Derek Harper Rumors
The Mavericks retired Harper’s No. 12, the third Dallas player to be so honored. Harper’s jersey joins those of his former teammates Brad Davis (No. 15) and Rolando Blackman (No. 22) in the rafters. Harper played 12 seasons in a 16-year career with the Mavericks, ranking fourth in the team’s history in points and first in assists and steals. Harper also made the NBA Finals with the Knicks in 1994 and is now the analyst on Mavericks’ TV broadcasts. “I kept looking up at Brad and Ro’s numbers during the first half of the game and just thinking that I was going to be up there joining those guys. ” Harper said after the game. “When reality sets in, this is a big deal because not a lot of people get to have their jersey retired. It’s an incredible honor.”
Harper, his grown children and 4-year-old granddaughter Savannah were asked to tug a rope and unveil the banner bearing jersey No. 12, to be hoisted into the AAC rafters and into permanent Mavericks lore. “Whoo!” said Harper, 56, perhaps in equal parts glee and relief.
During halftime of the Mavericks’ Sunday night loss to another of his former teams, the Knicks, Harper joined Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman as the only players in the Dallas franchise’s 38-year history to have their jerseys retired. “This is my night,” Harper told the crowd. “I couldn’t think of sharing this night with a better group of fans than the Rowdies and MFFL’s.”
Dwain Price: On his jersey being retired, Derek Harper paying homage to his family on the impact they’ve had on his career: “This kind of stuff doesn’t happen unless you have a support system throughout your career.”