Donuts: Today Was Supposed To Be The Day
DONUT 1: Jet basks in the glory and reflects on other glory days in this exclusive video from his recent appearance at the University of A's Red-Blue Scrimmage. For Premium members … and you might be surprised at how Jet compares the special nature of the Dallas Mavericks' title to his '97 college experience.
DONUT 2: How the mainstream media misses the story: The fact that NBA games have been canceled through Nov 30 is NOT the point.
The fact that players are about to feel the pain of losing paychecks on Nov. 15 and Dec. 1 ... that is the point.
DONUT 3: The brilliant J.R. Smith on one sidebar to the NBA's inactivity: "Best part of the lockout,'' J.R. tweets, is "them gold diggers don't get that money.''
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DONUT 5: Billy Hunter was recently asked how much time might be needed to make a lockout-ending deal.
"Two hours,'' Hunter said. "We have more than enough time if they come in with the intent of making a deal."
Hey, Billy, if that is supposed to be somehow comforting to fans ... it ain't.
And if it's supposed to be just another poke in the eye to the other side ... we're sick of that. Y'all -- both sides -- go ahead and keep up your hashtag Twitter campaigns and your radio appearances and your "world tours'' and wake us up when those "two hours'' near, OK?
DONUT 6: Speaking of the "world tour,'' it never came off, of course. Recently Tyson Chandler talked to ESPN about how excited he was to travel with the team.
"I'm looking forward to it," Chandler had said. "I've never been to London and I've never been to Australia. I'm looking forward to getting to play again with some great talent and the opportunity to see new lands."
Well, son, you've still never been to London and you've still never been to Australia, as the players found -- as I predicted -- that "putting on our own show'' is more complicated and expensive than they realized.
It makes more sense to simply sign up with the established "show'' where somebody else takes all the financial risks ... doesn't it?
DONUT 7: So Kim Kardashian is divorcing our old Mavs friend Kris Humphries and this is high comedy in some circles because the marriage only lasted about a minute, was doomed from the start, was a PR charade, all that stuff.
I would've told this to Kris (he forgot to consult me) and I'd tell it to anybody in the throes of early romance: Be careful about being her "type.'' That is, be wary of how perfectly you fit into the mold of what she thinks she wants, or what her history indicates she wants.
Kim's mom married Bruce Jenner. Kim's sister married Lamar Odom. In the months before hooking up with Kris, Kim dated/somethinged with Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys, Bret Lockett of the New England Patriots and Reggie Bush (then) of the New Orleans Saints.
There's a blueprint there, an M.O. that should make her sweetheart wonder if he's a "person'' or just part of a pattern.
DONUT 8: Happy retirement to Tony LaRussa, the leader of a charmed baseball life. La Russa is 67, and he exits the game (not counting whatever lucrative consulting or media gig he lands) with three World Series titles spread over the span of 22 years. He most recently topped the Rangers, of course, despite a handful of bizarre moves that seemed un-LaRussa-like.
I had some dealings with LaRussa in '88 and '89 when I worked as a reporter in the Bay Area and always found him charming, helpful and intelligent. I only wish he'd have exited the game this season after having finished second.
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DONUT 10: Derek Fisher is "too cozy'' with David Stern? It's a juicy concept, but sorry. I just don't see Derek Fisher as being quite that dastardly.
DONUT 11: The Texas Legends are conducting their draft and serving pizza? We're in. ... especially now that Steiny-Mo is reporting that Sam Perkins and ex-Harlem Globrotter Marcus Haynes have joined Del Harris' staff.
DONUT 12: It is Nov. 1. The Chicago Bulls are supposed to be in town. I'm supposed to be prepping for the pregame show on Fox Sports Southwest. The DB.com staff is supposed to be scurrying about at the Mavs shootaround. You are supposed to be spending the day excitedly, anticipating the ring ceremony and the start of a title defense.
Instead we wait for another marquee game. Maybe Mavs and Heat on Christmas Day?