Monday, April 23, 2012
Mark Cuban isn't committing to playoff silence
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS – Mark Cuban enjoyed the Mavericks’ championship run mostly in public silence last year.
The NBA’s most visible owner suddenly stopped doing interviews midway through the Mavs’ Western Conference semifinals sweep of the Lakers and pretty much avoided microphones and tape recorders until after sipping champagne in Miami. The only exceptions were a “We believe” comment after dethroning the two-time defending champions and briefly addressing the American Airlines Center crowd after the Mavs punched their ticket to the Finals, saying the job wasn’t finished yet.
Some would argue that the often controversial Cuban zipping his lip helped the Mavs a year ago. So will he shut up for the postseason again?
“It just depends on where my superstition takes me,” Cuban said. “That’s the only reason I shut up before.”
It wouldn’t be a stunner if Rick Carlisle and/or Dirk Nowitzki privately tried to give Cuban’s superstition a gentle nudge into postseason silence again.