Mark Cuban plays nice with San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who might be the most despised man in San Antonio, is trying to play nice during this playoff series.

Cuban infamously referred to one of San Antonio’s most popular tourist destinations as the “ugly-ass, muddy-watered thing they call a River Walk” during the epic 2006 Western Conference semifinals between the Mavs and Spurs. He’s taken several verbal jabs at San Antonio and the River Walk in the years since then.

But Cuban was lobbing verbal bouquets before Game 1 at the AT&T Center.

“I couldn’t ask for a better view out of my hotel room,” Cuban said, smirking.

Did the water look clean?

“I’m assuming it was pristine,” Cuban said. “It was dark, so it was hard to say, but I saw people with straws.”

Cuban has admittedly enjoyed riling up San Antonio citizens over the years. Asked why he was being so politically correct, Cuban cracked, “Because I’ve come to realize that [the media] gets the greatest benefit out of it.”

Let the games begin.