to call out someone for being home during the finals you have to remember that next year you will be in Steve’s seat watching the Suns and Amare winning a championship! The Mavs are nothing more than an overrated team which will have a tough time winning with Dirk missing free throws and your squad blowing 20 pt leads!! GO SUNS!!

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  704. .
    Ah ha, yes, as I’d hoped.

    Part of your chat with Letterman – mouse over “Big Show Highlight”. I already posted it at that other site.

    http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/

    tt

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  705. I am not a Mavs fan. Have always hated them ever since they took a cheap shot on Chris Webber in the playoffs ruining his career and then taking Joe Johnson out last year. The comments made on Letterman the other night we nothing less than classless. To call out Steve Nash after all he did for your organization is pathetic. Without Steve Nash and Dirk playing in Dallas where would your team be?? Ill tell you where, on the selling block with a lottery pick. Next time you want to call out someone for being home during the finals you have to remember that next year you will be in Steve’s seat watching the Suns and Amare winning a championship! The Mavs are nothing more than an overrated team which will have a tough time winning with Dirk missing free throws and your squad blowing 20 pt leads!! GO SUNS!!

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  706. Comon Mark – throw me a friggin bone and post something good. Post something that will piss people off even more. You remind me of myself. You just dont take things that seriously, like the rest of the Mark-Cuban-Hating world.

    -N

    ps – Avery Johnson is THE BADDEST MAN ALIVE.

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  707. Mark,

    I don’t hate you. You’re just a dweeb. Clean yourself up and stop trying to impress us with how regular you are. Your not. You’re a dweeb.

    Mark

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  708. I have never been a Mavs fan, but I have alot of respect for you, Mark and what you have brought to the Mavs and to the entire NBA. I also have come to enjoy watching the Mavs in the play-offs. The Mavs have become the team to beat. So I am rooting for the Mavs to bring home the trophy. Enjoy it though, cause it will be all Spurs next year!

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  709. You’re definitely the coolest owner in sports, too bad you don’t own “my team” because I think you’d put out an even better product.

    I don’t consider the Letterman comments about Riley to be a slam, Mark was speaking the truth.

    My favorite moment of the season? Mavs 62 – Kobe 61…

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  710. Time to take down the Heat!!! See the Mavericks, see the mavericks run, see the Mavericks score at will. Game Four, chalk it up in the “W” column next to the Mavs!!!

    Comment by Dewey -

  711. Mark,

    First; read post #56 – I’m still on the kick

    Second; follow this link & read:
    http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/15/technology/microsoft_news/index.htm?cnn=yes

    Get the picture? Bill’s quote of “I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility – the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need.”

    Ashamed yet? You should be! Grow up, shut up, and do something WORTHWHILE with your life and money!

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  712. pierce this season got more ppg, more apg, more spg, and dirk pretty much got more blocks a game, thats the only thing he beat pierce in, and its because hes taller.

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  713. trey your a 34 year old bum with no wife or kids. do you feel successful?

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  714. Looks like a movie that I will be watching with my little brother very soon. I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m ready for Benefactor 2… Go Mavs.. My friend, Ryan Totka, is driving to the game right now.. He will probably be the only other guy wearing a Mavs jersey with lower seats..

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  715. Mark Cuban! Well, what can i say i dont hate you, and neither should anyone else for that matter.
    Its fun to see how other people can hate someone for taking pride in their team and what they believe in..
    All it winds down to is jealousy, you’re young, rich and hell you own DALLAS MAVERICKS.. what more could you want? You have the best team this season and i cant wait to see them win it all! THe whole team is awesome, and nobody wants it more than they do.. Good luck and cant wait to see the game tonight!

    Comment by Amanda Molina -

  716. Mark,

    I gotta a little inside secret for you. Your mavs are going to blow it. It’s called karma buddy, for talkin trash about SA. Where’s the Texas Pride buddy. Oh yeah and I hate you; really, really hate you. Which means I am not dumb enough to pay money (which you probably get a cut of) to see your childish antics (because we all know you wish you were still in college.)to see that stupid dvd. Oh yeah just for the record I am no SA fan either.

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  717. Mark,
    do you have a personal email address I could send you something at? if so my email is included. I enjoy the way you own a team, and really…who else can that be said to?

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  718. Mark, I am the biggest die hard Mavs fan. I flew to Dallas from Salt Lake just for Game 2. The most beautiful arena I’ve ever seen. You are first class Mark. About Game 3, Mavs took a nap and the Heat got lucky, irrelevant. Tonight, they will be back on track Mavs 4-1. Champions of the world.

    Comment by Adam Winn -

  719. Dennis, I’m done with you. You still never answered my questions in the other posts comparing Dirk’s #’s to PP’s. Does your mom know your on the computer acting like this???

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  720. I agree 100% David!!!! Don’t like it, don’t look at it. I think Miami fans are just under a lot of pressure…understandibly so!!!!

    RankRover, I agree about that 4 second stuff, that is crazy. I hear it happened twice during the game and a total of 6 seconds were lost. Had Dallas had more time to inbound that last shot, we would’ve won the game with a 3.

    Goes to show you though. These things only happen in Miami.

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  721. The last time I checked, there was a free speech amendment in our Constitution. That means that whoever owned that boat beside the AAA had a right to put up whatever sign they wanted. If you can’t stand the heat (no pun intended) get out of the fire.

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  722. DALLAS WINNING THE NBA FINALS WILL BE GREAT FOR THE NBA. MARC CUBAN IS GOOD FOR THE NBA. I PRAY THAT DALLAS WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP. MIAMI DOES NOT DESERVE THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

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  723. Can’t wait for the game tonight. That 4 seconds was bogus. And forget the Cubs. Buy the Sox.

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  724. Congrats, Mark! I wish you owned the Tennessee Titans. I really like your blog. I am adding you to my blogroll.

    Phil Ayres
    http://blog.myfantasyball.com

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  725. Mark: I thoroughly enjoyed your appearance on Letterman last night. I am so impressed by your matching your NBA fines for charity. Check out Bubel-Aiken Foundation – a charity supporting the inclusion of all children able or disabled. Big supporter of autism also.

    I watch the Mavs every game and sometimes think I will need oxygen before the end. That’s okay, go mavs go.

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  726. Mark, I Tivo’d Letterman because I saw you were going to be on it. Has anyone in Dallas thought about doing the all white shirt/blue shirt deal in the American Airlines center when we go back and beat Miami. Just a thought it looks intimidating on TV I can just imagine playing. Go Mavs, they have rocked since you came along…you rock as well…your cool as sh..-R

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  727. Mark, big game tonight, lets see how ready the Mavs are to go up 3-1. Let Wade try to score like that again tonight, won’t happen. I really respect the fact of what you have done to the NBA. We need to get rid of all those old folks that own a great business and don’t have the balls to show their passion for the game, it really pisses me off. And one more thing, the Pistons choked, so all the fans should give up and move on, there is always next year!

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  728. I just wish you could buy the Chicago Blackhawks. THe NHL will never be any good until Bill Wirtz is no longer owner. If you want Mark, I have a copy of Career Misconduct. You are definetely not this man. He probably, would anything to deny you any chance to own a hockey team.

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  729. I’ve found that haters are just people who are a. jealous or b. have nothing better to do with their time. The fact that they can even say they hate you is saying something – that you’re actually out in the public instead of hiding in a GM’s suite like the rest of them.

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  730. Love your comments about Pat (the thug)Riley. Keep it up.

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  731. Andrea…
    Good God is nothing good enough for you. In another thread you complain about Mark being a bad person and disrespectful. Now he goes on National TV showing love for someone who was hurt in a motorcycle wreck, who by the way plays football in his home state, for his Steelers and you question that too. You are a peice of work. Maybe you and Dennis should hook up and have a tryst.

    Javier Valdez…
    Refer to the Previous blog from Mark Cuban re: the stupid boat.

    Go MAVS…MFFL

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  732. Mark,

    I saw nothing to warrant a fine from the NBA last night. I saw something that might warrant a fine from the Donald…YOU’RE FIRED!!! Watch out, he’ll remove you from the billionaire’s club. LOL. I personally like your public image and have watched your path from the Broadcast.com days. Thank you so much for your contribution to DF-Dub and in the technical world. Love the Mavs. Love the AAC! Love the games and the entertainment. You’ve really contributed a lot to basketball, to Texas, and to the world. Thank you so much.

    T

    Comment by Trey Murray -

  733. WOW! so letterman last night was fantastic. Donald Trump just gets on my nerves, especially after that little story about his office andpictures of himself all over it! gah! But you just said about Steve Nash what everyone has thought all along. It’s about time someone actually said it on TV. I wonder why he’s the “hotshot” now that he’s not with us. Is it because Dirk can outdo him anyday, therefore he’s not such a standout with us? I dont know. But yeah, thanks for being awesome! and i like the jersey you wore! And don’t worry, noone has ever thought of you as anything like that scum named Donald.

    Comment by Sarah B -

  734. Mark,

    Im a big fan (live in Fort Worth)of you and the Mavs. I will never forget when you bought the Mavericks. I told my wife about this new owner who was pretty cool and different from the other arrogant owners in the league who sit in their luxury suites smoking cigars. I said “I predict that this Mavs team will someday win a championship, and rid of us the worst sports team in any franchise.”

    The next day I sent you an email just to say whats up and she couldnt believe that you actually responded to my email. I think its cool that you are down to earth and you care about the fans.

    We had a good laugh watching the Letterman show last night. Donald Trump gets what he deserves. You are the only one with enough balls to say that. And I also liked your subtle jab at Riley and his defense tactics and of course Steve Nash. Hey Steve left on his own, he didnt have to jump at Pheonix’s first offer. Besides he did get tired in the Pheonix series, just like you predicted he would someday. We wouldnt be in the finals without you.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for everything you have done with the Mavs organization. We will be watching the game tonight – roudy loud and proud.

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  735. Saying whats on your mind is what made you who you are.

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  736. Mr. cuban,
    i am a firm believer in the “right of free speech” keep it up..you remind me of a big kid tryin to have fun and they wont let you…
    the “Mavs” are playin some great basketball,
    i hope they can keep doing it.
    mike moore

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  737. You cracked me up on Letterman last night. And now, I really want a blizzard.

    Comment by Lorna -

  738. Hi Mark

    Saw your appearance on Dave’s show. Simply superb.

    I really liked your answers and explanation about Steve Nash. Yes you are 100% right. He never played for MVP when he was with us. The same applicable for Michael Finely and Walker .

    We have a very good bench players that’s our strength and our weakness is COUDN”T ABLE TO KEEP UP THE LEAD. If we rectify this point and WE ARE THE CHAMPION. I am sure Mr. Avery Johnson also aware of this one.

    My advance congratulations to you and Mavs for our FIRST NBA Champion and we will continue the sprit in future.

    Keep up your good work.

    Thanx
    Maya

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  739. You were great on Letterman last night! I hope alot of people who don’t know what an incredible person you are got to see you last night. I still love that Dairy Queen story no matter how often I hear it!

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  740. Mark Cuban for President. Go Mavs

    Comment by Danny -

  741. Go Mavs! And Mark, please buy the Pirates!

    Comment by Pirate Fan -

  742. At lease show some love for your OWN basketball team on TV! WHY would you wear a STEELERS JERSEY instead of a Mavs jersey?????!!!!!

    Comment by Andrea -

  743. It was so awesome to see you wear Roethlisberger’s number last night on Letterman. What a way to show support, respect, and true Pittsburgh spirit!! It is that kind of support that makes us Pittsburghers no matter where we live!

    GET WELL BEN and GO MAVERICKS!

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  744. As I told you before my son believes in the frozen pizza theory to the point where he was very upset that we went into game time on Tues without a piza to cook. Sure enough all things possible line up the wrong way for the Mavs. I want you to know that I do have a pizza for tonight’s game. No doubt Mavs win.

    Comment by Pete -

  745. Mark, You Rock! You’ve taken ownership to a new level. Forget Steinbrenner and Davis, they’re all washed up when compared to you. Plus you’re an inspiration to entrepreneurs around the country. You’re the reason why we keep trying every day.
    I love the Mavs! I was hoping for the sweep, but we’ll get ’em in 5 now.
    Good luck in all you do, I look forward to watching you hoist the trophy!
    http://smithofthelongfield.wordpress.com

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  746. my friend at webdate dot com and myself go for miami… not because of shaq because we think his time is through but because of wade and how he dominates the court. we got to give it to nowitzki though…

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  747. Hey Mark! This is the first time I have ever read your blog and I think it is pretty cool how you keep in touch with the NBA fans. I am a Sacramento Kings’ fan and am from Sacramento.

    Are you good buddies with the Maloof brothers? I think its cool to have energetic owners like yourself and the Maloofs in the NBA. GO KINGS in 2006-07!!

    Are you still thinking about buying the Pirates from McClatchy (A Sacramento boy). Keep up the good work on your Mavs. Tough loss the other night to Miami.

    Comment by Tim -

  748. I love Labron James and Shaq ain’t that bad, but Mavericks finally have proved that all the changes over the years might acually be good for them. Mark, again, good luck and how bout after this season you let Stackhouse play for Cleveland🙂 I read your other blog about myspace. do you acually have a myspace account or a dallas maverick myspace? I’m wondering if your message board supports html? hmm…I guess not, but it should still give links. oh well
    MVP
    http://images.sportsline.com/u/photos/basketball/nba/img9249742.jpg

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  749. Gee Dennis, I see you’re up to your old tricks
    LOL See post #28 to see what I mean, for anyone that may be interested, just click on the author’s name (he’s inserted Mark Cuban’s name) and it’ll take you straight to the Celtics homepage….which is where poor little Dennis hangs out, whining, putting Mark down…what’s the matter, you don’t have anything to do? What’s the matter, Dennis, can’t stand for someone else to excel…and there you are pitiful celtics fan, losing it all ? Try to pull yourself together and stay off this blog where your whining isn’t needed!!!

    Comment by Sophie -

  750. I’d like to counter all complaints about THE 1 sec play. I thought it was one of the more memorable plays in basketball. It was risky but no less risky than a jacked up three pointer, and of course, much more entertaining. Dirk’s pass was stoned, Josh was on it and Dwayne performed an exceptional feat. Anyone who has ever been on the passing or receiving end of an alley oop knows how exceptional that play was. 95% of the population of b-ballers can’t accomplish any of the three feats displayed in an empty gym. A perfect basketball play. I wanted a sweep but I was happy that I kept my eyes open to the end of that one.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

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  751. I’m a fan from China since you were the owner of our Mavs.Don’t care about the officials.I believe U & AJ & the team will bring the TROPHY back.I really believe it!

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  752. They made a second one? The first one was just horrible… no idea why they would make a second.

    Oh… wait… $$$

    Comment by Cameron P. -

  753. i heard that your boat was not allow to show go mavs because your boat did not have premit let go heat i think you forgot you land of heat not dallas

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  754. i heard from miami news that their make you remove your sign on your boat that say GO MAVS because you did have premit for it i think you forgot this land of heatttttttttttt

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  755. i heard from miami news that their make you remove your sign on your boat that say GO MAVS because you did have premit for it i think you forgot this land of heatttttttttttt

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  756. Rebecca, every BB eventually disintegrates.

    BTW, Mark’s from Pittsburgh.

    “bio

    Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958, in the working-class city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his penchant for business was evident right from the start. As a 12-year-old goofy kid with thick glasses, he sold garbage bags door-to-door. For what it’s worth, he did pretty well and learned his first valuable lessons about business.”

    http://www.askmen.com/men/business_politics_60/60_mark_cuban.html

    As for The Donald, he’s another one to ignore, IMHO.

    Mark has chosen well. The two things people will pay for is media entertainment and sports.

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  757. At least something good comes out of Texas once in a while. Stevie Ray Vaughan and now Mark Cuban. Love those Mavericks! HDNet rocks!

    Comment by Andrew Lovell -

  758. I figured there was something weird about Mark having a Boston Celtics page when you clicked his name. Busted.

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  759. Uh, just a quick note for the two ladies who haven’t realized that that was NOT Mark Cuban who posted above. I’m sure it was that poor idiot Dennis who can’t seem to realize that this is a Mavs board. First of all, the idiot didn’t remove the Celtics’ link from his post and secondly, the post sounds like the trash that has come out of his mouth in previous posts. Why he can’t seem to realize that this is a Mavs board and why he chooses to spread his garbage here is beyond me. And as for this repugnant post while impersonating Mark Cuban….that should result in his being banned from this blog. JMHO.

    Comment by Rebecca -

  760. Mark, maybe you will make a poster of you in your Championship Speedo and sell it on EBAY or some other auction for charity. By the way, you didn’t mention what color you picked out, I assume Maverick Navy Blue.
    Ann of Corsicana.

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  761. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!

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  762. You’re right. That Gary Payton really is a CRAFTY BASTARD!

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  763. Well done, well handled. And I echo the sentiments regarding your wearing of the Steeler’s jersey.

    Comment by Kirk -

  764. Mr. Cuban,
    I’ve been reading your blogs and my mom posts on here, but I had to tonight. You were GREAT on Letterman. I really admire you! As for the championship….Dallas is a great place for that trophy! GO MAVS!!!

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  765. Mark,

    New reader of your blog.
    New fan of the Mavs.
    Your style has attracted many a new follower no doubt.
    Thanks for being real while being rich – unlike the Donald.
    Being a Pittsburgh area native – I appreciated the Big Ben support on Letterman tonight.
    PLEASE keep pursuing the Pirates!!!!!
    Since Miami has gotten nil out of their seldom played bench save for Payton’s shot in Game 3, keep pushing the tempo and you’ll have the trophy in 6.

    Dave in PA.

    Comment by Dave -

  766. Hey Mark,

    Just saw you on Letterman and had to point this out. You mentioned that no team has ever won their three straight home games in the finals. That was true until two years ago when my stones took games 3, 4, and 5 from the Lakers to take the championship. Good luck in the rest of the finals, I highly doubt wade with his stomachaches and papercuts will be able to lead his team to repeat what we did in 2004.

    Comment by SK -

  767. That’s the way interviews should be done! Great job, short and sweet. Loved the bit about the T-man.

    Comment by KDcrazy -

  768. You were more entertaining on Letterman than Paris Hilton earlier this week–thanks. Your Pittsburgh ties are interesting–

    Comment by lisa from pgh -

  769. Mark,
    Jus saw letterman and it made me look at you differently, in a good way. Never knew a man with such fortune have a good heart and great personality. Anyways, Go mavs! Always been a big fan! By the way, lookin for some good sushi? go visit Bluefish in Las Colinas!!

    Comment by Christina -

  770. Mark, I watch the Late Show everynight, however I never knew who you were until tonight. After I heard what you said about Donald Trump tonight I had to find out more about you. As a young, ambitious college-grad I have to say I really admire your success. And for people like Donald who make those comments honestly will never really truly be successful. Take care and I’m glad that I watched tonight!🙂

    Comment by Lindsay -

  771. I’LL BE THERE AGAIN TOMORROW WEARING MY BLUE MAVERICK JERSEY REPRESENTING DALLAS – SEE YOU AT THE VICTORY PARTY

    Comment by Ryan Watkins -

  772. Hey Mark,
    Just saw you on Letterman, Man I think your hillarious!,You must be like McDonalds cause im Ba da ba pa pa LUV’N IT!

    Keep in touch,
    Peace.

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  773. Shalom Bro…your the Bomb….
    As a Retired Sports Director……..the world needs more of you..

    Your adding some class to what has become a ho Humm Business at times….

    The Heat Didnt win game 3…the Mavs lost it….Congrats Dallas..It will be all over soon

    Comment by Stan -

  774. Re: Letterman Show ..Bless Your Heart..shame I am not 30 yrs younger..I am so glad that you would not look down on people in my income bracket soc. sec ( in other words poor and desolate) and you are right Family pictures are what should be on the wall..maybe the only other thing than money Trump loves is himself (pictures) too funny…God Bless You and You are a true Champion in my heart..Your Team is a Winner

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  775. mark, i’ve always disliked donald trump, but after david letterman tonight i have a good reason to hate him.

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  776. You rocked on Letterman! I’d like to see Trump’s face. Plus, Dave was laughing (genuinely) which is not too common.

    Thanks for representing Dallas so well and for putting this team together.

    PS. I was a broadcast.com listener [and wasn’t there a predecessor to that, too?] years ago, when I could listen to the St Louis Cardinals’ day games for free in my office. Those were the days…

    Carry On!

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  777. .
    .
    GOOD job, Mark! You validated everything I said about you. Now, if the video (not the transcript, no one read anymore it seems)is on the Letterman site, or HERE, all I’ll have to do is link it.

    Kewl!

    tt

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  778. nice interview with letterman. didn’t really see anything fine-worthy, but hey, you know the nba better than i do. it’ll be good for a lucky charity🙂

    the donald trump bit, funny stuff. “thats ok, you can have him.” hahahaah.

    btw, stop rubbing it in our faces that you have the largest IPO ever😛 we know you have a lot of money, haha.

    Comment by Anthony -

  779. Jr…I’m 6’3″ 220 with 2% body fat and a law student at University of Michigan….need I send you a pic? Bottom line you talk (excuse me, type) as if I’m nothing and you’re tough…come get this small stupid cuban…haha. as i said before…IDIOT….read RJ’s comment again.

    Comment by Jay -

  780. “But the last time I checked this is a Maverick site. Why is it that Heat fans feel they have the right to come here and talk their trash? ”
    Maybe because the last time I checked we lived in The USA and the first ammendment of the Constitution says “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” so I guess anyone that owns a computer, has an email and is not banned, can post and say whatever the *ck they want…

    No hate here though.. there is a reason why both teams are in the Finals.. they were the best in their Division, let’s see who’s the Best in The USA…
    Heat in 6 I said it.. since the day I knew we were the Eastern Conf Champions!1 H-E-A-T

    Comment by HeatLover -

  781. HeatFan:

    Isn’t time that you go and sleep with your cousin some more? Mavs in Six.

    Comment by P1JonnFrisco -

  782. Mark,

    Tell your guys they don’t get paid unless they win, and tell them to shut up those dirty ass people in Miami, I bet it all smells like rotten eggs down there.

    Bring it on home, things won at home are much better anyway.

    Comment by P1JonnFrisco -

  783. 7 Points in 4th Quarter. New Finals Record: haha, go mavs?

    LETS GO HEAT!!!!

    Comment by HeatFan -

  784. Hey Mark,

    Where’s the recent blog? I keep looking for something new, clever, and funny, but ther’s nothing.😦 OK, I guess I’ll wait some more.

    Sad we lost last night, but totally stoked that the Mavs get to win the CHAMPIONSHIP in our home stadium! Dallas is gonna rock on Tuesday!!!! Good luck!

    Comment by Aleisha -

  785. Yeah right jay. I’m probably twice your size. get the fuck out of my country and if you Are here “legally” then tell all your little buddies to learn to speak the damn language.

    The majority of Cuban have never even touched a weight in their life. In general, they are short and pudgy. Of course, I’m sure you have a gun though. Big surprise. Now get back in your little hut in Hialeah.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  786. The Mavs have been down this road so many times its starting to get ridiculous. They thrive in situations like this. If you asked me if I could pick what team the mavs had to play between Phoenix, Spurs, and Heat. I would pick the Miami Heat every time. When we played the suns I was on the edge of my seat every game uncertain if the suns would make one of there impressive 10 or 15 pt runs. The threat the suns brought from 3 pt range was gut wrenching. When we played the Spurs we were down 3 pts with less than 15 seconds to go and facing elimination. The mavericks again responded well and we came out the victors. We relaxed every game after we got a victory in the Suns series. We relaxed when we held a 3-1 lead against the spurs. With 6 min left in game 3 the mavs started to relax again in this series. If this series plays true to what the Mavericks have done in the first 3 series they will come out firing in this game. I have no doubt Dirk and Josh will be a handful in this next game.

    GO MAVERICKS

    Comment by Tim -

  787. JR Ewing….you need a hug man!!! Not by me though…You talk real tough about Shaq and cubans behind a computer…I guess that makes you really tough? You’re an idiot. Dont make this an ethnic battle, no need for that. I’m a legal cuban (whou would love to hear what you said in person), and I’m sure if you said that around here (miami..oh, and not behind a computer), it would probably be your last words….idiot.

    Comment by Jay -

  788. JR Ewing , SHAQ was justified in calling you a PUNK…. too funny

    Comment by Carlos -

  789. Hey JR Ewing 307…Heat fan, Mavs fan. Either way, take that crap somewhere else.

    Comment by RJ -

  790. Damn right we’re going to talk when we have something to talk about. That’s the way it should be…this way we don’t sound stupid by predicting victories the night before our team gets their asses handed to them (ala Cuban). You Mavs fans have been talking since game 1. I highly doubt that any talk would have come from you guys if you lost. So say we’re fair weather fans…say we talk only when we win. That’s fine. The fact of the matter is you’re just making yourselves feel better for your teams’ short comings by attacking our loyalty to our team.

    Another thing that makes me laugh at you guys is the crying about Wade’s injuries. Let it be known that the only reason talk of Wade’s injuries surface is because the media asks about it and loves the drama in it. Wade just responds to it. You cry about it because you can’t fathom the fact that a man who has injuries is burning your team to the crisp. Bunch of babies!!! Whether Wade has injuries or not, you have no answer for him.

    One last thing regarding your proclaimed all-star Dirk. You all say that he’s tough because he gets up after rolled ankles and beatings. My question to you is how affective has he been after the ankle sprains and beatings? Wade gets up and tears the Mavs a new one, Dirk? Yea, he misses free-throws with games on the line…some all-star.

    Comment by Jay -

  791. Listen up! Where do you hear that Wade is hurt…the media right? How often do you hear him complain publicly…never…have Shaq’s big ass hit your knee and see how it feels. Put your cups of hate-or-ade down, grab a beer, and enjoy the finals.

    Comment by Jimmy Stew -

  792. .
    The grammar police notice that some of y’all posters don’t know these:

    your – you’re
    to – too

    your = possessive, = e.g.* your team

    you’re = you are = e.g.* you are a mother

    to = preposition = e.g.* to the arena = to win

    too = also = e.g.* you too will loose

    *e.g. = exempli gratia = Latin abbreviation for example

    The grammar police note that the Heat win in this category.

    tt

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  793. Exactly Trey. No one is denying Wade is a phenom. He is. I wish we had him. BUT…the effort to make it out as though he’s on the verge of death almost every game (and that’s how it seems listening to the clowns on TV go on and on and on about this or that injury or ailment) is hilarious. And these guys can dish on Dirk all day long, it doesn’t matter. Dirk has taken PLENTY of hard shots. Anyone who has watched the Mavs for more than say, oh, 4 games, would know that. In fact, he’s taken quite a few non-called hard shots in this series. But he gets back up and plays, and doesn’t make excuses. If Miami loses this series, I hope all of these tough-talking Heat fans will come back around. Miami is very capable of closing this out, but so is Dallas. Seeing either side boasting about it being “over” at this point is hilarious, and shows just how ridiculous some people really are.

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  794. I said all along the Heat were great at home and that I thought there was no way the Heat wouldn’t win at least two out of three. I was right and the pressure is on Dallas now. I picked the Mavs to win this series but I knew it would be closer than people thought after game 2.

    D-Wade is playing with injuries and the man is amazing so there really shouldn’t be anything negative said about THE FUTURE OF THE NBA! Flash isn’t going anywhere so get used to it, or watch the world cup like a pansy I don’t care.

    Comment by Ron Jumper -

  795. Shaq shouldn’t be allowed to live in this country. He’s a real tough guy. He called me a punk and told me to get out of his face in 1991. Yeah, he ws in college at the time and i was in 7th grade. man, what a tiough guy. i hope someone kills him. I would rejoice. Fat piece of shit. A question someone should ask him homeboy is how in the hell did he fuck his wife? he’d kill by doing it in a conventional manner. Definately doggy style. Bottom line. Kill him. I have no use for him. Just a typical dumb homeboy. he belongs down there with all the cubans and illeagals that come in my country on a daily basis.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  796. The spin move that Mr. O’neal perfomed last night is a big sign. Mr. Wade is a special talent. I have to give the dge to the Heat right now.

    Go Calor!

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  797. c lock The Diesel is the farthest thing from a thug… you’re right about his braggadocio… Your comment is full of venom for him… You’re celebrating the hard foul by Stackhouse… Perhaps you are the thug?

    Ross what smack was there to talk a few nights ago? The Mavs looked poised and the HEAT looked shaken… obviusly not stirred. With the extraordinary comeback in game 3, and the stirring game 4 performance by the HEAT, has given South Florida a rather large chest to beat on. Dallas fans would and were doing the same… if they weren’t I would have a cynical view of the Dallas fan base. By the way your fans are as loyal and passionate as they come.

    The next two to three games are going to be intoxicating… Miami and Dallas fans should rejoice and savor these next several days.

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  798. RJ,

    How can Wade get injured, he wears enough padding to play linebacker. And 298 only mentioned 2 injuries, the rest are ailments, which wade uses as excuses all the time. Hell, it took him 218 hours to get over the freaking flu. Miraculously, it happened just in time for the Mavs to blow game 3. I take nothing away from Wade, he is a bad ass. But Dirk is a bad ass also. He gets fouled hard, as hard as anyone. He rolls ankles and comes back the next quarter. He gets teeth knocked out and catches them before they hit the ground. Don’t hate on Dirk because you don’t like Cuban.

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    Comment by Rob -

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    Comment by Rob -

  801. Mark, Just thought I’d let you know it’s MAVS day at HM Capital Partners here in Dallas. We’re all wearing our Mavs shirts and colors. We’re the most colorful group in the Crescent Bldg.! Good luck on Sunday! Let’s win the title baby!!🙂

    Comment by Julie -

  802. I would have to say that Mavs fans are as obnoxious as Mark Cuban. Therefore, I pull for the Heat to win.

    Maybe game six should be a Mark Cuban hair night. All of the Mavs fans would receive a free Mark Cuban wig to look and act like a bozo.

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  803. Hey 298. The reason Wade is injured all the time is because he doesn’t have an owner that will throw money at the league everytime one of his players takes a hit. He’s a man, a feeling Dirk will never know.

    http://randyjensenonline.com/blog/?p=46

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  804. “Miami is shaking in their boots at the thought of what awaits them in game 5!”

    WINNER FOR MORON OF THE CENTURY. it is more likely that stack is prayin to be suspended because he knows that if he trys to dunk on shaq that he WILL BE SENT FLYING

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  805. When are you going to start acting reasonably close to your age? Entertaining at first, now you seem more like a silly little boy and your coaches “strategy” (no doubt incubated by you) to beat Miami and Pat Riley is kickin you in the teeth (in case you’ve noticed).

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  806. Wow, I guess Heat fans take the lead from their big man…and only speak up after a win. Where were all these mighty Heat fans a few days ago? LOL. What a joke. Shaq talks and talks after Game 3 and 4. Funny how silent he was a few days earlier. Ditto on Heat fans. Did the Mavs play extremely poorly? Without a doubt. But all you Heat fans have taken a page out of the book many Mavs fans had after game 1 and 2…WAY over-confident after 2 wins. This series is tied. Oh and by the way…what “injury” will D-Wade have in Game 5? Because we’re all dying to know. Tummy ache? Flu? Poked eye? Knee? Migraines? Cancer? Toothache? Hey, he’s a great player…but the way everyone goes over the top about any knick or bruise he has is hilarious. Go Mavs. 2 wins to go.

    Comment by Mark -

  807. It sure is nice to see all of these Miami Heat fans talking smack now that they won a couple. Where were you a few nights ago? They’re acting like it’s over. It’s 2-2, with the final 2 in Dallas. No problem, Dallas will still win this, that’ll sure shut up these fair weathered Heat fans that are coming out of the woodwork.

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  808. It seems that the Heater fans have forgotten that they lost two games….

    Comment by c lock -

  809. Jay

    Not insinuating that in the least, just interested in reading that one. I’m a Mavs fan, but never surprised by some of the things Mark says.

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  810. How to some of you morons triple post. Posting is about the most simplistic thing you can do and so many losers on here(waaaay too many to count) keep triple posting and sometimes quadruple posting.

    Also, about 78% of the people posting here are clearly morons who have no idea about anything from sports to busines. Hell, most of you would proably take Vince Young withther first pick in the NFL draft if you could. that speaks of your intelligence.

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  811. I give props to the Heat for the way they have come back and shown everyone what they are made of….hopefully Dallas will do the same after being humiliated last night. D Wade has made it clear that he is not gonna back down and I have nothing against him for playing great basketball. But on the other hand, O’Neal is nothing more than a thug with a big mouth and I hope he gets knocked on his a$$ a few more times in this series. Way to go STACK!!!!!

    Comment by c lock -

  812. First off, I’m a Heat season ticket holder so I am biased.

    One thing we should all remember (Mark included!) is that we look at the calls from our perspective. As a Heat fan, the non-flagrant on Stackhouse was a joke as well as the rim-hanging technical on Wade. I’m sure the Mavs fans will talk about some of the sharp elbows thrown. They happen to both teams and if it is going to be you want it to be consistently bad.

    One thing I love about being a fan though is we want bad officiating and calls on the other team but hate when it happens to us. I was watching Mark several times last night and he was always looking for a call against the Heat. However, when an obvious no-call happened against the Heat he just was quiet or gave a nod. There is nothing wrong with this! It’s called being a fan and as a diehard fan I love when an owner is a fan as well as an owner.

    As fans we are only going to see the calls that go against us and never remember the ones we get lucky on. The problem here is that the officials are just making too many calls and they are not consistent with them. I can stand officiating that is ‘bad’ as long as it is consistent.

    Also, two thing for both fan groups:

    1) The Mavs are more of a jump shooting team than the Heat. They will get less calls just by the nature of their game. You go to the rack you likely get fouled, you shoot a jump shot and you don’t….end of story.

    2) The Heat packs it low and posts (and hopefully reposts) to Shaq many times down the court. If Shaq kicks it to the open wing and the guy on the wing makes another pass then it is likely going to be three seconds. That’s why we are getting a bunch of turnovers that the Mavs are not.

    GO HEAT!

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  813. Trey,
    Not sure. I began looking into this blog around the second round of the playoffs. I figured the Mavs were the best in the west so why not check up on what they are saying….I guess I was right. Mr. Cuban did in fact say that as well as commented on Shaq’s dwindling talent (I would agree with that but he still changes the game with just his presence). If you’re insinuating that the comment was never made, just ask Mark yourself (via email I guess). I would assume that he would admit it.

    Comment by Jay -

  814. Mark,
    I don’t see why ANYONE rational could hate you. You haven’t hurt anyone. You do good things. I don’t watch basketball (except the last 4 games) but there is a lot of energy flowing around the games. Maybe you can focus on the postive energy headed your way.
    Take care.

    Comment by Praniw -

  815. Hey Mark,

    I know your really busy with the Finals and all, but i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for showing support for Big Ben on Letterman the other night.

    You should come up and check out the all star game this summer!

    Thanks again and good luck in the Finals.

    From Pittsburgh,

    Justin

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  816. It’s all even… 3 game series now. I’ve been to both games down here in Miami, and will be at game 5 as well. I have major respect for the Dallas players, and Coaches but what was that last night? I’ll tell you what it was,
    D-E-F-E-N-S-E! The Mavs made a “nice” run in to close the margin to 11… but as usual the HEAT locked up the hoop and held Dallas to a finals record 7 points in the 4th period. Coming out of Dallas down 2 games the HEAT were perceived by the Dallas media and fans as pretty much cooked… ahhh what a good home cooked meal, rest in their own bed, and of course FLASH has done for this series… Miami is the team with Initiative and Dallas is now Embittered… As one of our loyal HEAT Fans (Jimmy Buffett) once said… Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude. Sure has changed the pulse of the Dallas Media, and Fans. Dallas still have a lock-stepped Victory Parade date? Of Course I know Dallas is still the favorite with at the very most two home games looming… but Shaq could go off for 30 and FLASH will be FLASH… so get ready Dallas because you are now in a HEATed Campaign.

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    Comment by Raul -

  818. Jay, do you know which thread that is in? I’d like to read that one.

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  819. Hey Mark, watched you on Letterman the other night and saw myself. I was one of the loud, rowdy, and proud around the inflatable palm tree holding the Always Believe in Cuban sign during the promo commercial and the NBA Finals Trivia. I cannot figure out how I had a better paint job than any car that Funk Master Flex or Trump owns, but didn’t get into the AAC by decision of the street team- oh well, had fun just being part of the atmosphere. I think it’s great that fans such as myself can have an oppurtunity to attend such a great event by showing enthusiasm and creativity. You said that Big D was going to party big after we win…I work in the family business Auto Art Chrome Designs, which manufacturers the chrome auto emblem for the Mavs Fan Shop and I would love to see the Mavs emblem proudly displayed on the back of every car in Dallas. We should have the Mavs emblem on everything from cars to
    street signs for our celebration. Thanks again for all you do.
    http://www.autoartchromedesigns.com

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  820. [This comment comes after game 4] – Hey Mark, you once posted a comment on your blog which stated that D-Wade was good but he’s no Josh Howard…Are you willing to publicly retract that unintelligent, obviously grossly biased statement? You’re the first to undermine Wade publicly, so maybe you should be the first to say that Wade is better than any player on the Mavs (since your claim to fame is “telling it how it is”). Moreover, I think you should stop going public with your predictions. Your own mouth is starting to make the “intelligent billionaire” not seem so intelligent…haha.GO HEAT!!!

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  821. Mark, I’m a big fan, but I gotta ask, how come you never show up after a loss? Don’t try blaming the refs either. Give some credit to good Heat defense, and accept some responsibility for horrendous shooting by the Mavs…

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  822. Rich

    You’re right, it could have an impact. We survived the Terry suspension though. I still laugh at that one. I mean, he deserved the suspension by the definition of the rule, but Finley said he punched him in the nuts. I’ve never seen a man who got kicked, punched or hell, even had them grazed who was capable of getting straight up and running to an official instead of doubling over in agonizing someones got a vice grip on my sack pain. Thought that was funny.

    And what do you think Mbenga’s role’s gonna be Sunday. FOUL SHAQ HARD, over and over.

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  823. Mark,
    It really hurt to see the team and you last night, but I know we are still going to win in 6, there is no doubt in anyones mind that the boys will bounce back in game 5! Miami is shaking in their boots at the thought of what awaits them in game 5! Keep up all the good work Mark and to all the haters, keep on hating we love it!

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  824. MARK!!!

    you should remind the boys of all the supporters they have back home. Remind them of the ones who are going to the AAC just to watch them on the big screen! The Heat are tough, but our boys are tougher. I’m confident they’ll come back in game 5 and blow us all away.

    GO MAVS!!!

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  825. I’m a mavs fan but man we got beat fair and square. We lost because wade played with incredible passion and dirk played horrible

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  826. Trey,

    You are right about Stack not being a catalyst, however, I am concerned about the mental impact of losing Stack on the rest of the team.

    But we’ll see how Game 5 plays out; hopefully, our boys show up and shut up these Miami folks that are so readily talking trash.

    Go Mavs!!!!!

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  827. The MAVS were shut down game 4. What the hell happened?:-) The Mavericks that showed up the first three games were obviously not in the arena. A 24 point blowout can mean only one thing….they WANTED/planned to coast through two games in Miami to bring it back home. I really believe that Cuban wants the trophy here in Dallas. I just find it hard to believe that the Mavs would shut down so completely and then rest out the reminder of the game on the bench.
    If thats not the case…then what we saw last night was just plain old butchery…..a slaughter.
    The Mavs have proven to inconsistent at times….but never bow down and take such a beating with out making a strong comeback.

    GO MAVS

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  828. Rich,

    Stack isn’t gonna be the Catalyst. I mean, he may come out some night and knock down 20, most nights he’ll get 8 or 10. It has to be Dirk, Terry or Howard, they were horrible last night. Did you see the shot Terry missed in the 3rd, during a semi run where he had a WIDE ASS open lane to the Rim and pulled up for a 7 ft. jumper…CLANK. That said, I’d hate to see a suspension too.

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  829. Good game Miami! It’s definitely the series that everbody outside of Dallas wants to see now! Haha… Who wanted a sweep anyways. But last night we should of had yall in the 4th. But we could’nt convert on them damn turnovers. Dallas was off all night and NO, not becuase of your defense. But becuase Miami took the game to the MAVS and rattled them with physical play. We had tons of high % shots that just wouldn’t fall. But I’m not worried. We always seem to bounce back after these types of games. I just hope AJ gets the boyz ready for a dog fight instead of a tea party. With Wade and the Heats on FIRE, I’m still sticking to my guns. MAVS IN 6! Lets get it done! I just hope it’s not the other way around:)!!

    GO MAVS!!

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  830. Trey,

    I hope you are right about Stack. They can fine him if they want; but don’t suspend him. That might be the straw that broke the camel’s back if they did.

    Rich

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  831. Rich,

    There is not Heat team owner blog. Therefore, they come here. Let them come, no big deal. The series still has to come back to Dallas.

    Mavs fans, the refs DID NOT cost us that game last night. Wanna know what did? How bout the 8:34 stretch last night where the heat scored 4 points, turned the ball over 9 times and commited 9 fouls. Know how many points we shaved off of that lead during that stretch? 7 points. Missed jumpers, a missed Stack DUNK, that’s 2 dunks he’s missed in Miami and Dirk stunk up the joint last night. They defended him pretty well, but he had ALOT of open jumpers and screwed the pooch.

    Miami wanted this game more, you could tell early and they took it. I mean they just flat out outplayed us. As far as the Stack foul, it was a flagrant 1. Not a flagrant 2. He pretty much didn’t go for the ball. Though I can’t see a suspension for that. BTW, anyone else notice Shaq staying true to form and putting that elbow in Dirks jaw early in the 1st?

    Everyone please stop crying about the refs. They suck, we all agree on it. Wah, wah, wah. Play through it. Win in spite of it, don’t use it as a crutch.

    To the Heat Fans, that was impressive. DWade is truly a freakin monster. See y’all Sunday.

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  832. The officiating didn’t help much, but no amount of good calls in the world can offset the lousy shooting the Mavs displayed last night. I was saddened, demoralized watching them play. My girlfriend looked at me and said, “If they’re gonna shoot like this, they deserve to lose.” Harsh, but I couldn’t fault the logic.

    I am hoping that Mark, Avery and the staff get the Mavs heads back in it, get them shooting straight again. Miami, with the exception of Wade, didn’t play a stellar game, either – they just played a little better than the Mavs did.

    I’m a-hopin’ and a-prayin to see the team I’ve come to know and love emerge in Game 5. Because last night wasn’t that team.

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  833. Mark,
    I don’t see why ANYONE rational could hate you. You haven’t hurt anyone. You do good things. I don’t watch basketball (except the last 4 games) but there is a lot of energy flowing around the games. Maybe you can focus on the postive energy headed your way.
    Take care.

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  834. Hi Mark,

    I have to say I disagree with your feelings that Pat Riley was bringing the NBA down with the Knicks in the 90’s.

    How would you coach a team that had Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, Xavier McDaniel and John Starks?

    These aren’t exactly Dirk and Josh Howard type players. These guys were brought up playing in a different era and were all defensive players.

    Riley played to his strengths and cannot be faulted for that. I don’t think it was right to take shots at one of the greatest coaches of all time for coaching the way he did with NY.

    Aside from this incident I think your great for the NBA and would you please buy the Knicks and buy out every player except Lee and Frye. If you want you can trade the entire squad for Eddie House.

    Thanks,

    Frank.

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  835. Naw…Game 4 rightfully belonged to the Heat despite the dirtiness of Shaq and the playground level refereeing. Our boys just flat out didn’t show up.

    But the last time I checked this is a Maverick site. Why is it that Heat fans feel they have the right to come here and talk their trash? I spoke of sportsmanship earlier…where was Shaq’s sportsmanship when he skipped out on the media the other night? Where was his sportsmanship when it was Stack that went to him after the flagrant last night? Obviously Stack is the bigger man by eating the humble pie and making sure things were cool between him and Shaq.

    Sportsmanship is not rubbing people’s faces in their failures (or that of their teams).

    BTW, when Barkley played for the Suns, they had a rep of being dirty just like the Raiders in the NFL.

    Shaq is no better.

    The only game that the refs truly affected the outcome is Game 3. They overlooked the D-Wade foul that would have taken him out of the game and thwarted the comeback. Precious time was lost on the game clock that might have also affected the outcome either way. The refs just flat out suck in this series (especially in Miami).

    As for Stack, the NBA would be doing a disservice to the Finals by suspending him. It was a hard foul (I don’t agree that it was flagrant) but even under these circumstances, it would be an injustice to both teams to suspend Stack for just playing hard basketball.

    I want the MAVS to win, but will be glad for Gary Payton if the Heat win. I have been a long time fan of the Glove since he was with Seattle. I am from Tacoma, WA and Seattle will always be my #1 team. The Glove is one of the best ever to play in Seattle and it would be a shame to see him retire without a ring (just not at the expense of the Mavs, though). Next year, GP.

    Rich

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  836. Oh please, Goltz (post 263). There were more fouls called on Miami than the Mavs – at their place. Haslem had five fouls called against him in under 18 minutes – and with Miami’s best defender on the bench most of the game Dirk still went 2-14. Not to mention all the rediculous offensive foul calls against the Heat in the third quarter.

    Dirk just set the ALL TIME PLAYOFF RECORD FOR FREE THROW ATTEMPTS IN A SINGLE YEAR. You have the nerve to whine about officiating with that stat in the books?

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  837. javier,
    That’s all a bunch of crap, Mark doesn’t own a boat. He said that today on ESPN.

    Mark doesn’t do boats, he does private jets and helicopters. You’ve got Dallas fans in Miami darlin’.

    Love it or hate it, Dallas in 5!!! hahahaha! The jokes on you!

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  838. Hate you? Hate is a pretty strong word, Mark. By making that statement, you make it obvious that you strive on controversy. Why not do something more productive with your life and your money? You DO realize that you are one of very few billionaires who does not fund a major philanthropic effort – and no, don’t call that 1 million dollar contribution to the Fallen patriot Fund a contribution. The fund is admirable, but your 1 million is a JOKE and you should be ashamed of yourself. Get over your self-worth Cuban – you are not that notable or newsworthy (as much as you want to be). But hey, you won’t read this anyway – how sad for you…

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