Dallas Mavericks: 10 Most Memorable Mark Cuban Moments

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IISeptember 20, 2012

Dallas Mavericks: 10 Most Memorable Mark Cuban Moments

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    It is fair to say that billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has provided fans with some memorable moments over the years.

    Besides the fact that Cuban clearly knows how to manage his money, he can be best thought of as the Dennis Rodman of owners.

    He's unfiltered, unpredictable and unapologetic with a passion that is unquestioned.

    Cuban is usually good about reminding people of his maverick-like behavior on a consistent basis.

    While it would be too long to look at every lasting memory that Cuban has ever blessed us with, we are going to take a look at his top 10 moments.

No. 10: What Did the Gatorade Jug Do to Him?

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    In this playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, Cuban finally picked a fight he could win—against an inanimate object.

    As Hall of Fame player and my TNT colleague Reggie Miller alludes to, Cuban tried taking his anger out on the Gatorade jug.

No. 9: Cuban Speaks Candidly About David Stern

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    Cuban has never been one to be politically correct; he certainly doesn't pull any punches. 

    In this interview about NBA commissioner David Stern, the Mavericks owner doesn't hold back on his opinions.

    This unfiltered interview really captures Cuban's ability to sound off and not back down from the difficult questions.

    Honesty to a fault maybe? 

No. 8: Block Party

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    You knew that when the 2010 NBA All-Star game came to Dallas, Mark Cuban was going to find a way to be center of attention.

    Unfortunately for Cuban, this attention was embarrassing.

    At the No. 8 moment, Chris Tucker rejects the Mavericks owner at the celebrity All-Star game.

    Tucker helps remind Cuban that he should stick to his day job—signing checks and yelling at referees from the stands. 

No. 7: Cuban Tears Up

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    Every Cuban moment can't be funny, crazy or irrational.

    Here was the Mavericks owner peeling away his bravado, and showing his appreciation at the press conference for Dirk Nowitzki's MVP Award.

    This speech had made-for-tv movie written all over it.

No 6: The Stare

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    Cuban always let you know what he was thinking, especially in this moment.

    Before Avery Johnson was shown the door in Dallas, he found himself on the wrong end of Cuban's intent look of utter disappointment and annoyance.


No. 5: April Fools?

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    Besides Cuban, what other sports owner would pull off an April fools joke, and in the middle of a game no less?

    Times up, the answer is nobody. 

    Maybe this is just how billionaires roll, but this little act lands Cuban at No. 5 in our countdown.

No. 4: WWE Appearance

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    In 2003, Mark Cuban was featured in the memorable WWE Survivor Series at his American Airlines Arena.

    This was a very special night for Cuban's fans and haters as Randy Orton did to Cuban what many NBA referees wish they could do.

    Cuban playing Dallas-area host, made a lot of peoples' dreams come true that night. 

    For another memorable WWE Cuban moment, this one doesn't disappoint either.

No. 3: The Mambo and the Tango?

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    Mark Cuban has conquered the business and the sports world, but nobody will forget his 2007 attempt to rule the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars.

    While on the show, Cuban finally found something he couldn't turn into a success.

    Another huge reason why this moment ranked so high is because Cuban was apparently trying to trade for Kobe Bryant during the filming of the show.

    About a month ago, Cuban told a radio show in Dallas how it all almost went down that summer. Via the Dallas Morning News

    “When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,” Cuban explained on the Ben and Skin Show on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. “Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.”

No. 2: The Champs

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    We can't have a Mark Cuban countdown without seeing him celebrate the championship he brought to Dallas in June of 2011.

    While there will always be haters, this moment vindicated Cuban and all his crazy antics over the years. 

Cuban's No. 1 Most Memorable Moment

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    To date, Cuban's most unforgettable moment came when he used the ESPN First Take stage to blast the media for how they cover sports.

    He used this platform to bully members of the media (specifically Skip Bayless) for reporting in generalities.

    While it sounded a lot like sour grapes on Cuban's end, this likely won't be the last or the most outrageous moment we witness from this "Maverick".

    Stay tuned.

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