Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on Thursday. Here are some highlights.
Jay Leno on the A-Rod suspension ... was it fair?
Mark Cuban: Horrible. I think it's disgraceful what major league baseball is trying to do to him. Not that he doesn't deserve to be suspended. He does. But they have policies in place first-time offender 50 games second time a 100. 214 games? That's personal. My experiences with major league baseball. It's basically become Bud Selig's mafia. He runs it the way he wants to run it. When I was trying to buy the Rangers it was an open auction. I sat in there with my good hard-earned money trying to bid and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team. They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules they had people trying to put up more money. For him to come out and attack A-Rod the way he did and do something totally outside the rules.
Jay Leno: Why not you?

Mark Cuban: It's not like he called me and called me a jerk. I don't know. The way I run the Mavericks I try to do what's best for the fans I try to do what's best for the team I try to do what's best for the league. And if I disagree with the commissioner every now and then I'm not going to back down. Obviously Bud Selig does not like to be tested. He does not like anybody to stand up to him.
Jay Leno on Dwight Howard?

Mark Cuban: I like to go for the fences. And with the Mavericks we're trying to get better. One of the best free agents on the market obviously was Dwight Howard. I thought we had a chance. We spent a lot of time putting together a really cool presentation. He went to the Houston Rockets made a huge mistake.