Mavs Donuts: Pissin', Pranks + Prejudice

The Pissin' Piston ... Adam Silver moved waaaay to quickly in jumping to the defense of Danny Ferry, a conclusion you'll draw once you hear his 'African' audio ... West goes East ... The TY Q-and-A ... Harden-Hating is a hoot! ... It's Wednesday Morning Mavs Donuts!



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DONUT 1: Mark Cuban in a sombrero ...

A fun Mark Cuban visit here with Men's Health magazine in which he tells acting tales of wearing a sombrero "like an idiot'' for a Taco Bell commercial audition, describes his non-Mavs-game personality, and swears, "At least before my hip replacement, I had a quick first step (as a basketball player). I could get by you off the dribble. My business game is the same way. I can turn an idea into a business before you know it's going to be important. My first step will blow by you.''

DONUT 2: Pranks in wax ...

Mav-for-a-minute Jeremy Lin is quite the prankster, as patrons of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in San Francisco are about to find out:



Wow! That's so clever, Daryl Morey is thinking of photoshopping Carmelo Anthony's head onto it.

DONUT 3: Winners and Losers ...

I know we all agree that the Dallas Mavericks are a big summer winner. Right? But here we toast the losers: The Bottom-10 of the NBA Offseason.

DONUT 4: Your Danny Ferry Daily ...

a) Listen to the racism-laded audio of Ferry's scouting report. These are Ferry's words; for him to be simply reading a piece of paper reflecting the words of another scout would make him Oscar-worthy.

That was Ferry's initial claim: That the "African'' stuff'' and the "counterfeit'' stuff is not only not reflective of his feelings, they aren't really even his words.

But he's lying about the latter.

b) Is he lying about the former?

Basketball people who know Ferry -- including exec Billy King and writer David Aldridge (who attended high school with Ferry) are defending his honor. That might help. But this may be a case where the coverup of racism (and that's what happened, including commissioner Adam Silver's too-quick support of the Atlanta GM) is as damaging as the racism itself.
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c) Some depth of understanding from Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, and his smart Ferry-centric column for The Globe & Mail.

DONUT 5: Paul George's two brains ...

Read Pacers star Paul George's defense of Ray Rice's domestic violence and then read the apology.

Man, Paul George sure got educated up fast. Almost like his ignorance was washed away by an enlightened PR person with a quick keyboard.

DONUT 6: TY Q-and-A ...

Not quite totally fired up for Mavs season to start? Please allow Tyson Chandler himself to rev your engines in this Q-and-A with 'Ben and Skin.'

DONUT 7: West goes East ...

Old pal Delonte West has reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year deal to return overseas, as he's signing with with Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

There's no reason to "feel sorry'' for Delonte here. He's playing professional basketball and he'll get paid well to do it. But the NBA is the dream, and I bet he struggles with the understanding that the dream got goofed up.
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DONUT 8: Harden Haters ...

Mavs fans who hate the Rockets (pretty much everyone reading these words, right?) will be interested to know that James Harden's defense is internationally recognized as being horrid.

Lithuania knows it, as they abused him in his Team USA role. And ESPN's Fran Fraschilla knows it, too, doing the color on a telecast and saying: "I could've scored there (against Harden's defense.)''

I don't know which defensive assignment Harden draws when Houston plays Dallas. Maybe nobody, I suppose.

DONUT 9: Off to Germany ...

I know more than a few American athletes who "sneak'' away to Germany for knee treatments apparently unavailable closer to home. But Kobe doesn't "sneak around'' (except on his wife, allegedly) so him making another trip to Germany for treatment is an open secret ...

And a concern. Training camps start in less than three weeks. I know Bryant will be home in time to collect paychecks. But the Lakers have to have some level of concern that he will, like, actually play at anything resembling a high level.

DONUT 10: Pissin' Piston ...

Pistons big man Greg Monroe pled guilty to a recent DWI, earning himself a two-game suspension to start the NBA season. Is it notable that police mentioned he "urinated on himself during the booking process''?

Yeah, it's notable. Because it's embarrassing. So embarrassment could motivate a guy to be more careful next time ... though you'd think the concept of maiming or killing yourself and/or others while driving while under the influence would, for most of us, be motivation enough to avoid a future infraction.
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DONUT 11: One more body? ...

Somehow it's been reported that somebody named "Victor Liz'' is signing with the Mavericks. (Yes, I do know where the "somehow'' came from. If you follow the coverage of the Mavs -- including the bungled coverage -- you probably know, too.) But while Victor Liz is actually a real person, he's not actually a real Mav. The Dominican Republic National team player spent last season with Gaiteros de Zulia in Venezuela and averaged 21 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. But the 6-1 guard does not have a Mavs camp invite.

12: The Final Word ...

"(The public mistakenly thinks) that who I am at a Mavs game is who I am the rest of the day. Mavs games are my release. I'm pretty intense, but mellow away from games.'' -- Mark Cuban.

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