The Mavericks will wear a “Mr. C” jersey patch for the rest of the season in honor of the late Don Carter, the original proprietor of the Mavericks and one of the most influential figures in this organization’s history.
Carter passed away last week at the age of 84. He owned the Mavericks from their inception ahead of the 1980-81 season until 1996. Affectionately known by players, coaches, and staff as “Mr. C,” he and his wife Linda Jo were both beloved figures in Dallas. Carter’s iconic white Stetson cowboy hat was even part of the Mavs’ original logo.
“The entire Mavs family is heartbroken by the loss of Mr. Carter,” Mavs proprietor Mark Cuban said after Carter’s passing. “Along with his wife Mrs. Carter, they have been our guiding lights for the organization since its founding in 1980. To say he will be missed does not do justice to just how important Mr. C has been to the Dallas Mavericks and the City of Dallas. Our condolences go out to Mrs. Carter and the entire Carter family.”
The Mavericks will honor Carter on Feb. 26 against the Indiana Pacers, the club’s first home game since his passing.
To hear and read more about Carter’s impact on the organization and his legacy, read Dwain Price’s article with thoughts from former players and staffers as well as Norm Sonju, with whom Carter founded the Mavericks in 1980. In addition, Skin Wade shared his own thoughts and stories from the 1980s on our most recent podcast.