NBA shut down plan for Tony Romo to play for Mavericks


Mark Cuban really wanted to have Tony Romo play for the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Mavs owner Cuban was so committed to having the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback suit up for his team, he told Adam Silver to fine him if the NBA commissioner disapproved.

The plan was for Romo, who retired after 14 seasons to join the CBS NFL broadcast team, to sign a one-day contract with the Mavs to face the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, but Silver said the one-day contract would not be honoured.

"Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters, via

"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."

That does not mean Carlisle did not think about it.

Tuesday's 109-91 loss to the Nuggets was fairly meaningless with neither team in the playoff hunt as the NBA regular season ends Wednesday. 

Romo did warm up with the team before the game, even swishing a jumper over Mavs guard Devin Harris. 

He was then introduced along with the starting line-ups.

Romo said he looked "like a turtle" compared to the seven-foot NBA players. 

"This is an honour I could never have dreamed of," Romo told the crowd before the game. "It's a little embarrassing, but I tell you what I'm very lucky. Thank you, Dallas. I love you."