Tony Romo has no plans to fill out retirement paperwork

Although multiple reports state Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, wanted Romo to get some playing time in the game itself, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver shot down the idea.

"No. 1, he's a football athlete that's not ready to play in an National Basketball Association game. And that's not really what this is about".

Earlier in the day, Romo said it was a "no-brainer" to accept the offer of a tribute from Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle.

Here's our three takeaways from the Mavericks' 109-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the final home game of the season Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

"I'm just sitting on the bench", Romo said with a laugh, cameras snapped furiously as he was introduced at a press conference.

Stacey Augmon, a former National Basketball Association player who is an assistant coach for the Bucks, said he was also on board with the Mavericks' decision to recognize Romo, a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

"This is an honor that I could never dream of", Romo said.

"I would love for him to have a (Super Bowl) ring now, but this is kind of a substitution for that".

Said Vaughn: "He seems like a cool guy, and he's a great quarterback". Speaking with reporters Tuesday about the affair, Romo said he received around 600 text messages. "They were trying to give him a special send off, and mission accomplished in that regard."All the fans here were excited to see Tony and wanted him to get in the game, but obviously I don't think they are allowed to put him in the game. Hopefully I have big summer, work out and stay ready, and next year not have a freak injury where I will be out even more and stay in good shape".

But the decision not to promote or recognize his own players in the final pre-game ceremony of the year?

"Believe it or not, when we were in the prime of our careers, I used to always talk about it: [Romo] could have easily been a professional basketball player", Butler told ESPN.com.

Coach Carlisle then called Nowitzki out to the floor and the superstar heaped praise upon Romo for everything he's done for the city of Dallas.

"So this week has been special in the sense that people have made me feel that they appreciated me, that they enjoyed me playing the game at quarterback - that meant something to me", Romo said. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted him to play.

When the Mavericks finally ran out on the floor for warm-ups, Romo was with them.

After breaking a bone in his back last preseason, the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise lost the starting job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott and decided not to play for another team.

  • Julie Sanders