In the last 15 years, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined more times than any other NBA owner.
He’s hoping for one more.
Longtime NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire on Feb. 1, and Cuban is hoping that the man who has levied so many fines at him over the years will hand down one more for the road.
"We talk about it all the time," Cuban said. "I'm going to have one final fine before he leaves."
Stern has hit Cuban with at least 19 league fines which have cost him more than $1.8 million.
Cuban still holds the 30-year NBA commish in high regard.
"One reason that I truly respect David is that he followed the rules," Cuban said. "He didn't want to be king. He wanted to be successful and make the NBA successful. He was less concerned with his legacy than with creating results for the NBA. He knows that the results will stand the test of time and define his legacy."
Longtime deputy Adam Silver will take over for Stern when he retires.
"I don't think it'll be hard," Cuban said, "and that's a compliment to David. There aren't 50 things that you have to fix. What's gonna happen with the next TV deal? What's gonna happen with the franchises that need new arenas? What's gonna happen with expansion? There are challenges, but they're obvious. David has left things in a good position."
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