When you consider his career, do you think of Jason Kidd as a Dallas Maverick? He’s been successful so many places that it’s kind of hard to decide. Not to mention, he’s had two stints in the Big D, one that ended in weird circumstances that may or may not have involved Toni Braxton and a second when he was an old man that helped lead the Mavs to a title. Weird career for a guy who is widely considered one of the 10 best point guards ever.
But there’s one guy who definitely isn’t considering him a Maverick and that’s Mark Cuban, who is VERY upset that Kidd denied the Mavericks the opportunity to pay him to play until he was 42. Cuban is so mad, in fact, that he says he’ll never hang Kidd’s jersey from the rafters. From the Dallas Morning News:
Cuban said Tuesday he thought Kidd was returning to the Mavericks before the veteran point guard surprisingly changed his mind and agreed to sign with the Knicks.
“I was more than upset,” Cuban told the Ben and Skin show on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. “I thought he was coming (back). I was pissed.”
That answer came after Cuban was asked if Kidd would have his jersey in the rafters one day at AAC. Cuban said there was “no chance” of that happening after the way things ended.
“J-Kidd’s a big boy, he can do whatever he wants,” Cuban said. “But you don’t change your mind like that. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of right now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters.”
Cuban said Kidd called him before agreeing to the deal but Cuban didn’t answer because he, “was in D.C. with my kids at a museum.”
“I like J-Kidd,” Cuban added. “He’s a good guy. But I just thought that was wrong. You can’t put a guy’s number in the rafters when he decides he doesn’t want to be there.”
Snap. No jersey from the rafters? That’s serious, even though it does save the Mavs the trouble of figuring out whether No. 2 or No. 5 should get the nod. (Personally, I’d vote No. 5 because that’s the number people remember him wearing, probably.) Mark Cuban must be really mad if he’s going to deny Jason Kidd his moment in the sun.
Of course, this is all kind of a moot point considering Jason Kidd played the best and longest uninterrupted streak of his career in New Jersey, put up better stats in Phoenix and has hopped around enough that it’s hard to tell what jersey he’d wear whenever he gets elected to the Hall of Fame. Not retiring Jason Kidd’s jersey because you’re mad at him is pretty easy when you know some other team is going to do it. This is like if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame refused to allow Paul McCartney in as a solo act because they didn’t like “Monkberry Moon Delight.” No big deal, because I’m pretty sure the Beatles make the cut.