Thursday Mavs Donuts: Happy B'Day, Carlisle!
DONUT 1: It's Rick Carlisle's 52nd birthday today. Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks coach, who is hanging out in St. Louis (with his buddy LaRussa and his buddy Rangers), and who unfortunately has all the free time he needs right now to fulfill his desire to go see "Moneyball.''
DONUT 2: Obama and Leno talk NBA lockout:
You will note that the audience does not go crazy-nuts in expressing its emotion regarding the absence of professional basketball action.
Obama cares. You care. I care. But ... well, be careful, NBA. Apathy looms.
DONUT 3: In case you missed it: a serious look at whether the Mavs would benefit from a shortened season. Chuck Perry and Mike Piellucci do the point/counterpoint thing.
DONUT 4: What if Terrell Owens hosted himself a tryout day and no NFL teams showed up to watch? That's exactly what happened on Tuesday, with the only notable attendees being Rachel Nichols and Jerry Rice, both there repping ESPN.
It's like "The Decision'' -- except that no team wants T.O. to decide to choose them.
DONUT 5: I hope my point and my motivation in writing the NBA owners "Revenge of the Nerds'' piece is not bogged down by "whose-side-are-you-on'' nonsense.
The focus of the story is a response to the idea that NBA owners are rich nerds who cannot possibly understand what it's like to be an athlete ... and that as "non-athletes,'' they are now punishing the sort of jocks that tormented them in their youth.
The column details a rather accomplished athletic history for many of the owners. That doesn't mean they're not "wrong,'' or that they're not "evil dictators.'' Believe that if you wish.
But as we sit in the stands, making fun of the rich old white guy who owns the team ... maybe it's helpful to know the astounding number of NBA owners/CEOs/execs who are immigrant sons, who grew up poor, who attended school at places like Harvard, and who were standout high-school football, baseball and basketball players.
These are men have always loved the game. Now, the possibility that they are presently on track to ruin the game is another column ....
DONUT 6: Come join us on Twitter! It's good, clean American fun!
DONUT 7: The reporter who jumps on TV, at this point, to proclaim that the labor dispute will be over this week "because these people cannot be stupid enough to let this go on'' is a waste of my electricity.
We passed "gut feelings'' (at DB.com included) a long time ago. We passed "the people involved aren't capaple of doing stupid things'' a long time ago, too.
DONUT 8: Did we create a way for you to dress like a champion! YES. WE. DID.
DONUT 9: So maybe the NLRB will just clean up this mess, eh? As our David Lord reports, no matter what the two PR sides try to tell you, that ain't how this works.
DONUT 10: Tyson Chandler is on the "world tour'' roster in Puerto Rico ... and the thing is still on though already, it's not quite living up to its original billing.
DONUT 11: Talks were back on yesterday with reports that the owners had retreated from their "50/50 split negotiating precondition.'' Does that suggest that the 50/50 thing was all posturing in the first place?
DONUT 12: Mark Cuban karaokes "Purple Rain.''