Friday Donuts: 'Dallas Had A Fluke Year'?!
DONUT 1: Who is minding the store over there at Slam magazine?
"Dallas had a fluke year, plain and simple.'' "The Lakers and Thunder are better than the Mavs.'' And on and on it goes, as poorly-written as it is poorly-conceived.
Give it a go ... and then come back here for Donut 2 as our venerable David Lord gives some kid from Slam a good spanking ...
DONUT 2: Here's D-Lord ... unleashed:
LA will be better because they might get Dwight Howard? Or, so the "analysis" in this article goes.
If the author actually watched the games and paid attention, he'd have seen that the Mavs did NOT have some sort of freakish roll through the playoffs. Some games they hit all their shots - but in other games they struggled. And there were wins where the other team had more than enough positives ... yet game after game, the Mavs simply found a way to get a W ... no matter what.
That's the truth that people (like the fellow who wrote that article) quickly forget. They'll recall the highlights and in the confusion of faded memory, they'll think those peak moments were how things went in every game. But if we do some looking back, we see that ...
*Stevenson shot under 40 percent on 3s in the playoffs. That's contrary to what the reporter suggests.
*The Lakers got beat by the Mavs "staging a crazy comeback'' only in Game 1. (In G's 2 and 4, contrary to what the author suggests, the Mavs led all the way.) And G3 was simply a back-and-forth game where the Mavs stayed close and then took over in the fourth as a better team does - LA only had a six-point lead entering the fourth and only led by seven halfway through the fourth.
*In only five games out of 21 did the Mavs make double-digit 3-pointers (again, contrary to what the story indicates), and they put up 3-of-17 and 4-of-19 efforts from the arc at different times in the playoffs.
*The spectacle of raining 3s on the Lakers in G4 is indelibly etched in everyone's minds, but that was a total aberration rather than the rule.
I could go on and on. But the simple fact is that the Mavs won not because everything went right, but rather despite things going wrong over and over. That was the strength of this team, their ability to persevere ... and when you think that next year things won't go as perfectly and therefore they'll wash out, it tells me you didn't see what really happened this time.
DONUT 3: Two chances to get in on some basketball this weekend ...
*Friend-of-DB.com Curt Pickering, the long-time NBA scout and around-the-world coach, is coming into Dallas this week to scout talent for a team that will tour China this season.
Curt, the president and coach of the minor-league Santa Barbara Breakers, will oversee the tryouts (along with members of the Texas Legends staff, which will also be eyeballing prospects) on Aug. 27-28th at Senter Park (999 Senter Rd, Irving 75060, (972)721-2641) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of the camp is $145 and for more information right now, call Ikie Corbin at (682) 429-7908.
*Also, DallasBasketball.com is proud to be partnering up with our long-time friends and Mavs-lovin' partners at PLAYERS REVOLUTION , who are assisting with the running of the 1-on-1 global tournament, Red Bull King of the Rock. The Dallas qualifiers will be August 27th. Winners receive a free trip to the world championships at Alcatraz in San Francisco, and the winner there will receive $10,000. Only 64 spots are available, so if you or someone you know would be interested, get in touch with Ryan today at Mavs-lovin' partners at PLAYERS REVOLUTION .
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DONUT 5: Rick Carlisle continued his "I've Got Nothing Better To Do'' Tour with a visit to Cowboys camp yesterday, one day after throwing out the first pitch at a Rangerrs game. Did he see any prospects out there on the football field?
"There'd be some guys that could set some good screens and go up and get the ball out of the air," Carlisle joked, adding that he's aware that Romo and Witten can ball ... and that tight end Martellus Bennett, who actually played college basketball at A&M, promised him "he could give us 15 and 16.''
"We might have to take him up on that someday,'' Rick said.
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DONUT 7: In case you missed it: Why the NBA players cannot start their own league. Michael Dugat nails it.
DONUT 8: The Texas Legends are hosting the "Battle of the Badges" tommorow at 7 p.m. at Dr Pepper Arena. This is a Police and Fire All-Star basketball game and all proceeds from this game go towards families of the fallen via the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas. This event is a "mini Legends game" complete with Jumper Bee Entertainment games, live video board feeds, time for the kids on the court, celebrity appearances, and more!
For more info about this good cause and family-friendly event, check out the Legends website.
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DONUT 11: Hey, hey, the players side and the owners side are going to meet! I guess maybe vacation time is over?
DONUT 12: Hoopshype reports that today in LA, the Philadelphia 76ers will assemble and work out as a team at UCLA. "Elton Brand organized the team workout and nearly every player will participate,'' the site writes. This is significant, all Sixers jokes aside, because the team best able to flip this switch, whenever the time is right, is a team with an advantage. Conditioning and practice is part of it. But bonding is just as big ... and this sort of thing is the sign that a team might have it.
DONUT 13: Professor Carter checks in from the Upper Deck. "Stop animal testing!'' he says. "It makes them all nervous when they don't know the answers.''