While Jason Terry is hoping that the Mavericks retire his jersey, Mark Cuban made an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben & Skin Show” and revealed that Jason Kidd won’t see his jersey retired by the Mavs. Mainly because Cuban is still upset that Kidd spurned to Mavs at the last minute and signed with the New York Knicks.
If you recall, Kidd had basically agreed to a $9 million deal with the Mavs. But when it came time to sign the deal the next day, Kidd backed out a signed a similar deal with the Knicks.
At the root of Kidd’s flip flop, and even Deron Williams’ decision to not sign with the Mavs, was the realization that the Mavs roster was not good enough. Cuban is fine with Williams not signing with the Mavs and even thinks that his squad may even be better off without him. But as for Kidd, he still hasn’t gotten over Kidd’s change of heart.
“I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed,” Cuban said. “J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. 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.
“It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”
We understand where Cuban is coming from. But Cuban should know better than anyone that it’s nothing personal, it’s just business. Jason Kidd did what he thought was best for him. And then celebrated by wrapping his SUV around a telephone pole. He definitely has that right.