An early theme with Chandler Parsons' teaming up with Dallas Mavericks is the way coach Rick Carlisle plans to help drive him to another level. ... sometimes to the point of well-intentioned irritation.
That is the point of my questions to Chandler Parsons -- as I use the term "grinding'' -- and then misunderstanding ensues as "Chandsome'' also talks about his (relative) disinterest in Dallas night life, the secret to team chemistry, and more ...
Said Charlie V: “I’ve never been in this situation before, being in the league nine years. But sometimes you have to take two steps back to take three forward. So, I don’t take anything back. You know, everything happened the way that it did. It is what it is, and now I’ve got to build myself up and reinvent myself again. It’s not a problem. I’m actually looking forward to the opportunity.''
In Jefferson's case, he should've fit in San Antonio. He really should've. But he never did. The same becomes true here, now, in terms of a positive potential fit ... and we look forward to seeing evidence of it.
No panic. Largely being careful. But the Mavs will keep the lid on Monta Ellis tonight and Sunday with a left knee sprain. Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki (right hip) is a no-go for tonight, even though he did go through some non-contact practice stuff on Thursday.
Dirk might, however, play in Sunday's AAC game against the visiting Pacers, which is a 6:30 tip. ... oh, and by the way, DB.com is giving away a pair of lower-bowl tickets to that game ... if you want to see if you won, check it out here on DB.com Boards!
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The Spurs' Danny Green's Holocaust "selfie'' is unwise and disrespectful. The apology is swift and sincere.
I vote that we learn from it, rather than continue the public flogging of the kid. What say you?
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When Mark Cuban says he's looking forward to Tim Duncan "blessing us with those words'' about his retirement, the Mavs boss is thinking about a double meaning.
One, of course, he'd like to show respect to the classy enemy by throwing a retirement ceremony in Duncan's final game at the AAC, whenever that will be ... and he feels the same way about frienemies Steve Nash and Jason Terry.
But let's be frank: The other reason to root for a retirement ceremony is ... so that decades-long pain in Dallas' ass is ... retired.
Well, the big "quote'' making the rounds has Parsons saying the city of Houston is "dirty.'' And that's not exactly right. And the reason DB.com kmows it's not exactly right is because the guy who conducted the "dirty'' interview is DallasBasketball.com's own Ben Eenigenburg.
I think we've had so much stuff flying around here with the start of the season that we didn't even realize we were the guys who got this thing rolling ... so here's Ben with Parsons:
As you can see and hear, Chandler isn't trying to be a jerk here, and Ben certainly isn't baiting him into saying something inflammatory. Just two guys talking ... and Parsons really intending to say something nice about Dallas rather than something crummy about Houston.
The Heat and the Cavs are in Brazil and have been instructed that the "3-Goggles'' is offensive there.
I hate to break this to you, but unless Chandler Parsons is doing it, the 3-Goggles is offensive here, too.
This is a time for optimism ... but also for honest opinions based on analysis: From our David Lord:
Jameer Nelson has never been a big minutes guy, and it's been about four or five years since he's been a highly-efficient shooter. His problem is that his shot from distance has become iffy, which allows teams to sag off him, reducing significantly his opportunity to penetrate and finish.
The role I foresee with the Mavs is probably ideal for him, as he won't be required to play heavy minutes and he'll have lots of other threats to space the floor for his outside shooting. But whether that will translate into him being ideal for the Mavs is a different question, and one that I have lots of doubts about. He's a munchkin and that's not a size that has historically shown to stay effective much after 30 (he turns 33 in February).
"I'm here trying to earn a spot. I don't want anything given to me. Gotta keep grinding, every day.'' -- Charlie Villanueva.