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Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club’s first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake.The Mavericks were a model franchise in the early days, quickly becoming a contender and reaching the Western Conference finals in 1988 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen Dallas won the franchise’s only championship in 2011, owner Mark Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami. Commissioner David Stern handed the trophy to Carter, who was wearing his trademark white cowboy hat that was part of the team’s early logo.Cuban, who bought the team in 2000, called Carter and his wife, Linda, the “guiding lights for the organization.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers NBA Commissioner David Stern presents the Larry O’Brien trophy to the Dallas Mavericks founder Don J. Carter next to team owner Mark Cuban after the Mavericks won 105-95 against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.The Dallas County medical examiner said he died Wednesday night. The cause was not disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT A slow start and decent score for Tiger’s return to Riviera Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The team was introduced on May 1, 1980, in downtown Dallas near the site of Reunion Arena, which was the team’s home for 21 seasons. Carter told The Dallas Morning News in 2005 that part of his decision to acquire a franchise was as a present to his wife, who had been a standout high school basketball player. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “To say he will be missed does not do justice to just how important Mr. C has been to the Dallas Mavericks and the city of Dallas,” he said.The Mavericks will honor Carter with a moment of silence before their next home game, Feb. 26 against Indiana.Carter remained a regular at courtside after selling the team, but his appearances slipped in recent months because of declining health. He wasn’t there when the Mavericks retired guard Derek Harper’s number last month.Harper was among the early star players for Carter, along with Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman.Carter and Sonju negotiated with the NBA for months before the league agreed to let Carter pay half of the $12 million expansion fee in two early installments rather than requiring all $6 million up front.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img

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