DONUT 1: THE TRIAL RUN
The Mavs practiced at their new facility on Sunday morning. This promises to be a cool deal for all involved - and I'm stunned most of all at how quickly this project got turned around in time for it to be a positive tool for this year's club.
"It's beautiful,'' said Dirk Nowitzki of the 14,000-square-foot gym featuring two full courts. "It's got everything you need. We finally have some room ... a great set-up. We're really happy with it.''
The facility, located just across I-35 from the AAC, remains a work-in-progress in many ways. But if it's got Dirk's Deal of Approval, that's a darn good start.
DONUT 2: THE CENTER OF THE FUTURE?
“When I first got here I couldn’t believe how nice the people were.''
Andrew Bogut loves DFW. And Dirk Nowitzki thinks he's a wonderful teammate and coach Rick Carlisle thinks he's "unique'' and our "Locked On Mavs'' podcast wonders ...
DONUT 3: A SELF-SCOUTING REPORT
Who better than Dirk Nowitzki to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the 2016-17 Dallas Mavericks?
"There are going to be some challenges here and there that we’ve got to work through,” Nowitzki said this weekend. “I don’t think we’re in the shape we need to be in yet. We need to be better in transition defense. Obviously, we’re not the quickest team, and we know that. We’ve got to use our brains, take good shots and have good floor balance coming back, but we’re going to be challenged in some areas and we’ve got to play hard through it.
"There will be some baskets scored in transition. We’ve just got to get it out, make a smart play and make them pay at the other end, especially if guys go with a lot of SmallBall against us. You know, with Wes at the 2, he’s a big 2. D-Will is a big 1 and Harrison has got matchups at the 3, so we’re a pretty big team. We’ve got to take advantage of that.”
In regard to this starting five, tacked onto Donut 2 about Bogut, that pretty much says it all, does it not?
DONUT 4: AND ONE MORE THING
Dirk's concern about opponents' pace and speed and athleticism is about to be on display. The Mavs' next opponent, Houston (7:30 tonight at the American Airlines Center, airing on TXA 21 and 103.3 FM ESPN), is averaging 125 points per game with the fastest pace of any team in this preseason.
Maybe a "windshield-wiper game'' on Wednesday, as Rick Carlisle might call it.
DONUT 5: STAT O' THE DAY
Friend of DB.com Kaleb Canales, the Mavs fine assistant coach, has never taken a drink of alcohol in his life - save for a sip of champagne on his July wedding day with the lovely
DONUT 6: BOOGIE'S BROTHER
Sources told DB.com on Monday that the Dallas Mavericks, who had a summer flirtation with Jaleel Cousins, were signing the 6-11, 250-pound little brother of Boogie Cousins with a Texas Legends-related intention.
The Mavs scouting department did not love his pre-Draft workout in Dallas. He played at South Florida after a time at Navarro JC. And he recently was involved in a nightclub dispute that involved a taser and his brother.
But .. he's Boogie's brother. All sorts of fun to be had here, eh?
Cousins was not drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was an 8/8 guy in college and then played for Dallas in the Orlando Summer League, where he got 14 minutes per game and averaged five points and three rebounds.
This is D-League Texas Legends-related. ... part of the usual shuffle of players from the varsity to the JV. The Legends do want to bring just-released Jameel Warney -- also a burly big man at 6-8, 250 -- to Frisco. ... for what promises to be a wide-bodied front court should all the pieces fall in place.
DONUT 7: QUOTABLE
“A lot of guys in this league get paid and they change. He's not one of those guys. Money and all that stuff doesn't change him. He's still the same guy that was in Golden State. … He's picking up a few more checks, though, so it's nice." - Andrew Bogut on Harrison Barnes and his $94-mil contract.
DONUT 8: A DISEASED CONMAN
My campaign to help Skip Bayless' latest generation of victims - his audience - will exist as long as Skip exists. The campaign hit a high note in recent days when Dez Bryant of the Cowboys joined me in exposing the TV personality as the diseased conman that he is. Bayless tweeted something untrue about Dez; Bryant responded by calling Skip a "bandwagonner," a clever lure by Dez, because he knew Bayless is a fraud who would take the bait. Then Dez - well aware of my views (expressed here) and my oft-used tweet ...
... teamed up with me ...
And now thousands of people have their revelation.
"But Fish," some people ask me, "aren't you and Dez unintentionally providing Bayless exactly the sort of attention he wants?'
Nope. Have you seen his ratings on FS1? I can get more people to watch me do a Facebook Live video than Bayless has viewers.
DONUT 9: SURVEY SAYS
Who is the best coach in the NBA? The best international player? The most underrated offseason pickup?
DONUT 10: LIMPIN' IN MEMPHIS
There’s a Mark Cuban tax in NBA circles that stretches well beyond his millions of dollars in league fines,'' writes DB.com's Steven Kilpatrick, who goes on:
Steve Nash leaves the Mavs when Cuban won’t pony up, and Nash becomes an MVP in Phoenix. Tyson Chandler leaves town, as Mark and the Mavs chase “bigger fish,” and Tyson becomes Defensive Player of the Year in New York.
I half expected Chandler Parsons to show up in Memphis with 3 to 1 odds of winning the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. Or maybe his abs would win Sixth Man of the Year.
Instead, at least for now, it seems the Mavericks front office knew exactly what it was doing when it unrolled the red carpet for Parsons, but made damned-sure it pointed outside of the Dallas city limits.
Read all about it here: 'Chandler Parsons Walkin' To Memphis: What Did The Mavs Know?'
DONUT 11: TWO-GAME GOALS
Two games left, tonight with the Rockets and then at Denver on Friday.
What is the Rick Carlisle priority?
"We want to have a pretty good idea what our rotation is going to be and the next couple of games is going to be key for that,'' he said. So ... "The priority is the guys that are going to be the rotation guys. The end of the roster, you know, we'll figure that out."
DONUT 12: THE FINAL WORD
"We have no excuse. We know what it takes, and this is a locker room that has a lot of pride. I think it will help us in the long run. We need as much time under our belt as we can get, just to get a rhythm and learn how to play together.'' - Andrew Bogut.