DONUT 1: Off to Israel? ...
If it can be helped, the Dallas Mavericks don't want their employees zipping around the globe playing for teams other than the Mavs.
Does this make them Ugly Americans? Unfriendly neighbors? Selfish bosses? Smart businessmen?
I'm not especially bothered either way by Gal Mekel's immediate plans. If he's been convinced by Donnie Nelson to spend his offseason with the Mavs ramping up toward a pro career rather than represent Israel in overseas play? Makes sense to me.
But it doesn't make sense to the basketball bosses in Israel, and why not? Because the basketball bosses in Israel are efforting to be every bit as much "selfish bosses'' and "smart businessmen'' as their DFW-based counterparts.
DONUT 2: What is "RAPM''? ...
What is "RAPM''?
It means "Regularized Adjusted +/-'' ... figures adjusted for the quality of teammates and the quality of opponents. And
we invite you to join in the Mavs Metrics Geek-Out here!
DONUT 3: Larkin Vs. Schroeder ...
Our David Lord is overseeing a DB.com Boards debate on Miami-star-turned-Mav point guard Shane Larkin vs. German-star-turned-Hawk Dennis Schroeder.
Says Lord, borrowing from the scouting report on DraftExpress of Schroeder: His main weaknesses on paper are his efficiency in transition, where he sports the second lowest field goal percentage at 44% and third highest turnover rate at 27.3%, and his pull-up jump shot, which he made a below average 30.6% of the time.
His biggest strength on paper, which lines up with what we saw at the Nike Hoop Summit, is his prolific ability creating for others on the pick and roll, as he ranks second in pass outs resulting in possessions per-game. His catch and shoot jump shot also warrants noting, as he knocked it down at a phenomenal 52.6% clip, albeit on 1.6 attempts per-game.
Comparison to Larkin strengths, who was stellar at both P-R and also at shooting the ball 41% on 3s:
Shane Larkin's value proposition at the next level is simple, he created more combined points on the pick and roll for himself and his teammates last season than any prospect in the country at 14.3 points per-game. Playing in a pick and roll heavy, pro-style offense, Larkin kept defenses honest with his jump shot, which ranks second most efficient in this group at 1.137 points per-shot, and showed excellent command of the ball, turning the ball over on just 11.3% of his possessions creating in the two-man game. While scouts will scrutinize his size, his efficiency as a scorer and prolific shot creating ability seem tailor made for the NBA game.
D-Lord takeaway: "My personal take is that Larkin better fits where I think the NBA is headed. The freedom on the perimeter has opened up a world where outside shooting is an incredibly vital need. In that context, while size is helpful, the waterbug types who are hard to keep up with and can shoot the eyes out of the bull have a greatly magnified value than ever before.''
That's obviously the Mavs' thought and hope, too.
DONUT 4: The Oden Chase...
What are the Mavs-related factors in Greg Oden's decision? David Lord breaks it down.
DONUT 5: The largest TV in Texas! ...
Our North Dallas hangout for sports and live music? It's Red Rock Bar & Grill! They help make DB.com what it is ... thanks, guys!
DONUT 6: DeJuan isn't official-official yet ...
Not until the Mavs say so, that it. But it seems There is noise of him having turned down other teams and "double the money'' the Mavs are giving him, which is his vet's minimum for this year at $947,907. There are tweets from DeJuan and even Mark Cuban. And there is our story on how DeJuan Blair fits in Dallas, here.
DONUT 7: Devin, however, is official ...
It's taken some fitful starts-and-stops, but Devin Harris is a Mav again. We initially expected it would be a two-year deal (one guaranteed, one player option), with whether Devin got the player option depending on how severe and lingering the Mavs' doctors think that toe injury could prove to be. Harris has apparently settled on the one-year $1,399,507 vet's minimum -- a comedown from the three-year, $9 million offer Dallas gave him before the toe problem was diagnosed.
DONUT 8: The rewards of Loyalty ...
Bill Simmons thinks Mark Cuban deserves credit for showing loyalty to Dirk Nowitzki. Mavs fans, to their credit, understand that maybe it's all much more complicated than that.
DONUT 9: Follow the Mavs on Twitter …
Follow the Mavs on Twitter: Mike Fisher, David Lord and
Michael Dugat keep you up-to-the-minute informed on all things Mavs!
DONUT 10: Thanks, Frisco Party Station! ...
A tip of the cap of appreciation to Frisco Party Station, your neighborhood headquarters for all your party needs ... everything! All the neighborhood schools represented -- college and even high school! -- and the party is on!
DONUT 11: "Jurassic Mavs'' ...
A brilliant plan cannot be touted as ‘brilliant’ after it’s failed. In this sense, the Mavs are ‘Jurassic Park,’ in which amusement-park scientists birth dinosaurs by extracting DNA from the bellies of mosquitos preserved in amber. Brilliant! (Until the dinosaurs began dining on park guests.) What went wrong with the film and the Mavs? ‘Chaos Theory.’
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Eagles receiver Riley Cooper's use of the "N-word'' in a video'ed rampage while attending a Kenny Chesney concert will earn him punishment from his team and from the league and whatever.
The real punishment starts when real football starts. Sixteen games. Seventy plays per game. Eighty percent of the league's players with the football-legal right to mete out their own forms of punishment.
Forget "Hard Knocks.'' HBO ought to attach a microphone to this idiot's helmet and call it "Life of Riley.''