As we enter the season of NBA playoffs, Suns fans are glued to the Suns/Lakers series, as well as the Mavericks/Nuggets series. Arguably, the most entertaining part of the playoffs (besides betting whether my guy, Pat Burke, will get any minutes) is watching Mark Cuban. While clearly an uber-successful entrepreneur, he is a crazy person. He is, in fact, the ultimate Momzilla.
For those of you who do not know about Mark Cuban, he is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Rather than eating gourmet noshes and using the private restroom in a skybox like most NBA owners, Mark Cuban sits directly behind the bench, with the team. He feels that they need him there. I mean, obviously, world-class basketball players couldn't possibly figure out how to play the game without the presence of a dot.com winner. Not only does he think he is a coach and, apparently, spiritual leader, he argues with the officials in the game and generally makes things harder for the team. He is crazy.
Now, I will admit that Suns owner Robert Sarver also doesn't sit in a box. He sits courtside wearing a Suns jersey with a giant foam #1 finger. However, he sits on the opposite side of the court and cheers for his team. He never coaches, and never yells at the officials. He is no Momzilla. He is a Superfan, and we're lucky to have him.
Can you imagine if Mark Cuban ever had a kid who skated? As I type this, it occurs to me that if Mark Cuban was a skating parent, he would already have the crazy game won. He already does it with basketball. Yes, he would be the parent who sneaks into the coach's box during practice ice, terrorizes other children and parents, stalks judges, and generally wreaks havoc. Given that he can afford to buy an NBA team, can you imagine the coaching and costumes that he would buy for his child? It makes me smile/grimace to just think about it.
I encourage you to watch the Dallas series and witness it for yourself. Mark Cuban is the ultimate Momzilla. As it turns out, he has a young daughter. Word to the wise, Dallas skating fans. Keep a close eye out in case she wants to be a skater.