That headline, by the way, is Cuban's phrasing, not ours. You'll recall that back when free agency began, it looked like Kidd would be re-signing with the Mavericks — the franchise he played for from 1994 until 1996, and again from 2008 through last season. That didn't happen, of course: Kidd wound up signing with the Knicks, inking a contract with New York that was similar to the one he'd been offered by Dallas. That didn't sit well with the Mavericks owner.
In a radio interview yesterday, Cuban said he was "pissed" about how things went down, and that the way he sees things now, he doesn't plan on eventually retiring Kidd's number. Here's the Mavs owner, speaking to Dallas radio station 103.3 FM, via the Daily News:
"I was more than upset. I thought he was coming (back). I was pissed," Cuban told "The Ben & Skin Show." "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."
The Knicks, by the way, host the Mavs on November 9, then visit Dallas on November 21.