The Mavs begin training camp today, and they talk it up with our Top 10 Quotes from Media Day ...
DONUT 1: Carlisle on 'goals'
“You know, we have a lot of new guys, and we’ve got to integrate them. But we’ve got to move towards solving our health situation, and this is Mother Nature. It’s work, it’s rehab, it’s all those kinds of things, but that’s going to be a real key for us to be as good as we can be. You know, we’ve got to get Parsons and Matthews and hopefully McGee to where they can be on the court and participating, and we’ve got a few other guys with some minor things. We’ll get through it. ...
"I would say that there’s a chance that Parsons could play in the opener. That’s my understanding. But by NBA standards, we’re light years away from knowing if that’s a real possibility or not. You know, Wes is going to take a little longer. He’s not going to want to tell you that and we’re going to have to fight to keep him off the court, but we’ve got to make sure we do this the right way and make sure that he’s 100 percent healthy and conditioned before getting into an NBA game.”
And if you are looking for the answer to the question about whether Rick's usual "this is a championship organization'' answer was used ... I never heard it.
DONUT 2: Deron's 'Re-Set Button'
I’m excited about this new opportunity. I’m excited about a fresh start. My time in New Jersey and Brooklyn didn’t go as well as I think everybody hoped, and so it’s kind of just a fresh start for me. It’s a chance to just reset, and I think to refocus.”
Added Rick: "It’s clear to me he’s got a lot left in the tank."
DONUT 3: Wes Matthews' 'Basketball Soul'
“I’m not confident that I’m going to be that player. I’m confident that I’m going to be better than that player. I’m looking forward to the challenge. … I embrace every single challenge. This Achilles injury, it was like no other challenge I’ve ever endured, because I couldn’t pin it on anybody. I couldn’t pin it on a writer that wrote and said I was overpaid and stuff like that. I couldn’t pin it on a coach that snubbed me or GM that didn’t draft me. It was against myself, and I embraced that challenge.
Right now, I’m kicking its ass, so I’m excited for anything that’s coming my way.”
DONUT 4: Rick, protecting his team
"Well, I like every group (edition of the Mavs) that comes in here, even if you (the media) don't like them that much.''
DONUT 5: Dirk on Goals
“This franchise always prides itself in winning and making the playoffs, and that’s got to be the goal. No matter who goes out there, no matter who makes the team, we’re going to play the right way. Coach Carlisle is going to make us into a unit on both ends of the floor, and we’ve got some figuring out to do.''
OK. Rick didn't say it. But Dirk did. Good.
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DONUT 7: Parsons' Us-Vs.-The World
“You’re judged off how much you win. We have a lot to prove, which I think is a great thing. Everyone is writing us off. Nobody respects us this year, with me and Wes coming off surgery and him getting a big contract. Deron Williams has a lot to prove with everything that happened to him in Brooklyn, McGee being hurt and Dirk being soooo old. You know, everyone’s not even talking about the Mavs, which is good, ’cause now it’s motivation. With the makeup of our roster and our guys, we have a lot of hungry and humble guys with a chip on their shoulders that are ready to prove everybody wrong.”
DONUT 8: See you at The Maverick Bar!
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DONUT 9: Dirk on DeAndre
"Well, we all have changed our minds before. So I don't think him changing the decision was that big of a deal. I think how it was handled after was the big deal to us. How he didn't communicate to Mark anymore and just kind of shut us out, didn't give us a chance anymore. So that was really disappointing.
DONUT 10: Devin on his jersey and his guns
DONUT 11: Rick on Center Needs
DONUT 12: The Final Word (on Dirk's eventual retirement)
"Obviously it gets closer, but it's not like I'm thinking of the beach every day. I want to play two more years under contract here, hopefully at a high level, compete, hopefully be efficient when I'm out there. And then retirement obviously comes soon enough."
"But as of now, I still think I can play at a high level. I'm going to work my butt off here these four weeks to get in the best shape I can get, and then leave it all out there again.'' ... "When I’m gone, I’m gone. That’s how it’s going to go."