BROOKLYN -- Back in November, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban softened his stance and relinquished the suggested grudge he had against Jason Kidd. He even went as far as to say that he hoped the former Maverick would have success as the Brooklyn Nets’ head coach.
There was an obvious falling out from when Kidd had verbally committed to re-sign with Dallas, agreeing to a three-year, $9 million deal, only to change his mind and accept the same offer from the New York Knicks during the summer of 2012.
It certainly sounds like the two are continuing to play nice and that the hatchet has indeed been buried.
“We email back and forth,” Cuban said. “When they were struggling, I sent him some words of encouragement and gave him some insights on how to deal with the media. We’ve got a great relationship.”
Kidd has stated that the relationship between himself and Cuban is ‘good’ and that they have communicated via e-mail multiple times over the course of the season.
The struggles the new Nets coach was having earlier in the season appear to be long gone as the Nets have the league’s best record during the calendar year at 8-1.
“He’s doing a lot of things right,” Cuban continued. “I haven’t had a chance to watch the Nets a lot, but the record speaks for itself.”
Back when there were some sour grapes about Kidd leaving the Mavericks to join the Knicks, Cuban said he no longer had plans to retire Kidd’s jersey in the rafters of the American Airlines Center. Since then, there have been discussions of a potential Ring of Honor like the one the Dallas Cowboys have to honor members of the 2011 championship roster or other valuable components to the franchise. As time passed on, Cuban said it’s possible that Kidd could be honored that way. Prior to the game against the Nets, Cuban left the door slightly ajar to the idea of retiring Kidd’s jersey.
“There are no plans,” Cuban replied. “But that’s not out of the question.”
Kidd had two stints in Dallas, playing for the Mavs for six full seasons and parts of two others. Though he spent time in Phoenix, most of Kidd’s resume has been established between the time he was with the Mavericks and the Nets. It’s obvious that Kidd is going to be a Hall of Famer. The question then becomes, will he go in as a Maverick or a Net?
“Whatever makes him happy,” Cuban said. “It would be great if he went in as a Mav. That’s always a great thing, but I’m sure he’ll make a decision that he’s most comfortable with.
“Actually, I would tell him is if he’s the coach of the Nets, go in as a Net because he’ll probably get a raise and he’ll probably have it as leverage to get a big raise. That’d be my advice to him, otherwise I’d be happy for him to go in as a Mav.”
The old adage is that time heals all wounds. It’s taken some time, but it certainly appears that the relationship between Cuban and Kidd has made it through the rough patch and is back to being solid again. What comes of Kidd's name or jersey remains to be seen, but things are looking a lot better than they did a couple of years ago.