Romo showed off some fancy dribbling, pulled up for jumpers (at one point, he was 2-for-5 in warmups), and tussled with Dallas big man Nerlens Noel. Some of his old Cowboys teammates were in the building as well:
Again, Romo will spend the game on the bench, as he didn’t sign an actual contract with the Mavs. Coach Rick Carlisle explained why to ESPN.com earlier this week:
“It’s just not a good idea to take a football athlete and throw him in an NBA game,” Carlisle said, via ESPN. “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.”
But giving Dallas fans one last opportunity to see Romo in a professional sports environment was a smart way for the Mavericks to celebrate Fan Appreciation Night.