The Dallas Mavericks players got a chance to meet Mason Ridenour after the game against the Clippers on Tuesday night. Mason, who is in town receiving treatment for leukemia, chilled out post-game near the Dallas Mavericks locker room.
Mason hoped to get some autographs of the players on his new Mavericks ball (a gift from fans sitting near him during the game).
Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban stopped by to check out the post-game party with Mason.
Jerry Stackhouse, Jose Barea, then Devean George.
As each player came out of the locker room, one-by-one they stopped by and had a chat, made a photo, and autographed Mason’s new Mavericks basketball.
Shawne Williams, Antoine Wright, followed by James Singleton.
Mason’s Mavericks basketball started to fill up with autographs.
Mason, who has had major health complications to go with his Leukemia, only had one worry throughout the late evening. Mason wanted to know if Dirk Nowitzki’s head was okay. Dirk had been smashed with an elbow from Clipper’s forward Brian Skinner during the game, and Mason was really concerned.
DeSagana Diop, Gerald Green, followed by Josh Howard.
Then came Brandon Bass, followed by Erick Dampier.
Jason Kidd, who was near the end of the player parade (he had to receive treatment on his thigh that was injured in a previous game) asked Mason who he had met so far?
Mason replied “Everyone!”, but was still was still waiting on “Dirk and Jason Terry.”
Jason quickly replied, “Well, that figures! Dirk takes forever after games. It is because of his make-up! When Dirk gets here ask him about his make-up!”
As soon as Dirk arrived, Mason still concerned, asked Dirk about his head injury. Dirk assured him that it was fine, but that “it really hurt when it happened.”
Dirk spent some time chatting about the game and also gave Mason his game shoes. Dirk apologized about the shoes, “Sorry they are wet, but those are the shoes that I wore tonight.”
Mason was thrilled.
Mason’s mother, who was also in the room, was over whelmed with Dirk’s visit. Mason assured her that “She wasn’t supposed to cry!”
Mason didn’t ask about the make-up.
Jason Terry was the last visitor of the night and when he signed the ball, it was complete.
Mason’s basketball had been void of autographs an hour earlier. Now it was a 2008-2009 Dallas Mavericks team autographed basketball.
Good work Mason.