After winning a championship for the Dallas Mavericks just two years ago, free agent, Jason Kidd, left the Big D for the bright lights of New York City.
Owner, Mark Cuban, assumed that Kidd would re-sign in Dallas and finish his career there, which would’ve made missing out on Deron Williams somewhat palatable. However, after losing Jason Terry to free agency and now Jason Kidd, Cuban is a bit more than annoyed.
“I was more than upset,” Cuban said. “I thought he was coming (back). I was pissed.”
Asked if Kidd would ever have his jersey hung up in the American Airlines Center, Cuban said, “No chance. 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 had less problems with Jason Terry bolting for Boston because he was upfront from the beginning. However, he was a bit more irked that Kidd left without a warning. “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.”
Relationships in the NBA are precarious as it straddles the line between loyalty and money. Everyone knows that the NBA is a business, but relationships and friendships inevitably form along the way. The line, however, can get a bit blurry at times; even for veterans such as Jason Kidd.