Mavericks owner says Jerry Jones ‘would be quite crazy to fire Jason Garrett’

Posted Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Before his team hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave his opinion on what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should do with coach Jason Garrett.

“I think Jerry would be quite crazy to fire Jason Garrett, not that he would,” Cuban said.

“If you’re going to fire a coach you better have something really good to go to before you even think about making a change.”

Cuban said unless Cowboys players have lost faith in him, Garrett should return as coach next season even if the Cowboys lose to Philadelphia at home on Sunday and miss the playoffs.

“Unless there’s something really fundamentally wrong in the way they play, it’s probably not the coach,” Cuban said.

Cuban said Jones shouldn’t allow the media to influence him whether or not he fires Garrett following the season.

“The last thing you care about is how the media responds,” Cuban said. “Maybe you come out after the fact and explain your logic so everybody understands.

“He has his radio show, TV show, whatever, and he has a chance to do it there and he knows that, so what’s the rush? And knowing Jerry from a business perspective, he knows if he waits and says he’s going to explain it on one of those shows, the ratings will be much higher.”

Cuban also said he may need back surgery, or have to take an epidural injection, to relieve pain in his lower back.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received an epidural injection on Monday to alleviate pain in his lower back.

Popovich praises Blair

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took the high road when asked if DeJuan Blair had a good argument because he didn’t play much last season.

“DeJuan has a really good argument about whether he should have played more or not, that’s for sure,” Popovich said.

Blair spent his first four seasons with the Spurs before signing a one-year, $884,293 free-agent contract with the Mavs over the summer.

Popovich spoke highly of Blair’s development over the years.

“I think more than anything it’s his maturity,” Popovich said. “He was a young kid when he came in and he didn’t have a lot of experience on or off the court.

“But he’s a really intelligent young man, and he’s a good kid and he works hard.”

Blair averaged 18.2, 21.4 and 21.3 minutes per game in his first three seasons with the Spurs. But his playing time dwindled to just 14 minutes per game last season.

In addition, of the 17 playoff games the Spurs played in the final three rounds last season, Blair did not play in 10 of them.

He played only 77 total minutes, mostly garbage time, in the 11 playoff games he played during the Spurs’ four rounds of postseason competition.

“Each year he just developed a little bit more as far as understanding relationships on the court, understanding what his role was,” Popovich said.

“Off the court, taking care of business, and in general he’s matured into a really fine young man.”

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
Texas «5Final | Box
Seattle3Final | Box
Philadelphia «4
Toronto «9Final | Box
NY Mets8Top 8th | Box
Oakland4@theBallpark | TV: MLB Net, SNY, CSN-CA
Houston 8/20 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta 8/20 7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: SPSO, ROOT-PIT
Arizona 8/20 7:05 PM ET
Washington TV: FSN-AZ, MASN
LA Angels 8/20 7:10 PM ET
Boston TV: FSN-W, NESN, ESPN 2
Detroit 8/20 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FSN-DET, Sun Sports
Cincinnati 8/20 7:15 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FSN-OH, FSN-MW
San Francisco 8/20 8:05 PM ET
Chicago Cubs TV: CSN-BA, WCIU
Baltimore 8/20 8:10 PM ET
Chicago WSox TV: MASN 2, CSN-CHI
Cleveland 8/20 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota TV: STO, FSN-N
Kansas City 8/20 8:40 PM ET
Colorado TV: FSN-KC, ROOT-RM
San Diego 8/20 10:10 PM ET
Los Angeles TV: FSN-SD, SNLA, ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 4Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: NFL Network, KDKA, 6ABC
Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: WXYZ7
Carolina 7:30 PM ET
New England TV: Panthers TV, WBZ
NY Giants 7:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS 2
Oakland 8:00 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Chicago 10:00 PM ET
Seattle TV: NFL Net, FOX32, Q13FOX
Tampa Bay 4:30 PM ET
Buffalo TV: NFL Network, WFLA
Tennessee 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: WKRN, CW69
Dallas 7:00 PM ET
Miami TV: KTVT, CBS11, CBS4
Washington 7:30 PM ET
Baltimore TV: NBC4, CSN-DC, WBAL
St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: WKYC
New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: KARE 11, KCTV
Houston 9:00 PM ET
San Diego 4:00 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Cincinnati 8:00 PM ET
Arizona TV: NBC
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard