Mavs Donuts: What We SHOULD Be Reading
DONUT 1: Tuesday was billed as they most critical day of NBA labor talks.
Now we're left hoping there is a MORE critical day coming.
Four hours of meetings. Inches of movement. No resolution. Outrageously, no more meetings scheduled this week. Union boss Billy Hunter even says it might be a month before the two sides reconvene.
Regular-season games are about to be dumped.
The entire preseason has now been canceled and Chancellor David Stern said that next Monday will be the day -- barring a resolution -- that the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season.
Because there are no more meetings between now and Monday, there will be cancellations.
And it all makes me look back a year at how much fun we were having ... and how much fun we are missing. ...
DONUT 2: On September 25, 2010, DallasBasketball.com -- after visiting with an assortment of Mavs coaches, scouts and players -- unleashed our player-by-player preview of training camp. It was insightful then (if I say so myself!) and it remains insightful now ... though, no, we really didn't see Brian Cardinal coming.
DONUT 3: Back in the day, The Mavs DB.com Store was UberMan-centric. We've expanded over the year ... so please check it out!
DONUT 4: More from a year ago on DB.com: Jason Kidd eats dinner with Rick Carlisle. And, of course, orders the sea bass.
Here's how I wrote Rick-and-Kidd's dinner in Donuts on October 31, 2010:
"Why does that surprise you?'' Kidd said to me when I asked him about his dinner with Rick. "We're friends. And we had some mutual friends in that night, so we all decided to get together.''
And what was discussed? Business? Pleasure?
"Oh, it was pretty much all basketball, like always,'' Kidd said. "The thing with Rick, he's been in this business forever, his whole life. There is a wealth of knowledge there. So I listen. And I think he listens to me, too. You know, we're all together, a team, pretty much every day for eight or 12 hours a day. You get close that way.
"Ultimately, the (bond) I have with Rick is that he wants us to win a championship. Just like I do. So that's what we end up talking about.''
And then, trying to make conversation, I asked Kidd what Rick had for dinner. (I'm not sure why I asked that.)
"I don't remember,'' Kidd said. "But you know what I had, right?''
Right, I said. The sea bass.
Folks, I gotta get out more. I have Jason Kidd's favorite meal memorized. I'm sick.
DONUT 5: Del Harris is back on the sideline.
Harris, 74, has in recent years served as a consultant to Mark Cuban and the Mavs and the GM of the D-League Texas Legends. With Nancy Lieberman stepping aside this year, and with Bruce Pearl having turned down Legends owner Donnie Nelson's job offer, "I couldn't say no,'' Del said. "I've never been very good at saying 'no.''
Harris admitted to harboring wishes of returning to the NBA as a head coach; the last time he had a full NBA season, he won 61 games with the Lakers.
But he joked he's learned that the "NBA speed limit'' (on age) is 70 ... luckily the speed limit in Texas was raised to 75.''
The 2011-12 D-League season won't be impacted by the lockout. The Legends open in Frisco on Nov. 26 following a training camp that starts on Nov. 14.
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DONUT 7: A year ago, there were so many training camp issues to debate ... so Earl K. Sneed and I debated them all! And man, way back on September 24, 2010, was I wrong about Jason Terry and Roddy B ...
DONUT 8: Wondering where Dirk is this week? Contrary to reports that place him in Europe, DB.com spies say he's cooling his heels in California. Catch a wave, kid.
DONUT 9: In case you missed it: David Lord blames the agents for their "reckless'' contributions to this week's labor negotiations.
DONUT 10: Our Michael Dugat notes that on NBA2K12, the Mavs are just the fifth-rated team (1 Heat, 2 Bulls, 3 Celtics, 4 Lakers). The Lakers are better than the Mavs? When?
Individually, Dirk is rated 85 in NBA 2K12. Some other Mavs arguables: Kidd at 77, Terry 76 and Chandler 70. (Seriously, 70?!)
DONUT 11: What are the Mavs doing at the beginning of this October? Basketball 101 for Women, presented by State Farm, occupied my Monday. And on Tuesday I was back at the AAC for the Del Harris/Legends press conference, as well as to accept a surprise invite to play in the Mavs Fantasy Camp. (Yes, I'll have more on those adventures in the coming days.)
But real Mavs basketball that is supposed to begin October? I miss it. And after Tuesday's no-progress day in New York, I'm afraid we're all going to have to get accustomed to missing it some more.
DONUT 12: Let me make something clear, though: It's time. The clock in my head says it's time. Therefore, DallasBasketball.com is about to do as we've done for 12 years: Cover the heck out of Dallas Basketall. Coming up in the next few days: I go 1-on-1 with Rick Carlisle ... A DB.com Video Visit with Mavs assistant Darrell Armstrong ... A coaching-level breakdown of the Mavs' pick-and-roll. ... Assistant coach Terry Stotts teaches the Mavs playook -- with ladies standing in for Dirk and Kidd and the rest ... A Part II in-depth look at How The Mavs Were Built ... Capologist David Lord's analysis of labor negotiations ... and much more, every day, 24 hours a day! I invite you to try our Premium Mavs Coverage, starting with a 7-day free trial and then about a dime-a-day ... Go Mavs and Go Premium!