Tuesday Donuts: Howard Mockery, Cuban Advice
DONUT 1: Let's begin with my freshly-baked radio visit in Portland on the subjects of Rudy's odd-duck status and the Mavs' odd-in-general summer (with thanks to DB.com legend Jeff in Deep Ellum):
Mike Fisher on Blazer Radio 750 by JeffAtDeepEllum
DONUT 2: Who wants some DB.com Summer Swag?
In the last few weeks I've reached into the DallasBasketball.com Prize Closet and handed out $25 giftcards, DB.com gear and a signed Dirk Nowitzki trading card.
Today's DB.com prize: A 'TAKE THAT CHAMPIONSHIP WIT YOU' shirt, Dirk-approved! All you have to do to be entered is be a Premium Subscriber and send me an email at fish@DallasBasketball.com. Misty Mav will draw a winner's name and we'll announce it Friday ...
DONUT 3: Mark Cuban has an idea to help government create jobs.
"There is no reason why we can't quickly create a federal website that allows existing companies to say to the Federal Government how much money they need and how many jobs they can create for that money and for what duration are they committing to maintain those jobs for the money,'' Cuban writes ... and it's all simple enough to even make sense to me ...
DONUT 4: Dwight Howard's got a little something when it comes to imitations ...
DONUT 5: Kobe, the man with the camera, and God.
DONUT 6: Get your Twitter on.
The beers are on me!
DONUT 7: DB.com reader "Bluebossa'' objects to my use of the word "swag'' for the fine, fine junk that we give away around here.
Dear Fish, Just an FYI from someone from a younger generation: 'swag' is typically a promotional item that is NEVER available for sale. If you can buy it, it's merchandise. Swag is something like a squishy stress ball that has an attorney's contact info on it or those little plastic footballs and basketballs the cheerleaders throw at high school games that have a pizza delivery place on it. Hope that helps clear up your youthful lingo, cuz I know u love to be hip!'
Thanks, Bluebossa. Peace out.
DONUT 8: In case you missed it: The Mavs as The Longest Champions.
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DONUT 10: You in the Grapevine area this week? Go say hi to Brownie and Fluffy and the gang at Esparza's ... you'll find me on the patio under the misters. And by "misters,'' I don't mean Mr. Brown or Mr. Fluffy.
DONUT 11: Danny Granger to the Indy Star:
Q: How would you handle the lockout if you were (commissioner) David Stern?
Granger: 'I feel like he's playing with fire a little bit. He's taken such a hard stance on things. I read that he finally said he'd take a salary cut. Nobody knows how much he makes, though. That's the craziest thing I've heard. We've got 30 owners putting their faith in him to get the deal done and nobody knows how much he's getting paid. He's probably the most powerful guy of all the professional sports.''
DONUT 12: And one more from Granger:
Q: There's never a good time for a lockout, but would you agree that this one could hurt the NBA's image?
Granger: "Yes. The NBA is coming off a record season. We've got a lot of momentum going. Everybody hates what happened in Miami, but it brought a lot of attention to the league. Dallas finally gets a championship. We've got a great thing going and we're about to shut the league down.''
I love that the Mavs are included in the feel-good story that was the NBA. I hate that it's no longer a feel-good story.