DONUT 1: Dirk Trump
It can be argued that Donald Trump is already a caricature of himself; I've before posited in this space that he's actually "Triumph/Trump The Insult Comic Dog."
Above, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have their fun as The Uberman impersonates The Donald Trump.
Dirk would make an awful president. But he certainly makes Dallas Great.
DONUT 2: Catching Up
What the Mavs knew would be a Monster Mash of a week is half over ... And Dallas is 0-2 to show for it.
See the details by clicking above on Dallas' five-starters-sitting/couple-of-backups-brawling blowout loss ... And then hope that a night of rest readies the first-teamers for tonight.
DONUT 3: About Tonight
It's Mavs at Bulls at 7 p.m., another crack at 22-18 Dallas getting back into the win column and hopefully some schedule-making evening-out as the Bulls played last night and were taken to OT by Philly before surviving with a 115-111 victory.
The standout: Jimmy Butler, who notched 53 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals -- and who joins Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players with 50+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a single game over the last 30 seasons.
That's good company. And, we assume, a major challenge for Wesley Matthews, the Mavs only stopper candidate. ... as Derrick Rose said last night he's planning to return from injury. A handful for the Mavs. Get updates on the game from me on Twitter at FishSports here and on DB.com Boards with the Mavs-Bulls talk here.
DONUT 4: Mav Max
Speaking of Wes: He's a Mavs audience favorite and a fave in his own locker room as well. Does that all make his max contract "worth it"?
DONUT 5: Zaza All-Star?
Zaza is a double-double machine and the world is noticing.
Well, the music world, anyway.
Wyclef Jean wants you to vote for Zaza Paculia in the 2016 NBA All Star Game ... And Hotel Zaza is appreciative.
DONUT 6: Texas Legends On TV
Flip channels tonight, if you will, as RJ Choppy and I bring you Texas Legends basketball at 7 p.m. on Channel 47. (Or get your tickets and come out and see us!) A featured guy? Toure Murry, fresh off the Showcase and readying for the next level.
A featured subject?
Salah Mejri, who participated in the varsity's blowout at OKC, totaling 17 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. The center, a native of Tunisia, has been getting most of his work with the D-League Legends, as I've witnessed first-hand ... and that work is paying off.
"He's been working hard with our developmental people," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's been practicing hard. The work paid off. He had a really good night offensively. He rebounded the ball. He showed that he's in shape and that he's ready. Very positive sign."
Does this mean more burn for Salah with the Mavs? Not necessarily. Does it mean he's a find as a third-string center. I'll go that far, you bet.
DONUT 7: World's Best?
Charles Barkley calls Kawhi Leonard "the best basketball player in the world.'' You can chalk this up as hyperbole, something at which Chuck is quite expert. But Leonard certainly belongs in the conversion, as he's developed himself into a threat in every single possible way ... a maddening fact for Dallas at San Antonio on Sunday ... and well beyond that, as the Spurs machine figures to keep on rolling into the next generation.
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DONUT 9: Slapdickery
I sometimes feel like I don't have enough allies in the battle against the slapdickery that is "First Take,'' the destructive form of "journalism'' practiced by the hateful cartoon characters Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. I certainly understand why my more respected and respectable colleagues at ESPN choose to roll their eyes but only behind the backs of their employers. So ...
Here here to Mason Ginsberg, who understands my protest AND actually works for ESPN.
More voices, please.
DONUT 10: Stat Of The Day
I'll close with some Dirkcentricy ...
Over his last nine roadies, Nowitzki is averaging 20.8 points per. No matter what he does tonight -- and man, 20 points would sure help -- he will achieve another milestone as he'll be tied with Elvin Hayes for 15th on the NBA's all-time games played list at 1,303. Only 17 players have played in 1,300 or more NBA games.
DONUT 11: Making a Maverick
If, like me, you’ve binged yourself through the fascinating Making a Murderer on Netflix, you get the look and feel and tone. ...
... Which makes the Dirk Nowitzki parody video “Making a Maverick” all the more brilliant. I assume there are people in Wisconsin who don't see the humor but ... you will.
DONUT 12: The Final Word
Social-media expert Dirk Nowitzki celebrates "Throwback Thursday'' ...