Tag:Dallas Mavericks
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 5:34 pm

Stevenson: Billy Hunter is 'doing horrible job'

Posted by Ben Golliverdeshawn-stevenson

It took a grand total of eight days for a well-known NBA player to call out names in publicly trashing the NBPA's strategy of disclaiming interest and launching an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Dallas Mavericks forward DeShawn Stevenson -- who else? -- stepped into the limelight to bash Billy Hunter, the NBPA's executive director, in his harsh critique of the union's legal strategy.

Yahoo Sports has the details.
“For me, personally, I don’t think there will be a season,” Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson said recently at Drew Gooden’s Make-A-Wish charity game. “Right now there is just a lot of bad blood and [the owners] keep putting offers out that we’re rejecting. So we’re not going anywhere.”

“I felt like we should have decertified in July,” Stevenson said. “I feel like Billy Hunter is doing a horrible job because basically now [the owners] know our hand. The media knows our hand. The owners know our hand.”
These shots at Hunter come at the end of a circus year for Stevenson, who won his first title in June and became a household name during the title run thanks to his repeated attacks on Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

Stevenson said that James "checked out" during the Finals by spending too much time "deferring" to Dwyane Wade. He reportedly posted a message on Facebook saying that said James was "overrated." He later denied writing it: "If you look at me and look at all these tattoos, do you think I’d be sitting on the Internet and typing? C’mon, man." 

After the title celebration, Stevenson wore a t-shirt that read, "Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?" Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for public intoxication but claimed that the police targeted him for "no reason."

Because it's Stevenson, it would be tempting for the union leadership to ignore his comments. Last Friday, though, Hunter's NBPA predecessor, Charles Grantham, publicly questioned Hunter's legal strategy and raised concerns about the players' current predicament. When Stevenson and Grantham, a distinguished professor and experienced negotiator, see eye-to-eye, you know there's a serious problem.

Assuming that it clings to its current strategy, union leadership is left to hope that those players who share Stevenson's beliefs don't get fed up with remaining quiet while the legal process drags on. After all, player discontent is the single most powerful variable that could help save the 2011-2012 NBA season in the short term. Unless a group of players stands up, publicly or privately, to apply pressure to the union leadership in an effort to shift course away from litigation and back to negotiation, there doesn't seem to be any other forces working towards a quick resolution. The league and its owners appear perfectly content to dig in for the long haul, and the players' new lawyers don't seem to be in any huge rush either. The legal trainwreck is headed smoothly down the tracks unless disgruntled players throw themselves in front to stop it.

I hate to say it -- and it's probably never been said before -- but the NBA needs more DeShawn Stevensons, at least if the league is to have any hope of conducting a 2011-2012 season.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 3:08 pm

Report: Tyson Chandler to pass on China

Posted by Ben Gollivertyson-chandler-bow-tie

The unsung hero of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks title run has reportedly decided to wait out the ongoing NBA lockout, at least for now.

ESPN.com reports that Mavericks center Tyson Chandler will not accept an offer from the Zhjiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
"I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to do it," Chandler said in a text message. "It was hard to turn down."
Back in July, CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball staff ranked Chandler, a defense and rebounding specialist who averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season, the No. 3 free agent in the 2011 class.

Why pass up what was surely a million-dollar offer in China? Simple: if the NBA manages to salvage a season in the next six weeks, Chandler is guaranteed a major payday from someone. Anything that compromises that big-dollar contract represents an unnecessary risk. The easiest way to compromise that money: suffer an injury halfway across the world while playing basketball competitively for the first time in five months with no formal training camp or preseason to get up to speed.   

At 29 and coming off of a title, Chandler was primed for a massive payday this summer. He is an indispensable part of the Mavericks unit and Dallas owner Mark Cuban would, in a normal year, have rushed to overpay him and get a deal done. Unfortunately for Chandler, the lockout intervened, indefinitely postponing his free agency.

Back in October, Chandler called the NBA's owners "dictators" and, earlier this month, he worried that the punitive luxury tax system in the NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement offer to players could make it impossible for him to return to the Mavericks.

If the entire NBA season is canceled, the risk calculus might change for Chandler, given that he would need to be healthy and ready to go no earlier than September or October 2012. For now, though, he made the smart call.
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Report: Dirk Nowitzki to head overseas 'soon'?

Posted by Ben Golliverdirk-haslem

Will Dirk Nowitzki's title defense begin on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean?

The Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward has put off making the decision to play overseas during the ongoing NBA lockout for months, but ESPN.com reports on Saturday that he is now close to taking the plunge.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP recently returned to Germany to resume his customary workout routine with longtime shot doctor Holger Geschwindner and told ESPN.com on Saturday that he's going to find a team in Europe "soon" with the NBA lockout well into its fifth month without a settlement.

"It's going to take me a few weeks to get in basketball shape," Nowitzki said, "but then I'm ready. I can't stand not playing."

"I still can't believe that we're not going to have a season (in the NBA). I can't see us not playing. But if the lockout still stays strong, I've got a decision to make."
The site reports that Spanish power Real Madrid and German clubs Bamberg, Bayern Munich and ALBA Berlin are all interested in his services. A German homecoming for Nowitzki would surely be met with insane fanfare.

Nowitzki, 33, was on the books to earn $19.1 million in 2011-2012 and has more than $42 million guaranteed to him after that. In other words, insurance to cover him while he plays overseas will be quite expensive and he would be taking a substantially larger risk compared to the average NBA player who heads overseas. It's worth noting, though, that Nowitzki has missed just 38 regular season games combined in the last 12 NBA seasons. His ground-bound, face-up style of play theoretically reduces his risk of catastrophic injury.

Nowitzki averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 2010-2011, leading Dallas to its first title in franchise history.

Back in August, he said he thought the lockout would be resolved in fairly short order and was therefore not considering playing overseas. Nowitzki did compete for the German national team during the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:05 pm

Tyson Chandler: New CBA could keep him from Mavs

Posted by Royce Young

A new collective bargaining agreement could greatly affect a whole lot of teams. The Lakers, the Heat, the Celtics and potentially, the defending champion Mavericks.

The next salary cap is supposed to be in the $58 million and the Mavs are already above and beyond that with about $60 million committed. And that's without having re-signed Caron Butler, J.J. Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Tyson Chandler. If the new luxury tax that's been proposed is adopted, it'll start at $70 million and with it being potentially dollar-for-dollar, the Mavs might not be able to keep all their players.

Tyson Chandler realizes this. And he's blaming the new CBA, via the Dallas Morning News:

“With the collective bargaining agreement and some of the things that they’re trying to enforce, it would basically prohibit me from coming back,” Chandler told KESN-FM FM in Dallas. “It would take it out of my hands — and the organization’s — because it would almost be pretty much impossible for me to re-sign. I just think that can be the worst thing that can happen.”

“For years, the Lakers have been able to win championships and re-sign their players and keep them there so they can go out for another title,” Chandler said. “Now, to put that deal in place after we win ours, I don’t like it one bit.”

Really not much else to add to that because Chandler's right. The new system would greatly change the way teams re-sign and retain their big name free agents. But then again, it also means that a team like the Mavs can't continue to stockpile big name players year after year. Instead, the talent is supposed to be more evenly distributed.

At least that's the idea.

Here's the thing though: The luxury tax doesn't mean anything to Mark Cuban. Make it dollar-for-dollar or five dollars for every dollar over and he's going to spend how he wants to. If the Mavs want Chandler back, they're going to figure out a way to keep him.

Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 4:05 pm

The Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing: 11.5

Posted by Ben Golliverdurant-dirk

Saturday's NBA showcase event would have been a rematch of the Western Conference Finals: the defending champion Dallas Mavericks to a potential budding dynasty in the Oklahoma City Thunder

The major storylines that dominated an exciting but brief 5-game series back in May would remain. Could Kevin Durant shake free of Dallas' team defense and get back to his super-efficient scoring ways? Could Russell Westbrook keep things together down the stretch so as to maximize his supreme physical advantages? Could anyone concoct a strategy that would effectively slown down Dirk Nowitzki?

The big questions have to do with how many defections Big D would be dealing with? Would center Tyson Chandler, one of the most coveted free agents on this year's market, cash in to play elsewhere or would owner Mark Cuban pay up to keep him. Ditto for teeny-tiny J.J. Barea and trash-talker in chief DeShawn Stevenson. Then, there's Caron Bulter, who missed the entire playoff chase due to a knee injury, and would play a major role in shrinking the talent gap on the perimeter against the Thunder. Retaining him will also likely cost a pretty penny.

Oklahoma City, on the other hand, got most of its work done prior to free agency. Every key member of their rotation would be returning, no questions asked, and the star players fit well enough together that return trips to the Western Conference Finals seem almost inevitable. If Oklahoma City is the future, this game would boil down to serving as a first look at whether Dallas is still the present, or if their reign atop the West is already in the past.
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing 11.4

By Matt Moore

The Mavericks and Spurs have had some titanic battles through the course of the past decade-plus during this time of contention for both teams. For the first time, we would be seeing the Mavericks as the defending champs, as the team that figured things out, while the Spurs are the team that couldn't put it together, who fell apart at the wrong time.

These battles are precious. We're only going to see Dirk Nowitzki go at Tim Duncan so many more times as both head towards retirement. Already Duncan is not the player he used to be, as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker take more of a role. But it's still Duncan vs. Dirk, Parker vs. Jet, Manu vs. well, whoever the Mavs put on him. The Mavericks now have the bruisers inside, Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood, while it's the Spurs with the defensive sieves in DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner.

This game would still be a huge clash of juggernauts, though, especially with the shooters on each side. Both teams had titanic offenses last week, while it was only the Spurs who ran into the iceberg against Memphis.

Jason Kidd against Tony Parker is a smarter matchup than it seems, while Kawhi Leonard would be facing Caron Butler in a past-face-present. It would have all the rivalry that Texas teams demand, and the drama of a battle between two teams with five championships and six Finals appearances over the past twelve seasons.

And we get none of it.

Today is Day 127 of the NBA Lockout.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:05 pm

The Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing 11.1

By Matt Moore

Tuesday night would have been a reckoning if there were a season. It would be about more than just a good season. It would be about the past and the future. About a decade of tireless effort, of painstaking consistency and a drive to get it right, and it would be about the years to come, and how bright and hopeful they are.

If there were an NBA season, we'd be watching Bulls-Mavericks Tuesday night.

The Dallas Mavericks suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous NBA fortune more than any team short of the Trail Blazers over the past ten years. They built a championship core, and instead of rebuilding or tearing it down when it didn't work, they kept tinkering, adjusting, taking what worked and trying to make it better. Mark Cuban sunk hundreds of millions into the team in payroll, staff, training, promotion, everything. It's a massively powerful organization, that still didn't have a ring to show for it. Tuesday night would have been the night that Dirk Nowitzki could take a step back and appreciate how far he'd come, how all the work and the trust and the blood, sweat, tears, and teeth in his arm were worth it. For Jason Kidd it would be a sweet way to usher in the sunset of his career. And the Mavericks, a tighnit group of professionals, could savor entering the season as the top dogs.

The Bulls would just be hungry. Hungry to spit that taste of embarassing defeat from their mouths, hungry to show they still have the best defense in the league, show they were not a flash in the pan, that they don't need massive overhauls. Derrick Rose would be ready to ask "Why not me, again?" for MVP.

It would be a terrific matchup.

Jason Kidd's experience, bruising defense against Rose's blistering speed, which would require long stints from Caron Butler in help defense, along with every other Maverick between Rose and the rim, especially Tyson Chandler. We'd see a chess match between two of the best tacticians in the league in Rick Carlisle and Tom Thibodeau, as Thibodeau would seek to body and help on Dirk at every turn and Carlisle would seek to continue to do what the Mavericks did last season, punish teams for helping by burying them from deep, and collecting offensive rebounds for extra possessions. Joakim Noah vs. Tyson Chandler is some sort of future-present meet past-present. J.J. Barea (assuming he re-signed, along with Chandler), would be going at it with C.J. Watson. And Carlos Boozer, at least for some limited possessions, would be left on an island with the Finals MVP.

Oh, the fun we would have had.

It would have been such a great way to follow up from the most exciting season in over ten years, to embrace a team made up of stars of the past ten years who are in no way done versus a team of stars for the next ten years (plus Carlos Boozer) who are just getting started. It would have been fierce. It would have been fun to argue about who should get the shots in crunch time, whether Rose looks healed mentally and physically, whether the Mavericks really can make a run at a repeat.

Instead, American Airlines Center will be silent and dark Tuesday night. It is day 124 of the NBA lockout.
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:25 pm

Video: Mark Cuban singing 'Purple Rain'

Posted by Royce Young

Between coming up with "game-changing" ideas to end the NBA lockout and making appearances on the Colbert Report, Mark Cuban evidently likes to sing karaoke.

But not just any old song. Nope, Cuban goes for the big guns, like "Purple Rain." I assume no further comment is needed to get you to watch this one.

This is how you end the lockout: Put Cuban in the meeting room with Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter, David Stern and all the owners and have him sing "Purple Rain" non-stop until a deal is done. That's what "The Game-Changer" really was. I'm sure of it.

Via Deadspin
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