Mark Cuban’s ‘feelings hurt’ by Jason Kidd
By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
If NBA owners were superheroes, Mark Cuban would undoubtedly be the Incredible Hulk. He’s a semi-nice, smart guy but if you make him upset, he transforms into a menace. And…you won’t like him when he’s angry. Officials mostly.
The Dallas Mavericks owner spoke to ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Ben & Skin Show on Tuesday about the Mavs’ offseason in which they failed to land homegrown talent and prized free agent Deron Williams, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
Cuban was OK with not getting Williams. That’s the nature of the business. However, he wasn’t OK with the way aging point guard Jason Kidd changed his mind on staying in Dallas at the last second.
Kidd, who was recently arrested with a DWI charge, planned to sign a three-year, $9 million deal with the Mavs before backing out the next morning to accept a similar deal with the Knicks.
“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.”
“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.
Kidd, who’s friends with Williams off the court, was believed to be recruiting Williams to play for Dallas. It turned out, though, that Williams did more recruiting as Kidd landed in the same state as him.
“I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time,” Cuban said. “I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”
Kidd, a future Hall of Famer, returned to Dallas after starting his career with the Mavericks before leading the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearances. He helped lead the Mavericks to an NBA title in 2011, running the show while Dirk Nowitzki put the team on his back offensively.
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