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Here’s Bill Hupp on Mark Cuban’s first title…

On the night he won his first NBA Championship as owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban will be best remembered not for haranguing refs or delivering a controversial quote, but rather for a simple, classy gesture.

It would have completely understandable if Cuban had chosen to soak up a moment he had no doubt dreamed of, the time when his longtime nemesis, NBA commissioner David Stern, handed him the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy. Instead, the current team owner nudged the original team owner to the forefront of the stage, insisting 78-year-old Donald Carter be the first to clutch the beloved hardware.

It seems almost ridiculous to insinuate that a man who is nearly 53 years old finally matured after more than a decade of owning his hometown team, but maybe “wisened up” is the more accurate phrase.

Ever the pot-stirrer, the thorn in Stern’s side, Cuban had gone noticeably silent during the playoffs, neither speaking to the media nor posting on his blog since April 12. The owner, like his team, came into the 2011 Finals flying under the radar.

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Mark Cuban is an innovator, this much we know. As far as I can tell, he invented high definition televisions, radio over the Internet and Twitter, making him a billionaire a few times over. As such, he can’t do something boring like championship rings. So he’s doing something different. From Eye On Basketball:

“I might not get rings,” the Mavs’ billionaire owner told NBATV. “Rings are old school. You’ve seen it before: There’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.’”

Fair enough, Mr. Blingy Rings. But what will he do instead? Here are some suggestions.

Crowns — Not only is a crown the all-time most boss way of proclaiming your greatness, this is also a great way to mock LeBron James. That’s one of Mark Cuban’s favorite things, so this is a very likely ring substitute.

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You have probably been wondering what’s the dillio with your favorite NBA players and/or owners with regards to how they stay hydrated and what they do when they have become sufficiently hydrated. That is a totally normal thing to worry about, so no big deal.

But enough about wondering — let’s get in to some hot hydration talk. First up, LeBron James, who is very thirsty. From ESPN (via PBT):

James has a new sidekick these days — a gallon jug filled with water that he tugs around just about wherever he goes. James vows to drink those fluids every day during the playoffs, usually before practices, and even after games start. It is a routine he began several years ago in the postseason, an effort to increase hydration.

“Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat,” James said Thursday morning as he grabbed his jug, by then about 60 percent empty, on his way to the Heat’s bus following shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center.

“It’s not always easy to drink it all but I think it helps.”

Cool. Good to know that LeBron is really thirsting for a championship. That after a seven-year championship drought, he’s planted the seeds of success and is now watering them and watching them bloom. Other water puns of this nature.

But really, Nike should file away “Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat” for a future ad campaign, because that is just a golden explosion of veteran savvy. And speaking of golden explosions — that’s what we call a segue in the blog biz — here’s Mark Cuban’s latest run-in with drinking stuff. From ESPN, but a different part:

It was an ominous defeat for a franchise that has suffered its share, including the infamous Game 3 debacle in the 2006 Finals to the Miami Heat. Less than seven minutes away from taking a 3-0 lead, Dallas coughed up a 13-point cushion and lost four consecutive games.

Back then, Dwyane Wade did the damage. Saturday night it was Portland guard Brandon Roy, who scored 18 points in the remarkable fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 39.2 seconds to play. Cuban left his seat behind the bench soon after, but he said he didn’t leave out of disgust, but rather a full bladder after drinking several Diet Cokes.

“Trust me, emotions didn’t have anything to do with it,” Cuban said. “You can ask the lady who was feeding me Cokes.”

There you go. Mark Cuban didn’t skip out on the Mavs because he was sad they were blowing a big lead, it was because he had to make some yellow. Understandable, even if that’s a classic case of bad bladder management. Everyone knows you have to go peeps before the fourth quarter so you don’t miss anything good. Come on, Mark Cuban. That is not the kind of leadership your team needs. Get it together, man.

Now you are all up-to-date on the latest and greatest drinking/peeing news in the NBA. Thanks for enjoying this valuable update. Come back next week when we talk about poops.

“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is turning into a mentor for The Situation. The other night, he was spotted giving Mike Sorrentino some advice over dinner at a Meatpacking District eatery where The Sitch and his business partners had their eyes ‘glued on Mark’ and ‘were hanging on Mark’s every word,’ a spy reports. [...] Cuban told us, ‘I wasn’t sure what to expect when he wanted to meet, but he is really into the business side of things. [Sorrentino] had a ton of questions about running his businesses, branding, and how to invest his money.’”New York Post

The worlds of sports and entertainment intersect so often these days that it’s rarely news unless your favorite NBA podcast somehow turns in to a television show. We’re so used to basketball players being actors that happen to be in dance competitions that we kind of forget that it didn’t used to be that way. Once upon a time the NBA was hardly on TV, which is kind of hard to fathom in today’s day and age.

Sometimes, though, something will happen that will shake you to your core and force you to remember that this is a strange, strange world that we live in. It has to be something so off-the-wall that you’d never predict it in a million years, otherwise it can get lost in all the stories of basketballers trying to be rappers. It has to be something like Mark Cuban owing Don Johnson $50 million because of “Nash Bridges.” From the Hollywood Reporter:

Among those who must pay Don Johnson his $51.7 million in “Nash Bridges” money are billionaires Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner and their 2929 Entertainment, the actor’s representatives said.

A judge ruled late Thursday that it was Cuban and Wagner’s 2929, along with Rysher Entertainment and investment firm Qualia Capital — operated by Amir Malin and Ken Shapiro — that should foot the bill for money owed the actor stemming from his partial ownership of “Nash,” a TV series he co-created in 1995. [...]

“‘Nash Bridges’ was my idea,” Johnson said Friday. “Mark Cuban’s company and Qualia took all the profits from the show’s syndication. I feel vindicated that Rysher, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia are all being held responsible.”

Yep, that’ll do it — a billionaire NBA team owner owing a washed-up television star $50 million for a lightly-regarded TV show that hasn’t broadcast a new episode since 2001. That’s the sort of thing that makes Louis Armstrong write a song like “What A Wonderful World.” Even if you were playing Mad Libs, you wouldn’t come up with something like this.

Questions remain, though. For instance, why would someone brag so much about coming up with “Nash Bridges?” And how many people are watching this show in syndication that it would make this much money, nine years after its last episode? And, of course, how did one of the minds behind “LOST” — Carlton Cuse — help create a shlocky cop dramedy like “Nash Bridges?”

Oh, one more, what the heck is “Nash Bridges?” Any help would be appreciated.