Mavs Donuts: Morphing 'Ugly' Into 'Sexy'
The Dallas Mavericks know something about this, having endured and then thrived during the same phenomenon four years ago this week:
The drama of the NBA Finals makes "ugly'' seem "beautiful'' ... and does the same thing in reverse, depending on whether you won or lost.
Game 2 of these NBA Finals was as thrilling as Game 1's OT win for Golden State ... this one, a 95-93 Cleveland victory again in OT labeled as "ugly'' by some because the "wrong team'' won.
LeBron, of course, thinks the right team won. But even he doesn't deny the ugliness of it; indeed, he sounds pretty proud of that.
"Yeah, that's what it is, it's the grit squad that we have," James said. "It's not cute at all. If you're looking for us to play sexy, cute basketball, then that's not us. That's not us right now. Everything is tough.''
But "tough'' can be "sexy enough'' when a series is tied 1-1, when the Cavs salvaged the start of this thing with a road win, when they came so close to winning each of these games ... and when LeBron's mates -- inability to match him as a scorer, what with his 44 points in Game 1 and his 39 points on Sunday (the triple-double with his 16 rebounds and 11 assists, too) -- match him with whatever got them to the NBA.
So Matthew Dellavedova limits Steph Curry in a way that limits the MVP candidate to maybe his worst shooting game ever (5-of-23 from the floor and 2-of-15 from the arc). And the rest of these schmoes play well enough to hold the lead for the entire game, up 11 with three minutes left, before the inevitable Golden State surge that would finally be quelled in OT. And bad calls involving LeBron (did he get a non-called travel before Iguodala got the non-call hack) don't have to be the story of the game.
The story of Game 2 is how "sexy'' ugly can be ... if you win.
Smartest thing you'll read all week: The incomparable David Lord breaking down, with every detail and to the last dollar, how Dallas can pursue both LaMarcus Aldridge AND DeAndre Jordan.
This not a "prediction.'' Or a "guess.'' As Premium Mavs Fans know, this is the sort of "how-to'' manual that the Mavs themselves deal with as they calculate ways to use all the tools at their disposal to hit the long-awaited grand slam. It is simply the most informed piece you will read regarding Mavs Summer Shopping. Enjoy!
I know lots of MFFLs who hate when I say this, but ... The 2011 Dallas Mavericks caught lightning in a bottle.
That doesn't mean they weren't a worthy champion. It doesn't mean they weren't the best team that year. It simply acknowledges that it takes lucky to win a title ... as we establish here, going back in recent history to establish that EVERY champion was "lucky.''
We're going player-by-player here, with Barea and Aminu among the Mavs already under our belts. Go here to find the archived "Player-by-Player Seasons in Review'' for all the Mavs players.
Should Dallas put a greater emphasis on the NBA Draft? What prospects have been coming into visit? How many "misses'' equal poor drafting vs. poor luck? All our Mavs/Draft stuff is individually stacked here for your protection!
Monta Ellis has options. The short version is this: Decide by June 24 that he'll either exercise his contractual player option to remain with Dallas in 2015-16 and make ..... (thus becoming eligible for free agency again next summer, when cap room jumps) or opt out, making him a free agent on July 1.
Let's acknowledge that we're all playing a guessing game here (and Monta is doing the same, trying to calculate the benefits of his options). And let's also acknowledge that it's OK not to know yet, because we are all in good company here in the dark. ... for my understanding is that not even Dirk Nowitzki is certain what his sidekick will do for certain.
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Our man Mark Cuban makes a cameo in the movie "Entourage,'' an appearance that came and went awfully quickly ... in part because that movie stuffs so many celebs into "stunt casting'' that there's no way to identify all of them. (Ronda Rousey actually has a real role in the movie and seems to be a more natural and entertaining performer than the hundreds of "actresses'' who parade through this thing in various stages of undress.)
My quickie movie review of "Entourage,'' the 30-minute HBO TV show turned into a full-length feature film: It's exactly like "Sex In The City,'' except being targeted at girls who never grew up, it's targeted at boys who failed to do the same. Like the Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle, t's bloated and plotless (and fun, if you were a fan of the TV show, as I was),and it ends in a huge nonsensical wedding. The "Sex In The City'' ladies traveled to Dubai for no good reason except because the producers apparently had money to spend; The "Entourage'' boys begin their adventure on a yacht off the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea,
Why are they partying in Ibiza? Is "because they can'' a good enough reason?
Here's hoping Tony Cubes gets more screen time in the latest TV movie installment of "Sharknado,'' in which he plays the heavily-armed President of The United States and, in which, like Rousey in "Entourage,'' he has a chance to be the finest actor in the entire cast.
The Rubio rumors go back-and-forth and if you are trying to envision him as a Mav, I can see you going back-and-forth, too. But we come down too often on the "nah'' side of things to pursue much study on it. Consider:
*His inability to shoot suggests a second coming of Rondo. The Mavs know it takes shooters to open space for an offense but thought Rondo would be above that ... and were wrong. "Develop into a shooter''? Too much of a challenge. We already ask Carlisle to perform enough miracles as it is.
*He's injury-prone. The Mavs had the right idea on Jameer Nelson in at least one sense: He shows up to work every day, an Ironman ... who wasn't very good here, but still ...
*Rubio carries a hefty price tag. He's a Daniel Fegan client (always a consideration, of course) but Fegan just got him a $14-mil-a-year deal that lasts four more seasons.
There have got to be cheaper, smarter, better ways to go. So we'll pass here.
Sports journalism is almost dead. Maybe the next generation can breathe into it some life -- not to mention some talent, some civility and some reason. Kudos, then, to Mark Cuban for his $5 million donation to his Indiana alma mater and for The Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology. We all talk about ways to improve how sports media works ... and Cuban has the interest, wherewithal and passion to actually do something about it.
I'm going to need a very smart law-enforcement official to explain to me why every cop isn't DEMANDING body-cams. If I a cop, my video camera, pointed at the scene, at the perps, at my very reasoning for being there ... helps explain whatever action I take. Body-cams might cut down on conflict (because we'd all know we're being recorded) but they would undoubtedly cut down on controversy (because we'd all be able to share the vision and perspective of the cop).
The video helps indicts the wrong-doer, helps vindicate the innocent and helps clear the accused cop. If I'm a cop, the one think I pull out of its holster right along with my gun is ... my video camera.
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