DONUT 1: Lasting tributes ...
Permanent tributes are in the air ... the sure sign of an accomplished team and franchise. In an act that isn't exactly unfamiliar to Dallas Mavericks
fans, Jason Terry has guaranteed a championship with his current team, sealed with a tattoo marking the declaration. This time around, Terry made the prediction with the Celtics and is taking some heat for it, just as he did in Dallas. In Jet's defense, the last time he did something like this his team won a championship.
So … why shouldn't he do it again now?
The Celtics are a solid contender and Jet is on a streak with predicting championships via tattoos. (A one-game streak, but still ...) And we all know how quick Terry is with the trigger when he is on a hot streak.
Just like when rolling craps, you never walk away from a heater.
And in Jet's case, you never walk away from good theater, either. Which is as much his motivation as anything for getting both of these recent tattoos.
They symbolize Jet's almost irrational self-confidence. That irrational self-confidence deserves to exist in a permanent state. Not unlike Dirk's One-Legged Euro FadeAway, which ESPN knows nothing about ... but which we discuss here.
DONUT 2: Mavstoberfest! ...
We told you about Mavstoberfest on Monday ... now circle the date!
The date will be Saturday, Oct. 13. The event -- an upgrading of Fan Jam and featuring live music, food and games -- will begin on the AT&T Plaza at 3, and then the AAC doors will open at 4 p.m. for fans to watch the Mavs practice!
DallasBasketball.com will see you there!
DONUT 3: Bubble-Up and Rainbow Stew ...
You a football guy? My Cowboys-at-Seattle column -- complete with The Merle Haggard Song Book -- is here at FOXSports.
DONUT 4: Why not 82-0?
Metta World Peace tells an LA radio station that the Lakers' goal is to go 73-9.
"We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that's definitely something that I want to do,'' The Artist Formerly Known As Ron Artest said. "Whoever is out there at the beginning of the season then we gotta get it. It's as simple as that. We just have to go get it.''
So, Ron-Ron, that's really in y'all's minds?
"No question,'' he said. "You try to snatch records before you leave this earth. You gotta try to do a lot of great things so it's definitely a goal. With Dwight Howard, Nash, Kobe, myself, Pau and then Jamison and a lot of great additions it's something that's possible."
I sense that Artest isn't literally targeting 73-9, but rather speaking to the mindset he wants his team to have. But if he's being more fanciful than literal, why stop at 73? If the Lakers are so overwhelmingly talented and cohesive, why not 74 wins? Or 80? Or 82?
DONUT 5: Go say hello at Studio Movie Grill! ...
The gang at Studio Movie Grill is ready to show Mavs fans a good time!
Go check 'em out and stay tuned for some fun projects DB.com is working on in coordination with Studio Movie Grill!
DONUT 6: In case you missed it ...
I've got DB.com Video Visits with Jae Crowder, Darren Collison, Elton Brand and O.J. Mayo here in DB.com Archives ...
It's good stuff, and exclusive stuff ... dig through the Archives for the gold!
DONUT 7: When Cuban walks into the basement ...
Mavs owner Mark Cuban, excited about the offensive skills of his two new bigs, tells a story of walking down into the AAC basement.
"It's the first time since I've owned the Mavs when I've walked downstairs and saw our centers taking jump shots,'' Tony Cubes says, "and I didn't cringe.''
That's a poke at the shooting talents, or lack thereof, of the likes of Diop, Damp and Big Wood -- and by the way, Big Wood really did practice shooting a lot of mid-range shots.
It's also an accidental slap at Tyson Chandler and Raef LaFrentz, though that latter experiment was a long time ago and Raef didn't work out all that well.
The real story here is the offensive prowess of newcomers Brand and Kaman, who are both effective as low-post scorers (something Dallas has long lacked, that "easy baskets'' bugaboo) and as mid-range jumpshooters (something to take the load off The UberMan).
For all the talk about "uptempo'' as it involves Collison and Mayo, winning in the halfcourt and in the low-post is the most established way to win in the postseason. That's when the Mavs hope Kaman and Brand can produce from mid-range and in ... and that's when Cuban not cringing is of the utmost importance.
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DONUT 10: Best-dressed ...
Somebody wants to make an issue of which NBA team is the best-dressed and naturally it's Dwyane Wade
and holy heck can training camp PLEASE hurry up and get here?
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DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Shawn Marion asks on Twitter, "Time to eat then maybe some yoga. Who's with me?''
To which I hungrily reply, "I'm with you 50 percent!''