Tuesday Morning Mavs Donuts

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Tuesday Morning Mavs Donuts: For 13 years running, it's the finest daily notes package in all of MavsLand (maybe due to the fact that it's the ONLY daily notes package in all of MavsLand, but still ...)

DONUT 1: Whatever happened to 'Dwight to Atlanta'? ...

New Atlanta GM Danny Ferry has been all about clearing cap space. "Plan Powder,'' Deep South Edition, right? The target? Dwight Howard, Atlanta native, right?
Anthony Morrow and Josh Smith are buddies of Howard's. So the idea was being talked about in Atlanta ... and rightly so.

"With me and Josh having a relationship with Dwight, it's a possibility," Morrow told reporter Alex Kennedy last week, obviously before the Dwight-to-Lakers abomination occured. "It'd be great with the relationship that us three have, and (fellow Atlanta native) Lou Williams too, especially from a chemistry standpoint. That's a good core group of guys right there to build a team around. ...''

This is a good exercise for Dallas fans also aware of the Mavs' work to get involved in the Dwightmare: Was Atlanta wise to set itself up this way? They've fallen short this time, so is it now unwise? Aren't they "forfeiting'' a season of the careers of people like Josh Smith? (You know, just like how Dirk Nowitzki, just months removed from a title, has experienced such an empty time in Dallas.)

In other words: Is Atlanta's quest also "Quixotic''? And, OK, we'll quit picking on the writer who tossed that inappropriate word on the woodpile. But if Dallas plots to get a Dwight-level player but might not ... and if Atlanta does the same ... Wouldn't it make everyone's quest for excellence a fantasy? Or should Atlanta and Dallas and everybody else just go ahead and concede this generation of championships to Miami and OKC and whomever else seems to have it all solved?

DONUT 2: Meanwhile, it's apparently OK for the Lakers/Nuggets/Sixers to talk Dwightmare ...

We're not sure how no Pau and picks is a better package for Dwight than what was on the Orlando table before. We're not sure how Orlando's get here is superior than what Houston had on the table. Or how Orlando finds taking on the salaries of Afflalo and Harrington more desireable than getting Bynum.

Is it all about that Lakers' No. 1 pick in 2017? Maybe, as we hear there is a primo crop of seventh-graders just dying to get drafted to the Magic.

In this space, we're unbending in the belief that the longer Orlando waited, the better the offers would've become. We're unbending. Orlando, however, was not.

DONUT 3: Second is the Best? ...

We’ve been discussing on DB.com Boards which player is the second best Maverick as of now. There are plenty of good answers, all for legitimate reasons. Darren Collison brings quickness and offensive firepower from the point guard position that hasn’t been seen in Dallas in Devin Harris left town. OJ Mayo comes to the Mavs as their first prototypical shooting guard since Michael Finley. Shawn Marion obviously has the defensive chops and is the last player on the roster other than Dirk who had a real role in the 2011 championship run.

If you want to try hard enough, an argument can be made for just about any player on the roster. Because of that exact reason though, we may be burying the lede.

Is it a bad thing that we don’t know who the clear-cut second best player is, or is it a good thing that the Mavs have enough depth for there to be a debate about it?

DONUT 4: Who needs tickets? ...

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DONUT 5: Usain Bolt on steroids? ...
Our FoxSports colleague Jason Whitlock writes so casually about the notion that Usain Bolt is on steroids that it barely seems like an accusation. But it is an accusation, right?

DONUT 6: Dirk says it's "brutal'' ...

The UberMan himself calls NBC's fake-live-taped Olympics programming "frustrating'' and "brutal.'' Is there an explanation for the decision? Couldn't you show it live ... and then re-show special moments in prime time, if prime-time programming is indeed the motivation?

Epic performances, though. And epic ratings, too, right to the end with the Closing Ceremonies in London, which could've only been topped had Leslie Nielsen punctuated the event by tackling the Queen.

DONUT 7: Coach Najera? ...

DB.com breaks the story of Eduardo Najera considering retirement from the NBA to possibly go into coaching -- and maybe begin that process with Donnie Nelson's D-League Texas Legends.

"I've actually been talking to Donnie for two years about someday going into coaching,'' Eddie tells DB.com. "Hey, if I'm going to retire, I've got to start doing something, right?''

Now, when the Nets call offering him a $1.2 mil deal to give it one more go ... Well, we'll see. But you consider the respect he has for the Mavs organization ...

... And then Eddie tells you he lives five minutes from the Legends HQ in Frisco ...

"I live five minutes away from the (Legends headquarters in Frisco),'' Eddie says. "I haven't made up my mind yet. I'm going to visit with Donnie and with my family ... But if we decide to go that way, it's a good fit.''

Our full visit with Najera is here.

DONUT 8: Follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter ...

DONUT 9: Does LeBron deserve 'The Dirk Treatment'? ... ...

A very smart piece by our man Chuck Perry, who was taking med-school tests as the Dallas Mavericks were passing their 2011 NBA Finals test ...

A Premium look at the question, 'Does LeBron deserve 'The Dirk Treatment.' And does this become even more valid post-Olympics, as he's essentially spend the summer establishing his greatness on both the NBA and international stages?

DONUT 10: Where's TNT when we need it? ...
In the gold medal game in London, some Spaniard had the gall to slap/poke Tyson Chandler on the cheek. We anxiously await the TNT studio crew's thoughts on the moment, which clearly proved that TY is "soft,'' "not a leader'' and, we guess, "white.''
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DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

And now the Bulls are getting national credit for being Plan-Powderish with the CBA. Hey, maybe that Tony Cubes really is qualified to run a Dairy Queen!

Or, because he didn't get Dwight, maybe he can't even do the swirly thing on top of the cone. It all depends on perspective ... expectations ... and results.


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