Wednesday Mavs Donuts: Few Beasts In The East
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Does Cuban know Kathy? ... Listen to the Pacers and realize a Mavs truth: there are few Beasts In The East ... Why don't owners just give players secret cap-circumventing oil wells? ... Who is the Mavs' second-best player? ... Olympic folks don't understand the criticism of 'Melo?! ... Stotts to Portland. ... Donuts!

DONUT 1: Few beasts in the East ...

Danny Granger sees a path to the top for his Pacers.

"It’s going to be tough (in the East),'' he says. "Brooklyn, they are going to be threat. Obviously Miami is going to be there, but I think we still view ourselves as a top-two team in the East."

That all may be so. Miami's level of "tough'' is undeniable, of course. But beyond that? Indy and Brooklyn are serious contenders to be the No. 2 team in the East?

Danny, that doesn't tell you how tough the East is. That tells you how tough teams like the Dallas Mavericks have it in the West. Because I promise you, the Pacers and Nets would NOT finish second in the West.

DONUT 2: Defending Melo?! ...
So weird hearing Olympic types ask aloud, "Why do people say Carmelo Anthony is selfish? Where do these rumors come from?'' ... when all they have to do is ask people in New York and Denver who have played and coached alongside him.

I mean, how hard is it to find Denver and New York?

DONUT 3: Why doesn't Jerry Jones give everybody an oil well? ...

Why doesn't Cuban give Dirk Nowitzki a stake in HDNet? Why don't the Rangers just give mansions to players at a cost of $1?

There are indeed rules against such things, as the Boston Globe reveals as it notes that Kevin Garnett isn't able to buy a part of the Roma soccer club because one of its principals is also a Celtics part-owner.

So you get turned down if you are transparent about your desires. Now, how does anyone stop owners from secretly handing out oil wells?

DONUT 4: First question: "Necessary Roughness'' is a TV show? ...

Mark Cuban is going to star in an episode of USA’s "Necessary Roughness'' as a potential owner of the New York Hawks.

Not familiar. Does Kathy Ireland have anything to do with this? If it ain't Sinbad-approved, it ain't approved.

DONUT 5: Thanks, Esparza's! ...

The gang at Esparza's in Grapevine loves that it's Cowboys season and the Cowboys love Esparza's, too! Let me put it this way: You never know who you'll see out on Esparza's famous front porch! Thanks for your sponsorship, Esparza's!
DONUT 6: Stotts to Portland ...

It is the cost of the Mavs doing their business at such a high level: Following Duane Casey, who got his title ring in Dallas and then last year become the top man in Toronto, Terry Stotts will today be introduced as the new head coach of the Blazers.

Stotts, 54, has had opportunities before ... and those situations are like this one in that the Hawks of 2002-2004 and the Bucks of 2005-2007 were something short of contenders. Stotts -- with a career coaching record of 115-168 -- takes over a Portland roster in constant rebuilding mode. Carlisle gave him the highest recommendation, and anyone in Dallas ( included) who dealt with Terry would do the same.

DONUT 7: Two trickle-downs ...

I've got some calls in regarding Rick's plans to fill the Stotts void. Monte Mathis is absolutely ready to move up a chair. Will Dallas bring in an outsider? Or is somebody like Darrell Armstrong also ready to move up?

Just as intriguing: Stotts beat out Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales for the job. But Canales (a former UTA student) will, according to Blazers GM Neil Olshey, will remain on Blazers staff as an assistant coach. So Terry will take over a roster that's not ready for prime time, will have a ready-made assistant handed to him (and heck, might want to take a Mavs staffer with him) and will face a challenge improving on his career win-loss percentage.

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DONUT 10: Who is the Mavs' second-best player? ...

Who is the Mavs' second-best player? The Mavs fans on Boards kick it around ...

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DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

Kobe Bryant says the possibility of retiring from the NBA and then playing a final season in Europe is a "natural" way to end career.

It would also be a "natural'' way to get away from his wife and take his shirt off in nightclubs while surrounded by women.

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