Mavs Donuts, With Cuban 'Supporting' Trump
The Mavs have collected a pair of veteran centers and a pair of prospect centers but an NBA source told us on Saturday that they aren't done shopping, as they are very much "in the chase'' to add Javale McGee as well.
After DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers left Dallas high and dry, Mark Cuban and company opted to find a replacement big man to put next to Dirk Nowitzki in the form of Plan Z with a cheap trade for Zaza Pachulia. This week they finalized a one-year vets'-minimum deal with Sam Dalembert.
And there's been more, with the addition of another pair of centers, prospects Jarrid Famous and Salah Mejri.
But none of them can likely match the 7-0, 270-pound McGee in terms of athletic talent. He has spent his career bouncing around from Washington to Denver (with two different stops at each team), and finally to Philadelphia, where he spent last season. While JaVale did have a couple of decent seasons In which he averaged double-digits in scoring and decent numbers rebounding, the majority of his NBA career has been pretty underwhelming.
Last season for in stints with Denver and Philadelphia McGee averaged just 4.6 points and 2.7 boards per game. As seen in the videos below, McGee does possess impressive athletic tools, but he puts the 'knuckle' in 'knucklehead'.
But there is a very serious commitment to the idea of a multi-headed approach at center. Back in the day, that means two guys. Now, it might mean ... five?
Oh, and you can find all our center-search archived info here.
Coming off of a season-ending knee injury that left many Dallas Mavericks fans wondering whether or not Chandler Parsons would be ready for the beginning of the 2015-2016 campaign, Parsons may have put some of those concerns rest, as he plans to attend Team U.S.A’s Men’s National Team’s mini camp in Las Vegas from August 11-13.
Parsons (15.7 points and 4.9 boards per game during the 2014-15 season) is coming off of his first season with the Mavs, and will likely face stiff completion from forwards such as Paul George, Rudy Gay, and Gordon Hayward for a spot on the roster in future competitions, will not have to worry about that this summer, as this mini camp is more focused on team building than actual preparation.
“With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year’s minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built,” bossman Jerry Colangelo said of the impending mini camp. “It will be a celebration of all that we’ve accomplished with USA Basketball since the National Team program was formed in 2006 while also looking ahead to 2016.”
That might be a perfect fit for where CP is now. Parsons hasn't played since Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs last season and then was shut down after that, with the surgery being performed on May 1st. The smart money says Parsons will be more a part of the "camaraderie'' here than he will be doing any on-court work.
Parsons would provide reliable outside shooting on the wing for a Team U.S.A squad that needs players like Parsons to participate when players like Kevin Durant and James Harden decide to take a break from international play. With so much talent at Colangelo’s disposal, Parsons will have to really impress to earn playing time in future international competitions. ... but for Mavs fans, that's not at all the point right now.
The point is the possibility that Chandler Parsons is returning to health ... and may be close to showing it off.
Speaking of DeAndre ... an odd, weird, funny animated short on his man-boy behavior as he decided between the Clippers, the Mavs and the Clippers.
It would be one thing for Kobe Bryant to state that he still thinks of himself as the best in the business. Why? Because he's arrogantly delusional. It is another thing for Brandon Bass to say it.
"We have arguably the best player in the game still,” Bass said via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When he is healthy he is a monster still. If he is healthy he’s right up there with the best players in the league, that’s LeBron or whoever the best players in the league are. When Kobe is healthy, 19 years in the game he is still elite.”
Why in the world would our man Bass say such a ridiculous thing? Age says otherwise. Injuries say otherwise. Heck, sheer performance says otherwise, making it clear that the Emperor Has No Clothes.
Oh, wait. Brandon Bass plays for the Lakers now?
I've always been proud of my association and friendship with Bob Ortegel, and I hope that comes through in this visit as the "non-retiring'' Coach O talks about his future away from the Mavs. "A Second Martini With Bob Ortegel'' is here.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki knows when to be goofy and when to be serious. Right? Our Matt Galatzan dances us through this ...
Every NBA player has his own ritual before shooting every free throw. Kevin Durant shakes his shoulder, Jason Kidd blew a kiss to the rim, Nick Van Exel even stood closer to the three-point line than the actual free-throw line. Each one is designed by the player to calm his nerves and clear his mind before each shot. Of all the bizarre routines in the NBA, a certain ‘Big German’ may have the most interesting one yet.
Since the early parts of Dirk’s rookie season, he has been a way above average free-throw shooter, shooting 87.9 percent for his career. But what most people don’t know is that Dirk sings a certain 90’s tune at the charity stripe before each shot – "Mr. Jones'' by the Counting Crows.
Thought to be too tense during his free throws in the clutch by one of his coaches, Dirk was advised to sing a song to calm his nerves and it worked wonders, as Dirk has only shot below 88 percent from the line once since the 2005-2006 season (2012-2013).
“I don’t know why that song, but I loved that song, I still love that song, and that song always came to my mind,” Dirk said of the 90’s gem.
A sample of Dirk’s singular voice talent from that same interview can be heard here.
While we will never know the inner workings of Holger Geschwinder’s mad scientist basketball brain, or of Dirk’s mindset from mid-range with less than a minute to go, one thing is certain – Mr. Jones and Dirk are a recipe for success.
And, as is always the case with Dirk, even as he works for the German National Team, above ... some goofiness always gets mixed into the recipe.
Tim Duncan, 39, is returning for his 19th season. Hoe many more years can the Spurs icon do this?
"I don’t know - six, seven,'' teammate Boris Diaw said via Sports Illustrated. "He’s always 100 percent when we do practice. He’s always the first guy to the gym and working. He’s got a great work ethic. He doesn’t jump as often, and so he doesn’t wear his ligaments and his muscles and everything. He’s just playing the same very basic basketball, but it works so great because he’s such a master at all the moves and everything. So, that makes him be able to take advantage of players who are more athletic and younger than him.''
Seven more years of Tim Duncan? My first reaction? No way! My second reaction? I hope my first reaction is right, because if Duncan wishes to be a thorn in the side of the Mavs until age 45, he probably can do so.
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The Mavs made their decision on Jet awhile back: He's a better front-office fit here than he is an on-court fit. But Jason Terry is still making decisions of his own.
Our impression is that Houston is offering less than the Pelicans might offer via their BAE of $2.1 mil. And so Jet has a decision to make ... and of course, whether it's New Orleans or Houston it looks like we might have to see one more year of him against the team he is most associated with.
Suns forward Markieff Morris apparently wants out, and is doing everything he can to disconnect from Phoenix. So ... Dallas sould try to get Markieff? Nah, says our David Lord ... and D-Lord's reasoning doesn't even have anything to do with behavioral issues.
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is entering the final year of a four-year deal that reportedly pays him $4.6 million per season. As one of the elite coaches in the game, and as one of Dallas' most valuable assets, Mavs Nation can be excused for being a little jittery about his future, a future explored with Rick via "Shan & RJ (and Mac Engel) on 105.3 The Fan.
"I love Dallas,'' Rick said when asked about his desire to remain with the Mavs long-term. "And it’s been a tremendous opportunity and experience for the family. I have no plans on leaving, but I don’t talk about my contract situation. I go day-to-day, and I think one of the important things is to not be distracted by anything, especially when you’re an NBA coach because there is so much that can come at you. I love Mark, He’s given me a tremendous opportunity, I love Donnie, he’s been a close friend for over 30 years, and I want to be there for Dirk, too, for the next couple of years, and I think that’s very important for everybody.
"One of my policies is not to talk about my contract; I think I’ve been pretty clear to you in explaining my love of the city, and my desire to stay. But business is business and we will see what the next couple of years hold, but I have no plans on leaving.''
That's a start. Read the entire Carlisle Q-and-A here.
Donald Trump is under the impression that Mark Cuban "supports'' his campaign for president because the Mavs owner is saying, "Trump has changed politics.'' But the truth is more subtle that that ... and of course, The Donald isn't much for subtlety.
"The other candidates,'' Cuban writes via CyberDust, "are still boring. Donald knows he has to fight back and he will. And as long as he doesn’t shoot himself in his twitter foot, people will be very very entertained and Trumptured, in search of what he is saying next.
"Like I said, People want 'people,' not 'candidates,' talking to them.
In other words, Trump's offensive brashness can pull other candidates toward more frank, for revealing and less pandering. That's not the same as actually voting for the man, who is a political version of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.
To poop on.
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