Michael Finley once told me that loyalty is not about how you're treated by a team while you're playing. It's about how you're treated when you're done playing.
Judging by the frost coming from Mark Cuban, don't expect the Jason Kidd and Dallas Mavericks to make up anytime soon.
The emotions are still too raw at the upper end of the Mavericks organization. Kidd spurned a Big D return last summer, making a business, lifestyle and competitive choice to relocate to the Big Apple for his NBA golden years.
The Mavs thought they had a deal in place with Kidd. Getting left at the altar hurts, and Cuban's memory is long. The billionaire said this summer he has no plans to retire Kidd's number. That's understandable.
But does Kidd deserve it?
"That's a question only Mark Cuban can answer," Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said. "Who knows? Sometimes time has a way of healing things."
Cuban wanted no part of a Kidd discussion from his Stairmaster pulpit before Wednesday's game. Basing it on today, they'll never, ever getting back together.
"I loved Dallas," Kidd said after the 114-111 loss to his former team. "What we accomplished as a team will always be special to me, but now I'm in New York trying to accomplish that again and that's to try to win another championship."
Despite being in the same building for the second time in two weeks, Cuban and Kidd didn't cross paths.
"I was trying to defend his guys," Kidd said. "I didn't get a chance to talk to him. Somewhere down the road we'll talk."
Will Cuban and Kidd ever get back together?
Fox Sports Southwest | Nov 22