Happiest man alive “Mark Cuban”

MIAMI — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said championship parades and title rings just aren’t his style, but the 2010-11 NBA champions will be riding floats through the streets of Dallas very soon.

And Cuban said he’s picking up the tab.

“We’ll do it,” Cuban said early Monday morning. “All I told them was — Terdema Ussery, our president — you plan the parade. I’ll pay for it because I don’t think it’s right for the city to have to pay for it. And let’s just have some fun.”

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Any talk of a parade prior to the Mavs’ 105-95 Game 6 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night was considered taboo.

Five years ago, after Dallas took a 2-0 lead in the Finals over the Heat and were bound for South Beach, parade plans were revealed and it became the first embarrassing mishap in an epic meltdown that has finally come to an end.

City officials still haven’t set a date.

One area where Cuban hinted he might break with tradition is presenting championship rings to his players.

“I might not get rings,” the Mavs’ billionaire owner told NBATV. “Rings are old school. You’ve seen it before: There’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.'”

What does he have up his sleeve? Cuban refused to reveal what he was thinking.

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.

Follow Jeff Caplan on Twitter: @espn_caplan

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