Mark Cuban was hit in the face with a projectile apparently thrown by a Portland Trail Blazers fan as the Dallas Mavericks' franchise owner watched his team lose Game 3 of its 2011 NBA Playoffs first-round series on Thursday night, reports Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas. Cuban, as loud and boisterous a fan as there is despite his position, was allegedly jawing with Blazers fans in the loud, packed-to-the-gills Rose Garden when a local responded with a projectile.
McMahon reports that the Garden beefed up security around Cuban from that point on. Cuban doesn't regularly travel with the team in the regular season, but does make the trips during the postseason. This isn't his first showdown with fans in the NBA Playoffs; he had a regrettable exchange with the mother of Kenyon Martin during a Mavericks-Nuggets series two years ago.
Obviously, throwing anything in the crowd of a basketball game is bad form. Stop it, Portland.