In July, an arbitrator ruled that Mark Cuban had to pay Don Nelson $6.4 million in unpaid salary from Nellie's coaching gig in Dallas. Cuban had argued that Nelson used inside knowledge of the Mavericks (ironic!) to lead Golden State to victory over Dallas in the 2007 playoffs. Once the ruling came down, Cuban basically admitted he should have paid Nelson, but insisted he wanted to "know the truth" about Nelson's move to Golden State.
Today, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports Cuban is pressing forward on the appeal process, despite his summer admissions. Is it to push the knife further into Nellie's gut, to really annoy the big man? According to an email from Cuban's attorney that made it into the court docs, Cuban is appealing so that he can continue making interest off the owed amount. The email, as quoted by Sefko, reads:
"I think the team is making a business decision [I don't think anyone expects this to end differently than the current judgment; but apparently, it is cheaper to use the money and pay later. I'm not sure I understand it, to be candid]."
Cuban is using the American judicial system for fun and profit. Classy fellow!
Mark Cuban vs. Don Nelson Rages On originally appeared on NBA FanHouse on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 15:05:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.