Tuesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: It's back to another look at the Mavs tonight (with OKC getting in the way, as will be the case four times in the span of 16 days with the two preseason games and two real ones) but "back to the gym'' is the Donut 1 theme ... come on down to the AAC floor with us, get loose and get your Mavs pregame introductions ...
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DONUT 2: We keep hearing lots of questions for Vince Carter and Lamar Odom (formerly of Phil JackZen's "Triangle Offense'') regarding their assimilation into the Dallas system. We'll let Vince give his long answer and then we'll give the short one.
"I've got it already," Carter said of learning Dallas' system. "When you've been around long enough, a lot of the sets that you see you're familiar with. Maybe the name's different or the call's different, but it's pretty much the same thing. ... Their philosophy is pretty much like Orlando's.''
Good answer. Here's the shorter one: Every team's defensive playbook is derivative of something that came before it. The teachings of, say, Del Harris from decades ago in Milwaukee have been passed down. You get to your 30's as an NBA standout (as Carter and Odom are), there is nothing new under the playbook sun.
I think Odom established this best on Sunday night. Brand new team, new playbook, unorthodox combinations ... and Odom was still a 14/7 Swiss Army knife.
Newness shouldn't be an issue for very long, if at all.
DONUT 3: In case you missed it ...
* The weekend Mavs Quoteboard -- all the good takes from the locker room
* Our First Impressions of preseason Game 1, starring Roddy B and DoJo each with 17 points
* DB.con's "Mavs Season Preview For Smart People''
* The exclusive DB.com video of 'Perfect Peja' ... and his Circle of Life retirement that comes with Dallas adding a new center
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DONUT 5: So will KIDDIRK be a go tonight?
"I can't give you a definite answer on that," Carlisle said on Sunday night. "But I think there's a good chance you'll see them. This is part of getting ready for the 25th. Each guy is at a different metabolism when it comes to getting in shape. In communicating with them, we felt and they felt it would be best to get other work in today and pass on (playing last Sunday)."
"Metabolism'' aside and post-lockout camp considered, it would be highly unorthodox for a team to roll into a regular-season opener with two of its stars having not bothered to play a minute of preseason action. So yeah, I think there's a good chance you'll see 'em. (7 p.m. on TXA21.) Kidd, in fact, is calling tonight a "dress rehearsal'' -- though Dallas will have to do that without one of its snappiest dressers, Jet, who is feeling ill.
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DONUT 7: Rudy Fernandez is now in Denver and he says he is happy (you just wait, Nuggets!) with his well-defined role as a shooter coming off the bench.
"I want to play free and comfortably and with this system of George Karl," Fernandez says. "Run and fast-break — I think it's the best for me. I'm ready.''
Whatever is best for YOU, Rudy. That is indeed all that matters.
DONUT 8: Funny how folks don't get this (the same folks, now that we mention it, who didn't get what was really going on with the Chris Paul trade) . But there is no hurry for Orlando to move Dwight Howard.
It was never "dead.'' It's simply been waiting to be activated at the proper time. That time might be now, with a report out of LA that today is the day Dwight goes to the Lakers.
But consider Orlando's situation: It can do a deal today and get the Lakers' or the Nets' package. Or, as first reported by DB.com, it can do a deal today and get ... well, the Mavs' Kitchen Sink.
But can't they do the same deals in February? In March? Next summer?
There is this argument to be made: Why not keep Howard in Orlando and try to win some games? Why should a team with the Magic's solid pedigree and with Dwight in the middle (and with tickets to be sold) give up the season before it starts?
Maybe today is the day. But there is logic, too, in the idea that Dwight and Orlando need to go to battle right now with Miami and Chicago and the rest of the East. They can go to battle with each other later.
DONUT 9: Our David Lord explains in brief how the Mavs quickly changed gears from a team attempting to avoid being a taxpayer to a team comfortable with being above the limit:
"Getting under the tax line this year was abandoned in favor of taking the contract and talent of Lamar Odom. Now that idea has become somewhere between 'very unlikely' and 'impossible' for them to do from here; it would take them shedding the contract of a major core player to get below that tax line now.
"Mavs management will continue to look for moves that fit the assets they have available to spend. That doesn't mean they are concerned about salary limits on a one-year deal as much as it does cap limits. But going past the tax line is already their destiny, so they might as well add another piece of talent, if and when it becomes available.
"The Mavs altered their plan the second Odom became available and now they are $3 mil or so above the tax line. Going into the week, they had 13 players and were at the minimum on roster size. So any roster addition means a cap-impacting addition ... and with the acquisition of Odom as the impetus to change the plan, Dallas was wise to change the plan.''
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DONUT 11: We'll have some fun watching Josh Howard as he teams in Utah with one of his best pals, Devin Harris. The two ex-Mavs will give the Jazz some personality ... but J-Ho will have some adjustments to make to the Utah culture, not the least of which is the Jazz rule against headbands.
DONUT 12: Jason Kidd keeps saying his Mavs "are flying under the radar.'' It's a silly notion; they are the world champs, feature great basketball players and "celebrities'' Dirk, Odom, Jet, Marion, Vince and Kidd himself, and it seems like about half their games are on national TV. Oh, and Vegas has them among the top four or five teams in the NBA.
But the Mavs used that same catchphrase last year, and it turned out OK. So fine. You are "under the radar,'' J-Kidd.