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DONUT 1: Retiring Kidd ...
The Nets are retiring Jason Kidd's jersey and hanging it in the rafters. We support this as he support the recognition of his greatness.
Brooklyn has opted to conduct the ceremony during an Oct. 17 preseason game against the visiting Heat. And we can't quite figure out why.
There should be no objection to the Nets being first in line to honor Kidd; he's their coach and now that he's buying some of Jay-Z's stock, he's even a part-owner. (A brilliant trick mastered by his old Bay Area pal Nellie.)
This action doesn't in any way preclude Dallas from eventually doing the same for Kidd at the AAC. (Don't worry, Tony Cubes ... we said eventually.) So no issue there.
But why does it seem the Nets are almost "hiding'' an important event (and revenue opportunity) by stashing this in mid-October?
Is it a response to Kidd likely being suspended for the beginning of the regular season in connection with his DUI plea deal? And if so ... couldn't the jersey hoisting have simply been scheduled for when an appropriate amount of time had passed?
Maybe this makes Kidd a "Net For Life'' instead of an MFFL, or maybe there is room for him to be both. I would also think there would be room on the regular-season schedule to make the retirement of his jersey (in Brooklyn this fall and in Dallas whenever) the high-profile event it ought to be.
One more thing: The lingering embarrassment of the DUI shouldn't be a motivation for burying this ceremony ... and we believe that so strongly that we'd urge the Nets to lean the other way:
Make the event as noticeable as possible -- a prime-time regular-season game against a worthy foe ... and then allow Jason Kidd to actually address the mistake he made behind the wheel.
Doing that would transform this "hidden'' ceremony into one with vastly more meaning than the traditional jersey-raising.
DONUT 2: Oh, Fab ...
Dismiss the reasons Fab Melo is here and the reasons he's no longer there or there as "Cuz he sucks'' if you wish. Or ... get smarter by understanding the dollars and sense and rules behind Dallas' signing of the young center. David Lord breaks it down like no one else can.
DONUT 3: Ebanks to Dallas ...
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have also signed 6-9 forward Devin Ebanks, and his profile is here. Ebanks, who you might know from the Lakers (where in the last few years he's averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 63 games with 15 starts, was the subject of our skepticism when HoopsHype first floated his name as Mavs-connected. We owe an apology there as Ebanks becomes the fourth non-guaranteed guy to join the roster.
Dallas has 15 guaranteed guys, and with these four totals 19 - one shy of the camp max limit.
DB.com training expert Jeff Stotts chips in here by noting that Ebanks arrives in Dallas with a relatively clean bill of health: Ebanks has dealt with minor bumps and bruises over the past two seasons but nothing serious. He did sustain a stress fracture of the tibia during his rookie year, but apparently no lingering problems there.
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!
DONUT 5: Where's the cycle? ...
Click this link and you will see Vince Carter as he's portrayed in the 2K Sports game.
But there are a couple of issues. Dudes, where is Vince's beard?! And if he's supposed to be celebrating post-dunk, where is the Revved Motorcycle?! C'mon, 2K Sports!
DONUT 6: 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 7: The elephant in the room ...
People who are actually involved in the NBA -- in a way fans and media cannot be -- don't often talk about "tanking.'' This year in particular, with the Wiggins kid likely available in next year's draft plus maybe increased delineation between some NBA haves and have-nots, "tanking'' might be the elephant in the locker room.
And then along comes old pal Kris Humphries, who says he's "not looking to be a part of a tanking situation'' with the Celtics.
Bravo to Kris for actually addressing it, as opposed to ...
DONUT 8: The Sixers Way ...
As ProBasketballTalk notes in the above link:
The whole "tanking" question is one of intent at the organizational level, when a team doesn't do everything it can to attempt to field a competitive, winning roster. ...
The Philadelphia 76ers are a prime example of this entering next season. They didn't bother to hire a head coach until long after the draft, and also haven't bothered to spend the league-mandated minimum amount of salary in assembling the roster — a roster which is woefully inadequate from an overall talent perspective.
What the Sixers have done? That's tanking.
And not talking very openly about it? That's what most of the rest of the NBA is prepared to do.
DONUT 9: Atta Gal! ...
Gal Mekel on why he chose the Mavs:
"They were very serious from the beginning. They gave me the feeling that they really believed in me and saw me as part of the team for a long time. I like this place, it's a great organization, people are very warm, really great people, and for me it's very important to feel this from the beginning. I'm very happy with my decision. I hope I will get a footprint in this team for a long time.''
We think it worth noting that in terms of recruiting, Dallas is doing something right here. Not "right'' enough to get Dwight Howard to "get a footprint in this team.'' But something right.
DONUT 10: Thanks to Red Rock! ...
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 11: Remembering Mike James (yes, fondly) ...
Mike James does in some way symbolize everything that was wrong with the 2012-13 Dallas Mavericks.
We wrote that a couple of times during the course of that season, even as we enjoyed visiting with James and actually being lifted up by his particular form of pep.
James-as-symbol, of course, never was his fault. That was supposed to be Chris Paul at PG, or Deron Williams at PG, or Roddy B at PG, or Darren Collison at PG, or Delonte West at PG ...
We blamed James for his failings, at age 37, to spark this team ... but it was the absence of any of the aforementioned guys that is actually the failing.
So James now gets another shot with the Bulls, and because of the quality of guy he seems to be, we're happy about that.
We're even happier that with Calderon, Dallas now employs a real-live point guard who can shoot, distribute and make All-Star-caliber decisions.
But we are truly happy for Mike James that his NBA dream lives on ... maybe in part because it lives on somewhere else besides Dallas.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
We're only half-joking here when we say that Devin Ebanks' biggest issue in Dallas, for fans, anyway, will be overcoming the Laker-to-Mav stench left for him by predecessors Fisher and Odom.
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