Friday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Nope. We're not done with the Kardashians yet ...
Some nutcase who habitually files suits against the Kardashians is trying to get Mark Cuban involved.
Bruce Jenner, a couple of Kardashian girls, Lamar Odom, a secret sex tape, Cuban fathering a Kardashian baby ... it's all dangerously insane stuff ... and I'm fairly certain the only part of this that is in any way the Mavs' fault is having lured themselves into the Odom circus in the first place.
DONUT 2: DB.com with exclusives on Mavs draft-relation workouts ...
* The scoop on the AAC visit from Arnett Moultrie - and what makes this visit so unique.
* The scoop on the visit from Meyers Leonard: Has Dallas changed its view on centers in this draft?
* The inside story on the visit from Fab Melo - complete with his Uptown birthday celebration while wearing a Pacers t-shirt.
* Our exclusive on the Mavs' overall interview wish list leading up to the June 28 NBA Draft.
It's Premium stuff ... and thanks to all the devoted Mavs fans who trust us to bring you the inside scoop from Mavs HQ every day!
DONUT 3: Notes from New York ...
Deron was at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn this week, and lovely wife Amy was there to snap this photo and to note how the "8'' inside the arena matches her honey's jersey number.
Let's not pretend this isn't newsy; it's another log on the pro-Nets fire ... just as hot as many of the pro-Mavs logs we've tossed on the pile.
But for the sake of accuracy, I must again point out that the ensuing coverage of the photo event suggests that "108'' is also significant.
Dangit, I don't care how many times the big NY papers write it and then the Nets fan blogs recite it. Our calculations put Deron's max contract with the Nets not at $108 million for the initial five-year signing ... not even close to that. It's $98.77 million.
It's a lot of dough and that's more than the $73.35 million Dallas can give in the initial four-year signing.
Dear NY/NJ media: You've GOT to get this right. Especially as the only justification for Deron staying with the Nets is the money, you've GOT to at least get the money right. Right?
DONUT 4: Are the Mavs losing an asset? ...
This one wasn't going to grab headlines like so many others, but ESPN was reporting that Mavs coaching consultant Tim Grgurich was being lured to Charlotte to join new coach Mike Dunlap's staff.
Grgurich is one of many, many links in the chain around here. But he's a valued one. And as it turns out, Dunlap says Tim isn't going to make the move. So, an asset stays in Dallas, at least for now.
DONUT 5: A stat secret about Jason Terry ...
This Premium piece offers a detailed breakdown of what plays Deron likes to run and how that might mesh with what Dirk likes to run. But mixed in, too, are some advanced stats that demonstrate the overall offensive effectiveness of the Jason Terry-Dirk tandem.
Deron-Dirk would be devastating. But Jet-Dirk has also been elite, as our numbers show.
DONUT 6: Thanks to Ryan at MavCowTickets! ...
This happens hundreds of times over the course of Mavs season, Rangers season, Cowboys season: I get a call wondering where a guy can get a game ticket at the last minute. It happened this week, a reader wanting two tickets to the NBA Finals in OKC. How to get it done? Call Ryan at MavCowTickets ... and it's done.
Personal service. Middle-man costs eliminated. A relationship with Ryan, who knows and loves the local teams just like you do. Thanks to the Ryan for the partnership and friendship with Mavs fans and DB.com!
DONUT 7: Follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter! ...
DONUT 8: Are your pitchforks ready? ...
Many Mavs fans have very sweetly cautioned me about the "backlash'' that is coming at the Mavs and at DallasBasketball.com should Deron Williams end up elsewhere.
And it's true. That backlash ("You promised us Deron was coming! The Mavs promised us Deron was coming!'') is inevitable in some quarters. Cuban will be ridiculed, Donnie will be riduculed, Dirk will be ridiculed ("Stars don't want to play with him!'') and yeah, DB.com -- as the first and best to report exhaustively on the possibilities -- will be ridiculed.
But what is the team's alternative? My alternative? Your alternative?
For the Mavs, the alternative would be to not try.
For DB.com (and others in the DFW media who are fascinated by the chase of this story) the alternative would be to not report on the possibilities.
It's an easy choice. ... even though, as you read this, hundreds of doom-and-gloomers are sharpening their pitchforks.
The easiest path for the pitchfork-sharpeners who are also Mavs fans is to predict failure. True success is difficult, so failure is often a safe bet. Further, skepticism prevents heartbreak. And finally, the Mavs fan/pitchfork-sharpener can't really lose. Because even if he's wrong in believing Deron's not coming to Dallas, he gets to celebrate the Mavs' acquisition.
DONUT 9: One less seat at the poker table? ...
Lakers boss Jim Buss says LA won't be involved in any blockbuster deals. Does this mean the Purple-and-Gold are out of the DeronQuest? Does "no blockbuster'' also mean no interest in Odom and LOAF?
DONUT 10: The 200-Inch TV screen! ...
The gang at Red Rock Bar & Grill know how to throw a party, that's all I'm sayin'. Live music, sports on the big-big-big screen, and crazy love for the Mavs. What more do you want?
DONUT 11: Welcome home, fellas! ...
Josh Howard is hosting his annual Celebrity Basketball Game in Dallas this weekend and he's rounded up some NFL names (Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens), some NBA buddies (Kenyon Martin and Al Jefferson) and some of the ol' Mavs crew, too.
Welcome back to Big D, Marquis Daniels and Devin Harris!
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
What the heck is the Mavs' summer plan? What are their options? What can this thing end up looking like?
That season is officially over. (Congrats to the Heat and Thunder, who both discovered what the Mavs know: winning a title is HARD.) The next season begins ... today.
David Lord and I are about to emerge from the DB.com Laboratory (and the basement at Mavs HQ, too) to provide the most comprehensive and detailed story that can be written to answer those questions.
D-Lord has carried a big load here, and let me tell you ... what he's done here is awesome. This is a must-read for Mavs followers ... Essentially a bible on what Dallas is attempting to do this summer.