Mark Cuban Lends Chicago Bulls His Private Plane
Well the Chicago Bulls plane had an engine fire a couple days ago and needed to get to San Antonio to face the Spurs. Well thankfully Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a nice guy.
On Saturday night, the Bulls had a mid-flight scare that left them without a team plane after safely landing back in Chicago after first taking off for their scheduled trip to Indianapolis.“Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had some trouble, and it sounded like it exploded, but I guess it’s like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud,” Bill Wennington, the Bulls radio analyst, said.”It was funny, because we’re in the back of the plane, and the engines are right by us, and we hear it. They can’t hear it [in the front of the plane]. And apparently they couldn’t feel anything. And so we take off fine, and about five minutes later, two more booms, ‘Boom!, Boom!,’ and a couple people saw flames and sparks and stuff flying out [while looking out of] the window. We’re all thinking, ‘Well, it’s been nice.’”
The plane turned around and landed at Chicago O’Hare airport, where the players then returned home before taking the Chicago Blackhawks plane to Indianapolis on Sunday morning for their scheduled game against the Pacers. The Bulls used the Blackhawks plane to return home on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks, who had been home since returning from Houston on Sunday night, did not need their plane again until the team left for Detroit on Thursday, which made it available for the Bulls to use for their mid-week trip to central Texas.
“Our plane broke, @mcuban loaned us his, nice guy . . . ” Chicago Bulls forward Lou Amundson posted on his Twitter account on early Thursday morning after Cuban loaned his private team plane to Chicago.
If you have been following the Dallas Mavericks this year, you know things are not going well. Maybe this gesture of good karma is just what the Mavericks needed to push them into the playoffs. Hey, I can hope.