NEW YORK -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seemed willing to let by-gones be by-gones when it comes to Jason Kidd.
Back in July, Kidd verbally committed to sign a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with the Mavs. But just when the Mavs thought they had Kidd locked in their hip pocket, the veteran point guard reversed fields and decided to sign a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with the New York Knicks.
That infuriated Cuban to no end. But before Friday's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Cuban decided to take the high road.
"When they put on the other team's jersey they're on the other team,'' Cuban said. "I like J-Kidd.
"I've got TC (Tyson Chandler), Steve Novak, they're all good guys. He'll still be on my Christmas card list, but I wasn't calling him up to see how the kids were.''
Pressed for how difficult a time it was for the Mavs' franchise when Kidd bolted to the Knicks, Cuban said: "I'm done talking about it. I'm done talking about it. He's gone and that's it.''
Cuban did admit that Kidd will likely be as positive of an influence for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as he was for Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki.
"Honestly I think J-Kidd will be good for (Anthony),'' Cuban said. "I know Carmelo wants to win and J-Kidd will be able to show him what he's seen with Dirk and what he's seen with other players and be a good influence.
"But it's a team game.''
And right now, Kidd is not on the team Mark Cuban wishes he was on.
-- Dwain Price
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