Adam Silver Nixed Tony Romo Playing in Game for Mavericks, Says Mark Cuban

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 11:  Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits with Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks during a game against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center on April 11, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo suited up as an honorary member of the Dallas Mavericks for Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets, but he never saw the court during the 109-91 loss at American Airlines Center. 

However, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he tried to talk NBA Commissioner Adam Silver into letting the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback find his way onto the hardwood. 

"I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it,'" he said, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer

Silver ultimately nixed the idea by telling Cuban the NBA wouldn't honor a contract if Romo signed with the Mavericks. 

Although Romo wasn't allowed to log official playing time in the Mavericks' home finale, he did participate in pregame festivities and layup lines before the game officially got underway, as the team's official Twitter account documented: 

He also addressed the Dallas faithful prior to tipoff. 

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"This is an honor I could never have dreamed of," Romo said, per Archer. "It's a little embarrassing, but I tell you what I'm very lucky. Thank you, Dallas. I love you."

Romo, 36, retired from the NFL on April 4 following 13 seasons with the Cowboys. He's now pursuing a new career with CBS Sports as its lead football announcer alongside Jim Nantz.   

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