NBA would not honor Mavericks’ request

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted to play former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. However, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would not honor his contract.

Instead, it turned into a layup line and a photo-op for the now CBS broadcaster against the Denver Nuggets.

“I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don’t like it,” Cuban told reporters of the conversation with Silver. “Anybody who thinks a layup line is disrespectful hasn’t watched an NBA game. We’ve got people shooting half court shots at every break, we’ve got kids for ball boys … We’re entertainment. And if they’re so self-important they can’t recognize that, it’s on them. Not me.”

Mark Cuban signing autographs (Getty Images)

Mark Cuban signing autographs (Getty Images)

Prior to the game, the Mavericks claimed DeAndre Liggins off of waivers. As a result, this meant Romo would not be able to see any playing time.

Despite wanting to give Romo the “Maverick for a Day” experience, it’s been a long-time since he actually played in a basketball game. He last played in a basketball game when he was in high school.

“Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons,” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. “No. 1, he’s a football athlete that’s not ready to play in an NBA game. That’s very risky.

“No. 2, to sign a guy with all of our requirements from a physical standpoint with the hours and hours of screening and all that kinds of other stuff, it just wasn’t worth going there. And that’s not really what this is about.”

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