Shouldn’t Billionaires Have Deeper Things to Worry About?

Tom Dahlberg, an AP sports columnist, got it right when he ripped Mark Cuban. Mostly because this billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks has become the focus of television coverage over his bad behavior and millions in league fines. And ABC TV can’t stop showing the whiny foot stomping owner every time a play is called against his team.

“Shouldn’t billionaires have deeper things to worry about? Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, with that kind of money he can buy Mark Cuban 100 times over. Gates probably doesn’t even know who is playing in the NBA finals, but he can sure tell you about the $29 billion foundation he runs that tackles problems of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis in the developing world. Cuban has weighty issues on his mind too. He worries about whether Dwyane Wood was really fouled and whether Shaquille O’Neal gets away with too many things because he’s Shaq.

You see, the NBA is out to get the Mavericks, as anyone who is paying any attention at all to these playoffs probably already knows. There is something endearing, after all, about watching a spoiled billionaire complain that everyone is out to get him and that it just isn’t fair.

What’s next? A screaming fit before Game 6, at which time Cuban will simply take the ball and go home?”