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Silence is golden for Cuban

By Laurie Bennett

June 13, 2011 at 9:14am

It’s a good day to be Mark Cuban.

You can’t say that every day.

The 52-year-old owner of the Dallas Mavericks has a mouth that gets him into expensive trouble. League fines have been so frequent that they’re hardly newsworthy.

Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban

But he held his tongue during the playoffs, explaining later: “It didn’t make any sense to say anything. The quieter I got, the more we won.”

The strategy must have helped. On Sunday night, Cuban won his first NBA championship.

He embraced the win with enthusiasm and grace, crediting coach Rick Carlisle, praising the players and the fans, and asking that the trophy be handed first to former team owner Don Carter.

Cuban became a billionaire in 2000, when Yahoo bought the company he co-founded, Broadcast.com, for $5.7 billion. He paid $280 million for the Mavs the same year.

Cuban, who blogs and tweets about the team, clearly considers it more than an investment.

“This will sound weird,” he tweeted Monday. “Im laying in bed. with the trophy next me.#dreamcometrue”

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