“I bet you didn’t know that he was a great businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks,” Mark Cuban said, referring to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “Not a lot of people do.”
At first, I laughed. But then I remembered how passionate the owner of the Dallas Mavericks is about the game. For instance, in December, when the NBA lockout stalled negotiations between the owners and players, Jerry Jones threw himself into the fray, going on the radio to declare his personal opposition to the owners’ demands.
What I found out from him was that Jerry was really into his game, which put him at odds with the other owners. And as an owner, Jerry is one of the greatest in the NBA.
“What kind of business does he run?” I asked Mark Cuban. “Not what you think.
His favorite motto? “Greatness comes from doing the right thing.” In the sports arena, that’s a good motto to live by.
“He tells me all the time,” I told him, “that the business is more than making money. The business is also about giving something back to your team, your organization, your fans, to the community. That’s what makes him different from a lot of business owners.” I don’t think I made it very clear, but I figured he understood.
Mark Cuban is one of the greatest Americans of our time. We were able to spend some time together recently in New York City.
Cuban has already been quoted as saying that he is probably better than Bill Gates. I can understand why he would say that.
Bill Gates has had all the success in his life because he got rich by creating software and inventing computers. And, as a result, he was able to save enough money to send his son to Harvard University.
Mark Cuban has seen his life changed because he has used his own cash and smarts to buy the Dallas Mavericks. He sees it as a way to make a difference in the lives of others.
I know Mark Cuban well. I used to make bets with him that he wouldn’t make the playoffs last year.