Wednesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Yesterday was NBA payday No. 1 (of the in-normal-times 12) for the players.
It didn't happen, of course. An average of $220,000. That's what those paychecks were supposed to be. (I guarantee you there are more than a few of the fellas who are going to go back to their mailboxes today and again wonder why they look so cavernously empty.) All those $220,000 checks ... not "postponed.'' CANCELED. GONE.
The league last night made plans to cancel games through Dec. 15. And you know what that means? One, two, three, four ... more checks, averaging $220,000 ... GONE.
DONUT 2: In a piece of widely-circulated fact that the union certainly wishes wasn't so widely-circulated:
Kobe's missed paycheck is worth $1,051,832. LeBron's is $667,603 lost. Dirk's is $795,535 lost.
At the risk of beating this thing to death, I offer one more: Ian Mahinmi's missed biweekly check = $78,000.
DONUT 3: So which t-shirt should I print up for you in the Mavs DB.com Store? 1: A design basked on "Basketball Stops'? Or 2: "A design based on "NBA KABOOM.''?
DONUT 4: A fact about Mavs Premium Coverage on DB.com: Even though it's only about a dime-a-day, and even though it allows readers to follow the Mavs, support the site, finance our special projects and even get inside stuff from hundreds of other pro and college teams ...
It's a more compelling purchase on your part (even at 10 cents) when there is, you know, an actual basketball season happening.
DONUT 5: As thousands of Mavs fans know, there are compelling ways for us to offer the inside track even during the damn lockout.
The latest proof: DB.com's David Lord and his powerful scoop on Tyson Chandler and how truly easy it can be for TY to re-sign with the Mavs. D-Lord crunched the numbers. He's crunched the numbers the same way Mavs management has.
And there is more coming, stuff that breaks down how Dallas can afford ALL five of its valued FA's. And lockout stuff ... and visits with the fellas ...
And you can only get that level of Mavs insight here.
Thanks for considering being one of the many fans who've chosen to invest about 10 cents a day to Go Mavs and Go Premium! )
DONUT 6: As you may know, in a previous life I was the Dallas Cowboys beat writer for a major-metropolitan newspaper. I was privy to the rules banning Cowboys players from dating Cowboys Cheerleaders. (I was also privy to how many times the boys and girls skirted the rule, but that's another Donut.)
So along comes Buffalo receiver David Nelson and his girlfriend, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Kelsi Reich.
It's cute and all. But lemme get this straight: A Buffalo Bill can date a cheerleader from Dallas but a Dallas Cowboy can't date a cheerleader from Dallas?
DONUT 7: DB.com reader Markus with a provocative point: What if fans boycotted all of the players' exhibition games. (Ignoring for the moment that they generally benefit charities.) Would that help make it clear to the players that it is not "about buying their shoes or watching their moves.''
It's about competition at the highest level.
A goof-around game in Fair Park? Another one down in Waco? A "world barnstorming tour''? They might feature stars. But, Markus argues, we're not fans of stars. We're fans of basketball -- and all the things that define it.
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DONUT 9: To heck with Occupy Wall Street and the "1 Percenters.'' Please read my column about "sporks'' and the lockout and the NBA players who are apparently unaware that they are "The 0.01 Percenters.''
That column was published on Monday morning. And still, "The 0.01 Percenters'' carry on with their talk of being "treated unfairly'' and "having no options.''
That CBA proposal from the owners might've represented a disappointing option. But it was not "no option.''
And Ian Mahinmi, upon his return to the NBA, is due to make $78,000 every two weeks.
DONUT 10: Come follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter!
DONUT 11: The not-a-union has itself a pair of antitrust lawsuits. David Lord will break this down in greater detail today. And for now, if you look closely inside the filings, you see a familiar name as a plantiff: Caron Butler.
DONUT 12: Good morning, Joe Paterno. What an odd-but-relieved feeling it must be this week, The First Week of the Rest of Your Life ... and you don't have to worry anymore about winning or losing or how many little boys are allegedly being raped on your watch.