Cuban wanted to let Romo play

AP

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 ESPN.com, 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.

39 responses to “Cuban wanted to let Romo play

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. “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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

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