Mark Cuban wasn't joking when he promised a "Shark Tank" entrepreneur he'd get his product into Mavs gift shops -- 'cause TMZ Sports has learned U-Lace is planning to drop at American Airlines Arena beginning next season.
We spoke with Tim Talley -- who got Mark to invest $200k into his customizable shoe lace business on a recent episode of "Shark Tank."
Talley says sales have exploded since Mark came aboard -- and so far, Cuban has been dead serious about delivering on the promises he made on the show, starting with the plan to sell at Dallas Mavericks team shops.
"We'll likely get the laces into the arena early next season," Talley says ... adding that U-Lace is also gunning for deals with other NBA teams ... as well as organizations in the NFL, MLB and NHL.
Talley says the company is also developing shoes to go along with the laces.
Makes sense to us.
Mav's Star Devin Harris
I Can Save Bieber
1/24/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris tells TMZ Sports ... he knows EXACTLY how to save Justin Bieber's life ... by kicking his ass into shape at the gym with some serious basketball workouts.
"Come on Bieber, you know better," Harris says ... adding "come get in some workouts with me and we'll get you focused and back on track."
Harris made the statement in the wake of Bieber's DUI arrest yesterday ... after he was pulled over by cops for drunkenly street racing around Miami.
We all know Justin loves basketball almost as much as his Segways and diaper pants -- so maybe some one-on-one with Harris could actually do the trick.
High As A Kite
Vows to Play BBall Again
10/1/2013 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom is drugged out of his head ... but he's telling people he will sober up and play basketball again this coming season ... yes, he's that delusional.
Sources who have been spending time with Lamar tell us his drug problem is out of control -- that one of his drug dealers alone has sold him thousands of dollars in coke. We're told Lamar is now freebasing with pure cocaine.
As crazy as it sounds ... Lamar has done it before. We know he was using while on the Lakers and on the Mavericks. In addition, he was off the rails using drugs just months before joining the Clippers but cleaned up enough to get through the season.
We're told Lamar is full-on paranoid now ... he believes people are trying to set him up to get caught. As he told one friend, "Everyone wants to see me fail, but I'm not gonna let that happen."
The NBA Drug Trail
8/27/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom was deep into drugs while he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks and there is evidence he was doing the exact same thing while playing for the Lakers ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to a Westin hotel in Memphis tell TMZ ... in March of 2012, shortly before Lamar was cut from the Mavs, he stayed in one of the guest rooms while his team was in town playing the Grizzlies.
Our sources say when Lamar left, hotel employees found major carpet damage ... including quarter-sized burn marks. The damage was so bad, the hotel had to replace the carpeting in the room.
Our sources say hotel employees also found white powder on the desk blotter and the room reeked of noxious smoke. Our sources say it was obvious there was serious drug use going on in the hotel room.
The Westin is one of numerous hotels where NBA players stay when they're on the road. TMZ has contacted a number of these hotels in various cities. We've learned from several hotel employees ... they had complained about the state of the rooms when Lamar left -- similar to what happened in Memphis -- and this was while he was playing for the Lakers.
Our sources say no one on the Mavs knew Lamar was a substance abuser while he was on the team, but everyone knew something was seriously wrong with him.
We're told that during at least part of the time he was playing for the Mavs, Lamar was smoking Oxycontin and cocaine.
Odom's problems were so severe, he was cut from the Mavs mid-season and paid in full just so he would go away.
TMZ broke the story ... the drug use escalated to crack -- and we're told Lamar's level of crack use is now alarming and life-threatening.
BURIES THE HATCHET
with Jason Kidd
6/13/2013 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The nasty feud between Mark Cuban and Jason Kidd is officially OVER ... at least for now ... 'cause Mark tells TMZ the two have made up -- and have even started emailing each other again.
Cuban famously TRASHED Kidd in the media last year after Jason decided not to re-sign with Cuban's Dallas Mavericks ... and instead struck a deal with the NY Knicks.
Cuban had said he was "more than upset" with Kidd -- and said there was "no chance" he'd ever honor Jason by retiring his Mavs jersey.
But something happened over the last few months ... 'cause when we asked Mark how he felt about Jason landing the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job this week, M.C. told us:
"I'm excited for him. He has great knowledge on the game so I'm sure he will do well. And yes we have started emailing again so all is well with the world.”
Good to see they're on good terms ... but we still don't expect to see #2 in the rafters at the American Airlines Center anytime soon.
I'd Be HONORED If 1st Gay
Player Was On My Team
4/4/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's only a matter of time before an active NBA player comes out as gay ... so says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who tells TMZ he would be honored if the player was a member of his team.
Cuban called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago to discuss how Magic Johnson's support for his gay son will impact professional sports.
Mark also acknowledges a current NBA player who was raised by 2 moms -- and tells us how he's helping to change the culture in the league.
Files MOST BADASS
Legal Doc EVER
6/22/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban just dropped the ultimate "IN YOUR FACE" statement to a minority owner of the team ... who tried to take control away from Mark last year.
Long story short -- the minority owner, a company owned by Ross Perot Jr. -- filed legal papers in May 2010 calling Cuban a "careless and reckless" owner who was running the team into the ground.
Perot begged a judge to remove Cuban from operational control of the squad before it was too late.
Now, Cuban has responded in legal docs with the greatest statement ever ... a photo of the Mavs hoisting the NBA championship trophy.
In the docs, Cuban adds, "Under Cuban's stewardship, the Mavericks have become one of the league's most successful teams and are now NBA champions."
He adds, "Accordingly, there can be no genuine question that [Perot's] claims of mismanagement lack merit and .... should be disposed of."
Hail to the champ.
Dallas Mavericks Star 911 -- He's Drunk and Mumbling
6/16/2011 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained the 911 call made the night Dallas Mavericks star DeShawn Stevenson was arrested for public intoxication -- and according to the caller, Stevenson couldn't even talk straight.
The caller tells the 911 operator, Stevenson was "extremely loud and mumbling" as he and another man banged on doors at an apartment complex, even though they didn't live there.
As we previously reported, Stevenson was arrested for public intoxication in Irving, Texas Tuesday night after officers felt he was a "danger to himself and others. "
Stevenson was eventually released after posting the $475 bail.
Dallas Mavericks Star
Busted for Public Intoxication
6/15/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson was arrested last night for public intoxication in Texas ... TMZ has confirmed.
Law enforcement sources tell us, police received a call about some drunk guy wandering around an apartment comlpex in Irving, TX last night -- and when cops showed up, they found Stevenson ... who said he was lost.
Stevenson -- who does not live in the apartment complex -- then flunked a field sobriety test ... and was arrested for public intoxication.
Stevenson -- a major force behind Dallas' victory over Miami on Sunday -- posted $475 bail this morning and was released.
Stevenson's championship celebration started with him gloating in a t-shirt that read, "HEY LEBRON! HOW'S MY DIRK TASTE."
Oh waaaah. Get over it. At least he wasnt behind the wheel wasted like so many others we hear about.
He still looks happier than LeBron
I'm sure Abraham Lincoln would be proud to see his face tatooed on some guy's neck.
Partying Where Bron's Mom Was Busted
6/13/2011 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Dallas Mavericks continued to stick it to the Miami Heat last night even AFTER they won the NBA Championship... partying at the same place LeBron's mom got arrested back in April.
NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, owner Mark Cuban, several other Mavs, and a few celebs like Lil Wayne and Trey Songz ... celebrated at LIV nightclub in the swanky Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel -- where just two months ago, Gloria James was arrested for slapping a valet.
To the victors, go the spoils.
Dallas Mavericks Star
Courting Reality TV Deal
5/25/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Mavericks star Shawn Marion is gonna be busy next month -- because we're told, he's shooting a pilot for a reality TV show ... right around the same time the Mavs crush Miami in the NBA finals (if there is a God).
It's tentatively called "The Ladies in My Life" -- and big surprise ... it's all about Shawn and the important women in his day-to-day ... including his mom, sisters and publicist.
One of the featured family members is Shawn's twin sister Shawnett -- who's 6-feet tall and can DUNK a basketball!!
Oh, we almost forgot -- the show is being filmed in the NBA star's 14,000 square foot Dallas mansion.
All it's missing now ... A CHAMPIONSHIP RING, BABY!
Mark Cuban to LeBron:
You Need 'Media Training'
7/9/2010 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So how the hell can LeBron James recover from one of the worst PR moves in NBA history?? According to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ... dude needs "media training."
Obviously, Cuban is referring to the fact that James decided to amp up the drama ... and screw with practically everyone's emotions ... before announcing on live TV last night that he was ditching the city that loved him to try and win a quick championship with a "super team" in Miami.
LeBron had toyed with the idea of going to Chicago, New York, New Jersey and L.A. too ... so now everyone hates him.
'Two Jets' Fueled for
Free Agency Race
6/29/2010 4:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In just two days, NBA teams will officially get the green light to go after free agents -- like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh -- and one NBA owner claims he's already got TWO private jets gassed up and ready to go ... just in case he needs 'em.
TMZ spoke with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban -- who tells us he doesn't think he'll have to pull any crazy stunts to get players to want to sign with the Mavs this year ... saying, "This crop of free agents is taking a much more sophisticated approach than other years. I think that helps the Mavs."
Cuban adds, "Less BS and more business."
But Cube wasn't joking about the jet-setting -- saying, "Since we can't talk to agents 'til [Thursday] it's up in the air, but I have two jets fueled and ready to go if we need to."