We've discussed the possibility of Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts being amongst the candidates up for the head coaching job for the Portland Trailblazers in recent weeks. Jason Quick of the Oregonian reported this week that Stotts is now among the two finalists for the position, along with Portland interim head coach and UTA graduate Kaleb Canales.
Rick Carlisle has been pretty vocal in supporting his assistant for the position despite the hole it would leave in his own coaching staff. Luckily for Mavs fans, DallasBasketball.com doesn't share the same dignity as Carlisle and we look forward to starting some sort of vicious rumor in the near future, thus preventing Stotts from getting the job, and remaining a Maverick.
DONUT 2: Duck! ...
I had an epiphany a couple days ago because I think about these kinds of things. Roddy B is the older, basketball version of Luis Mendoza from Mighty Ducks 2. His strength of speed is also his weakness, at times. It's more than okay if you have no idea what I'm talking about.
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DONUT 5: Don't send a gift yet ...
So… Is Dirk Married or what?
For weeks ago it's been widely reported that Mavs superstar Dirk Nowitzki finally tied the knot with girlfriend Jessica Olsson. Apparently those reports filtered out without any kind of confirmation from Nowitzki himself because the word DB.com keeps getting is that he's still ring-less (Wedding, not Championship).
According to those within the organization, Dirk is not married even though there are plans in place for a ceremony in the future. Knowing Nowitzki, it's no surprise his private life is so cloudy to those not in his inner circle.
No marriage, no problem. But what exactly WAS happening in this photo? I know Dirk's future UberWife has familial roots in Kenya, but ... Because of the clothes alone, I demand an explanation!
DONUT 6: Missed It By That Much ...
Team USA Men's Basketball had another thriller in the London Olympics last night as they barely outlasted Nigeria 156-73. The 83-point margin of victory marked a Team USA record as the Americans dropped 29 three-pointers, 10 by Carmelo Anthony alone. At the risk of not properly describing the ease with which the USA has rolled so far in the tournament, ‘Merica has absolutely breezed through France, Tunisia, and the recently victimized Nigeria. Think "sheet of notebook paper into a wood chipper" type of domination.
To this, American citizens nod approvingly.
As a fan of the sport, the only thing cringe worthy is watching stars of the NBA like Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, and others take minor knocks during games. While hoping nothing serious happens, minor injuries are just a reminder of how quickly a franchise can come crumbling down if disaster were to strike one of these studs. As a Mavs fan, it makes me sleep easier at night knowing none of the pieces to the Dallas franchise are participating.
To that, Mark Cuban nods approvingly.
DONUT 7: Coming out on top ...
It's not uncommon to see the Dallas Mavericks listed as ‘Winners' on various publications' listings of offseason free agency winners and losers. Depending on your perspective and expectations you had for the Dallas front office heading into this summer, you may disagree with that ‘Winner' status. Still, we've come quite a long way since July 3rd, have we not? To even be argued as a winner of free agency didn't seem possible a month ago.
The lesson, as always, is to avoid off-the-cuff opinions of front-office strategies until the dust settles. Keep that in mind whether it's with the Mavs, or for that matter, that baseball team over in Arlington.
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DONUT 9: The Mayo Factor ...
OJ Mayo has been a Maverick for about two weeks and already tons of expectations are being placed upon him to replace the production Jason Terry provided (Not unlike the expectations Terry faced upon replacing Steve Nash in 2004, albeit on a smaller scale). Not to pile on, but it's safe to say that a good chunk of the 2012-13 Mavericks' offense will depend on how quickly Mayo can ease into the role of facilitator in a Nowitzki-Mayo two-man game.
We've analyzed the potential of that set which has been a long-time staple of the Dallas offense, but advanced statistics that focus on the comparison of Terry vs. Mayo in that regard can't account for one main factor: Terry has played with Nowitzki while Mayo has not.
This turns any kind of analysis into a ‘chicken or the egg' theory until we can actually see the results with our own eyes. Did Jason Terry become a lethal weapon in the pick-and-pop with Dirk Nowitzki because he was always good at it, or did he become that way because he had Dirk? We saw JJ Barea lose a lot of his effectiveness in the NBA after he went to Minnesota and, in addition to suffering some injuries, wasn't completely equipped to play without defenses so focused on his teammate.
We'll find out if Mayo is the chicken or the egg in October.
DONUT 10: Until then … Highlights! ...
Please pardon the music, Michael Dugat picked it out.
DONUT 11: Questionable French Opinions ...
Portland/France forward Nicolas Batum doesn't think Team USA is as invincible as they appear. He even views them as beatable. "You got to play a 40-minute game (against the United States), control the rebounds, take care of the ball and play good defense," Batum said. "Some teams can do it, you know. I think some team can beat them, really. Spain, Argentina, Brazil."
"A lot of teams."
According to Batum, "a lot of teams" can beat the Americans if they play extremely well all game, don't have turnovers, and keep Team USA from scoring very much. So essentially, if a team plays very well and the USA plays very poorly, then there is a chance to beat them.
Um, I guess that makes sense, however unlikely it is for those exact circumstances take place. Using that logic though, the Cowboys have a chance to lose to the prisoners from The Longest Yard if all of the Cowboys become very bad at football and all of the prisoners play the best they ever have.
There must be a lot of ‘ifs' and ‘buts' over there in Paris. Oh yeah, and Nic, Team USA won by 83 yesterday.
DONUT 12: The Final Word - Mavs 24/7 ...
Jerry Jones is cussing at the Giants, Ryan Dempster can't get out of the 5th inning, Mo Caliborne can't keep anyone in front of him, Mike Olt is going to save the season, Jerry (again) is searching for glory holes and Nelson Cruz is leaving dents all over DFW with the baseballs he's hitting.
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