by Craig Kwasniewski
"From a business perspective, it's great for the NBA. It's reality television, people love train-wreck television and you hate to admit it, but that is the truth, that's the reality today. Notoriety sells in this day and age… I can't think of anyone who is going through a legal problem who doesn't get high attention. Is that cold-blooded? Yeah. But it is bottom-line reality."
With news that the SEC Charged Cuban today with insider trading the upcoming trial might be “great for the NBA” but that's not where the quote comes from.
Instead it was "The Benefactor" himself, Mark Cuban, speaking about Kobe’s rape trial during an interview with Access Hollywood's Pat O'Brien. (Cocaine and insider trading, man I wish I was a fly on the wall between takes!)
Will the trial be great for the NBA? Is it great to see one of the more successful owners on and off the court in professional sports go to jail? Did Mark Cuban become the Bruce McNall of the NBA? And will Kobe chase down Pat O'Brien at Promises and give his take on the trial?
I'm not sure... all I know is that professional sports and the NBA loses if Mark Cuban disappears from the scene. And given his relationship with David Stern, it's all but guaranteed.
If the third quarter of Game 3 on the 2006 NBA Finals can be construed as the peak of the Mark Cuban Era in the NBA then today is rock-bottom.