The Mavs won a game Saturday night in New Orleans. A security guard at the Pelicans’ arena won a championship ring. How’s that?
Seems that early in the 2011 season the Mavs played the then-Hornets in New Orleans when security guard Andre Menzies made a bold prediction to Mavs owner Mark Cuban. The Hornets (led then by Chris Paul) were 8-0; the Mavs 6-2.
“When we came here that year, he goes, ‘You’re going to win the championship. I already know it, I’m positive of it,’” Cuban told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It was early in the season, and he goes, ‘If you win, do I get a ring?’ I said, ‘If we win, you’ll get a ring.’”
During the Mavs’ 109-104 victory over the Pelicans over the weekend, Menzies was sporting the ring, identical to the one worn by Mavs’ players from 2011 and even sporting his name.
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“The only games I wear it are when the Mavericks play here,” said Menzies, who worked on pop star Michael Jackson’s security team for 17 years.
The experts are giving the Mavs similar long-shot chances to win a title this year as they did in 2011. Unfortunately, this time Menzies has no crystal basketball predictions.
Only thing that would diminish this feel-good story is if a sneaky and calculating Menzies made identical proclomations to every visiting team early in the season. Right?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.