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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban owner gets bleeped, may nix championship rings


Which way to the clubs? (Wilfredo Lee / AP)
Here’s what Mark Cuban was up to after the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship: He got bleeped in an ESPN interview, went clubbing with the trophy and team, said that championship rings are “old school,” did a little tweeting and then spooned with the O’Brien trophy as he went off to dreamland.

First, the bleep. The Mavs’ oft-fined owner had been uncharacteristically quiet during the Finals and finally de-muzzled himself, offering a “shhh” to Miami Heat fans. Unfortunately, in his conversation with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, he added a couple of letters to that and caused the bleepmaster to spring into action.

That aside, he raised a valid point.

“As much as our fans are maligned, this and that, our fans just punked the [stuffing] out of the Miami fans, you know? I mean, literally, that’s the only way you can say it,” Cuban said. “We had fans here -- Miami’s a great city; I love Miami -- but at the same time. We had our fans yelling ‘Let’ go Mavs’ louder. I mean, it was crazy. The first bucket that the Mavs scored, we turned around ... we knew there were fans, but they were loud and they were challenging the Heat fans. I give a lot of credit for Mavs fans. It made a big difference. It gave us that little feeling of a home game.”

Cuban apparently had given some thought to just what he’d do if his team won a title and a big, giant, ridirkulous championship ring may not be in the offing.

“I’ll tell you something, I might not get rings,” Cuban said. “Rings are old school. ... It’s like the Fab Five [said with a nod toward Chris Webber]. Everybody had short shorts, then they didn’t have short shorts.”

There has to be something, right? Cuban wasn’t saying. “You’ve seen it before, there’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings, and I’m like, ‘Rings are done.’ it’s time to take it to the next level.” Cuban said.

After that, Cuban and the Mavs took the O’Brien Trophy clubbing on South Beach and then he tweeted a little.

thank you to the Mavs nation. You made this happen. #wowless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

this will sound weird. Im laying in bed. with the trophy next me.#dreamcometrueless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Probably a good thing he spared us the photo.

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