November 2, 2014
A security guard at the Pelican’s Smoothie King Center had some fun at Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s expense. And it paid off big time:
During the 2010-11 season, security guard Andre Menzies had a heart-to-heart conversation with Mark Cuban before a Mavericks game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cuban said: “When we came here that year he goes, ‘You’re going to win the championship. I already know it, I’m positive of it.’
“It was early in the season, and he goes, ‘If you win, do I get a championship ring?’ I said, ‘If we win, you’ll get a ring.’ ” said Cuban.
On Saturday evening, Menzies was seen sporting the championship ring Cuban gave him after the Mavs indeed captured the 2011 title. It’s the exact same authentic ring Cuban presented to his players, and it has Menzies’ name on the side.
“The only games I wear it are when the Mavericks play here,’’ said Menzies, who had previously worked for 17 years as a security guard for pop legend Michael Jackson.
With Cuban listening on, Menzies recounted the story on how he first met the Mavs billionaire owner.
“In 2009 he walks up [near the Mavs’ bench] and he takes a towel,’’ Menzies said. “I didn’t know who he was.”
“I said, ‘Hey, little dude. What you doing with those towels?’ ”
“The other [security] guys said, ‘You know who you’re talking to? That’s Mark Cuban.’ I said, “I’m Andre Menzies.’ ”
Hearing the story again, Cuban couldn’t help but laugh.
What a class act by Mark Cuban, congratulations to Andre Menzies!