Dirk Nowitzki’s close friend still does not see Bitcoin as a reliable financial product.
Prominent billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban reiterates his view that Bitcoin ( BTC ) is more of a collectible item than a reliable financial product for him.
The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki’s former team, had claimed in the past that even bananas are a better means of payment than Bitcoin
The „epidemic year“ 2020 is a good year for Bitcoin, in which adoption by institutional investors has been taken to new heights. While large companies such as MicroStrategy and Grayscale have purchased significant amounts of the cryptocurrency, many influential figures from traditional finance have now also got a taste for it . Nonetheless, Bitcoin continues to have many critics.
In an interview with Forbes on December 8th, Mark Cuban said that investors should not view the cryptocurrency as „protection in the event of a disaster“, thereby alluding to the fact that Bitcoin is often interpreted by investors as a means of hedging because it has only a low correlation to the Stock markets exists. At the same time, Cuban rejects the idea that the crypto currency could replace fiat currencies in the future.
„Bitcoin is a store of value like gold, and is more of a religion than that of any real practical use,“ as Cuban notes. He then adds: „Countries will protect their national currencies and their power to collect taxes, so the more people believe that Bitcoin is more than a store of value, the more they run the risk that the government will act against it.“
The Mavericks owner made the corresponding statements when Bitcoin was still below the 19,000 US dollar mark. A short time later, the market-leading crypto currency was able to „refute“ its theses by climbing over 20,000 US dollars for the first time in its history . At the time of going to press, the Bitcoin price is even more than $ 23,000.
The billionaire had repeatedly criticized the cryptocurrency in the past, even attesting that bananas had greater added value than Bitcoin :
“A banana is more useful because it is healthy food for everyone in the world. But as long as people see Bitcoin as the digital version of gold, BTC is an investment vehicle. “
Mark Cuban has an estimated personal net worth of $ 4.2 billion. In August 2019, he stated that he only owned $ 130 in Bitcoin at the time, which he had generated from the sale of tickets and merchandise from his basketball club.