Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/8/13
Mark Cuban is many things. NBA owner ... reality television star ... television and movie mogul. And now, he's an airplane loaner. "Our plane broke, @mcuban loaned us his, nice guy..." Bulls forward Lou Amundson posted on his Twitter account after Cuban loaned his private team plane to Chicago, whose own team plane suffered a scary situation in midflight over the weekend. Cuban lent his plane to the Bulls so they could travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Wednesday, the New York Daily news reports. On Saturday, the Bulls had a mid-flight scare that left them without a team plane after safely landing the plane back in Chicago after 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 its like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud, Bill Wennighton, the Bulls radio analyst, said Monday on the "Waddle & Silvy Show" in Chicago. Sparks fly out of it. It happened actually right after the captain thrusts the engines forward and it revs up and starts to go, about three seconds after that you hear a Boom! Oh, what was that, are we stopping? The plane keeps going down the runway and youre thinking, Oh no, why arent we stopping?'" The Bulls had to borrow the Chicago Blackhawks' plane to get to Indianapolis for their scheduled game against the Pacers. 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. Cuban retweeted the post by Amundson, but has yet to comment on the situation. But since the Bulls are in the Eastern Conference, one has to wonder if Cuban would have been so generous with a Western Conference rival like the Spurs or Los Angeles Lakers?
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