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Cuban wanted to let Romo play


Late in Tuesday’s game between the NBA’s Mavericks and Nuggets in Dallas, fans were chanting, “We want Romo!” Owner Mark Cuban wanted to give them what they wanted.

Via Todd Archer of, Cuban wanted to let Romo play, and the maverick Maverick told Commissioner Adam Silver that Romo would be playing.

“I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don’t like it,'” Cuban said.

Silver said Romo’s contract wouldn’t be honored, which apparently was enough to get Cuban and company to stand down.

“Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Number one, he’s a football athlete that’s not ready to play in an NBA game. That’s very risky. Number two, 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.”

So Romo instead participated in a shootaround with the Mavericks and took part in the pregame layup line. Cuban had a Cubanesque message for those who believe giving Romo a role in pregame activities amounted to a breach of basketball etiquette.

“Anybody who thinks a layup line is disrespectful, hasn’t watched an NBA game,” Cuban said. “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.”

But there’s a line between entertaining and undermining the integrity of the game. Letting Romo play would have crossed the line between the NBA and the Globetrotters, giving teams the ability to fill seats and generate interest through a wide variety of gimmicks that would take away from the idea that only the best basketball players in the world play professional basketball.

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39 Responses to “Cuban wanted to let Romo play”
  1. marooncat79 says: Apr 12, 2017 6:28 AM

    Not a bball fan, but

    It would have been awesome. Romo raining 3s!!

  2. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Apr 12, 2017 6:57 AM

    Using the rationale of your last paragraph Tony would not have been allowed to play in NFL games either.

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Apr 12, 2017 6:58 AM

    2 playoff wins

  4. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: Apr 12, 2017 7:10 AM

    Never seen a back up QB receive so much attention, never mind I forgot about tebow have a good day people!!!

  5. eljefedelmundo says: Apr 12, 2017 7:17 AM

    Cuban- backed down.

    All mouth and no trousers.

  6. ubb44 says: Apr 12, 2017 7:47 AM

    Tebow would crush Romo in a game of one on one.

  7. cowboysfan1979 says: Apr 12, 2017 7:48 AM

    I think teams purposely tanking to increase the number of ping pong balls they get is worse than allowing a team to sign a professional athlete to get garbage-time minutes.

  8. skis22 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:00 AM

    Cuban’s an ass. Of course the warm up is fine, but the game?? Oh wait, as I’m typing this I see Gronk is participating in WWE action again!

  9. boca12 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:11 AM

    Cuban is dumba**….. a smart dumba**….but a dumb a**…wait, what? lol

  10. learysdisciples says: Apr 12, 2017 8:24 AM

    Lighten up dude. Cuban is right, it’s entertainment–the NBA is a joke.

  11. maust1013 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:25 AM

    Cuban has it all, including a world class case of NFL envy

  12. juice08 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:33 AM

    “undermining the integrity of the game”?

    This is the NBA we’re talking about here. The league where a ref gambled on games he officiated. The league that fixed the Ewing draft. The league that routinely has playoff series have mysterious officiating errors to allow star players and teams to win.

    The NBA has no integrity. But somehow, it still has more than Roger Goodell.

  13. onermedboxer says: Apr 12, 2017 8:34 AM

    “Integrity of the game” has to be the most widely used oxymoron

  14. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: Apr 12, 2017 8:39 AM

    Those same “best basketball players in the world” that routinely don’t box out, shoot a three and run to the other end of the court whether they made it or not, and give anywhere from a 10-50% effort most nights while earning multiples of the fans in the seats paying to watch them.

    But yeah, Romo would have ruined the “integrity” of the game.

  15. jerryyouradisgrace says: Apr 12, 2017 8:42 AM

    Who cares if he played a minute or two….thats what the fans wanted….Cuban is right

  16. kd75 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:43 AM

    Please, who cares?
    Mavs are eliminated from the playoffs and lost this game.
    I’ve seen college games where they put in some retarded kid for a play and the defense parts like the Red Sea to let him score.
    Everyone cheers and it makes SC Top play.

  17. frankstoeknife says: Apr 12, 2017 8:49 AM

    So making a mockery of basketball is ok but making fun of Nowitski for an airball is enough to cause Cuban to descend into madness. Stay classy Cuban.

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 12, 2017 8:50 AM

    Yeah, putting him into a game is definitely disrespectful to those who had to dedicate their entire lives to basketball to earn the chance to step out on that court as part of a professional team. What they did was still really cool though, so it seems it all worked out.

  19. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 12, 2017 8:52 AM

    Romo knows….. Football, golf, and basketball.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 12, 2017 8:52 AM

    Good Wisconsin kid, too bad he has to waste his career playing for the Cowboys.

  21. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 12, 2017 8:56 AM

    Don’t lie. He didn’t play because he suffered a back injury while putting on his jersey.

  22. riflemanlax says: Apr 12, 2017 8:59 AM

    Eh, why not? They’re not going to the playoffs. And they were getting beat. Give the people some entertainment.

  23. zoneread510 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:59 AM

    I can see it both ways. I didn’t see the attendance or know whether it increased, because of Romo, but I will assume that there were fans that did show up just to see Romo. The Mavs are not going to the playoffs and fans probably wanted to see Romo take a shot. On the other hand, I can see this being bad for NBA. It takes a job away from a player, who has worked hard to try and make it to the NBA (even if for only 1 game). Also, it could lead to gimmicks for other teams to try similar tactics, which would look good for league perception.

  24. mrf47 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:01 AM

    Jackie Moon would have approved.

  25. johny248 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:08 AM

    Everyone is so uptight. They let a YouTube trick kicker on to an NFL team. There are all sorts of crossover players. If Romo is good enough to be out there, let him play.

  26. savethebs says: Apr 12, 2017 9:15 AM

    intergrity of the game?!? haha tim donaghy says hey.

  27. ndstacken says: Apr 12, 2017 9:22 AM

    Nothing says integrity for the NBA better than star players resting at various times in the season or teams that have no chance at making the playoffs resting some of their better players so that they have a better chance in the NBA lottery. #Integrity

  28. bayousooner90 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:25 AM

    Another Clown Owner for the City of Dallas

  29. screbels89 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:36 AM

    I thought the integrity of the game was shot when they quit playing defense.
    Only answer here is “lighten up Francis!”

  30. sidelineshot says: Apr 12, 2017 10:08 AM

    Little Marco Cubano.
    He has a Napolean complex.

  31. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Apr 12, 2017 10:25 AM

    The Mavs with Romo would still be able to beat the Nets and Knicks. Where’s the integrity of the game when these two teams are putting out their dumpster fires of a roster?

  32. digitalsasquatch says: Apr 12, 2017 10:31 AM

    Bill Veeck woulda loved it.

  33. buckybadger says: Apr 12, 2017 10:40 AM

    I say put him out there for a home game. He going to get embarrassed and have a few laughs. It isn’t like the Mavs where playing for anything. I would bet 80% of the fans would be delighted they saw it and have a memory to cherish, something sports is about.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 12, 2017 11:27 AM

    Mark Cuban for president 2020

  35. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Apr 12, 2017 11:28 AM

    I’d like to see the Globetrotters in the NBA!

  36. zaphod424242 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:45 AM

    johny248 says:
    Apr 12, 2017 9:08 AM
    Everyone is so uptight. They let a YouTube trick kicker on to an NFL team. There are all sorts of crossover players. If Romo is good enough to be out there, let him play.

    I see your point but…said trick kicker made one from 50+ in a preseason game and looked like he belonged.

    I was fine with Romo playing.

  37. davekva72 says: Apr 12, 2017 1:02 PM

    Integrity of the game? Gimme a break. The NBA is a business, they exist to make money while providing entertainment. If a team wants to have some type of gimmick to get people to attend an otherwise meaningless final home game, more power to them! Putting Romo on the floor for a minute or so would entertain thousands or Cowboys fans, and make the team money. What’s wrong with that?

  38. kmartin173 says: Apr 12, 2017 5:12 PM

    Letting Romo play is a sure way to lose in the first round of the playoffs…..

  39. richard1597 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:12 AM

    Romo looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. No wonder he is so injury prone. Mix in some weights dude.

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