Mark Cuban tried signing Michael Jordan to Mavericks the primary time they met

Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban admitted he took a shot at luring Michael Jordan to play for him in Dallas when Jordan made his second NBA comeback in 2001.

Talking on WFAN’s “Moose and Maggie” Wednesday, Cuban, who purchased the Mavericks in January 2000, stated he “completely” kicked across the concept of bringing MJ to Dallas when rumors began to brew that the GOAT was making a return to the league in 2001.

“[Jordan’s agent] David Falk calls me up and says, ‘I wish to meet you, you simply purchased a workforce and I symbolize all these nice gamers, so we must always discuss.’ And I’m like, ‘Nice.’ [He says], ‘Oh by the best way, that is the day Michael Jordan goes to be on the town, why don’t you come and we’ll all meet?’” Cuban, 61, recalled. “I’m like, ‘Superior, yeah, completely,’ I had by no means met MJ at that time. So I’m like, ‘After all I’ll.’ I drop all the pieces and I’m going and there’s MJ in David Falk’s workplace with all this paperwork in entrance of him and I had learn all of the rumors and all the pieces.

“I’m like, ‘Don’t signal it. Don’t signal it. Come to the Mavs and we’ll be aggressive, I’ll do no matter it takes to win.’ And he was like, ‘Dude, A, I don’t actually know you however B, I gave my phrase.’ And to his credit score, he caught by his phrase and that’s when he signed with the Wizards.”

Cuban went on to specific how a lot he loved watching ESPN’s 10-part documentary collection “The Final Dance,” as a result of he had by no means seen that aspect of Jordan earlier than.

After two common seasons for the Wizards, Jordan would go on to grew to become part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2006. He purchased controlling curiosity in 2010.

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