A certain someone got in a bit of trouble earlier this year for taking over the Mavs official Twitter account and suggesting that the crappy "Rondo Trade'' was really the "Powell Trade'' ...
... but the positive payoffs do continue to roll in for Dallas following that fateful Jan. 18, 2014 swap because of the potential Dwight Powell continues to display.
He got another chance to showcase just that in his hometown of Toronto as part of the "World'' team in the "Rising Stars Challenge,'' staged during All-Star Weekend. Powell, 24, posted a double-double with his 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes, frequently getting to and above the rim.
For Dallas, Powell is averaging 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is described by his bosses as "extremely coachable,'' something I get to see in action even when he's been on D-League assignment in Frisco. No he's not quite on the same level with some of his even-more-showcased youngsters like Porzingis, Wiggins or LaVine.
"My dream has always been to play in the NBA,'' Powell said. "All-Star (Weekend) was something I was not really thinking about too much."
But he did Dallas -- and himself -- proud here.
THE SLAM-DUNK CONTEST
I'm not really into the "rules'' and the "judging'' of the Slam-Dunk Contest. I'm more intrigued by the NBA's constant efforts to breathe some life into the ol' relic ... and it did so this weekend thanks to Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine.
They got a bunch of 10's, or whatever, and then LaVine did something somebody thought was better than what Gordon did ... but I like the show more than the score, so I say they both "won.''
NO POLITICS ALLOWED
I don't know anything about Arcade Fire and the "celebrity'' game doesn't do much for me. (Maybe because I don't know anything about Arcade Fire.)
But I now know that the MVP of the game isn't "valuable'' unless Sage Steele says he is.
And by the way, I know and care about as much about Sage Steele as I know and care about Arcade Fire, so many they all deserve each other, I dunno.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson won the 3-Point Shootout, the Mavs haven't made a phone call on a Dwight Howard trade, and Kobe is telling tales about trying to pair up with Dirk.
MAVS ART TALENT!
I did not know Jeremy Evans of the Mavs was artistic.
Of course, while he was wowing TNT with his art skills, I wasn't watching because as a Valentine's Day treat, I as wowing my wife with mine. (My art skills, that is.)
THE FINAL WORD
"It's a blessing to be here. It's a surreal feeling to be in Toronto, and I'm definitely grateful." - Hometown guy Dwight Powell.