Mavs Donuts: 'Heated' Praise For Dirk & Rick
DONUT 1: It's close to unanimous now. Everybody (except Heat fans) are happy the Dallas Mavericks won the title.
That includes Jermaine O'Neal -- formerly of the Heat -- who offers some flattering words about Rick and Dirk.
"I know Dirk [Nowitzki] very well,'' O'Neal tells InsideHoops. "I know Rick [Carlisle] from the Indiana days. So I was happy for them. Obviously LeBron and them are going to have the opportunity to play for many more championships. But Dirk is a guy that's been in the league for a long time. And he's gotten criticized a lot in the past, and I think he answered in a huge way. And also, Rick Carlisle. He's a great coach, and he doesn't get the credit that some other coaches around the league get. Numbers don't lie. He's done it year in and year out, and I'm happy that they won.''
Join the club.
DONUT 2: There is nothing more entertainingly dangerous than somebody who thinks they are sure of something that one can never be sure of. Example: My buddy Bill Simmons, who continues to swear he's got this NFL-betting thing nailed.
Now, in an burst of what the kids on Twitter call "humblebrag,'' Bill admits:
I don't know what to make of this. I love football, I follow it voraciously, I've tried to learn as much about the sport as I possibly can … but there comes a point where people like me just don't know.
People like YOU? You mean people who watch football, have NFL Sunday Ticket, play Fantasy Football, devote themselves to their fandom like a second job ... and find themselves nail-biting through every Sunday?
In other words, people like ... approximately 30 million Americans?
But despite "people like Bill Simmons'' having a tiny bit of uncertainty when it comes to NFL outcomes, Bill offers you some pretty rock-solid advice on how this NFL betting season is going to play out:
Because of the post-lockout player chaos, we're either headed for the most predictable gambling season in a while, or the most erratic gambling season in a while. With no in-between.
Nailed! Like, the score of this week's Cowboys game is going to either be ... close ... or not close!
Folks, if you haven't figured this out yet, there is no way to get rich on NFL gambling, save one:
Get the gig as Bill Simmons' bookie.
DONUT 3: Coming up later today for Premium Mavs Subscribers: What happens if Tyson Chandler leaves? Brendan Haywood happens. We'll tell you how that might work out.
DONUT 4: In the slow-moving world of NBA Jurisprudence, owner Michael Jordan has been fined $100,000.
DONUT 5: How's Nick Calathes doing? The overseas Mavs property keeps getting fine reviews.
DONUT 6: The Texas Legends have announced the dates for the team's open tryouts for their 2011-2012 season. The team will be holding open tryouts for the coming season September 17-18 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano (6801 W. Park Blvd; Plano, TX 75093). Application forms are available at TexLegends.com.
DONUT 7: If you are a basketball fan, you came for confirmation that Deron Williams really suited up in Turkey. If you are a Texas basketball fan, you stayed because he suited up in a Rangers cap.
DONUT 8: Sarah Palin hooked up with Glen Rice back in the day?!
DONUT 9: Mav It Up!
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DONUT 10: Deep Thoughts on making the NBA product better. And there really is some wisdom here, yet ... until the labor dispute came along, I really didn't have a long list of NBA Fix-It projects. Did you?
DONUT 11: The Ianimal isn't planning on playing overseas … yet.
DONUT 12: Does Jason Garrett get any brownie points for the fact that when his Cowboys lose, they lose close? Scoring margins in RedBall's four Cowboys losses: three, three, one and three points Cowboys.