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Modified: April 9, 2008 at 12:13 am •  Published: April 9, 2008
Cuban on Ballmer
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he would gladly welcome an owner like Steve Ballmer into the NBA. Ballmer led a group of Seattle investors who were interested in purchasing the franchise from its current Oklahoma City-based ownership group in an attempt to keep the team in Seattle. Ballmer's group proposed deal died Tuesday, however.

"I would love to see Steve Ballmer in the NBA,” Cuban said. "He'd be phenomenal.”

When asked if other owners feel the same way, Cuban said, "I don't know. I haven't talked to anybody about that.” Although Ballmer would have become the league's second wealthiest owner, Cuban pointed to Ballmer's passion for the game instead of his wealth as his biggest reason for wanting to see the Microsoft CEO join the league.

"There's a little test for guys under 60 years old,” Cuban said. "Do they go in there and shoot a basketball? I know Steve, I don't know if he still does it, but will get up real early in the morning and play basketball. That tells you something. Is it a business or is it in your blood and you just love the game?”

•Joyful JayHawk: Tuesday was a proud day for Sonics forward and former Kansas standout Nick Collison after Monday's 75-68 JawHawks overtime win over the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Tournament championship game.

"I was excited,” Collison said of Monday night's win. "It was a fun game to watch. I thought they were done once they were down nine, but it was just a great comeback. As a KU alum, it was a proud day for sure.”

•ROY race: Collison didn't hesitate when asked who should win this year's rookie of the year award. Of course, it was teammate Kevin Durant.

"No doubt,” Collison said.

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