I’m not sure why, but I still get nervous before Mavericks games in which I’m attending as a part of the media. As I was headed towards the AAC on 75, I was trying to figure out what I needed to do when I got to the stadium. After three games like this, you would think I would have it figured out by now, that is far from the case. I still get nervous and jittery.
Sunday, when I got to the arena, I grabbed my media pass from the lady at the table, had my laptop bag inspected and then I hit the elevator. I made my way to the basement of the AAC and found someone in a maroon coat. They always know what’s going on.
I asked the gentleman sitting at a table where I could find Rick Carlisle’s pre-game press conference. He looked at me and told me he had no idea but to ask this other gentleman. He would know. So much for my theory on maroon coats knowing everything.
The second guy told me to head to Interview Room 1. I know where that is. It’s the same room he does his postgame press conference in. I asked if that’s where Jason Kidd would do his as well. He told me it was the same room.
I walked to the interview room and there were two guys in there setting it up. Just to make sure I was in the right spot I asked one more time if this was where Carlisle would be talking and they said it was. I then asked if it was where Jason Kidd would be doing his and they said no. They explained that he would be down the hall a little ways. It was at that moment I decided maybe I shouldn’t trust the maroon coats anymore.
Carlisle came in and it was quite a different sight. Carlisle was sporting a Mavericks T-shirt and gray sweat pants. It was quite different from the suit and tie look we are accustomed too. He started off by praising the work of Jason Kidd as a coach. He also talked about how the Brooklyn Nets were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. He didn’t speak long.
As soon as he was gone, we all left the room and made our way towards J-Kidd. He already had a group of reporters around him. I could barely hear what he was saying because he speaks so softly. I listened and tried to hear what he was saying but I could only make out a few words.
After he was done I walked towards the Mavs locker room. There were several of us that walked in and went straight for a stepper machine in which Mark Cuban was utilizing. He had been on it for a while as he was pouring sweat.
I had a few questions I wanted to ask Cuban but I was watching the professionals do the asking. He was asked questions about Jason Collison and retiring Derick Harper’s number this year.
Pretty sure all 6 of us standing there got “wide-eyed” when Cuban made the announcement that the NFL would implode within 10 years. We all looked around and tried figuring out what he meant. One of the other reporters asked him what he meant so he explained himself.
“When the pigs get fat, the hogs get slaughtered,” he said. “And they’re getting hoggy.”
In my mind, when a multi-billionaire speaks his mind about business, someone should listen. His reasoning was because the NFL is getting greedy. The idea that they have a great product right now and it’s working good. The problem Cuban sees is they want to expand the television market to take over more days a week and he said that’s going to cause the implosion. People will lose interest in the product on the field because their team may be playing on a Tuesday this week or a Friday next week.
By this time, Cuban is down on the ground with us and he’s talking face to face. He’s still dripping with sweat from his time on the exercise machine.
He wraps up the interview and we all head towards the exit of the locker room. Brandan Wright is sitting there by the locker and he says hello as I walk by. Somehow this still doesn’t get old I think to myself as I walk towards the elevator to get to the press box.