DONUT 1: Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd are on the list of NBA stars scheduled to play two exhibition games in Mexico next month, according to Yahoo. What's the attraction? Their host is Mexican hero and ex-Mav Eduardo Najera.
DONUT 2: Meanwhile. ... Caron Butler will play in a Florida exhibition with The Heatles, a sign that he is healthy and ready to ... hopefully re-up in Dallas.
DONUT 3: A book about Kansas basketball recounts the tale of Jayhawks players begging the coaching staff to drop its aggressive recruitment of former Mavs mystery Kris Humphries.
"Kris Humphries came on a visit and tried to commit,'' a player reports. "He really wanted to come here. But no one on the team liked Kris Humphries. He was arrogant. He told everyone he was going to come in and be the leading scorer as a freshman and that we'd all have to take a backseat to him. We were trying to be respectful and not say anything. But he was an absolute jerk.''
More on the story, plus comments from Mavs fans, in this DB.com Boards thread.
DONUT 4: In case you are wondering, yes, Cuban and Perot are still at it.
DONUT 5: In case you missed it: Michael Dugat's wonderful tribute to Rick Carlisle's Mavs Metamorphosis.
DONUT 6: My man Peter King writes in Sports Illustrated that he "just can't imagine the UConn press corps going to Athens, DeKalb, Mount Pleasant and Muncie. And Kent,'' where his reporter pals would have to travel if UConn joins the MAC conference.
Peter adds, "to think of UConn playing in it ... well, that's about the biggest headline of any of these conference changes to me.''
Peter is my guy, but ... a) Who gives a crap about what towns the reporters travel to in a conference shift, outside of the reporters' wives? b) Where does UConn travel to now that makes the Upper Midwest so undesireable by comparison? and c) UConn to the MAC is "the biggest conference-shift headline of all''?
Is Peter not familiar with Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, the Big 12, the SEC and the Pac-12 (or however many numbers now go behind "Pac''?)
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DONUT 8: Avid Donuts reader Michael S. wonders why the players and owners don't simply hire a mediator to settle their differences.
My short answer: One side (you guess which one) doesn't want a mediator and ultimately doesn't need a mediator.
But Michael S. has experience in this matters, so he gets the last word:
"Not necessarily so. The owners have an interesting predicament. They don't want to open their books (nor should they – they'd never hear the end of it), and yet they want any revenue sharing to be above the level of minimum profitability for even the lowest earning team. So yes, if they think the players will just crumple, they don't need any intermediary. But, if they need to show just enough but not all, then they could benefit from the confidentiality and professionalism of a mediator. (But even folks who desperately need such a mediator often think they don't or think they need to deny that need, so what folks say and what they mean or need can often be quite different.)''
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DONUT 10: Catching up with Brian Cardinal's summer.
DONUT 11: The Cowboys-Lions is a hot ticket. And where do you get "hot'' plus "personal service? MavCowTickets!
DONUT 12: Word is Rick Carlisle was in Houston last night, hanging with buddy Tony LaRussa as the Cardinals beat the Astros. And Rick's Summer of I Got Nowhere Else To Go continues ...