Fair-And-Balanced 'Hump Day' Mavs Donuts

DallasBasketball.com
Posted Aug 28, 2013


Tattling on the tankers ... Magic's mad at LeBron? ... Happy Engagement, Coach Ortegel! ... Fall out from the Lamar Odom story ... Amare should run for Lt. Governor of Texas! ... Monta and Mavs Culture ... Hump Day Mavs Donuts!



DONUT 1: Hump Day ...

The Dallas Mavericks offices ... where Dirk (and the genius behind so much terrific video work, Cash Sirois) never rest ...



DONUT 2: Tattling on the tankers ...

On DB.com Boards, an ambitious conversation regarding which NBA teams might be tanking this year.

DONUT 3: U mad, Magic? ...

Magic Johnson is firing back at LeBron James because LeBron failed to list Magic as one of the top three players of all-time.

Is this insecurity? Is it a goof? I suppose Magic's competitiveness is part of the reason he gets to be in this conversation in the first place, but if we concede that Magic is No. 4 (or 5 or 7 or 10) can this fake-controversy go away?

DONUT 4: Follow the Mavs on Twitter ...

Follow the Mavs on Twitter: Mike Fisher, Chuck Perry , David Lord and Michael Dugat keep you up-to-the-minute informed on all things Mavs!
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DONUT 5: Monta and the culture ...

We have written volumes already about Monta Ellis' fit in Dallas. (Go here to DB.com Archives and comb through the goodies.)

But what we cannot know until Monta joins the gumbo that is this NBA locker room is how he fits into the culture. As owner Mark Cuban recently wrote:

"Culture is very important to the Mavs. Your best player has to be a fit for what you want the culture of the team to be. He has to be someone who leads by example. Someone who sets the tone in the locker room and on the court. It isn’t about who talks the most or the loudest. It is about the demeanor and attitude he brings.

"It is amazing how when the culture is strong, the chemistry is strong. When the Mavs have brought in players that didn’t fit or buy in to our culture it created on the court and off the court problems. It's possible to handle one guy who may not fit it. It’s going to have a negative impact on your won and loss record if you have more than one.''

It is easy for you to imagine the players Cuban might be referring to in regard to the "bad fits.'' (If not, see Donut 7.) The bigger question going forward: Does Cuban right this in a way that suggests that Monta counts as a good fit?

Something that won't fit in this Dirk-led culture is shot-hunting by the team's Robin. Ellis has averaged 19.4 points per game over his NBA career, making him not only the 2013-14 edition of the team's second-best scorer, but quite possibly the second best scorer Dirk has played with.

But if the shooting percentage isn't there and if the shot selection isn't there, even a scorer as prolific (as opposed to "efficient'') as Ellis becomes a "bad fit.''

Know that in Cuban's description of "bad fits,'' he isn't necessarily talking about "bad guys.'' You don't hear NBA people talk about Ellis as a bad guy; you just hear them wondering whether he can recapture his peak, when he averaged over 20 points per game while shooting 53 percent in 2007-08.

The Mavs understand advanced stats and metrics better than most. So they know that "20 points a game'' isn't always all it's cracked up to be. What Cuban demonstrates in his post is how the Mavs also value "chemistry fit,'' and as it relates to Monta, it's a pretty simple formula:

If he buys into the Dirk-led culture while also buying into Carlisle's push toward efficiency, the culture can be strong, the chemistry can be strong, and the critics' prediction of this team as a non-playoff club can be wrong.

DONUT 6: Do you know who I am? ...

So Amare makes friends with a prison-parole big shot and the next thing you know, Amare's relative is freed from prison!

Who does Amare think he is, David Dewhurst?
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DONUT 7: The latest on Lamar ...

First of all, that you for the kind responses to our column on Lamar Odom's time in Dallas. There is no pleasure taken in his recent (alleged) fall. I'm flattered that this fact is recognized by someone of the stature of Sean Deveaney of The Sporting News, who writes, "This is awesome ... It's hard to write something fair and measured when there is personal disdain there. But you nailed it, Mike.''

Odom's camp is now attempting to spin all this spin all this in a better direction, and photos have surfaced showing Odom alive ... but maybe not so well, as he looks gaunt.

Thank you all for reading the piece and seeing it as "fair and measured'' -- even though I know all Mavs fans have justifiable "personal disdain'' for the man.

DONUT 8: I'm a FOXSports guy ...

I'm a FOXSports guy and therefore acutely interested in the network's pursuit of NBA games. FOX stealing away the NBA from Turner? I'm in.

But if my boys at FOXSports don't also steal away Charles Barkley, they aren't really getting the full Turner NBA package.

DONUT 9: Thanks, Studio Movie Grill! ...

A great partner with us in charitable work and a great place to get a movie and a meal ... thanks for the DB.com relationship, Studio Movie Grill!

DONUT 10: Awkwardly charming ...

Can we agree there is something awkwardly charming about the "Meet The Mavs'' event that allows fans to ask "press-conference'' questions of the players? Here you go: Charming. But awkward. And lots of new employees looking back at their employers wondering what the hell is going on:



DONUT 11: Party time! ...

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 12: The Final Word ...

Happy engagement, Bob Ortegel and Kerre!


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