Monday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Go to NBPA.org, the players' union website, and see what you get.
ERROR 404. Basketball Not Found
It's been that way for a week. And it says it all.
DONUT 2: What an accidentally riotous note from our friends at Hoopsworld as they quote an anonymous agent.
"One agent tells HOOPSWORLD that they'll remember their actions long after the lockout comes to an end. "I don't want any of my clients playing for Jordan, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, Dan Gilbert or Peter Holt," said one agent. "We won't sign with them, unless they're willing to really overpay. That's going to be the only way these hardline owners are going to land any free agents after the way they've handled these negotiations."
One, hey, Mr. Agent, that's pretty ballsy to take such a powerful stand while remaining anonymous! If you are really committed to the idea of being uncooperative with the hawkish owners, why not do so outside the shroud of anonymity?
And two, does "Anonymous Agent'' even listen to himself? He says, "We ABSOLUTELY WON'T sign with those owners ... um, er, unless the price is right.''
Some bold stand there, big boy.
DONUT 3: J-Kidd is selling his million-dollar condo in downtown Dallas. What does it mean? Most likely that his lovely new bride and their baby (not to mention the other Kidd kids) need some extra elbow room. But if you want to speculate that Kidd's real-estate dump has to do with the Mavericks star saving his pennies (not likely) that there just isn't much reason for him to be in Dallas in 2011 and the spring of 2012 (makes sense to me), go ahead.
DONUT 4: What sucks for the Mavs players in particular is that if they ever do run short of cash, they can't even pawn those championship rings they've never gotten.
DONUT 5: From Ira Winderman at one of my favorite sites, ProBasketballTalk.com, making fun of the owners' CBA offer and its suggestion of how to structure a roster:
"How do you build a roster that conforms to the NBA's proposal and avoid all the draconian measures of the proposed next luxury tax?,'' Ira writes sarcastically. "According to the NBA, with:''
One "Superstar (max salary)": $17 million.
One "All-Star": $14 million.
One "Starter": $10 million.
Two "Starters": $8 million (apiece).
One "6th Man": $5 million.
One "Rotation Player": $4 million.
One "Rotation Player": $3 million.
One "Rotation Player": $2 million.
One "Rotation Player": $1 million. Five "Remaining Players": $3 million (total, $600,000 average, essentially minimum scale).
Ira writes about that structure as if it'd be impossible to win with it. As a beat writer for the Heat, maybe he sees roster construction one way.
As a Mavs fan, do you see that roster construction idea in a more positive way? I mean, doesn't it look rather familiar to you?
Our man Chuck Perry breaks it down here for Mavs Premium Fans.
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DONUT 7: Dirk's comments to ESPN certainly suggest that he's intent on playing overseas.
Warning: If you go to that link, you might have to endure the clownish verbal theatrics of Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. So don't say I didn't warn your sensitive ears or your tender soul.
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DONUT 9: So Paul Pierce is the all-knowing and all-powerful puppeteer on the players' side?
Oh, I feel much more comfortable now.
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DONUT 11: It's important to separate the Tyson-as-a-Mav story from the Tyson-gets-Chinese offer story.
If TY is considering an overseas offer (a very new development, as he was previously not excited by the idea), it has nothing to do with his ability to re-up with the Mavs. As with Dirk, it has everything to do with the dwindling faith of there being an NBA season.
DONUT 12: One factor for all to consider: What if you (or a player on your team) opts to go to China. What if he's weighed the salary issue and dealt with the homesickness issue and handled the insurance problem as best he can ... and then ... (go to the 25-second mark) ...
He does what J.R. Smith did in China last night, blowing out his knee and putting his basketball future in jeopardy?