I like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. He's bombastic but he's candid, and the bombast and candor are good for the NBA. But he does get carried away.
The Mavericks play the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin Sunday. Asked about Lin's impact, Cuban told ESPN that Lin was good for the league because he's playing in the country's biggest media market.
"If it was happening in Charlotte, one one would know," said Cuban.
If Lin were playing in Charlotte, everybody would know. We have Internet, Twitter, TV, radio, blogs and even a daily newspaper.
Lin is the kind of story that we're tempted to make up. We like underdogs, especially when they're humble. One night the guy is sleeping in a teammate's apartment -- he didn't know if he'd last long enough to justify a place of his own. The next he is the most talked about player in the U.S.
Lin would be a phenom if he were playing in Murphy or Manteo, our Dallas or Cuban's.