Monday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Jet's schtick ...
Is is a matter of record from last season: The world spoke openly about "wanting'' to play the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. That lack of deference for the eventual defending NBA champions may have served as an inspiration. Or maybe it just allowed us all to yelp, "Toldja so!''
But Jason Terry? He's ready to milk that same cow 'til she's dry.
"We haven't gotten much respect all year long, so it doesn't surprise me,'' Jason Terry. "I think a lot of teams are hoping and wishing that they can play the Mavericks in the playoffs, similar to last year. And they're going to get what they ask for soon.''
I don't see that. I don't hear that. But it's the same sort of thinking that led to Jet getting that brilliantly ridiculous tattoo, so ... I'm willing to play along.
DONUT 2: Odom's Offended ...
The Mavs' dismissal of The Morose Albatross, Lamar Odom, has – predictably – has caused him to have hurt feelings.
What we've heard the Mavs say that is most damning of LO's work here – outside of his assignment to "leave the club with pay, please'' is owner Mark Cuban assessment of the move: "Addition by subtraction.''
Absurdly-yet-predictably, Odom has taken offense to this sort of portrayal.
It was short-lived,'' he says of his time in Dallas. "Too bad it couldn't work out but things happen for a reason. My life has been so crazy the last couple years, as far as issues with my family, as far as going through personal tragedy. And I felt like God was saying, ‘You know what Lamar, I'm going to give you a little time. A little time to step back and soak everything in…."
I've termed this "existential hoohah'' and I've done so to Lamar's face, in person, suggesting to him (as politely as he suggests things to those of us in the media) that he's using philosophical ramblings as a shield that protects him from true basketball self-evaluation. His passive-aggressive approach to the Mavs continues when he's asked about the conflict with the club.
"It's too bad,'' Odom says. "It's one thing I'm not going to do is play that game… if somebody wants to take we'll shot let them take a shot. Be a professional, be a gentleman about it and I wish them much success."
DONUT 3: Odom's Offense ...
Does he have even the slightest of points? Do we have him all wrong? Was his work in the Memphis game -- er, non-work -- that drew Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki to go nose-to-nose with Loafin' Lamar -- somehow mischaracterized?
DB.com stalwart "Jeff in Valley Ranch'' has the video answer:
You watch for yourself and you judge for yourself, but you listen and you hear even the Memphis announcer noting that West is bothered because "his Mavs teammates aren't running the plays.'' I think Jeff's reading of what we see is accurate and powerful:
Lamar Odom walks away from the play with Delonte West. Then runs into ref Bill Kennedy on the baseline and falls down. Ref gets up and runs back to cover the play while Mavs play 4-on-5. Odom gets up and loafs down court. Odom was pulled from the game after 4 minutes and Cuban confronted him at halftime. Odom was expelled from team.
In the end, if Lamar Odom isn't ashamed of himself, the least he should do is to shut the hell up, and thus quit calling attention to this on-video bastardization of what it means to be a professional, or even to be a member of any team at any level. He can fool Hollywood. Ryan Seacrest probably doesn't care if LO lets referees twice his age outrun him. But his former teammates, his owner and the fans of the team he was/is employed by did care.
DONUT 4: Caught up on your Mavs news? ...
All-Access Donuts as Dirk pronounces the Mavs a "No Lollygagging'' Zone.
DB.com's Chuck Perry with some numbers from this year's team that pale in comparison to the title team's.
All-Access coverage from Mavs-at-Bulls.
A "Coach Em Up'' film study of why Brandan Wright is working as a Mavs weapon -- and needs to be a permanent part of the rotation.
DB.com Boards, where Mavs fans love to barroom-brawl it!
DONUT 5: Carlisle's Karma ...
There is not a singular season-finishing gameplan or philosophy in the sense that every guy will be handled differently, and every situation might be unique. But Rick Carlisle has given voice to a general rule of thumb, and he sounds a lot like the guy we know to be influenced by everybody from Red Auerbach to to Bruce Hornsby to Oprah Winfrey:
"The approach is to play well and win,'' Rick says. "It seems to me when you do that, it's karmically the right thing to do.''
No, I don't think Auerbach ever discussed "karma.'' So that might be a Hornsby/Oprah deal right there.
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DONUT 7: Meet Kelenna Azubuike ...
The new guy got onto an NBA floor for the first time since 2009 on Friday against Golden State. As we said as the time he was acquired, this is a "futures'' move. Still ...
"I liked him,'' Carlisle says. "I wanted to get him in there early. He did the things that we felt he could do. He spaced the floor. He had two threes that were in-and-out. He was solid defensively. He needs to get back on the floor and play some."
And so he did, taking two shots in the Warriors game, both rimming out, during his six minutes.
"It was good to get out there and get my feet wet,'' Buike says. "I'm rusty as I-don't-know-what. It'll come back. I'm just thankful to the Lord that I even got back to this point. There was a point in time where I wasn't even sure I was going to play again.''
The kid's knee was all blown up. Maybe now there's no problem. So ... can he help now? Is there really a reason to bother with a New Guy this late in the proceedings?
"It's like Corey Brewer last year,'' Rick reminds. "If he can help us somewhere along the line, one play, or a few good minutes in a game at the right time, it's all worth it."
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DONUT 9: Who drew up this sched? ...
As DB.com's BJ Stahl asks, "Who drew this year's schedule up and were they high?'' After 65 games in 17 weeks, there are now four whole days until the finale in Atlanta.
But the Mavs ain't complaining.
"I like it mostly for Jason Kidd,'' Dirk says. "I think everybody else is good. But we've seen last year what a week left before the playoffs did for J-Kidd. He was on fire the first two games against Portland, really probably saved us those two games. So I like it for him and everybody else will probably get some good work in. ... Tuesday and Wednesday we've got practices and we'll see where the standings are, if we need the game on Thursday or not. We'll look at it later on in the week.''
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DONUT 12: The Idiocy of Ron Artest ...
If you've seen the vicious Ron Artest elbow delivered Sunday in the Lakers-Thunder game and think it is anything short of intentional, you sir, are an idiot.
Penalties will be handed down. They will surely impact the Lakers and could impact, say, Mavs-Lakers as well. There will be time to judge all that. But for now, watch the elbow again ... and then watch "World Peace'' take a fighter's stance when challenged. The man lost control ... and remained out of control enough to prepare to do it again.
DONUT 13: The Final Word ...
"We've gotta do a good job still of keeping the pressure up and still compete. You don't wanna lollygag a week before the playoffs. We've gotta keep the pedal to the metal here." -