Thursday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: 9 a.m. Open gym!
Yesterday was the first day for teams to contact the agents of players. (More on that -- and TY and Caron -- in a moment). Today marks the day when the gym doors fly open, and players are allowed to report to team HQ's.
No practice today ... just a get-reacquainted day for players to visit with coaches and trainers ... and media outlets like DB.com. Stay tuned for all the insight here, and on Twitter, too!
DONUT 2: the Mavs preseason dates are set. As predicted by all of us smarties, we've got regional home-and-homies with OKC. The first one: Sunday, Dec. 18, OKC at Dallas. The second: Tuesday, Dec. 20, Dallas at OKC.
That's it. And that's enough.
We're keeping it regional. We're saving money. This can help push toward a real OKC-Dal rivalry. (The Red River Shootout, and all that.) Now, why not do this every year? Why do the Mavs need to play in Pittsburgh?
And most importantly -- I'll try to ask Carlisle about this today -- we might be about to discover that two preseason games is MORE than enough for a team to get what it needs done, done.
DONUT 3: Well, Dec. 9 is going to be a clusterbuck.
I think Stern and the owners had much of what's transpired all mapped out. (The missing of paychecks and the Christmas Day start included.)
But it seems to me that staging the free-agency shopping period and the start of training camp all on the same day is a burdensome miscalculation.
Picture it: At 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 9, Rick Carlisle rings the doorbell at TY's pad to invite him to remain with the Dallas Mavericks ...
"Oh, and we'd like you to decide, help us work out the details, sign, and be at practice in about seven hours, OK?''
My man "Larry in Plano'' theorizes, though, that the Dec. 9 sandwich is all part of a plan, too. "One of the most dramatic periods of the year in football,'' he says, "but that week, the NBA will be making so much news that SportsCenter will be all-NBA all week long.''
DONUT 4: As old friend Bob Ortegel likes to say, I'm not much into predictions. But even in a 66-game season I like the Cavs' chances of flirting with 0-82.
DONUT 5: Those Taiwanese News Animation people (who yesterday caught Dirk puking) have this Suh suspension situation nailed!
DONUT 6: 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.)
DONUT 7: I continue to read "NBA analysts'' who predict that this CBA is going to punish Mark Cuban and the Mavs.
They do not understand the CBA. They do not understand the Mavs. They do not understand Tony Cubes.
As long as the Mavs are top contenders, they will be top spenders ... all the way to 2015, the earliest that the new Tax Repeater penalty can kick in. To avoid being a Tax Repeater, Dallas much avoid being a tax payer for four years out of five.
DB.com has already done the calculations to make that possible in Years 4 and 5 of this CBA -- when Dirk is likely done, or is certainly not a max player anymore. We've done the calculations to see how to avoid the penalty; you don't think Cuban has as powerful a calculator as our staff has?
I've said it about Cuban for the 16 years I've known him: Provide him the rules of the game, and whatever those rules are, he will succeed within the parameters of them. I've been right for 16 years. Under this new CBA, I will continue to be right.
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DONUT 9: Tyson says he thinks he won't be back in Dallas! He says he is interested in going to the Nets! Dwight Howard is rumors to like the Mavs! Caron hints that he likes the Heat!
Truth: Tyson is using the Nets. Dwight is using the Mavs. Caron is using the Heat. It's the game of free agency. Dont panic, folks.
Now, I don't offer than as an assurance that TY is staying. And when Tyson says, "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," I'm not denying that's a bit earth-shaking.
Truthfully, if Golden State or New Jersey has already told him they'll give him the max -- meaning, like, $17 mil a year to put him on a level with LeBron, Wade, Kobe and Dirk -- he probably will be on a new team come training camp.
DONUT 10: Radio this morning. 7:30 on 105.3 The Fan. Let's kick this around.
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 this 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
*The Realities of Caron Butler's Footsie-Playing With Miami
It's all here. Every minute of every day. If you need to get informed? Get all caught up on all the recent days' Mavs news from DB.com here. Oh, and know there is much, much more to come today! Check back early and often!
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Go Mavs ... and at pennies a day, Go BOGO!
DONUT 12: What do I say to a Mav who doesn't want to be a Mav? I say "adios" or "lebewohl" or "arrivederci" or "au revoir" or whatever gets his bags packed the fastest. There is a Plan A here. If it doesn't work, there will be a Plan B. I still don't believe that will end up applying to Tyson Chandler. But if it does? Well, TY as a Net means Dwight Howard won't be a Net. Or TY as a Warrior means Nene won't be a Warrior.
I say "adios" or "lebewohl" or "arrivederci" or "au revoir" to one guy and I issue the equivalent greeting to his replacement.