First: the quote from Don Nelson
on his $6.3 million arbitration victory over Mark Cuban
in a dispute over missing wages, captured by Tim Kawakami
of the San Jose Mercury News
and spread by Ball Don't Lie
This was just receiving what I've already earned and been owed for a long time. He just wanted to make life difficult for me. It's like a pimple on his behind. But it was a big number for me.
$6.3 million's a whole lotta bagels^
, but someone who plays poker in Maui
with Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson probably isn't struggling to keep cream cheese in the fridge. Still, Cuban's ridiculously wealthy, he owed Nellie this money, and in Marc Stein's ESPN.com story
, Cuban admits as much.
"I got exactly what I wanted out of the deal -- the true facts of the situation. ... It was all worth the hassle to find out what really happened."
In case you've forgotten, Cuban withheld the cash and sued Nelson for using his secret knowledge of the Mavericks
to beat them in the playoffs when coaching the Warriors. I'm shocked that this line of argument did not work!