Mark Cuban has never been shy of expressing his feelings. No matter if they’re good or bad, he isn’t scared of calling anyone out. He expressed his feelings once again about how things ended with former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd.
Kidd was prepared to sign a three-year deal worth $9 million and finish his career where it started, in Dallas. The next morning he signed basically the same deal with the New York Knicks and fled the team he helped win a championship. Kidd went from helping Cuban recruit Deron Williams, to being one of Cuban’s biggest enemies. It’s safe to say Mark felt betrayed by the way Kidd handled things.
“I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed,” Cuban said. “J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters.”
When Mark Cuban says something he usually means it. He may get over it in the future, but Kidd better make sure to stay away from Cuban at least until he retires from the NBA. Cuban is going through the stages as if it were a breakup. Denial, betrayal, depression and acceptance.
“It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”
I find this entire situation to be quite hilarious. Jason Kidd was completely horrible last season in Dallas. After they won their first championship in franchise history i thought it was a lock Kidd would retire. He didn’t have much left anyways. But he comes back and plays one more season in Dallas, where he was less than half the player he use to be. Now he signs a three-year deal with the Knicks? Cuban should be happy with the way things played out. The Mavericks landed an up and coming point guard in Darren Collison. Not exactly Deron Williams, but a heck of a lot better than anything Kdd can give you at this point. Collison is going to make Cuban forget Kidd ever played for the Mavericks. Kidd is at best a backup on the Knicks, maybe even the third option at point guard. When it’s all said and done, Cuban will be glad Kidd left.