Romo to suit up for Mavs in home finale

Since they were purchased by Mark Cuban back in 2000, for a vast majority of the last decade and a half, the Dallas Mavericks have been a relevant, playoff bound National Basketball Association franchise. "I feel like a turtle out there".

He also was introduced with the starters before the game.

Late in the game head coach Rick Carlisle teased that he was about to let #9 check into the game, but nothing ever came of it.

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.

"Thank you guys. This is an honor I could never dream of", Romo said on a microphone before the game.

With nothing at stake in a lost season that will be the worst for Dallas (32-49) since going 20-62 in 1997-98, the Mavericks followed through with an idea that Nowitzki and owner Mark Cuban discussed weeks ago at a party after the 19-year veteran reached 30,000 career points.

"I guess it just makes you feel that you accomplished something in some ways because I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish", he said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. Standing here today I feel a little embarrassed to be honest, that you're lucky enough to be in a position that someone cares enough to do something to honor you. "The Cowboys obviously have been my life for 14 years".

The former all-state guard at Wisconsin's Burlington High School was cheered by fans wearing his jersey and holding signs referencing their gratitude.

Romo took part in warmups and the lay-up line, making good on his opportunity to make basic basketball plays in front of an NBA arena.

Roughly an hour before Tuesday's tip-off between the Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, inside the practice gym with only a handful of fans able to watch peering through a restaurant window, Romo and Nowitzki went through shooting drills.

At the end of the day, it wasn't about playing time, it was about celebrating Tony Romo's career and giving the people of Dallas a real chance to say goodbye.

"Obviously we knew we couldn't check him in", Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said after the game. He later said he felt like a turtle being out there with National Basketball Association players. The broadcast booth for CBS will have to wait a minute while Romo suits up one last time - in a Mavericks uniform. Yeah, it's only been 18 years since he played, but go ahead and get out there and play against the best in the world.

"That includes the Finals", Carlisle said. Barea as Carlisle gave him some fundamental pointers.

Nuggets: Finale at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

  • Julie Sanders