Mavs Donuts: Lots More Mr. Nice-Guy
DONUT 1: Mavs rooting for the Spurs?! ...
Unless you climb inside the selfishly logical brain of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who tells "Ben & Skin'' on 105.3 The Fan:
"I want San Antonio to win. I want Tim Duncan to hit a game-winning shot to win Game 7, then go to the Finals, do the exact same thing, hit a game-winning shot in Game 7, run down the tunnel, never to be seen from again.
"I want him to retire on the spot. I hope he gets that last ring and it's all the incentive he needs to retire."
Yeah, I guess.
Go, Spurs, Go?!
DONUT 2: Lots more 'Mr. Nice-Guy' ...
It's not quite the same as being an MVP finalist. But Dirk Nowitzki finishing third in the NBA's "Teammate of the Year'' balloting nevertheless fits comfortably on The UberMan's resume.
Nowitzki (who finished behind Miami's Shane Battier and Charlotte's Al Jefferson) is the tone-setter in a Dallas locker room where winning 50 a year is the expectation. His work ethic sets the standard in that area; his self-effacing goofiness sets the standard in a different but still key way.
Selflessness and stardom in the same package? That's an ideal teammate. That's Dirk.
DONUT 3: Welcome home, Delonte ...
Old friend Delonte West recently returned to Twitter and announced that ... well, he's back on Twitter.
Shortly thereafter, Charlee Redz wrote, "Where my blue check at?"
Yes, yes, Delonte. It's good to have you back, son.
DONUT 4: Grizz fizzle …
ESPN The Magazine recently named the Memphis Grizzlies "the best overall professional sports franchise.''
The GM says he hasn't been in the team offices in a year. The CEO and the assistant GM are departing quietly. Well-regarded coach Dave Joerger was being granted permission to leave until yesterday when he re-upped with the club.
To me, a primary thing that makes a sports franchise "great'' is the combination of on-court wins and off-court stability. Memphis isn't "great'' in either department, and the one constant through all this Grizzlies turmoil has been ...
DONUT 5: Next in line? Yao Ming ...
Reportedly adding his name to the mix for new Los Angeles Clippers ownership is Yao Ming, apparently preparing to front a group of Chinese investors.
Oprah. Geffen. Magic. Rich people preparing to get richer, because think of how wealthy the Clippers helped Donald Sterling become ... and now think of the fortune that is available to the boss of a Southern California-based pro sports franchise run properly.
There is no reason the Clippers can't match the Lakers in virtually every department. (Except titles over history.) Sterling held them back from all that.
Yao has reportedly amassed a net worth of over $150 million, so he'd just be the face of the franchise -- and of course, the Clipper would become among the most popular sports entities in all of Asia.
I think it was Bill Simmons who first floated the idea that this is a $2-billion deal as opposed to a $1-billion deal ... But at whatever price, the Magics, the Oprahs, the Yaos seemed prepped to pay it.
Because as Donald Sterling proved, even a sports franchise run poorly is a gold mine.
DONUT 6: Sterling and Jay-Z ...
Right here you find Donald Sterling's defense of his position, complete with a disparaging mention of Jay-Z.
Right here, from a week ago, you find DB.com's prediction that Donald Sterling would defend his position by wondering about Jay-Z's form of "racism.''
Oh, and as part of Mark Cuban's "slippery slope'' concern, we also mentioned that Orlando owner Rich DeVos is an activist against gay rights.
I shoulda been a lawyer, I tell ya.
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DONUT 8: 'Racial' is OK ...
My column on how Mark Cuban's recent approach to the subject shows how many of us still don't understand the difference between "racial'' and "racist.''
DONUT 9: What is tanking? …
The Sixers finished with the second-worst record in the league this season. How'd they do it? By giving away decent older talent. And by putting young talent Nerlens Noel on a fake injury list.
Noel, drafted sixth overall in 2013 draft, came to the NBA with a knee problem. But he tells the Boston Globe that there was no health-related reason for him to miss the whole year.
"I've been 100 percent for months now," Noel told the Globe. "I feel great and continue to get stronger in all parts of my body, just continuing my growth really. I will be playing in summer games and summer league."
To me, a franchise has the right to do what it thinks it best -- even if that means inviting the cancer that I think can come with losing on purpose. But Noel's admission points to how foolish the NBA can make itself look without transparency.
"My understanding of tanking would be losing games on purpose," NBA commish Adam Silver recently said. "And there's absolutely no evidence that any team in the NBA has ever lost a single game, or certainly in any time that I've been in the league, on purpose.''
Noel's season-long stash says otherwise.
DONUT 10: The best medicine ...
So football star Ray Rice's sweetheart's face is apologizing for getting in the way of Ray Rice's fist or whatever?
Laughter isn't the best medicine for when you get allegedly punched in the face, I guess; marriage and the money that comes with being married is the best medicine.
DONUT 11: Summer-League Mavs ...
The Mavs are again an entrant in the Vegas Summer League. Here's the PR release from the NBA to get the ball rolling.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
V. Stiviano, Sterling's tape-recording, welder-visor-wearing concubine, popped up on Dr. Phil's daytime show last week. So Dr. Phil could fix her relationship with her boyfriend? I assume not.
No, the reason is ratings.
Dr. Phil's hour-long interview with this odd, sad person generated a ratings increase of 73 percent over its average national lead-in and a 22-percent over its average May 2013 sweeps rating. In LA, Dr. Phil's show jumped 83 percent from sweeps ratings from last year.
The 15 minutes of fame are about over for V. ... until "Dancing With The Stars'' calls.
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