The Trib has a good feature on Mark Cuban, the loud Dallas Mavericks owner whose team just won an NBA championship and who, by the way, grew up in Mt. Lebanon.â†µ
"When he was up there saying that stuff about being happiest for Nowitzki and the Dallas fans ... I honestly believe there was a different sense of satisfaction than he would have had in 2006," said Jerry Katz, a childhood friend of Cuban's dating to Mt. Lebanon's Hoover Elementary School.â†µ
"He's always been brash, but he's also always been very caring and sincere. More of that side of Mark came through this time around."â†µ
There's nothing like a championship to improve a guy's public image, but Cuban has never been a villain to me. In fact, to Pirates fans, he's a bit of a folk hero. A few years ago, he indicated he was interested in buying the team. That was never going to happen, but a lot of Pirates fans wished it would, hoping he would boost their payroll. Could he have done to the Pirates what he did with the Mavericks? Probably not - Major League Baseball doesn't have a salary cap, so he would have probably run into the same problems Bob Nutting has now, not wanting to pour tens of millions of his own money into a team until it has the core of a contender in place. But it's fun to dream. Cuban once tried to purchase the Penguins too.â†µ
Anyway, congratulations to one of Pittsburgh's own.