Quieter Cuban Celebrates Mavs' Title

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI -- Mark Cuban's zipped lips resulted in a championship, and when it was time for his old nemesis David Stern to hand him the shiny gold trophy, this was his big chance to say anything he wanted.

So, what did he do?

He stood behind a 78-year-old man and let him take center stage, a reward for Donald Carter having founded the team 31 long years ago.

Meet the new, humble Cuban - the one who also is an NBA champion.

Cuban hadn't spoken publicly since winning the Western Conference championship, when he proclaimed "We ain't done yet!" Once he stepped to the microphone, in a voice scratchy from screaming and choked with emotion, he talked about being happy for his players, complimenting them for having "so much heart, so much determination."


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