Wednesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: David Lord on the "partnership'' concept, as discussed on DB.com and by Bill Simmons:
I think most articles talking about the idea of a player-owner partnership miss an incredibly key issue that is germane to everything that has occurred since. Simmons' excellent article more or less talked on both sides of the issue, yet didn't seem to get it, either.
The problem is this: In the minds of some owners, the more the owners have TRIED to elevate the players to pseudo-partner status, the more they've gotten burned by it.
Ask Dan Gilbert how things worked out in Cleveland, when he treated LeBron, a local kid, like a partner. LeBron co-owned that place but in Gilbert's mind, he was basically given the cold shoulder when it came time for James to act like a partner.
Ask the Knicks' James Dolan how he felt paying Eddy Curry boatloads of money - and then watching him bloat up, laze, and then only work to shed the weight AFTER his massive deal has expired. That's a partnership? Nope, it's a guy taking from you without pulling his weight.
How did the owners feel when they spoke of the league as a partnership in the last CBA and committed to the players in an easy way to enhance the partnership feeling ....and then when the economy turns and the deal kills the owners financially, the players' response is a haughty "That's their problem, not ours"?
Dirk isn't one of a kind, but he's one of too few in the NBA - those who have the character and commitment to work as "we" rather than "me." You can't be a partner without a "we" attitude that perseveres when things are less than ideal. That's the so-far insurmountable hurdle.
DONUT 2: If you are trying to do the math at home: Commissioner David Stern has said consistently that league will need 30 days after its handshake with the players to start a season. Meanwhile, we know that opening on Christmas Day is a goal for some. Now, look at the calendar and do the math.
DONUT 3: Tyson Chandler has reportedly opted to pass on China.
"I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to,'' TY tells Chris Broussard. "It was hard to turn down."
One wonders if the J.R. Smith nuttiness is a factor there.
DONUT 4: Meanwhile, my understanding is that old pal Roddy B is in the States rehabbing that foot and considering an eventual move to play for a team in France ... but only after his foot heals.
Three more weeks, is the word. And yes, this process is in a race with The End of the Lockout as our most exhausting story.
But three weeks for Roddy B. Maybe.
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DONUT 7: Jared Dudley of the Suns seems dumbfounded as he comes to this realization:
"Some fans,'' the Suns player says, "believe owners deserve more (money) than players.''
Yes, Jared Dudley. Some fans do believe that the purchaser/owner of the company deserves more money than even his most talented and valued employee. What a shockingly radical notion!
DONUT 8: DeShawn Stevenson tells Yahoo that he feels the same way I think you do about the lockout and the Mavs' title -- that it's robbed Dallas of its chance to bask.
"I haven't see a Dirk commercial, I haven't seen a Jason Kidd commercial, Jason Terry commercial," Stevenson said. "But I've seen a LeBron McDonald's commercial. Dwyane Wade is on a T-Mobile commercial. I just feel like we don't get the respect as a team that worked hard to win a championship."
DONUT 9: Michael H. Goldberg is the executive director of the NBA Coaches Association and he's got something to say.
Mr. Goldberg wrote an open letter addressed to the owners and the players, urging both sides to return to the bargaining table.
"The upcoming NBA season must be saved,' Goldberg wrote. "To do otherwise will cause a self-inflicted economic blow to an enterprise that over the years, through the hard work of players, team owners and the league office, has become a great global brand. But, like every business operating in today's fragile economic landscape, one that is more susceptible to decline and fall. Everyone involved must now think beyond their interests, check out the daily financial headlines, and work towards a negotiated solution now.''
Ah, yes. Financial turmoil. Businesses failing. Fragile economy. But there is one group that seems above the fragile economy: the lawyers who are now in charge of the direction of this conflict. And with no talks scheduled for this week (again) and antitrust lawsuits pending, Mr. Goldberg shouldn't write his letters to the owners or the players.
He might as well address them to the law firms.
DONUT 10: So I guess there is a new trend now for the priest/pastor/preacher to address the congregation not armed with an actual Bible, but rather with an iPad loaded with Bible verses.
Technology rolls on, but why do I actually have to physically sit in church if their not going to make the Bible do it?
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DONUT 12: Ex-Mav Ced Ceballos has suffered a heart attack and it's the sort of news that is supposed to make us feel thankful at this special time of the year.