Tuesday Donuts: Gooden And Mavs Knuckleheads
DONUT 1: Before I turn this story into a Dallas Mavericks backpat, let's begin with the facts: For no particular reason (except that the NBA world is bored), the following clip of ex-Mav Drew Gooden is making the rounds.
You saw that right. The alley-oop-to-yourself-from-the-free-throw-line-and-then-miss-and-get-your-own-stat-pumping-rebound oop.
It's the sort of kooky things kooky guys do when they play for poor, undisciplined, unfocused teams.
DONUT 2: It's the kind of thing many of us feared we'd see from Drew in Dallas when the Mavs signed him as their summer-of-2009 consolation prize after having been Kicked in the Gortats.
We'd heard about Gooden and we'd seen Gooden, in Cleveland and elsewhere. He appeared to be ... well, "forgetful.'' And he'd try to recover from his forgetfulness by free-lancing.
DONUT 3: But now to the Mavs back-patting.
Gooden spend a half-a-season here. Did you ever see him do anything remotely like this during that time? He was a choir boy here; the craziest thing he did was show up clean-shaven. He knew the plays, worked his tail off, played out of position when required (all after signing that clever half-season-incentivized contract) ... and after the Mavs had used him as a tool in the Butler/Haywood/DeShawn trade, Dallas wanted him back.
He knew how to fit in as a Maverick.
I don't want to mischaracterize one nutty play for the Bucks. But speaking generally ... How does one appear to be a knucklehead in Milwaukee but a good soldier in Dallas?
DONUT 4: It speaks volumes about the Cuban/Donnie level of management, about the Carlisle/staff level of leadership, about the KIDDIRK level of brothership.
Drew Gooden never unveiled the alley-oop-to-yourself-from-the-free-throw-line-and-then-miss-and-get-your-own-stat-pumping-rebound oop in Dallas because in Dallas, better was demanded of him.
DONUT 5: A quote from Mark Cuban on CNN the other day, regarding whether the Mavs would sign a Michael Vick-like player:
"I try and get to know our guys and you try to figure out who the knuckleheads are and there are knuckleheads in every sport,'' Cuban said. "And so, if I thought he was a knucklehead, then yeah, I wouldn't do it. If I thought he had grown and learned from his mistakes then I wouldn't have a problem.''
The Mavs have signed fewer knuckleheads than most, I believe. As I've written before, when an organization has to run down to the county jail once a week to bail out its employees, it creates a drain on the organization. But they've had a few.
It's just that for the most part, the knuckleheads don't act like knuckleheads while in a Mavs uniform.
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