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I don’t think you could ask for a better owner than Mark Cuban. If you’re a coach or a player and you’re a serious coach and serious player about winning, he’s committed to that process. Now, are there certain instances along the way you would say, 'Hey, I wish the guy would take a backseat?' I’m sure there is if you worked for him. But, you have to take the whole package and his entire package is unquestionable, one of the top owners in all of sports, not just basketball.
I don’t believe, though, that him not speaking last year had anything to do with them winning it all. When they were down 15 in Game 2 [to Miami] to go down 2-0, I don’t think him not talking for a while had anything to do with them coming back. Down 2-1 and going into Game 4, I don’t think that had anything to do with him not speaking along the way.
He did hire the right guy in Rick Carlisle; Rick Carlisle’s been an outstanding coach. They made great personnel decisions, getting [Shawn] Marion and Tyson Chandler, keeping [J.J.] Barea to form that nucleus; and now I give them a lot of credit where they’re under pressure to overspend for their own free agents, to quote, defend their title -- which there really isn’t anything like that, this is not WWE wrestling, although in the last week or two it appears that we’re [the NBA's] inching that way – I would say that I like their basketball courage to stay disciplined financially to try to keep as much cap room open for the free-agent stars that are coming available next year.
Does that mean they’ll get any of them? Absolutely not, but to get Lamar Odom for nothing and to still retain some financial flexibility, I think they’ve done very, very well. I’m very impressed with their discipline in this period of frenzy.