Friday Donuts: Predictions, Kisses & Fights

David Stern predicts we'll have an NBA season, Shaq kisses Tuff Juice, and the Five NBA Players You'd Like to See Fight: It's Friday Morning Mavs Donuts!



DONUT 1: David Stern predicts we'll have an NBA season.

Stern, quoted in the Boston Globe, says that he "expects" an eventual agreement that would prevent cancellation of the 2011-12 season.

"I would say that we have very smart players who recognize that this system is very good to them,'' Stern says. "You've got 13 players on a roster averaging $5 million apiece, that's $65 million and what the owners have said is, 'we're going to try very hard as we reset this thing to keep you as close to that number as we can.'

DONUT 2: Of course, if you read between the lines of his statement, Stern is trying to manipulate the players with flattery, with an assertion of who has the upper hand, with the pretense of putting "the fans'' first and with an attempt to divide players into factions.

"I expect that we'll make a deal because the alternative is very destructive," he said. "It's destructive of $2 billion worth of player salaries and it's destructive most important to our fans of the game. And if it spirals badly everyone gets hurt. But in some ways I worry because the players have more to lose, especially those in the later stages of their career. So we're going to do everything we can when the rhetoric slows down to get this thing back on track."

And "when the rhetoric slows'' (you see, Stern doesn't count it dismissively as "rhetoric'' when he speaks)?

"They'll be smaller meetings, conversations, you don't need these great media events to have dialogue," Stern said. "Eventually we'll get it done. ... I will not set a deadline on Aug. 11," he said. "We're close to two months away."

DONUT 3: This video is going to make you miss Shaq, miss Caron and miss the NBA. ...



DONUT 4: Here's Journalism 101, Lesson 4,328: Dear media brothers and sisters, there is no such phrase as "impeccable sources.'' It's redundant, for if they are anything less than "impeccable,'' they cannot be "sources.''

DONUT 5: We've got another DB.com Summer Swag winner!

Today: A 'YES. WE. DID' championship Mavs shirt from the Mavs DB.com Store -- the prize coming courtesy of DB.com and Mavs supporters MIG, the Signs Etc. guys -- goes to Premium Mavs Fan Jeff C.!

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DONUT 7: Mosely on the Cowboys' preseason-opening win.

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DONUT 8: NBA.com reports that the Basketball Hall of Fame is planning to induct Yao Ming next year -- meaning they will waive the rules regarding a five-year wait. Oh, and he'll be inducted as a "contributor'' rather than as an actual player because, to paraphrase the story, that will allow the HOF 'to avoid debate.'

Brilliant. We wouldnt want to sully Yao's obvious and beyond-question worthiness with anything as nasty as 'debate.'

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DONUT 10: How Chris Mullin was a "white black guy'' and why it's OK to say that ... because basketball is different from other sports and different from the rest of the world.



DONUT 11: Bruce Pearl mini-update: I'm told that his no-decision (yet) is not being taken as bad news by Texas Legends brass. And that furthermore, his serious consideration of the head coaching job in Frisco will be a feather in the organization's cap. If somebody of Pearl's ilk considered it (before going to a network TV job for twice the available $500,000), the Legends are "legitimized'' in the eyes of other candidates with cache.

DONUT 12: And one more Shaq: The Five NBA Players He'd Most Like To Fight:



Damn, I miss the NBA.



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Congrats, Jeff C., and thanks to Thanks to MIG and thanks to all of you for supporting DallasBasketball.com! Am I late to this? A sweet techno trick ... Follow @fishsports That's right ... FishSports on Twitter, barreling toward the magical 4,000 mark! Pitch in and join in, kids! When I get to 4,000, I'm buyin' the beers! Mosely on the Cowboys' preseason-opening win.

NBA.com reports that the Basketball Hall of Fame is planning to induct Yao Ming next year -- meaning they will waive the rules regarding a five-year wait. Oh, and he'll be inducted as a \"contributor'' rather than as an actual player because, to paraphrase the story, that will allow the HOF 'to avoid debate.' Brilliant. We wouldnt want to sully Yao's obvious and beyond-question worthiness with anything as nasty as 'debate.' Want MORE Mavs? Sign on up! It's about a dime-a-day for the very best in Mavs coverage from DB.com. And yes, we keep it rolling all summer long ... You won't get 'em covered like you get 'em covered here! Go Mavs and Go Premium! How Chris Mullin was a \"white black guy'' and why it's OK to say that ... because basketball is different from other sports and different from the rest of the world. Bruce Pearl mini-update: I'm told that his no-decision (yet) is not being taken as bad news by Texas Legends brass. 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