Mavs Donuts: LeBron, Sinatra And 'Sleep Warm'
DONUT 1: The new Nike ad, a continuation of the "Basketball Never Stops" campaign, is brilliant in the way it paints LeBron James in a way that, frankly, the company should've thought of a year ago.
While you and the rest of the city sleeps, LeBron is at work. ...
It's absolutely beautifully done. But am I swayed into liking LeBron or in believing that the lockout is a blip on the radar because Basketball Never Stops?
No. As a long-time Sinatra lover (you old-timers will remember my "Crank Frank Fridays'' on the radio) what I take away from the ad is that a new generation of kids might hear it and say, "Who is that cool cat singing 'Sleep Warm'?''
DONUT 2: The Texas Legends get an A for their draft. But the Legends also get a spanking from D-League analyst Scott Schroeder who writes that Donnie Nelson's club is "one of the more annoying teams in the D-League as they just don't seem like they play to the underdog role the minor leagues should be about.''
DONUT 3: So if you were bothered by what Michael Vick did to dogs, you must be off-the-charts angry at what a Joe Paterno liuetenant at Penn State allegedly did to little boys. Right?
DONUT 4: Come follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter!
DONUT 5: You don't have to join me in agreeing with the views of Houston's Kevin Martin (as told to SI.com). But you've got to respect the balls he has to speak in a contrary manner to his union's leadership.
"If you know for sure [the owners] are not moving, then you take the best deal possible," Martin said. "We are risking losing 20 to 25 percent of missed games that we'll never get back, all over 2 percent [of basketball-related income] over an eight- to 10-year period [of the eventual collective bargaining agreement]. And let's be honest: 60 to 70 percent of players won't even be in the league when the next CBA comes around….
"My opinion — which is just one of 450 players — is that if it comes down to losing a season and 100 percent of the money, we all definitely have to sit down and think about reality. That doesn't sound smart to possibly become part of the country's growing unemployment rate."
I continue to believe that the bulk of players (who don't make $20 mil a year, aren't set for life and appreciate the "crummy deal'' they presently work under) at least understand Martin's view.
He doesn't have the sway of a Garnett or a Pierce. But maybe his opinion is as valuable?
We'll find out more late this afternoon, and DB.com will keep you covered.
DONUT 6: Did we create a way for you to dress like a champion! YES. WE. DID.
DONUT 7: I glanced over at "Dancing With The Stars'' this week to note that the only thing "musical'' about Nancy Grace is her piano legs.
DONUT 8: The most notable thing about the leaked Ron Washington pep talk -- laced with the profanity you might expect from a major-league clubhouse as a team prepares for a Game 7 of a World Series -- isn't the cussing.
It's that it's leaked.
When you see NFL postgame locker-room video, it's almost always very carefully orchestrated and crafted by the league. For a pro-league team (in this case an employee of the Rangers) to break with that ... and to break the usual sanctity of that room ... is highly unusual.
Way more unusual than the cussing itself, believe me.
DONUT 9: Jeffrey Kessler + 'Plantation Workers' = BILLABLE HOURS. Am I alone in being able to connect the lockout dots here?
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DONUT 11: Right about now I'm wishing this Conrad Murray had also been Jerry Sandusky's doctor.
DONUT 12: Twenty years ago this week, Magic Johnson conducted a press conference to inform the world about his HIV virus.
Where was I? At Valley Ranch, at the Cowboys facility, watching the press conference with a bunch of stunned Cowboys players.
What was determined together by everyone in that room that day? That none of us would ever have sex without a condom again.
Ah, how easily we forget.