Friday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Mavs owner Mark Cuban is attempting to temper the excitement over Dallas being in the running for the likes of Dwight Howard and/or Deron Williams.
"I think what people are misreading into it (is that) everybody thinks it's about getting that one big free agent,'' Cuban told CBS Radio. "I don't know that we're going to go in that direction. The way I look at the marketplace, with the new CBA, is that the max-out guys are still going to be the max-out guys, the minimum players are still going to be the minimum players, but everybody in between ... is going to be priced a lot lower.''
"So,'' Cuban continued, "you're going to be able to get ... some really, really good players. And it might not be that we go for the one superstar. It might be that we go for three or four stars and package them together around Dirk.''
What do I make of all that? Yes, yes, it's true. Dwight and/or Deron do not have to come to Dallas to allow the Mavs' execution of a Dirk-centric plan under the new CBA to work. I think it's important to know that if it's not Dwight and it's not Deron, it can be an assortment of other guys who fit into what can be $25 mil of cap space next summer.
And the Mavs roster can look somewhat like it does now, with Dirk as the hub of the wheel that features high-quality spokes like Lamar Odom and Jason Kidd.
But while Tony Cubes is trying to temper your dreams, do know what HIS dreams are. And Mark Cuban's dreams are very difficult to put a lid on.
DONUT 2: Last spring, Lamar Odom embodied the Lakers' frustration with being swept by Dallas in the playoffs as he issued a "please eject me'' shove to Dirk Nowitzki.
As you might imagine, that's ancient history now that LO and Dirk are teammates.
"I think he has forgiven me,'' Odom said.
DONUT 3: Come join the Game Havens team for the NCAA Football 12 Wings Bowl at Buffalo Wild Wings in Addison on Saturday (11 am). An "Editors' Choice" on the IGN web site, NCAA Football 12 is one of this years' most highly-rated sports video games, bringing college football tradition to the forefront of gaming world.
So bring your Longhorns, Horned Frogs, Mustangs, Tigers and Ducks and come enjoy some wings and great college football on a day when there isn't much football on TV. Check out the Game Havens EVENT page on facebook for the tourney. In the meanwhile, "LIKE" Game Havens on Facebook to keep up with the world of video games, game rooms and media rooms and follow us on Twitter @GameHavensTeam where we throw out GameTweets, MovieTweets and the occasional MavsTweet!
DONUT 4: If Shawn Marion has always impressed you as a sort of "grown-up kid,'' your impressions are correct. Marion tells me he's an "expert'' on "Transformers,'' that he's collected all the toys -- Autobots and Decepticons and stuff ... and it turns out that a couple of years ago he was invited to the set of the blockbuster "Transformers'' movie.
And that's what's up.
DONUT 5: I would like to think that we've all learned a lesson from the Chris Paul trade talk, which of course was NEVER "dead.'' But now the media is applying the exact same techniques to the Dwight Howard situation in Orlando. One day he "demands a trade,'' the next day "he's considering staying,'' the next day he "reinforces his demands,'' the next day "the talks are dead.''
Will we ever learn?
Heck, let's get it from the horse's mouth in Magic GM Otis Smith, who is having to deny the stupid "deal-is-dead'' reports.
"That's not where we are," Smith told the Orlando paper. "What we've basically said is we don't feel like we have to trade him today. We're going to continue to look and explore opportunities.''
Some "dead,'' huh?
DONUT 6: It's a condensed camp and a condensed season, so Rick Carlisle's now-familiar "bumper-sticker mottos'' are about to come at you fast and furious.
In the last few days he's pulled out "A healthy discomfort,'' "It's about the process'' and "It's not about role definition but rather role acceptance'' and somewhere on the planet, Rudy Fernandez still cannot figure out what the hell Rick is talking about.
Oh, Rick also offered up the "milk drinkers'' one.
"I like milk drinkers, but I don't want too many milk drinkers,'' Carlisle said. "We need guys that are edgy, that bring attitude.''
DONUT 7: The Utah Jazz have signed Josh Howard while announcing their hope that he provides them leadership.
Sixteen words ... and not a one of them really goes together in the same sentence.
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DONUT 9: Vince Carter has some knee tendinitis, and you cannot be blamed for grinding your teeth and crossing your fingers when a soon-to-be 35-year-old who greatly depends on his launch pad for NBA success is being held out of practice.
But VC did participate in the Thursday evening workout and is expected to be ready for the Winterfest scrimmage tonight at the AAC. ...
There is a trick to handling this just right, because while he needs some work with his teammates, he's also very much in the same category as Kidd in the sense that the Mavs "don't want to kill him with minutes,'' as Carlisle said about his ageless point guard.
"WinterFest,'' by the way, is this year's "Fan Jam.'' It begins at 3 p.m. today at American Airlines Center and includes ice skating and holiday movies on the plaza and then at 6, open Mavericks practice will be on the main court. Parking is $5 and admission is free.
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DONUT 11: In assembling this roster, which features an assortment of interchangeable parts and guys versatile enough that Rick cautions us to not worry too much about defined positions, GM Donnie Nelson admits he has flashbacks to the 2003-04 Mavs assembled by his father.
"Yeah, Nellie would like this team,'' Donnie said. "He likes to think that every guy should be a ballhandler and a shooter and about 6-7.''
To a great degree that describes those 2003-04 Mavs -- or at least the two big-name acquisitions that year, Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison.
"The problem with that,'' Donnie laughed, "is we had two guys who couldn't pass. One wasn't willing, and one wasn't able. I'll let you figure out which is which.''
DONUT 12: I visited Mavs business headquarters in Deep Ellum this week and I'm sworn to secrecy but ... I actually got to see it. I actually got to touch it. It's real, and it's spectacular!