At long last, the Dallas Mavericks will soon receive their 2010-11 NBA championship rings. This gives an idea of what the general design look like (presumably without the Stanley Cup design, Blackhawks logo, and words “Stanley Cup”), while for the sake of comparison to the last set of championship rings given out, check here.
But we’re not interested so much in what the rings will actually be so much as what they could have been…or, more specifically, what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd wanted them to be. The veteran stars, after deciding on what they wanted, went to owner Mark Cuban with their request…for rings that cost between $150,000 and $200,000 each. Cuban, though, had a convenient excuse for why he couldn’t spend that much:
“I’m like, ‘OK, you do know the NBA has a limit on how much we can spend, right?’ And it’s not 150 grand, trust me,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to tell you the exact amount but it’s nowhere near. The NBA, because they don’t want salary cap violations, puts a limit on how much you can spend on any given ring for any player.”
It’s too bad – if the league didn’t have that rule in place, Cuban probably would have done it. He’s never been shy about spending – Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer noted “Cuban’s elaborate locker room facilities and perks,” which got him some attention early in his Mavs tenure. And it’s not like he doesn’t have the money: when you’re worth over $2 billion, what’s shelling out a couple million on some gaudy jewelry?
Really, we think Kidd and Nowitzki might have done their owner a favor. Have you seen what Cuban’s been putting his money into lately? Maybe those extra ring costs would have made him a little less comfortable with that investment. And, well, let’s just say we’re not sure that would have been the worst thing in the world.