Mavs Donuts: Dirk & Nash As Butch & Sundance
DONUT 1: Dirk as the "assistant GM'' ...
I've written many times of how the Dallas Mavericks benefit not only from the management of Cuban and Donnie, but also from they way they involve other powerbrokers within the organization as "management'' of a sort. This is what Dwight Howard is talking about when he allegedly notes that Dallas involves its players as Orlando does not. This is what Rick Carlisle was talking about the other day in our conversation when he discussed how veteran Mavs will help spread the word to free agents about the benefits of playing in Dallas.
A bonus question-and-answer from that same conversation that I write for the first time here: Rick, how involved is Dirk in these decisions? Some like to portray the situation as if there is a separation or even a wedge between Nowitzki and Cuban/Donnie ...
"I would say Dirk's very involved,'' Carlisle told me. "I know he's devoted and knowledgeable. There's a strong relationship there. He's involved, and I'd be disappointed if a person at his level was anything but.''
This is going to be my go-to quote every time I have to endure comments that suppose that "Cuban isn't doing right by Dirk.'' Because as I've said all along, and as Carlisle now confirms, what Cuban and Dirk are doing ... they are doing together.
DONUT 2: You want Josh Smith, Pierce or Gasol? ...
Aw, it's not that easy. In fact, if you read the terrific David Lord piece on the subject of twisting Lamar Odom's contract into an asset, you'll see what a creative challenge it might be to pull it off.
But it's an intriguing debate: All things considered (including a loss of Marion), would you prefer to add Josh Smith for Odom, or Paul Pierce (on his final contract year) or Pau Gasol (giving the Mavs a 4/5 threesome of Dirk, Pau and Haywood)?
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DONUT 3: Tackling Father Time ...
Michael Dugat with a series of quickie thoughts on Dirk, Father Time, and other guys over the age of 32 or so:
Noting that "Father Time is undefeated'' is like noting that the sky is blue. It's not that he wins. It's when.
So why do we hear it about Dirk but not about, oh, say, Kobe?
Kobe this season: His lowest FG% since 1997-98, lowest 3PT% since '02, and 3.5 TOs (second-worst in his career.
Kobe did still average 27.9 points this year. But he needed 23 field-goal attempts per game to get there. (That's the third-most FGA per of his career).
Time will tell. As will Father Time. My theory is that in this condensed season, older players had a harder time coping with the less-than-ideal circumstances. A safe prediction, I think, it that next year Kobe and Dirk will continue to be elite. But maybe for some reason some will talk of Dirk as being a future victim of Father Time while Kobe is somehow immortal.
DONUT 4: The last shot in Miami ...
The Miami Herald notes that including the playoffs, the Heat this season have gone 6-for-18 on shots to take the lead or tie the game in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.
And who gets the shots? It's Wade rather than the NBA's MVP, LeBron James. LeBron has taken only two of those shots all year ... including none so far in the playoffs.
What I'm enjoying more than Miami's last-second problems are what happens seconds later, when they lose. (As they've done twice in a row now against Indy, down 1-2 in the series.) Last night, as they were down 20 or so with minutes left, there was LeBron and there was Wade, parading up and down the bench, doing so almost while posing for the cameras they hoped would find them and frame them performing as "leaders.''
"Fugazi leadership,'' we used to call it in my old neighborhood.
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DONUT 7: More congrats to Carlisle ...
Jusr after receiving a four-year contract extension, Carlisle has been named as part of the NBA's new 10-person Competition Committee.
The committee is comprised of two owners, three head coaches, four general managers and one representative from the NBPA.
Congrats, Rick. Again.
DONUT 8: Butch and Sundance ...
So let's say the Deron Williams dream goes up in smoke.
How about Steve Nash re-joining the Mavs and riding off into the sunset with Dirk? Chuck Perry deals with the necessary organizational "mea culpa'' of such a plan ... and I'm left thinking of the final scene of "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid'':
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DONUT 11: Some philosophical Food for Thought ...
Do the Mavs need to get "younger''? Or do the Mavs need to get "better''? Does one equal the other?
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Dwyane Wade thinks other people are overly dramatic. Norma Desmond totally agrees.