As part of my ridiculously important* yet severely underpaid 9-to-5 job I produce radio interviews. In essence, I’m the liaison between a guest and a bunch of radio stations with which he or she is interviewing. During downtime between interviews I often get to bullshit with the said guest if he or she is in the mood to chat. This morning was special. I got to work with Michael Clarke Duncan (you may know him from such movies as The Green Mile and Ricky Bobby). Very quickly: He is, hands down, one of the nicest people walking this earth and deserves any success that he has and will encounter.
He also happens to be bff-like with Dallas Mavericks owner and famed blogger Mark Cuban, a fact which revealed itself in an interview with a station in Dallas. It seems that Duncan has laid a bet on the table for our little Cuban. The terms: If Dallas wins the NBA Championship Duncan will fly himself to Dallas and be the team’s towel boy for 15 games next season. If Dallas fails to claim the title (again) Duncan gets to use Cuban’s private jet twice next year to fly to any destination of his choosing (note: Europe’s high on his list).
Once off the air I talked with Duncan about his friendship with Cuban, how Cuban was a “geek in college,” and how Duncan, a Cubs fan, would love for Cuban to take over in Chicago. And then I asked about the bet. Was this actually happening? Duncan said that he was 100% serious, but that Cuban wanted to wait until the playoffs before committing to anything.
I would have expected Cuban to accept the bet immediately. First of all, the simple fact of owning a private jet negates any financial concerns he may have over it. Second, this stuff happens all the time between mayors of cities, et cetera, who like to rally up the troops and the home town hooplah. Third, the attention surrounding the bet seems, to me at least, right up Cuban’s ally. And finally, what would his not accepting the bet say about his confidence in his team? All-in-all, I don’t see why Cuban wouldn’t take up the offer.
I would love to see this happen, if only to see the 6’5 Duncan who appears monstrous on screen to be dwarfed by some of these NBA players along the sidelines. Honestly, if Donald Trump can offer up his hair, can’t Cuban offer up his jet?