doncarter Mavs Founder Speaks Out About Championship Win

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) – When Don Carter founded the Mavericks in 1980, Dallas was a football town. “Everybody thought we were crazy trying to bring the NBA here” said Carter. But now the Mavs are the 2011 NBA Champions and Carter was the first to touch the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Carter made the initial $12 milllion investment of his own money to get the team off the ground, and according to Carter, he did it because his wife loved basketball. But after many tough seasons Carter sold the team in 1996 to an investment team led by Ross Perot Jr. who then sold it to current owner Mark Cuban. But Carter’s love for the Mavericks never died, he still holds a minority stake in the team to this day.

“Mark Cuban is the classiest person” said Cater. “When I first met him, the first thing I did was call my wife and tell her that I’d met somebody that loves basketball as much as she did”.

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