Tony Romo is a Dallas Maverick for the day, even running through the team’s morning shootaround before a game against the Denver Nuggets. He won’t play tonight — the Mavericks didn’t sign him to a contract, so he legally is not allowed to take the court, per NBA rules. So don’t get any ideas that this is all a facade to get him five minutes late in the game. (Plus, Denver would not like that at all, and might take it out on him with a hard screen or something that Romo just doesn’t need in his life right now.)
But it is Dallas’ quirky way to honor the quarterback. Here he is coming out to practice, along with his son Hawkins.
He gets his own locker for a day!
And a jumper!
He held a mostly uneventful press conferences, where he said nice things about Rick Carlisle, and vice versa. He also had this lovely answer about how great Dirk Nowitzki is.
Tony Romo says Dirk will be the greatest Maverick for the next 150 years at least pic.twitter.com/OMta6Rw5ae— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) April 11, 2017
There was A LOT of media here for it. I have covered the Mavericks in the playoffs since 2014, and this was more media than I ever saw for any first round there.
this feels the tiniest bit unnecessary pic.twitter.com/rwDVq70xgU— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) April 11, 2017
Tony Romo when he saw 50-plus media members at his @dallasmavs press conference: "Jeez. I'm sitting on the bench."— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) April 11, 2017
Romo will go through warmups, and he and Dirk made a public bet on Twitter about it.
Fan appreciation night. Also honoring @tonyromo tonight. Come early and you can watch him shoot some airballs in layup line....— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 11, 2017
@swish41 If I shoot an air ball in warmups I give u permission to send me to the showers. But if I don't, u get me a corner three in the 4th— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) April 11, 2017
We’ll continue updating this post with whatever important things come from it.