Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wore a No. 46 jersey during Friday night’s All-Star Celebrity Game in New Orleans.
Cuban, who had zero points, a rebound, and a steal in 17 minutes for the West in an 88-59 East victory, was asked about his decision to wear No. 46. Cuban said his favorite number is 23 but that number was taken but did add that “23 times 2 is 46”.
That was a reasonable explanation except that no one on the West team wore 23.
Could there be some other meaning for his decision to wear 46? He certainly wasn’t paying tribute to Bo Outlaw. It was a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. 46 represents the number of the next U.S. president.
Cuban, a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton during the presidential election cycle, has been extremely critical of Trump and his policies. He’s gone on Twitter to vent his frustrations.
Cuban’s Friday tweets included “Trump’s biggest issues are: No self-awareness, no situational awareness, can’t admit his mistakes, no leadership skills, can’t stay focused” and “No management skills, doesn’t read, doesn’t use tech, and makes no effort to learn, only consumes analog media.”
Trump himself sent a non-conciliatory tweet of his own Sunday: “I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president.”
Cuban, who said his intent was “to tweak the s— out of everybody”, told people to watch his jersey number before the game.
“Yeah, yeah, watch the jersey number, not my game,” he said. “Yeah, it was fun. You’ve got to have some fun with all of this. You can’t take yourself too seriously. Some people do. I don’t.”
Cuban insisted that his decision to wear No. 46 is not an indication of any political aspirations, “doubting” he would ever consider running for office. However, he also said, “Never say never.”