Listen, I love a good Mark Cuban tirade as much as the next guy. Nothing compares to one of his intense backhanded maneuvers on Shark Tank, but will he please grow up?
Jason Kidd is one of the best point guards to play the game. He is Mr. Triple-Double. He is third on the all time 3 pointers made list. More important than any of his other accolades is that he led the 2011 Dallas Mavericks to a championship. And Mark Cuban refuses to retire his jersey, because he didn’t want to spend the end of his career on a team that looks to be headed towards rebuilding?
According to ESPN, Cuban said, “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters,” he continues, “It hurt my feelings, period.”
If anyone should know that this game is not a game, and that it is a bussiness, it should be Cuban. As an owner you make ruthless decisions regularly from deciding not to resign a player due to salary restraints to ordering the trade of a hometown hero.
We all heard the reports that Jason Kidd had made a verbal commitment to the Mavs before signing with The Knicks. It is not like he used The Mavs to earn a bigger paycheck as we are paying him the most we can afford. He simply changed his mind. Is that not the right of the player? It is not personal towards the owner, because these teams seem to be headed in different directions.
Jason Kidd signed a 3 year deal. The Knicks are all in for the next three seasons, (whether you believe we have the talent to win is another story).
The Mavericks, on the other hand, have an aging superstar who will almost definitely be retired, a beyond his prime shooting guard in Carter, and an assortment of other non significant players.
Unless they make some serious trades this may be the last season they are going to compete. In my opinion, the additions of Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, and Elton Brand won’t make them championship contenders for years to come.
Jason Kidd watched as his former team botched the recruitment of Deron Williams a year after they allowed Tyson Chandler to walk away. He chose to end his career surrounded by players who were brought in to win now. Kidd wants another championship, and the Mavs simply could not provide him with one.
Mark Cuban needs to get over it. He can go home to his Mansion, slide into a bathtub filled with his billions of dollars, and belt out the lyrics to “If I Could Turn Back Time.”