Friday Donuts: DoJo, JJB And Dirk Overseas?
DONUT 1: DB.com has learned that Dallas Mavericks guard Dominique Jones is responding to the NBA labor dispute by considering a trio of offers from foreign teams.
Dirk Nowitzki is apparently doing the same, as his mentor Holger Geschwindner issues this somewhat ominous quote:
"At the moment, Dirk is out of shape. We are going to work hard over the nex two weeks. If he goes anywhere, he will be going there for the whole season."
One report has Real Madrid having crossed themselves off the Dirk list (while at the same time reportedly working to keep another Mav, Rudy Fernandez, permanently in Spain). Nowitzki has said he's prefer not to play in his native Germany because it would cause him to have to choose one "home team'' over others.
And ESPN is reporting The Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China have pursued J.J. Barea and have extended him a contract offer. JJB has in the past expressed some interest in playing in Spain.
DONUT 2: Reader JJared makes a poignant observation: We are accustomed to fall turning to winter and to Dirk's haircut evolving from shaved head to flowing locks.
"His power,'' JJared says, "grows with the hair.''
DONUT 3: My wife Marcia, one of them goodie-two-shoes always concerned about family values, notes that there is one good thing about NBA Kaboom: Players wont travel. Groupies wont meet em. Baby mamas wont happen. It's NBA Birth Control!
DONUT 4: "Are you sexually attracted to young boys?''
Though it rings of that old gotcha, "When did you stop beating your wife,'' Jerry, that is not a trick question.
When we come across a person cannot answer a firm and clear "no,'' what we've come across is a reason-to-arrest pedophile.
DONUT 5: Does Mark Cuban still face a $1 million fined if he speaks? Does he? Who knows? What I plan to ask Cuban (as I try to get him to grant an interview) is this:
How can it be a violation to talk about union members when their union no longer exists? There's no longer a lockout. There's no contract. There's likely no season. Why does David Stern have jurisdiction over anything anymore?
DONUT 6: I've heard some otherwise smart media people suggest that we get the Dallas Mavericks and the rest of the NBA back on track by simply starting the season on a handshake with an opt-out promise to start negotiations again next summer.
Using the same logic: I would like to buy your house and move in today. I am more than willing to work out the details of how much I pay you for the house, oh, next summer.
Hand over the keys, please.
Besides, I'd rather endure this process once every 10 years rather than on an annual basis. Wouldn't you?
DONUT 7: No matter who you favor in this dispute -- and make no mistake, I favor ME and MY desires to see my basketball team -- you must concede this:
When union leaders don't let their members vote, it does create the impression, however invalid, that said union leaders don't trust their members to vote the way the union leaders want them to vote.
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DONUT 9: CBS's Ken Berger has an announcement to make: He says David Stern will present the Larry O'Brien Trophy to the 2011-12 NBA champions, attorneys David Boies and Jeffrey Kessler, in a gala event to be held at the Lowell Hotel in New York.
DONUT 10: DB.com videographer Jay Martin is all growed up and working with the Texas Legends on projects at Hitting Nothing But Net. Jay will continue pitching in at DB.com, but his work with the Legends will provide some valuable insight there as well. Way to go, Jay!
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DONUT 12: Laughter is the best medicine unless you are sick in which case medicine is the best medicine.