Mavs Media Day was Monday. Tuesday marks the first day of training camp. The Mavs Quoteboard in Tuesday Donuts to get you warmed up ...
DONUT 1: WELCOME HOME
“It’s obviously good to be back. It’s been a long time and the end of April since my last game. I stayed fit all summer long, had a great summer traveling with the kids and it was good, but I’m definitely ready to get this started again. I’ve been here basically the last two weeks and working out with the guys, and almost everybody was in. It’s a really fun group to be around, and everybody has been working their tails off.'' -- Dirk Nowitzki. (photo LM Otero)
DONUT 2: BOGUT'S JOB
“You know, just making sure that when guys come in that paint, especially early in games, I’m either contesting the shot, blocking the shot, taking a charge or fouling somebody.'' -- Andrew Bogut.
DONUT 3: BONDING
"I like this locker room. I think this is a group of high-character guys." -- Harrison Barnes.
DONUT 4: BLOOD OATH
"What's more exciting than seven new guys? It's new blood." -- Coach Rick Carlisle.
DONUT 5: IRONMANIA
"I think Mavericks fans don't yet know what I am fully about and how much I can help in every way,. They only saw me two times a year before I came here over the course of five years. And that's not a knock on Mavericks fans. But what they're about to see is what impact I can make, an impact beyond anybody thinking that the story of me is my contract.'' - Wesley Matthews, to DB.com, part of this 1-on-1 exclusive with the Ironman.
DONUT 6: THE PROTECTOR
"If (opponents) are physical with Dirk, I'll be physical with them.'' Andrew Bogut, using the word "protector'' in describing his role as he comes to Dallas from Golden State. More on the subject here.
DONUT 7: THE D -- 'IF'
“We should be able to have a great defensive lineup ... once I’m out.'' -- Dirk.
“On paper, we’re already better (defensively), but paper doesn’t really mean anything. By their resumes and their track records, I’m confident that we’re going to be a better defensive team. But we’re still going to have to put the work in, and that’s got to be everybody — one through 15. But we’re in a good position, and we have the foundation to be a really good defensive team.” -- Wesley Matthews.
DONUT 8: CIVIL RIGHTS
"We're going to do it the right way -- as a team. And we're going to do it with communication." -- Wesley Matthews.
"Protest by persistence and action always provides the best chance for meaningful change.'' -- Rick Carlisle.
"America let me live my dream and make a boatload of money. And prides itself on free speech." -- Andrew Bogut.
“It’s something that has started a discussion in every locker room. We’ll have meetings … about that we want to do or how we can contribute to making this world a better place.’' -- Dirk Nowitzki.
DONUT 9: RETIREMENTS
"The league lost some of the greatest players that have ever played the game ... (I) shared a lot of great times with them." -- Dirk on the retirements of Kobe, KG and Duncan.
DONUT 10: TEXAS PROUD
"I like Texas. I’ve always liked Texas. I like Dallas. Just the organization, I think, is always in the top when I hear from ... guys I’ve played with. They speak so highly of the organization and the way it treats its players, how professional everyone is here. They really go out of their way to help you, so that was critical to me.” -- Andrew Bogut.
DONUT 11: HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE
"The game is in good health; it is in a good place, perhaps a better place than it's ever been. And our job is to change along with the changes, with with changes in the CBA and the changes in the rules. All of it. I think we're doing that.'' -- Rick Carlisle, to DB.com, in this 1-on-1 exclusive for Premium Mavs fans.
DONUT 12: THE FINAL WORD
"It’s going to be bigger expectations and I’m going to have a larger role on this team, but the biggest thing I’ve learned in my four years of being in this league is winning is the biggest priority. ... Hopefully we can all come together and do something special.” -- Harrison Barnes.null