Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said on 103.3 FM in Dallas on Monday that the recently retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback will get the entire game-day experience, including the team’s morning shootaround, meetings, and pregame drills, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Romo will do just about everything but play in the Mavericks’ season finale against the Denver Nuggets.
“It’s just not a good idea to take a football athlete and throw him in an NBA game,” Carlisle said. “It’s a completely different kind of sport. No. 2, to sign him we would have to go through a tremendous amount of screening, physicals, all those things. It’s not in the best interest of anybody to do that.”
Romo will wear his iconic No. 9 for the Mavericks and will be honored with a speech from Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki.
The perception was that the tribute to Romo was a concoction of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that was forced upon Carlisle. But it sounds as though the team coach is completely on board with the tribute.
“If you’re a guy who had an NFL career, it’d be pretty cool to have a picture on the wall of you as a member of an NBA basketball team, too,” Carlisle said. “I think that would be cool if a basketball player would have that opportunity with a football team. That’s kind of where this thing is at.”
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