Dallas Mavericks Want Their Championship Rings

Mark Cuban seems to be the only person in the Mavs’ organization who’s against title rings; everyone else wants that piece of gaudy jewelry on their finger next season. From the AP: “We’ve got to talk to him about that,’ said Dirk Nowitzki, the Finals MVP. ‘I don’t think the last word has been spoken yet. We know he always wants to do something different, something bigger. But the ring is just so classic. I think I would vote for a ring. I mean, I’m a man. I don’t know how I’d feel about a bracelet.’ Donnie Nelson, the president of basketball operations, even made a bold offer. ‘I’ll pay for them,’ he said. ‘Now, they might have to be plastic.’ … Jason Kidd, the team’s elder statesman at 38, jokingly took offense to Cuban calling the concept of rings old-fashioned. ‘I’m old-fashioned,’ Kidd said … ‘As a player and a historian of the game, you want the ring,’ Terry said. ‘You look at the Sports Illustrated cover of Bill Russell holding those rings. You’ve seen Phil Jackson’s rings. You want that ring. That means a lot. That’s a thing you can go to your grave with.’ … ‘I don’t know what he’s thinking,’ Carlisle said, laughing. ‘You win an NBA championship, you’ve got to have a ring.'”