Friday Donuts: Cuban Plays Almost-Hero

Friday Morning Mavs Donuts: The mediator takes his ball and goes home ... a Cowboys-Rams prediction ... ... What does Dirk have in common with George Clooney? ... Cuban plays almost-hero ... Donuts!



DONUT 1: Don't get me wrong: It's hometown-heartwarming to hear the players association leadership say out in the open that one of the owners at the forefront of trying to compromise is Dallas' own Mark Cuban.

But just as compelling is the union letting it be known that Portland's Paul Allen and Cleveland's Dan Gilbert are "villains.'' Gilbert is made to look especially silly due to his promise to the players to "trust'' him to fix everything else if they'll just agree to a 50/50 BRI split.

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They don't trust Dan Gilbert. As the guy who positioned himself last summer as loudly anti-player freedom (embodied by the departing LeBron), they never will trust Dan Gilbert.

DONUT 2: They do trust Cuban. Which is lovely. But there's something else going on here that is unchanged, and the players ought to wise up and come to this realization:

It's not about "what is fair'' or "what is right'' or "what the owners can afford.'' Paul Allen can afford to wipe his ass with Rembrandts. That's immaterial.

This negotiation is about winning money. And it's a war of attrition along the way. And which side is destined to win a war of attrition?

DONUT 3: Last week, NBPA vice president Maurice Evans told SI.com that the owners are "inflict(ing) these self-inflicted wounds ... the gash is only going to get bigger, franchise values are going to decimate," Evans said. "Best-case scenario -- when we ran the numbers -- 2023 is when they would recover and get back to where we are with BRI (basketball-related income) if we lost an entire season. So continuing to threaten that it's a season and that it's two years is only going to further damage your business. Again, that's not even speaking for individual owners and what they stand to lose. Not every owner would be able to, again, come out of this lockout. There would be some contraction, potentially, if they want to lock us out for a year or longer."

That's some tough talk. How I would react to that talk if I was an owner: Who the hell is Maurice Evans to talk about MY ownership contraction, the elimination of MY business? Oh, and if there ever is contraction, which side is more likely to land on its feet ...the owners, who would get bigger pieces of the pie ... or the players, who in the event of, say, two teams contracting, would lose 30 of the available 450 jobs?

Less rhetoric, please, fellas.

And more thoughtful stuff like what our David Lord brings to the table in his Humpty-Dumpty-featured "Lockout Mailbag.

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DONUT 4: Thanks to McKinneyDentist.com for their support of DB.com and the Mavs ... and their personal attention when it comes to the care of my family. Folks, check 'em out. They are the finest dentists in Collin County ... and quite possibly the world.

DONUT 5: AskMen.com conducted a survey to note the most influential men in the world, and right in there with the late Steve Jobs and Barack Obama and George Clooney is ...

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki?!

The UberMan is ranked at No 39. Mavs owner Mark Cuban at No. 32. President Obama placed 21st, giving assorted Mavs something to shoot for next year.

DONUT 6: Coming up later today, true Insider stuff from DB.com, debating the question: Would a shortened season help the Dallas Mavericks?

DONUT 7: Singer Craig Morgan will headline the annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital party on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium, and yes, Derek Harper is a headliner which means DallasBasketball.com will be there, too.

If Derek Harper says it's a good cause, it's a good cause.

"The Evening Under the Star Party'' ticket info is available through Christina Baugh at (972) 594-8080 or at www.StJude.org.

Derek Harper, thanks for all you do to make this terrific event a reality to help St. Jude. See you Saturday!

DONUT 8: Echoing the sort of things I've been writing this month about NBA finances: Sixty percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. ... and that's without the burdens of this lockout.

Hey, Maurice Evans: Instead of worrying about owners going broke, why don't you focus on the much more likely financial result -- and self-victimization -- of the labor dispute?

DONUT 9: Come get me and the rest of the MavsTwitterverse on Twitter!




DONUT 10: Yeah, I'm kinda burying this angle of the morning on the story of the morning ... because it's so depressing.

Lockout mediator George Cohen is taking his ball and going home.

Here's his full statement following about 30 hours of NBA labor negotiations this week:

"As a follow up to the NBA's and NBA Players Association agreeing to my invitation to conduct negotiations under the auspices of the FMCS, three days of mediation have taken place. During this period, a wide variety of issues were addressed in a professional, thoughtful manner, consistent with what one would expect to take place in a constructive collective bargaining setting.

"Regrettably, however, the parties have not achieved an overall agreement, nor have they been able to resolve the strongly held, competing positions that separated them on core issues.

"In these circumstances, after carefully reviewing all of the events that have transpired, it is the considered judgment of myself and Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh, who has been engaged with me throughout this process, that no useful purpose would be served by requesting the parties to continue the mediation process at this time. For our part, the Agency has advised the parties that we will be willing and prepared to continue to facilitate any future discussions upon their mutual request."


Do you read that the way I read it? Something like, "I'm a busy man with no time for such irrationality. All y'all dopes deserve each other''?

DONUT 11: Prediction for Sunday's Cowboys-Rams game? Dallas oughta win handily, but ... that's now 11 consecutive Cowboys games decided by four points or fewer.

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So bet on Dallas to win by five at your own risk.

DONUT 12: We'll have more deep thought in the coming days on this thing about ESPN ranking Dirk fifth among NBA players, while LeBron ranks first. But maybe TY says enough in less than 140 characters.

Tyson Chandler tweets: Somebody please explain how @swish41 is ranked 5th in the N.B.A after last year? Name 1 player that played better? & don't worry I got time.








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They don't trust Dan Gilbert. As the guy who positioned himself last summer as loudly anti-player freedom (embodied by the departing LeBron), they never will trust Dan Gilbert. They do trust Cuban. Which is lovely. But there's something else going on here that is unchanged, and the players ought to wise up and come to this realization: It's not about \"what is fair'' or \"what is right'' or \"what the owners can afford.'' Paul Allen can afford to wipe his ass with Rembrandts. That's immaterial. This negotiation is about winning money. And it's a war of attrition along the way. And which side is destined to win a war of attrition? Last week, NBPA vice president Maurice Evans told SI.com that the owners are \"inflict(ing) these self-inflicted wounds ... the gash is only going to get bigger, franchise values are going to decimate,\" Evans said. \"Best-case scenario -- when we ran the numbers -- 2023 is when they would recover and get back to where we are with BRI (basketball-related income) if we lost an entire season. So continuing to threaten that it's a season and that it's two years is only going to further damage your business. Again, that's not even speaking for individual owners and what they stand to lose. Not every owner would be able to, again, come out of this lockout. There would be some contraction, potentially, if they want to lock us out for a year or longer.\" That's some tough talk. How I would react to that talk if I was an owner: Who the hell is Maurice Evans to talk about MY ownership contraction, the elimination of MY business? Oh, and if there ever is contraction, which side is more likely to land on its feet ...the owners, who would get bigger pieces of the pie ... or the players, who in the event of, say, two teams contracting, would lose 30 of the available 450 jobs? Less rhetoric, please, fellas. And more thoughtful stuff like what our David Lord brings to the table in his Humpty-Dumpty-featured \"Lockout Mailbag.

Thanks to McKinneyDentist.com for their support of DB.com and the Mavs ... and their personal attention when it comes to the care of my family. Folks, check 'em out. They are the finest dentists in Collin County ... and quite possibly the world. AskMen.com conducted a survey to note the most influential men in the world, and right in there with the late Steve Jobs and Barack Obama and George Clooney is ... Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki?! The UberMan is ranked at No 39. Mavs owner Mark Cuban at No. 32. President Obama placed 21st, giving assorted Mavs something to shoot for next year. Coming up later today, true Insider stuff from DB.com, debating the question: Would a shortened season help the Dallas Mavericks? Singer Craig Morgan will headline the annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital party on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium, and yes, Derek Harper is a headliner which means DallasBasketball.com will be there, too. If Derek Harper says it's a good cause, it's a good cause. \"The Evening Under the Star Party'' ticket info is available through Christina Baugh at (972) 594-8080 or at www.StJude.org. Derek Harper, thanks for all you do to make this terrific event a reality to help St. Jude. See you Saturday! Echoing the sort of things I've been writing this month about NBA finances: Sixty percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. ... and that's without the burdens of this lockout. Hey, Maurice Evans: Instead of worrying about owners going broke, why don't you focus on the much more likely financial result -- and self-victimization -- of the labor dispute? Come get me and the rest of the MavsTwitterverse on Twitter! Follow @fishsports Yeah, I'm kinda burying this angle of the morning on the story of the morning ... because it's so depressing. Lockout mediator George Cohen is taking his ball and going home. Here's his full statement following about 30 hours of NBA labor negotiations this week: Do you read that the way I read it? Something like, \"I'm a busy man with no time for such irrationality. All y'all dopes deserve each other''? Prediction for Sunday's Cowboys-Rams game? Dallas oughta win handily, but ... that's now 11 consecutive Cowboys games decided by four points or fewer.

So bet on Dallas to win by five at your own risk. We'll have more deep thought in the coming days on this thing about ESPN ranking Dirk fifth among NBA players, while LeBron ranks first. But maybe TY says enough in less than 140 characters. 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