Mark Cuban Curated
American entrepreneur and investor
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And, finally, do you have any notions of where you want to be professionally or personally 10 years from now? I mean, do you have plans like that?
I mean, I guess my question is, are you a role model for people in society?
Generally speaking, Mark, as we kind of wind things up here, you have lived your life as an iconoclast. And, in a way, that's a template for other people. But, in a way, it isn't. So, in other words, how much-- you've got an ordinary person-- ordinary man or woman-- how much of an iconoclast could you or should you be like Mark Cuban?
And what about your, you know, history with refs? Have you mellowed? I mean, there's no conspiracy against Mark Cuban, or is there a conspiracy?
You like Adam Silver and the job he's doing?
ight. You had some issues here with the culture of the team with Terdema Ussery. And I know you apologized for that, you addressed that. How did that culture happen, and do you feel like you've addressed it?
Right. We've got to switch over to basketball and talk about that. So, I want to ask you a bunch of questions. So, first of all, state of the Mavs right now.
Is guns a problem as well?
I mean, there are problems-- like our health care system, how would you fix that? And the mass shootings-- there's shootings.
OK. Let me ask you about America. I mean, people are bitching about America. Is there something wrong with this country, or is this just the usual stuff?
How do we address it?
But what do you think when she says that the idea that we have billionaires in our society is immoral?
Right. Interesting. Let me shift gears a little bit, Mark, and ask you about economic inequality and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her agenda. What do you think of that and why do you think people find it so appealing?
Speaking of Silicon Valley a little bit, what do you think about Facebook and Google and those big companies? Should they be broken up? Are they too big or do they need any enforcement?
So it's a whole-- yeah.
I can't name anyone.
Yeah, so what's the difference, right? Let me ask you-- what do you think about Elon Musk's war with the SEC? What do you think about Elon Musk generally?
You mentioned the SEC earlier, and, obviously, you've had some issues with them. What do you think about the SEC just generally speaking?
Are you concerned about a recession or the market faltering?
Right. Are you surprised at how long the stock market rally has lasted?
What do all these businesses tell you about the economy right now? What do you think the outlook is?
What does that name mean, by the way?
And let me ask you about your entertainment business-- the movies, 2929 Magnolia-- what's that all about?
That happens sometimes?
But let's go through some of these other things-- starting with "Shark Tank." I mean, what is "Shark Tank" like? Is it really a kick the way it looks like it is?
OK, so take us through your business interests right now. You have the basketball team. You do stuff for "Shark Tank." You have stuff here.
So how would you describe yourself, Mark? I mean, I said entrepreneur, is that how you would describe yourself? What do you do for a living?
So you grew up in Pittsburgh, went to the University of Indiana for a while, then you said you came here. How have you adopted this city? Why did this become your home-- Dallas?
So you're building a base of knowledge. And then you think that at some point, it's going to pay dividends.
But where would that take you? Like with your businesses here or the Mavericks, or you don't even know.
What are you doing?
I mean, you almost have to have that drive. Like, in other words, you can't fake it. You can't pretend that you want to read about Ted Turner and, OK, I'll skip one movie. It has to be in your soul.
You know, it's funny, I mean, a lot of people grew up that way, but not many people end up like you. So what do you think that's the result of?
I want to get into the SEC and other things as well. But let's talk a little bit about growing up. You grew up in Pittsburgh. Your father ran an auto upholstery. He worked there, OK. So what was that like, Mark, and how did that inspire you?
Or anyone else in Washington?
So have you talked to him and given him any advice? Or what advice would you give him?
You've been critical of President Trump before. Have you kind of made any peace with him? I mean, you know, it's been a couple of years.
OK. That's very cool. What about the Democratic field? Is there anyone there that you think can challenge President Trump?
From the arena, right. So, a whole bunch of stuff to talk to you about. But let's talk about this president thing that's out there. There are people who suggest that you should run for president, maybe you have aspirations. I don't know, but it's a discussion point. So what would it take to have you run for president?