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Basketball: Mavs’ Cuban rips Kidd

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, upset that Jason Kidd changed his mind on a contract offer at the last minute to sign with the New York Knicks last month, said he cannot imagine someday retiring the jersey of the former Cal star who helped the franchise win an NBA title in 2011.

Kidd was close to signing a three-year, $9 million deal with the Mavs before backing out the next morning to accept virtually the same deal with the Knicks.

“I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed,” Cuban said. “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.

“It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”

Jeff Faraudo