Mark Cuban appears to troll Trump by wearing No 46 in NBA's All-Star celebrity game

Mark Cuban is often cited as a potential opponent to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and the Dallas Mavericks owner seemingly had some fun with that notion during a celebrity basketball game.

It is the all-star break in the NBA and the festivities kicked off on Friday night with the annual "NBA All-Star Celebrity Game," in New Orleans. Cuban was among the participants in the game.

He also appeared to troll Trump by wearing No. 46, which is almost certainly a reference to Trump being the 45th president and whoever replaces him being the 46th.

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Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Recording artist Master P and Los Angles Sparks center Candace Parker during the All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Los Angles Sparks center Candace Parker foul NBA former player Brandon Armstrong during the All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Los Angles Sparks center Candace Parker foul NBA former player Brandon Armstrong during the All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Marc Lasry and Mark Cuban face off during the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Marc Lasry and Mark Cuban face off during the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Mark Cuban (L) and Oscar Schmidt attend the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Mark Cuban attend the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks talks to Oscar Schmidt during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Mark Cuban (L) and Marc Lasry attend the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Mark Cuban #46 of the West Team warms up before the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as a part of 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks talks to Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans before the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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When asked before the game about wearing No. 46, Cuban gave ESPN what was described as a "tongue-in-cheek" answer, saying that it was only because he couldn't get the more popular No. 23.

"I couldn't get 23," Cuban said. "This is two times 23."

Cuban and Trump have been embroiled in a public spat in recent weeks with Cuban being referred to in one report as Trump's "biggest fear" in 2020. Trump responded to that report by saying Cuban is "not smart enough to run for president."

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