Wednesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: A sign that the official ratification of the CBA is very close: The league is saying that today is the day teams can talk to agents. (Starting at 8 a.m. Dallas time.) And that Thursday is the day players can report to teams' HQs. (Not to practice, but to "hang.'')
And as we already know, Dec. 9 is the day NBA Clusterbuck breaks loose.
DONUT 2: Two crafty DB.com readers' takes on how the 66-game season will likely erase the lofty 11X50:
*"Fish, regarding the 11X50, our new goal for this season would be 40.24 games out of 66, which is the equivalent of 50 out 82. (40 wins should keep the streak alive with an "*").''
"Instead of 11X50, the Mavs' mark should be thought of as '11X61 PERCENT.' 50 wins in an 82-game season = 61 percent. (And therefore) no tarnish on for (getting a hope-for) 41-plus wins in 66 games.''
Smartest readers in the NBA, right here, I tell ya.
DONUT 3: Remember when you thought you liked the idea of Al Jefferson in a Mavs uniform, but the Jazz liked the idea so much more? The Jazz don't like Big Al so much anymore. He's on the block.
DONUT 4: That Taiwanese Animation News Team is at it again, explaining the end of the lockout and featuring Dirk's vomit:
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DONUT 6: Word from the Bay Area papers that the Warriors "want to make a push to acquire a big man, such as Tyson Chandler, Samuel Dalembert, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan or Nene.''
Either the newspaper is trash or the Warriors' plan is no plan at all. The "plan'' is pinpointed to find $10m guys (Chandler, Nene and Gasol) OR MLE guy (Dalembert) OR a promising third-center center?
That's not a "plan.'' That's grab-baggin' it.
DONUT 7: That's a heartwarming story up at Ohio State, where Urban Meyer has just quit family to spend more time with his football.
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Oh, and I found this, too: A way to send holiday greetings across the country and make someone's day. My mom now lives here in Texas (yeah!) but lots of other Fish are in the sea. (Well, Colorado and Minnesota, actually.) This program is also about "sending something to someone new.'' So I'm gonna Cardstore.com 'em up!
DONUT 9: Purely early-on speculation to name names at this point. But I'll be interested to see if Dallas' title, combined with the KIDDIRK leadership and the Cuban rep for player friendliness, translates into some flirtation from name veterans who would be willing to take the $1 mil minimum to come here. In the past, that lure netted you the likes of Brian Cardinal. No offense, Custodian, but this year there might be guys like There are numerous veteran free agents who would come into play for the Heat at this price and at the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Players like Grant Hill, James Jones and Michael Redd in that position.
Who wants in?
DONUT 10: Come follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter!
DONUT 11: In case you've missed any Mavs news ... like:
*Exclusive: Revealing The How-To's Of Mavs Roster Budgeting: Tyson, Caron, Dirk In '14, Every Year, Every Penny
*How The World-Champion Mavs Can Bring Back The Whole Roster
*Lockout-End Donuts: What Labor Peace Means To The Mavs
*Cuban Wisdom - Monday Morning Mavs Donuts: 'Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered'
*The scheduling formula the NBA is going to use for thi 66-game season -- and how it might affect Dallas
*The Mavs Scoop On Rudy's Knee Injury: What's A 'Distension On The Left Popliteus Muscle'?
*Nene, Tyson Chandler and the Fact vs. Fiction of their Mavs-related Free Agency
And something I'm working on ... The Realities of Caron Butler's Footsie-Playing With Miami
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To celebrate the start of the NBA season and the Dallas Mavericks' title defense, let's go BOGO! Take advantage! Buy-one-month-get-a-second-month free deal ... 10 cents a day just got cut in half ... Become a Premium Mavs Fan and get the best coverage possible of your World Champion Dallas Mavericks! (Subscribers will be charged following their free month.)
Go Mavs ... and at pennies a day, Go BOGO!
DONUT 12: I'm sure that Honey-Baked Ham Store at the mall is doing a good business this month. But how the hell does it stay open the other 335 days of the year?