Thursday Donuts: Shooting And Disputing
DONUT 1: There is a theory out there that goes something like this: The reason Dirk wasn't able to lead the German team to a FIBA win yesterday is because after all his world championship shooting and all his world championship scoring and all his world championship winning with the Dallas Mavericks, he's simply out of gas.
Chris Kaman seems rather limited. And the other German guys clearly are. But the reason Nowitzki's 19 points and seven rebounds weren't enough to help Germany avoid a 77-68 loss to Spain is not a complex one.
It has nothing to do with exhaustion or lack of passion for a FIBA game or any of that. Simply, Spain -- featuring a team good enough that Pau Gasol isn't even the Gasol that led them in scoring -- is loaded. Pau, Marc and Rudy on the same team? That's how you advance to the second round of the European championship.
DONUT 2: What do the German kids get out of the experience? When the games are over, I bet they will remember Dirk leading them in pillow-tabled card games.
DONUT 3: There are pitfalls in naming your baby "Caron.'' But some 30 years later, following an NBA title, and in his very own hometown? The spelling kinks should all be worked out by now, no?
DONUT 4: Tonight! DB.com Get-Together at Bonnie Ruth's, "Frisco's Neighborhood Bar.'' Lebanon and The Tollway for the NFL opener. Be Ready. Be There.
DONUT 5: I sense more optimism. I hear less rhetoric. And logically speaking, more meetings must be taken as positive news.
By the time this week is over, players and owners will likely have met three consecutive days. Why didn't they do this last month? Last week? That's part of the game.
But now comes the admission from union president Derek Fisher that if they do not move quickly, they might losing part of "the game'' that really matters.
"There's a window here," said Fisher. "We have an opportunity here to make some progress, to try and hammer some things out. We have an obligation ... I don't think that has changed from July to now. But time is running down -- not necessarily out, but I think we all feel in that room that if we continue to work at it, we can possibly find a way to get a deal done."
Less rhetoric. Fewer voices allowed to attend the meetings. A meeting that lasted almost six hours. More meetings on the horizon.
That seems important ... if only because it's the first positive vibe to come out of this mess in three months.
DONUT 6: Mark Cuban has some solutions for the Big 12. As you might imagine, they run opposite conventional wisdom.
DONUT 7: Are they breaking up the old gang in Denver? /I'm intrigued to read that "Nene has one foot out the door.'' You know, just in case, God forbid, Tyson Chandler ends up out Dallas' door entirely.
DONUT 8: DB.com Reader Garrett offers up a symmetrical view of Mavs-Spurs:
"Fish, in 2007, the Mavericks were the 1 seed in the Western Conference and lost in the first round to the 8 seed Golden State; their rival, the Spurs, would go on to win the NBA Finals. In 2011, the Spurs were the 1 seed in the Western Conference and lost in the first round to the 8 seed Memphis; their rival, the Mavs, would go on to win the NBA Finals. And as an added bonus, both teams defeated LeBron James in the Finals. Weird how that works, huh?''
Yes, Garrett. It's not exactly "Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln and Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy,'' but it'll do.
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DONUT 10: In case you missed it: Michael Dugat's reasoned, not-too-slobbery, apology to World Champion Jason Terry.
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DONUT 12: Professor Carter checks in to declare a winner in the televised Presidental Debates. "Me,'' the professor says. "Because I didn't watch it.''