The Dallas Morning News

Tony Romo will participat­e in warmups and will be feted throughout tonight’s game.

- Eddie Sefko

The Mavericks will pay tribute to former Cowboys quarterbac­k Tony Romo on Tuesday, starting in the pregame warmups and continuing throughout the final home game of the season.

Romo will get the full game day experience, Carlisle said on his radio show Monday. He’ll be involved in everything from the shootaroun­d to the layup line before the Mavericks host the Denver Nuggets.

“He’s a guy who has a great intellectu­al curiosity about basketball. I can tell that,” Carlisle said. “I just think Tony is looking forward to what a prep day in the NBA is like.

“It’s a great opportunit­y for us to tip our hat to Tony and what he’s meant to us and how supportive he’s been of the Mavericks. It’s really Mark’s idea [owner Mark Cuban]. I talked to Jason Garrett about it three nights ago, and he couldn’t have been more supportive.”

Carlisle said the idea was run past Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. No word about NBA approval was mentioned, but that seems like a nonfactor.

Several other Cowboys are expected to attend the game, and fans are encouraged to get to their seats early.

“With the way his career has been, he’s been so great and played hurt and been such a rock-solid example of what a Dallas athlete should be, we want to pay a respectful tribute,” Carlisle said. Of course, Romo will not play in the game. Denver’s visit comes on the heels of the Nuggets’ being eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend.

Though details have been sketchy to come by, it’s expected Romo will be given a ceremonial jersey and sit on the bench during the game.

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