Mavs Against Cuban's Idea Not to Give Title Rings

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's idea to celebrate an NBA championship with something other than a ring is being soundly rejected by his players and his coach.

A parade is tomorrow through downtown Dallas. The Mavs picked up the title Sunday night by defeating the Heat in Miami. Winning a ring has been a topic of conversation all season for this club because none of the 15 players had ever won one.

Cuban has called rings "old school ... done," adding that he wants to "take it to the next level and do something different." Coach Rick Carlisle won one as a member of the 1986 Boston Celtics. Carlisle says: "You win an NBA championship, you've got to have a ring." MVP Dirk Nowitzski says he'd vote for a ring.