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Jason Kidd

Ex-Wife Defends NBA Star,

Mavs Should Retire Jersey

8/22/2012 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0822_kidd_jowanna_gettyJason Kidd has an unlikely ally in his feud with Mark Cuban -- his arch-nemesis ex-wife Joumana ... who tells TMZ the former Mavs superstar DESERVES to have his jersey retired in Dallas ... no matter how much Mark hates his guts. 

The Kidd vs. Cuban feud kicked into high gear this week when the Mavs owner told the media he would NEVER retire JK's jersey in Dallas because he was upset at the way Kidd left the team back in July.

We figured the statement would be music to the ears of Joumana Kidd ... since she went through a NASTY split with Jason back in 2007 ... the kind of divorce that makes Tom and Katie's split look downright friendly.

But Joumana tells TMZ ... that just ain't the case ... and despite her rocky relationship with Jason, she believes the 39-year-old -- who played a key role on the Mavs 2011 championship team -- should be treated like the hoops hero he is. 

"[Jason] is an amazing basketball player I can never take that away from him.  He’s one of the best guards to ever play in the league. “

She adds, "Lots of fans would love to see his jersey retired in Dallas ... I believe he’s earned it and he deserves that based on what he did for the Mavericks.”

Cuban suggested he might change his mind over time ... if he does, Jason might have to send a thank-you note to his ex.

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he is fiiiiiine

799 days ago

She's baaaack    

Is it just me or are these people racially unidentifiable? Freaks me out.

799 days ago


Retired Jersey. Hell No. what is she on a waiting list for ex-basketball wives?

She got a bunch of money. What is she out of money? who will pay for all her wigs, wig extensions, fake nails and so on.

Talk to Chad Johnson, who legally changed his name to Oucho Cinco who is now Oucho Seised 85 is 86'd off the team. He's back to Chad Jhonson.

799 days ago


He does not deserve to have his jersey retired. Please, he left in disgrace from the Mav's by Coach Nelson because he lacked leadership. He only came back because Cuban agreed to over pay for the aging alcoholic guard. He should have been the best in history, but wasted his talent becasue of lack of hard work. Mavs do not need to retire his jersey. That is a funny thought...

799 days ago


Screw basketball. It's a non-sport with a bunch of self-important thugs who think they're stars. I wish it would just go away already.

799 days ago


They can't just to retire everyone's jersey because they were a decent player or there wouldn't be any left in the future. For a player to have his jersey retired, he should at least be well-known enough for his prowess on the field/court to be well-known to those who hate the sport, and I have no idea who this is.

799 days ago


i remember seeing them on Cribs when I was 13 or 14 and thinking 'He has to be the stupidest person alive who isn't legally retarded'...

799 days ago


joumana is still smoking hot (not in that picture though) and she's right, kidd is an all-time great. it's good that she can find nice things to say about her kids' dad

799 days ago


dude owns the team its up to him

799 days ago


Oh Yea, He's a wife beating drunk. Perfect retire his jersey. May be we should have a hall of shame for all these fools in the NBA and NFL who think they can brake the law and get away with it. Your a great roll model, for prisoner #20179 in some jail house. s***bag..........

798 days ago


he got paid now shut the f uphe isnt a god or a hero he got paid lots went to another team done.

798 days ago


It seems like they still have something going on. Most women wouldn't give a crap if their ex husband who beat them was lynched. Her defending him seems suspect. Maybe she's why he moved back to New York with no warning to the team where he's the captain. It sounds real suspicious. Somethings going on with them.

797 days ago

M Van Meter    

Mark Cuban should be ashamed of himself...what cry baby!!

794 days ago
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