DONUT 1: O.J.'s not on 'Team Tank' ...
What does O.J. Mayo of the Dallas Mavericks think about the idea of his club losing on purpose -- otherwise known as "Team Tank''?
"I've never been in a position to do so, so I've never looked into it,'' Mayo tells DB.com. "But I'm not a big fan of it. If that were the case then definitely sit me out and try to make that happen because I'm going to be out there competing and trying to win."
I mentioned to him that Cuban and Donnie and Carlisle and, for that matter, the last guy on the bench, aren't built that way, either.
"I don't think so,'' Mayo said. "We're not built like that. We definitely don't have that losing mentality. I've never looked into that."
What Juice has looked into is something beyond the one-game-at-a-time approach preached by many.
"I'm pretty much one-game-at-a-time guy, but I also try to break it down in stretches of five games,'' he told me. "A bad stretch of five games is three losses, so you definitely try to get four out of five or five out of five as much as we can to make it easier on us."
Dallas could use some "easy.'' And at 25-30, the Mavs could use some "five-out-of-fives,'' too.
Tonight's opponent, the Bucks (7:30 at the AAC) The Bucks (26-28) are in eighth place in the East. but have lost seven of eight. Dallas has won five of seven but is 4.5 games out of eighth in the West.
DONUT 2: Whale-watching ...
Mayo also needs to fix something that's broken about his game personally. Off the court, during the All-Star Break, he told me he visited Cabo for some "whale-watching.'' But now that he's back, he needs to do some "whale-beating.''
The Premium story -- along with the audio of my interview with Mayo -- is here.
DONUT 3: Spin-free with Cuban ...
Tired of hearing Mark Cuban's comments get regurgitated and twisted and filtered?
Here, DB.com goes one-on-one with the Mavs owner as he gives us gold on "Plan Powder,'' the trade deadline, Dirk's future and his team's playoff chances ... and we've got the full audio of our exclusive interview here, too!
DONUT 4: Building a team ...
DONUT 5: WOW, is right ...
Dwyane Wade wants you to call him "W.O.W.'' It's a nickname he's made up for himself (always a bad look) and it's short for "Way of Wade.''
I'll agree to call him "WOW'' if he'll agree to it standing for "Wheelchair of Wade.''
DONUT 6: The interview process ...
By the time the NFL Scouting Combine is done, it seems Manti Te'o will have met with everbody.
Everybody except, that is, with his own girlfriend.
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DONUT 9: Live from Daytona! ...
On the eve of Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, my 105.3 The Fan colleague Richie Whitt and I asked Kurt Busch about the confluence of speed, safety measures and danger that is part of the thrill of NASCAR. Busch answered the question smartly, acknowledging the components of what makes auto racing so popular.
On Saturday afternoon, we witnessed first-hand that confluence of speed, safety measures and danger as Tony Stewart avoided a pileup and won the race an instant after huge parts of Kyle Larson’s car flew into the catchfence and into the stands.
By our eyewitness account as we sat no more than 100 yards from the incident, it seems at least 12 fans sustained injuries. A dozen ambulances made their way onto the service road alongside the Speedway. We saw a man being taken away in a back brace, a woman with a tourniquet on her leg, and a handful of people who appeared to have suffered burns by the freak accident.
Larson’s car went out of control due to what appeared to be a multiple-car accident near the finish line. Regan Smith seemed to have the lead but his car was turned, possibly from contact from Brad Keselowski’s car.
Debris from the crash – especially from Larson’s car – was scattered toward the catchfence and the stands. To us, it appeared Larson’s entire engine had wrapped itself into the fence. As Stewart quietly accepted congratulations for his victory, technical and medical personnel tendeded to Larson’s car (which was sheared in half) and to Larson himself, who reportedly was evaluated and released.
NASCAR immediately tweeted a response from President Mike Helton, who said, “Our prayers and thoughts are with everybody (the responders) are working on.’’
Amid my enjoyment of the thrills of Daytona - with Danica on the pole on Sunday and Jimmie Johnson pulling off the win -- I share in those thoughts and prayers.
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DONUT 11: Dirk on his future ...
The UberMan talked to reporters over the weekend and addressed his future with the club -- and it all sounds like good news to me from Dirk Nowitzki.
*“The way I feel now, I still think I can play a couple of years. ... Obviously, in five, six years, if I make it that long, I’m not going to take every shot in the fourth quarter, but I’m going to be out there spacing the floor and be smart, if I make it that long.''
*"I’ve always said it’s got to be fun. Once it gets to the point where the fun is gone and I just go to work, I’d rather just retire. I’ve got this year and next year under contract, so I’ll be 36 and for sure play a couple of more years. ... Yeah, now I feel good and I’m having fun again.''
*"We made some business decisions obviously we all know about, so we’ll see what we get out of this. We have cap space for the first time in a long time. We’ll see if we can make something happen this summer. ... We’ve always competed and were a part of the playoffs, so we’ll see happens this summer. It’s going to be a big summer for this franchise, for sure.”
*When my contract’s up, I’m 36 and I’ll definitely sign a couple more years because it’s still fun, but I don’t know if I’ll play until 40. But when I’m 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years.”
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
When Derek Fisher "retired'' from the Mavs in the midstream of the first half of this season, he explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Who knew that D-Fish had so many relatives who live in Oklahoma City?!