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Not that the games don't matter deeply to him. In fact, the Mavs have been created in Cuban's image: hypercompetitive and irritating to outsiders. There's Johnson's pepper-pot persona, 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki's dour efficiency, forward Josh Howard's desperate pursuit of every loose ball, point guard Jason (Jet) Terry's ritual of running around the court with arms spread, like, um, a jet. When Terry gave Spurs swingman Michael Finley a shot to the groin in the Western semis, Finley, a bedrock for nine seasons in Dallas before the Mavs waived him, was cast by his ex-team as the bad guy. Cuban is now focused, unapologetically, on creating a Texas-sized rivalry between the Mavs and the San Antonio Spurs because he believes that bad blood is the lifeblood of a league. "Hopefully I'll be able to help jazz up the Mavericks and the Spurs, and we'll meet for multiple years," says Cuban. "People will think there is hatred between Finley and Jason, and between me and the city of San Antonio. If we can keep on growing that, we have a good future." What other owner would admit that?
THE MAVS CAN'T
Posted Jun 4, 2006, 11:17 PM ET
? The Mavs CAN'T play Defense.
? The Mavs CAN'T play a half court game.
? The Mavs CAN'T get past the first round
? The Mavs CAN'T beat <fill in a team here> because <fill in an excuse here>
? Dirk CAN'T play against smaller defenders
? Dirk CAN'T take the ball to the basket