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Don't be surprised Romo might just see some minutes in the game as his former high school basketball teammate Caron Butler have raved about Romo's ability to drop buckets.

He won't play in the Mavericks' final home game of the National Basketball Association season, but the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback took part in a team photo and the morning shootaround and will participate in team meetings, early pregame warm-ups and introductions. Romo said he has gone to too many games to count but has become a passionate fan.

The 37-year-old came out for warmups and not only made his lay ups, but he drained a 20-foot jumper in the face of Devin Harris. Romo was an honorary Mavericks team member.

"Obviously we knew we couldn't check him in", said star Dirk Nowitzki, who helped hatch the plan to honor Romo.

"I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it, '" the defiant Cuban told reporters of his conversation with Silver.

"I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish", said Romo, a four-time Pro Bowler who is the Cowboys' all-time leader with 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdowns, but never managed to take the team to a Super Bowl crown.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN he initially had every intention of signing Romo and giving him some National Basketball Association minutes. They did manage to trim it to eight in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets pulled away again.

"Just to be a part of it in there with them is a unique experience that not very many people have ever got to do", Romo said.

After getting to pretend he was a starter during the introductions, Romo took the floor to address fans at the end of a brief ceremony in which Carlisle and Nowitzki also spoke. "I have to live with that".

With news finally getting out that Tony Romo will be joining the CBS Sports team as the lead National Football League analyst, it seems like the former Cowboys franchise quarterback has been an hot commodity in the sports galaxy.

For what it's worth, a new sport didn't change Romo's signature backwards hat look.

Romo admitted to feeling a little out of place after going through his first - and only - Mavericks shootaround on Tuesday morning. He was actually a very good high school player, so it's not like he would have been completely out of his element.

Tony Romo said he was embarrassed over the reaction to his announcement that he was retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining CBS as a top football analyst.

Tonight gives fans in the Dallas area a chance to say goodbye to Romo one last time given his abrupt retirement announcement last week. Romo stood up. The crowd cheered.

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