I can’t explain why it is I like Mark Cuban. I usually don’t like incredibly lucky people who have more money than I do and can do whatever they want. Still, there’s something inherently likable about a billionaire who has a blog and posts entries like
“I suck.” It was a long night for me. I guess I have to apologize to all Mavs fans for last nightÃ¢€™s game. I took the Hawks too lightly. I thought I could prove to myself that superstitions are ridiculous. I thought of any game, this was the game where I didnÃ¢€™t have to wear the right shirt. I didnÃ¢€™t have to stop at 7-Eleven and get my two sugar-free Red Bulls and Diet Mountain Dew.
I tried to right the wrong at halftime when we were way down by changing shirts. It wasnÃ¢€™t enough.
It was a tough lesson, but I learned once again to never underestimate an NBA opponent.
And this is fairly amusing, too:
David Leibowitz: Did you ever think that you would be where youÃ¢€™re sitting today?
Mark Cuban: Yeah, I always did (laughs). Of course not. A lot of things have got to happen. First and foremost, youÃ¢€™ve got to work hard, but more importantly you have to be lucky. ThereÃ¢€™s no way I could have predicted that the Internet stock market was going to go nuts. But when the stock went nuts, I wasnÃ¢€™t stupid enough to turn my head on it.
Leibowitz: You hear about the dot-com bubble having burst. I did the math and it seems like all the dot-com money from the 90s and the late-80s, you actually have it.
Cuban: So whatÃ¢€™s your point?
Leibowitz: How do you deal with e-mails from people who are very upset? As a talk radio show, occasionally we get angry listeners. IÃ¢€™m never quite sure what to do with them. What do you do?
Cuban: IÃ¢€™ll read them and see if itÃ¢€™s valid. I get a lot of e-mails from Sacramento Kings fans and theyÃ¢€™re really well thought out (laughter). And right behind them are Lakers fans. Phoenix fans are very literate. I can tell theyÃ¢€™re from Sacramento because they say, Ã¢€œYou suckÃ¢€ twice. I can tell theyÃ¢€™re from L.A. because they say, Ã¢€œYou suckÃ¢€ once. IÃ¢€™ll read them and then IÃ¢€™ll hit the delete key. If somebody has something valid that theyÃ¢€™ve thought out, then IÃ¢€™ll respond in the same manner.
I get some of the craziest e-mails. Ã¢€œMy truck is the wrong color. Will you give me money to paint it?Ã¢€ You would be shocked. And those you just kind of flip through. But I do read them and then I hit delete.
I believe you, Mark. I get e-mails like that and I make a little less money than you do.
(Hat tip: Jeff Jarvis)