DONUT 1: Love Is In The Air
New Mav Harrison Barnes got a "yes'' on his engagement proposal (congrats) and as Earl K. Sneed points out, love is in the air for a handful of other Mavs people as well.
On DB.com Boards here, we get all romantic -- and a little bit snarky -- about it all.
DONUT 2: NBA2K Appearances
I hope you're not too disappointed to learn that NBA2K is not exactly my thing. But MFFL's who are into such stuff say that Dirk, Bogut and Barnes all make cameos in the promotional video.
Do they look stiff? Cartoonish? Are they "ratings'' too low? I'm sorry I'm unplugged here; I'm ancient and am doing the best I can.
DONUT 3: Preseason Schedule
We've now got the entire Mavs preseason schedule (click here for the games and for the DB.com discussion) and we've got the Mavs regular-season schedule and analysis here, including the Top 12 Anticipated Moments.
DONUT 4: Jet A Buck
It was always in the back of the mind of Plano resident Jason Terry to re-up with the Mavs as a player this season, and someday, I still believe JET will be realigned with the Mavs franchise in some form. But he's taking his talents -- and just as importantly, his personality -- to Milwaukee, where he says:
"When some people call, you just answer the phone. (Jason Kidd, JET's former Dallas teammate and now Bucks head coach) is one of them. I know what he's trying to do here and I just want to help in the process.''
Go do that, sir. And when you're done, c'mom back to Dallas in retirement and help in this process.
DONUT 5: Speaking of JET
Tyson Chandler, a Jet teammate, of course, on the 2011 championship team, recently popped on Terry's SiriusXM radio show to proclaim that if the Mavericks hadn't broken up the ol' gang, they would've stormed right back into the Finals the next season and won it all again.
"I know, I feel like for sure, we would've went back-to-back," said Chandler, who instead became a Knick, then a Mav, now a Sun, while Jet played one more season in Dallas before becoming much-traveled. "I felt like that for sure. After that? I don't know. But, I felt like for sure, we would've went back-to-back."
It's a tantalizing notion. But it's also rather ridiculous. We want to romanticize the greatness of that moment and that team -- and hell, it WAS GREAT. But great enough to be back-to-back champs?
As I've said before, it would've been the easiest management move ever for Mark Cuban to oversee the retention of TY and all the fellas. What fan would've disliked that?
Instead, in a weird way, Cuban bet against his own beloved guys. And how history gets to claim -- with tantalizing ridiculousness -- that an error was made because the second title would've been oh-so automatic.
DONUT 6: Sixth-Man Simba?
In our "Mavs Player Review/Preview - '6th Man' Justin Anderson?'' we're trying to be careful to not make assumptions. Heck, we even put a question mark'' after the sixth-man idea.
As you click on the article here, ask yourself this: Are we being to presumptuous? Has Simba really come this far this fast? It is completely a sign of him "arriving'' ... or is it in part because the Mavs roster has this void that he is now required to fill?
DONUT 7: Lack of Intrigue, Times Two
In the case of Harrison Barnes' arrival and in the case of Chandler Parsons' departure, there are whispers of how things went down that seem to add mystery where, in fact, David Lord writes, none really exists.
Let one of the best in the biz, D-Lord, walk you through the "lack of intrigue'' on these comings and goings here.
DONUT 8: In Vogue, Out Of Touch
It is apparently "cool'' to make fun of Harrison Barnes' limited in-game role in the Olympics. Of course, anyone thinking fairly recognizes that everyone who contributes to a championship -- at whatever level, in whatever way, as a team trainer or a top scorer or a benchwarmer or a leader or a body in practice for Melo to work against -- well, deserves credit for his contributions.
Now, being a smart-ass is cool. And we all take our turns doing it. But why would another NBA player (and one who wasn't deemed as worthy as Barnes to be on Team USA) do it?
Hey, we all dream of playing quarterback, batting clean-up and being Michael Jordan. And then we grow up and, if we're wise, find our role and fulfill it as best we can. Did Barnes not do that?
DONUT 9: Tennis, Anyone?
"The Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic''? We'd like to know more ...
DONUT 10: Cubes (And Fish) On Kaep
The complications of "free speech'' are pretty simple to me.
To be clear: Neither Cuban nor I are saying we "agree'' or "disagree'' with the NFL player's particular stand on an issue, or that sitting out the National Anthem is the ideal way to protest injustice.
But what has been achieved is some dialogue on the issue. And starting around 240 years ago in America, that was entirely part of the point.
DONUT 10: Yes, ManiAAC
The Mavs ManiAACs recently held their tryouts ...
And one oversized athlete's got himself a job, I think ...
DONUT 11: No, Chuck
And another oversized athlete definitively does not.
DONUT 12: The Final Word
“He’s going to be back with us next year, and we’ve just got to get him through a couple of the injury things that happened. He had a sports hernia in the playoffs that really kind of screwed up our chances in that series. But the one game that we won, he had 11 points in the first half and kind of got us going. So, he’s still a tremendous player. And he’s from Dallas, so I know he likes being back home. We love having him there.” - Rick Carlisle to NBA.com on Deron Williams.