Maybe you’ve already heard, but Mark Cuban is pissed at former Mavs PG, Jason Kidd. If you don’t recall, Kidd spurned the Mavs offer of 3 years for $9 million to sign for the exact same amount with the New York Knicks. Cuban went on the 103.3 FM’s Ben and Skin show and let it be known there was “no chance” of his jersey hanging from the rafters of Dallas’ American Airlines Arena.
Cubes doesn’t want to put Kidd’s jersey in the rafters even after he won a championship with Dallas in 2011 and was the third part of the
fearsome overly hyped threesome of Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson when he was drafted in 1994. Toni Braxton love triangle aside, he did mean a lot to the franchise, and Dallas’ title-clinching 2011 has already been marred by a down-slide in 2012 and the loss of center Tyson Chandler to the same Knicks team that scooped up Kidd.
Kidd, ever the professional (when he’s not engaged in a war of words and fists with his ex-wife), said he ”totally understands his side [but] does Mark understand my side?” Not exactly providing us with his side and since it’s not a money thing, maybe he’s just more excited at the prospect of a 4 a.m. closing time than the usual 2 a.m. I’ll assume Dallas follows. NYC, where booze gets past-their-prime superstars!
That’s not all Cubes said during the radio interview:
- He also announced that he’d almost pulled the trigger on a Kobe Bryant trade in 2007 when he was on Dancing with the Stars.
- The loss of Deron Williams to Brooklyn stung, and he was panned for missing Williams’ visit to Dallas for his television program, Shark Tank, but Cuban believes “we’re in a better position now than we would’ve been in if we would’ve gotten him.”
- He’ll never trade Dirk Nowitzki and Dirk will never ask to be traded.
- He feels the NBA’s new CBA deal was a superficial solution to a larger problem. To wit:
“We certainly didn’t achieve all we needed to achieve. I’ve said it multiple times that in the old CBA, financially, teams were drowning in 10 feet of water, now we’re drowning in two feet of water. It’ll be interesting. Obviously the Nets just went out and spent a boatload of money. It’ll be interesting to see if that works for them or against them.”
Mark Cuban is just as Mark Cuban as ever <3 <3 <3 <3