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Mavs upgrade thanks to Jason Kidd

Mark Cuban was so miffed about the way Jason Kidd bolted the Big D for the Big Apple that the Dallas Mavericks owner declared Kidd's No. 2 would never hang from the American Airlines Center rafters.

Of course, a man is allowed to change his mind. Hey, that's what happened with Kidd, who agreed in principle with the Mavs on a three-year deal worth a little more than $9 million one July morning only to reverse course during a round of golf that day, opting to accept a similar offer from the New York Knicks.

Cuban, who considered Kidd a close friend and made it clear that the future Hall of Fame point guard could always have a position with his franchise, felt betrayed. But time heals many wounds, so maybe Cuban isn't so mad four months later.

"I was never pissed off, just disappointed," Cuban said. "But I'm done talking about it."

OK, fine. The least Cuban could do, however, is bring a big thank you card to Madison Square Garden to give Kidd before the Mavs and Knicks meet Friday night.

All due respect to Kidd, a legend who played such a vital role in delivering Dallas its first title only two seasons ago, but the Mavs are much better off without him. His double-clutch decision forced the Mavs into the future.

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