In August on a Dallas sports radio talk show, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was "pissed" about Jason Kidd bolting to New York.
Before the Mavs-Knicks game Friday night, Cuban didn't feel any different.
"I'm going to boo the hell out of him and hope he has about 15 turnovers," he said while addressing a group of reporters courtside. "I'll (boo) happily and with a lot of warmth.
"He plays for the Knicks. I don't care about the Knicks, other than we want to beat their a-- like we do every other team. Other than that, any guy who wears another team's jersey, that's what they do. They wear another team's jersey."
Cuban continued: "I like Jason. I mean, I don't dislike him or Steve Novak or TC (Tyson Chandler). They're all great guys. There's no reason to dislike them, but I'll yell at him just like I yelled at (Brendan) Haywood and I just like I yell at lots of guys that I know. I know they know my voice, so they're going to hear it."
Cuban wouldn't touch the topic about him not retiring Kidd's jersey in Dallas, only to say that the point guard won't be on his Christmas card list. But he was positive about Kidd's play at shooting guard with the Knicks.
"Oh yeah, absolutely. He played a lot of 2 (for us)," he said. "We would have other people bringing the ball up, and then he could still control and play the game. It takes some of the wear and tear off of him."
Cuban also responded to Chandler's comments from this week saying that the Mavericks had an opportunity to win back-to-back titles in 2011 and '12. Cuban said, a bit tongue-in-cheek, "Oh it's fine. Look, TC's a smart guy. I'm sure he'll have a future as a general manager. It's a fair question, and he gave his honest answer, and that's fine."
CUBAN'S HELPING HAND: Even if you don't care for Cuban's comments about the current Knicks, you have to like this: The billionaire entrepreneur said he'll surpass $1 million in donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Cuban has an apartment in Columbus Circle and frequents the city often for work, so he felt especially connected to how the storm affected a lot of people.
"I spend a lot of time in New York. I have a place here and I like people here," he said. "We're all Americans and sometimes if you can do the right thing, you should do the right thing. It wasn't like somebody made a mistake, and it wasn't like similar things can't happen in Dallas or anywhere else in the country. I'm blessed and I just thought it was the right thing to do."
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