Tony Romo, the loved and hated former Cowboys quarterback headed to the broadcast booth next season, is going to be on the Mavericks’ bench Tuesday night as an honorary team member. In uniform and the whole thing, save for actually playing in a game.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks intend to have Romo on the bench and in uniform for their final regular-season home date against the Denver Nuggets as a means of paying tribute to the longtime former Cowboy.
With starting point guard Seth Curry ailing in recent days and officially out for the rest of the season because of a shoulder ailment, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has said on multiple occasions over the past week that the club would be looking to add “a pass-first point guard” before playing out the season’s final five days….
The Mavericks plan to treat him like an actual player on the roster for the day, sources said, even though Romo won’t actually play in the game. He last played competitive basketball in high school in Wisconsin.
It would be easy to joke about how Romo will be injured in warmups before getting the chance to be honored by the Mavericks, but we’re above that… okay, apparently not. Although we are curious to know if reserve forward Nicolas Brussino has to give up the No. 9 for the night to Romo.
Romo was a regular at Mavericks games and has a strong relationship with owner Mark Cuban, which certainly helps facilitate these kinds of things.
It’s a nice gesture for a quarterback who had a roller coaster of a career in Dallas, but who lost his starting job last season.