Mark Cuban Refuses To Retire Jason Kidd’s Dallas Mavericks Jersey
What’s beef? Beef is when Mark Cuban won’t let Jason Kidd‘s jersey hang in the rafters of the American Airlines Center because he went to the New York Knicks. Apparently, Cuban is upset that the soon-to-be 40-year-old left the Dallas Mavericks for the bright lights and big city atmosphere of New York. Cuban vented his frustrations with The Dallas Morning News.
“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.”
Bitter, is he? Look, I understand that he’s unhappy, but why say that a guy who meant so much to the franchise during two different stints shouldn’t have his jersey retired? If that’s the case, a lot of NBA players shouldn’t have their jersey retired because they played elsewhere. It’s foolish. As a matter of fact, Cuban should not be so upset because Kidd is clearly running on his last fumes. He’s clearly not the player he once was but he did give Dallas some of his better years.
He should get over it.