Mavs-Ex DoJo In D-League: Stinkin' Thinkin'
We cannot fault Dominique Jones for being a prideful young man. He was a first-round pick of the Dallas Mavericks, he was a member of the NBA championship team, and by all accounts, he truly did try to put in the work to get better during his time in Dallas.
Until March 9, anyway, when the Mavs tired of his refusal to accept yet another D-League assignment and waived him.
The writing was on the wall for DoJo when, earlier this season, the organization passed on picking up an option year on his contract. The 6-5, 215-pounder was going to be allowed to make his $1.27 million this season and would become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Meanwhile, Dallas tried to trade DoJo to start the year, and tried again before the Feb. 21 deadline.
Jones' failure here is the fault of all involved. The 25th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the South Florida product played 80 career games with the Mavs and averaged 3.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 9.3 minutes per game.
He was given the occasional start at the point -- a position he cannot really play. He was never much of a factor at the 2 because his shooting never improved enough to make him a scoring threat.
By the turn of the new year, he'd become disgruntled. The Mavs indicate that to us, and if you believe there are any little truths to be learned from Twitter, well, there are indications there, too.
DoJo on Jan. 9: "Here I go again looking at the mirror on the wall because through my rise and falls he's been my only friend...''
DoJo on Jan. 21: "I don't have to be what anyone else wants me to be and I am not afraid to be what I want to be or to think what I want to think...''
DoJo on Feb. 1: "This is nothing compared to what I've already witnessed on my block...God didn't bring me this far to turn his back on me''
DoJo on March 13, a few days after his release: "Life sure has a way of throwing a cold curveball at you...''
We know, it's just Twitter, not Socrates. But again, review: As a member of the Mavs, Dominique Jones was asked to go to the D-League and get some work in at that level. He felt that was beneath him and refused, culminating in the Mavs waiving him.
When Dojo tried to get another job playing basketball, the only one that would hire him?
Instead of avoiding the D-League, he's now signed a cheap contract that has him playing for the Springfield Armor, the Nets' D-League affiliate, for the rest of the season. And on Friday night, he scores 28 points with nine assists.
We like DoJo as a person. We wish him well. We see the Mavs as partly culpable here. But the career path he's chosen here is circular ... circular and downward. He turned down a job just so he could take the same exact job and thus lost the faith of the only NBA organization at all interested in giving him a shot.
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