What the National Media Doesn’t Understand About Mark Cuban
A few days ago, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks did something that created a lot of backlash from the national media when Tony Romo was an honorary “Maverick for a day”. What they forget is that Mark Cuban really doesn’t care.
The Dallas Mavericks had a fairly forgettable season this year. That really is no secret at this point. So, with only a few games left in the season, Mark Cuban and the Mavericks made a move that part of the league and general members of the national media were not so fond of.
When Mark Cuban first leaked the news that the Mavs would be making a roster move before the end of the season, the Mavs media went crazy trying to figure it out. A pass first point guard that had some experience and was no slouch was hard to believe. The fact that the Mavericks could pull off a move for a bonafide player this late in the season was crazy.
Then, a few days later, news spread that the signee was in fact, Former Dallas Cowboys 4-time pro-bowler, Tony Romo. Romo recently announced his retirement from the NFL in order to become a broadcaster but he is undoubtedly a Dallas Cowboys icon for good reasons and for bad.
The important thing to realize here is that Mark Cuban lives and has always lived by his own agenda. Essentially what that boils down to is that MFFLs love him while NBA officials and important people in the entire NBA generally very much dislike him.
But Cuban loves the Mavs, and even more important than that, he loves Dallas. Dallas has had some incredible players come and go in all of their sports organizations like Dirk Nowitzki, Nolan Ryan, Mike Modano, and Tony Romo. We may not have honored all of them in their time in Dallas, but they all deserve recognition.
In many ways, I believe that this move reflects Mark Cuban’s admiration for Dirk. Much like Dirk, Tony Romo was a highly criticized player during his time in the NFL and people outside of Dallas (and many inside Dallas) never really understood his greatness. However, just like Dirk, Romo essentially re-wrote the Dallas Cowboys record book thanks to his impressive play.
Before Nowitzki got his championship in 2011, he often was labeled as soft or not yet a real star. These are the same titles that Romo will have to live with because of his lack of success in the postseason, but sometimes it is just hard to label a player by those insane standards.
Others gain the recognition without the title, something that Mark Cuban has pointed out with players like Russell Westbrook but gets called horrible things because of it. Meanwhile, Cuban had to stand their and defend Dirk everyday because the media couldn’t see his brilliance until he had a ring and a Finals MVP trophy.
The point I am trying to make is that Mark Cuban took a stance with his decision to make Tony Romo a “Maverick for a day”. It was time that everyone understood that the heroes of Dallas sports need to be recognized and celebrated during their final days. The people who have a problem with this must have had a problem with the farewell tour held for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
And they will probably have the same problem when Dirk gets his. Forget them.
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Thank you for your work in the Mavericks organization and in the Dallas community, Mark Cuban. We appreciate you finally allowing us to tank and get a good draft pick and we especially appreciate that you stand by the Mavericks, Cowboys, and the rest of the Dallas sports teams, even if no one else will.