Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. 15 years ago Sunday on Jan. 4, 2000. Here is a timeline of some of the noteworthy items that have occurred during Cuban’s ownership of the Mavericks.
Jan 4: Cuban bought the Mavs from Ross Perot Jr. for $285 million. Perot bought the Mavs from Don Carter for $135 million in March of 1996.
April: The Mavericks fell behind the Utah Jazz 2-0 in a best-of-five series. But the Mavs rallied to win the next three games and the series.
Feb. 1: Cuban announced that he was working with ABC to produce a reality TV show called The Benefactor.
June: The Mavericks advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but lose the series to the Miami Heat in six games.
June: The NBA fined Cuban $250,000 for repeated misconduct — aka complaining about the officiating — after Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Cuban’s Mavs lost their first four games, then won 67 of their ensuing 78 games and nabbed the No. 1 seed out West. But they lost to Golden State in the first round of the playoffs and became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in a best-of-seven series.
March: Cuban joined the reality TV show Shark Tank. For now, Cuban said he owns over 100 companies, and added that a lot of folks know him from that show and not as the Mavs’ owner.
June: The Mavs made their second trip to the NBA Finals. This time they won the championship series in six games over the Heat.
June 25: Cuban reached out and received center Tyson Chandler in a trade with the New York Knicks. Chandler helped the Mavs win the 2011 title.
Dec. 18: Cuban acquired point guard Rajon Rondo in a blockbuster trade with Boston. It’s a trade which could net the Mavericks another NBA title.