Mark Cuban: Headcase or Great Owner?

Taylor GramAnalyst IJuly 13, 2008

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and proudly shows it as he rushes onto the court because of officials, or rants and raves about other players and head coaches. Everybody knows him. The question remains, is he a head case or a great owner?

Cuban made his money from starting a computer software company Micro Solutions, and sold it for $6 million. He later started and sold it to Yahoo for $5.9 billion, that's right billion. From then on it was all an entrepreneur trying to make money.

He bought the Mavericks in 2000 and instantly raised their scoring percentage, and placed them among the league elite for all the rest of the seasons to come. He acquired coach Don Nelson, who drastically turned around the franchise. He was first frowned upon when he got Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, but later called brilliant when they both won MVPs.

Cuban is known for his short fuse and harsh temper towards referees. He sat alongside the Mavs before he was banned, when the NBA put into place the Cuban rule, where an owner cannot sit on the team bench.

Guess the one person effected by this? That's right Mark Cuban. How did he solve the problem? Sitting behind the team bench that's how.

During games, Cuban will rush the floor and get into screaming matches with officials, and later get fined for his behavior. But as I see it, this shows how much he cares.

On April Fool's, he and a referee planned to fake a shoving match on the court to entertain fans.  He even started a booing campaign when Michael Finley took the floor as a San Antonio Spur in their playoff series in Dallas.

If he was just another billionaire owner that may come to some games during the season, he would just sit in a luxurious press box, above the court. They let GMs hire and fire coaches, release and sign free agents and do everything an owner would do, except make the money.

Mark Cuban works hard for his beloved Mavs and will spend any kind of money to see them win. I mean he pays Eric Dampier $11 million a year!

What you probably don't know is that every penny he gets fined he matches and gives to charities. He once criticized the manager of officials and told him he couldn't manage a Dairy Queen. He later worked at a Dairy Queen on his own will to apologize.

So love him or hate him, Mark Cuban gives a 110 percent to the Mavs and their fans. Sure he gets a little hot headed at times, but in the end he is one of the best owners of the league.