Over the weekend, a spirited debate broke out between Coop and me. He thinks unless the "news'' affects the team, it's not really "news'' ... not worthy of much attention. I say everything from the NBA schedule to Cuban's backyard bash to Dirk's wedding to Delonte's favorite song is "news'' ... all framed with how the public is desiring it and how the media is working to keep it in context.
So I say to Coop, "If I find out that Tony Romo's mom, or Dirk Nowitzki's mom, is training to be an astronaut, you say it's not news?"
And Coop says: "It doesn't affect the team, so I dont give a rat's behind.''
What do you, Dear Reader, think? Pick a side!
DONUT 2: The Amazing Kreskin ...
DB.com was the first to get Mark Cuban to speak on the record about the Dallas Mavericks' CBA plans this year ... and now we see a lot of the quotes that make it appear that he conjured up "Plan Powder'' so far back that, like, he was in middle school or something.
As you know, I'm a Cuban guy when it comes to his mastery of the CBA. But watch out for the spin being offered and then being married with the thesis that all the pieces were destined to fit into CBA place even before the CBA was finalized.
Did Dallas plan to have a host of contracts expire at the same time? Yes. We reported on that literally two years ago.
DONUT 3: But let's not over-credit here ...
What is being done with contracts for last summer isn't quite the same as what was done in anticipation of this summer. Cuban doesn't say he did it with the dexterity with which he's being given credit (including a fawning CBS piece). ... but the impression is nevertheless left.
As our David Lord helps us note, if you look at ALL the Mavs 2011-12 contracts one-by one in the context of when and how they were offered, they were not all especially aimed to line up at summer-2012 ... until we got to the summer of 2010 and Chancellor Stern warned they were headed to a $40-million hard cap.
THAT'S when Dallas started eyeing adjustments. Not before.
Some of the contracts were written with summer-of-2012 in mind. But previous to two years ago? Nah. Contracts expire EVERY year. Inevitably, some will expire in the same year. ... Dirk Nowitzki's contract, for instance, will SEEM like it's "brilliantly timed'' to expire ... but only if Dallas is in position to use its expiration to take a building step forward.
Listen, we were right on top of the Haywood contract when it was offered. Now, wouldn't that have been a good guy to have magically disappear off the payroll if the Mavs truly possessed that sort of foresight?
But instead, they are paying Haywood $27 million while he toils in Charlotte for the next three seasons.
In other words, Cuban may be a CBA visionary. But the vision started two years ago and no more, specific to the present NBA rules. He's sharp; but he's not The Amazing Kreskin, OK?
DONUT 4: And as long as we're judging Cuban ...
Can he act? Let's allow you (via his new Diet Mountain Dew ad) to be the judge:
I'm having trouble getting beyond Tony Cubes wearing a suit. What happened to our beloved be-jeans-and-too-tight-t-shirted Dallas Mavericks owner?!
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Trollinger's act wears thin, but it's always fun to tear into his rip jobs on the Mavs, starting with his clumsy attempt to use the word 'Quixotic' when it comes to Dallas' pursuit of excellence.
We're working on that story. Meanwhile, think about what "Quixotic'' means. Think about the Mavs and Larry O'Brien, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki. And you tell me if it's possible John Trollinger doesn't know what "Quixotic'' means.
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DONUT 10: The Custodian update ...
Brian Cardinal tells the News-Sentinel in Indiana that he'd like to play one more NBA year.
"I'd like to play another year and see where that goes, but at the same time I understand it's a crazy business," said The Custodian, at 35 a 12-year vet with a Mavs title ring. "I'm awfully thankful for the previous 12 years. I've played longer than anybody would have expected, myself included.
Cardinal has often mentioned to us his desire to go into teaching and coaching. That could happen at his alma mater, Purdue. His family is based in Indiana; he and wife Danielle have three kids not yet old enough to start elementary school.
"Bryson starts kindergarten in a couple weeks, so life is good," Cardinal said. "The ups and downs of the NBA are frustrating, but that goes with it. It's still a blast to come home and see my kids and my wonderful wife, got a couple dogs. Life is good."