MC: I'm not a soccer guy.
DP: But you're a money guy.
MC: Yeah, but I've got to love what I'm doing. That's the benefit of having money. I get to pick and choose.
DP: Do you have final call on draft day?
MC: Absolutely. Simply because all the scouts and [coaches and front office] can't always make a decision. When it's unanimous, it's easy. But if it's a toss-up, I'm the arbiter.
DP: The WNBA started allowing teams to put sponsor logos on their game jerseys. How far away are we from seeing that in the NBA?
MC: We already know we're whores, it's just a question of how much. If somebody gave me enough money, I could convince [the league]. But it can't be $100,000. If someone says $5 million for the year, they'd have to look long and hard, and I think I could convince them.
DP: What about the fan blowback?
MC: It'd be a media hassle, because all the traditionalists would use this as ammunition to write their articles, and it'd be forgotten in 33 days. But [fans] realize the more that comes in from advertising, the more realistic ticket prices can be. And particularly with the economy the way it is, fans are a lot smarter about the economics of sports.
DP: What's going on with Dirk Nowitzki? [His fiancée was found to have a criminal record and was arrested at his home last month on theft charges.]