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It's a lift for the franchise, too. This celebration 31 years in the making was savored by hundreds of Mavericks fans, despite being halfway across the country. They stood in their blue shirts chanting "Let's Go Mavs."
Franchise founder Donald Carter -- wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, the one that used to be part of the team's logo -- accepted the trophy from commissioner David Stern at Cuban's request.
That's right, Cuban willingly avoided the dramatic moment of taking the Larry O'Brien Trophy from his frequent sparring partner, Stern.
Cuban took the high road. It was a classy gesture in keeping with his willingness to avoid being part of the story line to this postseason.
But once the big ceremony was done, out came the Mark Cuban most sports fans remember.
He swore in multiple TV interviews to emphasize how proud he was of his team's fans. He walked into a postgame news conference talking on the phone, hung up and hollered, "Did anybody inform you guys, we're the world champions?!" On his way out, he took the trophy with him and declared it was spending the night in his room.
"You know, I probably won't even shower for six months," Cuban said, laughing. "My biggest fear is that I can't remember every little part of it, every emotion, every feeling that I went through as the clock was winding down. ... I was just hoping I could just do an emotional videotape of myself and just keep it. So that's my biggest hope and fear that I'll be able to feel this forever."
Now that he was talking again, Cuban explained why he censored himself throughout series against the Lakers, Thunder and Heat.
"It didn't make any sense to say anything," he said, reciting the litany of questions he knew would surround each series. "The quieter I got, the more we won. I didn't want to break the karma."
Not that he thought there was a correlation between his silence and the team's success.
"Do you really think these guys are going to play any harder or less hard because of what I say?" he said. "That's disrespectful. They put it on the line. They didn't care if I was naked at every game. They were going to go out there and play as hard as they could."
They sure did. And now they have a shiny gold trophy to show for it.
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