- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- Mark Cuban, the outspoken billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and controversial actor Charlie Sheen could soon be business partners.
Cuban confirmed Sunday evening that he's had several conversations with Sheen recently about developing programming for HDNet, the cable network Cuban owns.
"You've got somebody that everybody has a whole lot of interest in who's doing some interesting things, to say the least, and we always look for interesting programming by featuring interesting people doing interesting things," Cuban said before the Mavericks' game against the Memphis Grizzlies. "I reached out and we've had some conversations, and we're going to work on doing some things."
Sheen has captured the nation's fascination with a series of rambling television interviews. "Winning" and "tiger blood" have become buzzwords after Sheen used them while vowing revenge on CBS for firing him from the popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men" due to his personal issues.
Cuban said there have been discussions about Sheen hosting a talk show or starring in a reality show on HDNet, but nothing is certain at this point.
"We're trying to decide," Cuban said. "Right now, we're taping a lot of different things that he's doing and we'll try to figure it out. It's still not 100 percent certain.
"We'll do something together, but it's not certain it will be a show. It'll come down to what he wants do and what his situation is. We'll just figure it out from there, but it's a unique opportunity, I'll say that."
Sheen hosted a show on UStream.tv on Saturday night that has been widely panned. Cuban, however, considered that a good start to a potential talk show career.
"Everybody wants to critique a Web show that got put together in a few hours," Cuban said. "That's not the point. It gave him a chance to be himself and have some fun. The thing I like the most about Charlie is that he just loves to mess with the media. You guys fall hook, line and sinker."
The Mavericks' promotions department has incorporated Sheen into some of their creative productions. Some clips from Sheen interviews were used over the loudspeakers during the last game at the American Airlines Center. Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki recently shot a video to promote his bobblehead night that features him flexing while staring in a mirror and ends with Nowitzki deadpanning, "Boom. Winning."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.
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