Friday Mavs Donuts: Welcome Home, Nellie!
DONUT 1: One Chancellor David Stern quote jumps out.
"Right now (next) Tuesday ... it is time to make the deal," Stern told WFAN. "If we don't make it on Tuesday, my gut -- this is not in my official capacity of canceling games -- but my gut is that we won't be playing on Christmas Day. Deal Tuesday or we potentially spiral into situations where the worsening offers on both sides make it harder for the parties to make a deal."
But if you listen to his interview, spinny as it is ... and then when you reflect on some Mavs fans' reaction ... you sense the pendulum swinging away from the players' side. Listen and see the conversation here. And then consider this: The union is gathering in LA today. Hunter and Fisher have urged all the 450 or so members to attend.
Latest word is that 50 will be there. Fifty. Heck, don't 30 of them already play in LA, for the Lakers and the Clippers? How can only 50 show?
As I've said all along, it's easier for 30 owners to have solidarity than it is for 450 players (and their agents, who have motivations all their own).
DONUT 2: After a couple of conversations with Donnie Nelson and Del Harris, I am happy to report that old friend Nellie is once again a resident of our fair city.
"Nellie now spends about half his time here and half his time in Maui,'' says Donnie, and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce oughta get hold of this piece of flattery.
Reports Del: "He invited me over for dinner the other night. Why didn't I go? He was in charge of the cooking.''
DONUT 3: Yet another reason for the Mavs to continue to resist the temptation to "thug it up'' -- or at least to do so by employing thugs who are also morons:
Kenyon Martin, tweeting at "OakcliffBully'' (cleverly maintaining the tough-guy image even while at the keyboard!) responds to a critic by saying:
All Haters should catch full blown Aids and Die! Do the world a favor!and rid us of you all!
K-Mart, leaving Denver for a new career in China (after having lifted his skirt to the idea of playing for the Mavs), later erases the tweet ... and then after that claims he was hacked. And how does K-Mart explain the hacking?
This is Kenyon folks I didn't write that about the aids! I can say some sh-- but I'm not that f----- crazy
Yes, Kenyon. The tone and style in the first tweet is SO OBVIOUSLY different from the tone, style and word usage in the second. No way those two tweets originated from the same tiny, touchy, homophobic, angry, undereducated and insensitive brain.
DONUT 4: You follow the network/national media coverage of Everything Boston Red Sox and you get your fill of what critics mean by "East Coast media bias.''
I am not devoted to the day-to-day following of baseball as I was as a younger man. But there has certainly been a sea change in the way the Red Sox are regarded. They were a notable force in '75 with rookies Rice and Lynn joining Yaz in the lineup, and a decade later they were notably good again with Clemens. But when, and how, did they become an "America's Team'' candidate, the prestige equal of the Yankees, and worthy of breathless reports on front-office shuffling?
Could it have anything to do with the ESPN campus being located in New England?
DONUT 5: Did we create a way for you to dress like a champion! YES. WE. DID.
DONUT 6: I read the following tweet from L'Est Republicain -- "Nancy is interested in Ian Mahinmi'' -- and thought, "How nice for Ian. He's handsome and kind and wealthy and why wouldn't this Nancy girl be interested in him?''
And then I realized that "Nancy'' is yet another French town (a city in the northeastern French department of Meurthe-et-Moselle and formerly the capital of Lorraine) with a pro basketball team that would like to lure The Ianimal back home, as he is from Rouen, France (the historic capital city of Normandy, in northern France on the River Seine, and currently the capital of the Haute-Normandie region).
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DONUT 8: Here's just one example of where I think the players will (unfairly, if you wish) lose in the court of public opinion:
Among the present stumbling blocks: The owners want to reduce the MLE from $5.8 million to $3 million, and want the maximum MLE contract to be two years.
The union won't budge on this. And heck, of you are a lawyer or a negotiator that does seem like quite a concession.
But to the public? The idea that something as piddly and obscure (not obscure to you, Dear DB.com Reader, but obscure to the general audience) as the size of the MLE will be received as laughable.
And fellas, when the audience is laughing at you, it means they are not on your side.
DONUT 9: If you want to stay abreast of the latest in Dallas Mavericks stuff, and do so on a daily basis? You need DB.com's Mavs Morning Donuts. An example: "Meet 'Mavs Player X' And His Missing $282,000 Paycheck.''
DONUT 10: You may have heard of Rick Welts. Or maybe it's more notable if you haven't. Anyway, Welts recently quit his front-office job with the Phoenix Suns ... and just when some were trying to figure out why, we now have our answer: Welts, who is gay, is now the president of the Golden State Warriors -- regionally speaking, fairly close now to his partner, who lives in Sacramento.
It's not quite the same as an openly gay man serving as an active player, of course ... but acceptance of such a thing is that much closer now that Welts' obvious job challenges have nothing to do with his sexuality and everything to do with Golden State's usual residence in the Pacific Division basement.
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DONUT 12: One more thing about public sentiment regarding the labor dispute: There are numerous columns being written about how the public is being duped because the players are being treated like dumb cattle. I find that to be insulting to the public as it suggests that fans are also as dumb as cattle. The reason the public is increasingly unsympathetic to the players' plight has nothing to do with "jealousy'' or "racism.'' It has everything to do with the players being, financially speaking, figures not worthy of sympathy.