"Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what?''
That's the headlining phrase from Mark Cuban's recent visit with ESPN Radio, the subject being Miami's slow start. And he's got more.
"How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you're starting to see some of the problems. Any
team with a strong, big guy that can score, they're getting abused by. Paul Millsap goes out and pulls a Tracy McGrady. What, Tracy McGrady scored
13 and 30 and Paul Millsap scores 11 in 29 seconds or something like that? They just don't have size to battle. They have the fewest points in the
paint of any team and that's tough. …
My buddy Dan Gilbert is smiling all the way, too. Again, it's early in the season and you never quite know how it's going to play out, but how glorious.''
Of course, this is getting major play nationally from the media. "The controversial owner'' vs. the NBA's "highest-profile team,'' and stuff like that.
Psssst … Dear National Media: Tony Cubes is pullin' your chain. And sellin' his tickets.
This is, what, the third time in two months Cuban has "called out'' the Heat for this crime or that. And it's Pavlovian the way it get lapped up by the media.
He says it.
We write it.
The "rivalry'' intensifies.
Mavs-vs.-Miami revenue gets earned.
DONUT 2: Included on our agenda today:
*The DB.com Mavs Podcast at noon featuring Mike Bacsik and me. Hear our DB.com Mavs Podcast here.
*The FS Southwest pregame show hosted by Dana Larson, Ro Blackman and yours truly (starts a half-hour early at 6:30!)
*Mavs-Hornets tipoff on FS Southwest … and I'm in the FS Southwest Game Lounge all night to chat.
*Wrapping up the TV night, I'm on the FS Southwest Mavs postgame show.
*And then, of course, we really get to work with full coverage all night on DallasBasketball.com!
DONUT 3: So there are rumors that Steve Nash could be had in trade from the Suns, who maybe think they are going nowhere.
And guess which NBA city, team and media group is already connecting themselves to Nash?
You got it. The New York Knicks! The Mecca! Where EVERYBODY wants to go!
Well, Amar'e, anyway.
DONUT 4: You have to really follow football to know who Eric Johnson is.
You do not have to be too pop-culturally astute to know who Jessica Simpson is.
Well, the former backup NFL tight end and the former future Mrs. Tony Romo have gone from dating to engaged and yes, it is a little zany that Eric announced his engagement to Jess the day after his divorce was final ... but still.
In this cynical world we live in, can we just be happy for two kids in love?
(And happy that if she ever shows up to any more Cowboys games, she will not be wearing her undersized pink No. 9 jersey?)
DONUT 5: Nice Big 12 basketball preview from the kids over at FS Southwest. …
DONUT 6: CBS picked up Colin Cowherd's "life rights" to make a TV sitcom. That's right. Colin Cowherd's life is worthy of a television show.
Jeebus. I need an agent.
DONUT 7: Let's take another stab at Cuban and the Stars.
Here's what he said, and what I wrote, over the weekend:
With a couple of Canadian TV networks reporting/speculating that Cuban has accelerated his interest in the local hockey team – and then with the natural ensuing social-media buzz – DB.com tracked down Cuban to get an update on any developments.
"All my conversation about the Stars,'' Cuban tells me, "are only about my interest in being involved in control of (American Airlines Center). It's only as it pertains to the arena. I will talk to any interested Stars buyer, same as I always am willing to do.''
My understanding: Cuban is checking in with prospective buyers in order to partner up as a minority investor in the NHL team, thus creating some corporate synergy (and revenue, of course) between the two main tenants of the AAC.
The incumbent owner of the Stars is Tom Hicks. But his defaulting on loans that led to his purchase of the team is forcing a re-sale. Cuban has close associations with a number of people who have in the past expressed interest (or are rumored to have done so), including billionaire friend Todd Wagner and NHL star Mike Modano. Cuban himself once attempted to purchase his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins, and also this summer was involved in a controversial bidding war for baseball's Texas Rangers.
Did I leave enough wiggle room there for Cubes to enter the conversations as a potential "minority owner'' but to come out the other end with enough financial control of the Mavs and the Stars to be able to oversee the sharing of assets, the coordination of scheduling, the increases in revenue and, maybe most of all, a television deal (with FS Southwest, I would hope/assume) that wraps it all into one lucrative bundle?
Allow me to make sure I leave enough wiggle room for all that.
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DONUT 9: I prefer to think of new Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as "RedBall,'' the nonsensical pet name given him by Troy Aikman almost 20 years ago. But even if the Valley Ranch comedy doesn't continue? The idea (given to Ben and Skin, I believe) of "Garrett Top'' might have to work.
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DONUT 11: The Mavs, in a span of 48 hours, have a chance to flip the Southwest Division on its butt.
If Dallas can follow Monday's win over the Hornets (now 8-1 after suffering that first loss of the season) with a victory tonight, New Orleans will be 8-2 … just like the Mavs will be. And the "talk-of-the-NBA stuff regarding New Orleans will be dead.
Dallas has won four straight, is trying to win a fourth straight on the road, and has established it is good enough to outplay New Orleans.
Problem? The Mavs have lost nine straight games in the Bayou … suggesting that there is now something psychological that needs to be overcome because anybody does any flipping.
DONUT 12: Again, I'll see you on TV tonight, pre- and postgame with Ro Blackman and Dana Larson on FS Southwest for Mavs-at-Hornets … all starting at 6:30 … and then in addition to all the coverage and conversation on DB.com and DB.com Boards, I'll be at the FS Southwest site watching the game and chatting with you here in the FS Southwest Game Lounge!