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Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 10:05 pm

Charles Barkley rants on Carlson, Cam Newton blog

TNT commentator Charles Barkley ranted about Tucker Carlson, Michael Vick and a blog post about Cam Newton during halftime of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks game on Thursday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

TNT commentator Charles Barkley, never one to mince words, was in fine form during halftime of a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, teeing off on Tucker Carlson, a political talking head who said Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should be executed for mistreating dogs, and an unnamed blogger who claimed Barkley gave free Los Angeles Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Barkley called Carlson an "idiot" and said that his comments on Vick were "total B.S." Barkley made the comments while on set with studio host Matt Winer and commentator Kenny Smith.

Here's a transcript. 
"There's some idiot on another station named Tucker Carlson, who called out Michael Vick. Number one, Michael Vick, we're all pulling for you, man. Keep doing your thing, you paid your debt to society, good luck to y'all in the playoffs. Tucker Carlson, who's a nobody, he used to work for us over here, we fired him, because he sucked. Now he goes over there ... He said Michael Vick should be executed, which is total B.S. TV is a very powerful thing, but you just can't get on here and say anything. He should have never said that. MIchael Vick paid his debt to society and we're all pulling for him. When I say I'm pulling for him, I mean the brothers." 
After that final comment, Barkley turned to Winer, who was guest-hosting for Ernie Johnson, and cracked, "And Matt, you're a brother. You're closer to being a brother than Ernie is."

Barkley then shifted gears to attack another "idiot," this time an unnamed blogger who claimed Barkley, an Auburn graduate, had illegally given Newton, who is preparing for Monday's BCS title game against the Oregon Ducks, tickets to a Los Angeles Lakers game. 

Here, again, is a transcript. 
"OK, there was a report out today by some idiot and I don't know his name because I don't blog at all. He accused me of breaking NCAA rules. That I gave Cam Newtown tickets to the Lakers game ... this guy is an idiot, I hope he doesn't have any kids. Because if the parents are idiots, you follow the kids, the kids are going to be idiots too. But, I did not give Cam Newton tickets to the game." 
"First of all, if [Newton] had called me, I would have got him tickets to the game. The guy won a Heisman Trophy and he's one of the greatest jocks I've ever seen at Auburn. He's right after me and Bo Jackson. He's right with Frank Thomas right now. But listen, dude, you can't just get on your blog, I don't read that crap, but I had to respond to it publicly today, you can't just come out and say what you want to. I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go."
After getting that off his chest, Barkley said, "OK, I'm good now. I'm good now," and the show went to a commercial break. Here's video of the rant.

Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 1:23 pm

Dirk Nowitzki to miss sixth straight game tonight

Posted by Royce Young

Via ESPN Dallas, Maverick forward Dirk Nowitzki has been ruled out for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It will be the sixth consecutive game the Mavs leading scorer will miss since he sprained his right knee on Dec. 27 in Oklahoma City.

According to the report, Nowitzki spent the entire shootaround riding the stationary bike and was the first player to head to the locker room.

Dallas is 2-3 without Dirk, having won two in a row against Cleveland and Portland. The Thunder, being better than those two teams, present the Mavs with a bigger challenge. Add in the loss of Caron Butler and the Mavericks will be extremely shorthanded tonight against the league's leading scorer in Kevin Durant.

Plus, the Mavs have defeated Oklahoma City twice already this season, both in OKC. So of course Durant and the Thunder would love to score one against the Mavs, especially since the iron is hot with Dirk and Butler out.

It's expected Rick Carlisle will stick with Shawn Marion at power forward with DeShawn Stevenson at small forward and Jason Terry at shooting guard. Dallas is still a pretty good teams even without Dirk and Butler.

But no doubt the Mavs are anxious to get their star back in Nowitzki. You can get by for a little while without your best players but eventually missing too much talent catches up with you.

Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:05 pm

Phil Jackson's response to Cuban's 'boy toy' line

Posted by Royce Young

As Mark Cuban tends to do, yesterday the Dallas Maverick owner said something that caught people's attention. This time it happened to be about Laker head coach Phil Jackson, who had recently commented that Cuban's Mavericks could be in trouble after the loss of Caron Butler.

Cuban said, "I love that Jeanie Buss’ boy toy had something to say about us,” Cuban said while sweating on the stair-stepping machine in the Mavs’ workout room. “I don’t know if it was his thought or Jeanie’s thought, but it’s nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams.”

Boom. Roasted.

But Jackson, who has done his fair share of subtle ripping and lobbing word grenades, had a comeback. After hearing what Cuban said, Jackson told reporters, “I love it. I consider myself an old man. I’m a boy toy? That’s terrific.”

You're also an 11-time NBA champion, which is pretty terrific as well.

Buss said, "It's like saying, 'Let's make fun of Phil,' like, 'You're old' or 'You're tall.' It's like, 'That's all you can come up with?' ... I got a kick out of it, but maybe Mark just did it to make me giggle. I am Madonna now and Phil is my boy toy."

While the exchange was done (hopefully) in good fun, I do find Cuban's cut-down to be a bit odd. I mean that's kind of mean, isn't it? But Jackson just let it roll off his back. Took it as a compliment in fact. Which is a good way to go about things. And easy to do when you've got that championship trump card in your pocket.

Via Dime
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:09 pm

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

Banning bourree, Gilbert and J.J. are pale riders, and Kevin Love doesn't exactly sound set for the long-term in Minnesota, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • Just in case you missed it, O.J. Mayo appears to not have the best head on his shoulders, as he started an altercation with Tony Allen, which Allen then promptly finished by pummeling the third-year guard. No disciplinary action has been leveed against either player, and none is expected to be. The NBA has got to step in and ban gambling on planes. It's unfortunate that the players have to be treated like children but given the history of incidents stemming from gambling fights over bourree, there's simply no excuse not to ban it. 
  • The Warriors waived Rodney Carney. You know how good the Warriors' offense is? they just cut a guy shooting 46% from 3-point land. They're bleeding shooters. Not as much as they're bleeding on defense, but still. 
  • Lost in the talk of Love, Rose, and Westbrook joining up was this choice quote from Love's SI interview: "We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now." Now, Wolves fans will say that this is they typical New York media (I'm not) talking about a star ditching his team (I'm not), despite the fact that he's starting to have success in Minnesota (he's not). Love's relationship with the front office has been strained since the installation of David Kahn and Kurt Rambis, and just because he's getting minutes, that's probably not enough to satisfy Love. Love's got quite the history of comments about a distrust with the front office.
  • Udonis Haslem is pushing for a March return . An issue to consider is whether Haslem will be able to effectively work his way into the rotation in time for the playoffs. If the Heat are (still) rolling, there's no reason to disrupt a lineup rotation that's working.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:32 pm

What if the Mavs go big?

With Caron Butler done for the year, is there an alternative to just plugging in replacement parts for the Mavs?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Caron Butler out for the season, Royce Young went over the options for the Mavericks, but the general tone is doom and gloom. However, in all of this, something must be remembered about Butler's injury. It wasn't to one of their bigs. 

The Mavericks were very particular in their moves this summer. They brought in bigs. Brendan Haywood moved to backup center. Tyson Chandler brought in as a difference maker, even with his injury issues. Ian Mahinmi picked up from the Spurs' discard pile. Alexis Ajinca picked up for spot duty. That's a ton of size for a team that's been known for razzle dazzle most of the decade. The idea was pretty clearly to try and build up enough size to slug with the Lakers. And that's still the plan.

So with Butler on the shelf, what are they missing? The biggest component is Butler's shooting. Butler was on a hot streak early on, shooting 45% from the field and 43% from the arc, the best mark of his career. Without him, the Mavericks need Jason Terry to maintain and improve his production if possible. It means more jump shots are needed from Shawn Marion. And it means Rodrigue Beaubois needs to get back as soon as possible. Beaubois is currently described as "not close" to returning. 

Another option exists, for the Mavericks to counter their perimeter attack with Kidd and Terry, and their elbow attack with Dirk Nowitzki by pounding it inside with Tyson Chandler and the more offensively capable Ian Mahinmi. Mahinmi has considerable upside still and a soft touch around the basket. In short, he's an offensive upgrade even if his defense has a gap. 

The point of all this is that while losing Butler is a huge blow, it is not unrecoverable. The Mavericks were built this year on positional fluidity. They have the versatility to respond if Rick Carlisle is willing to go to the lengths to adapt as necessary.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 3:13 pm

Caron Butler out for season; what's next for Mavs

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Butler underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon and is out for the season.

According to multiple outlets, Maverick forward Caron Butler could miss significant time after potentially partially tearing his patella tendon in his right knee. He will be examinded on Monday to determine the injury.

Obviously this would be a haymaker in Dallas's gut if Butler has to miss the rest of the season or even the majority of it seeing as how the Mavericks have been playing extremely well together with Butler being a large part of that.

If the injury turns out to be as bad as it sounds and Butler is sidelined for significant time, what happens next for Dallas? Their first move has already been recalling guard Dominique Jones from their D-League affiliate. Jones was a first round pick by Dallas last June and was a scoring machine in college at South Florida. But as a lot of rookies do, he's struggled a bit in adapting to the speed and size of the NBA.

There's Shawn Marion, who has been playing behind Butler and can obviously fill in but not only does that hurt depth, but it also means Marion will have to take on increased minutes, something he may not be completely capable of doing. After that, the best option would be to play a bit smaller with DeShawn Stevenson playing small forward and Jason Terry starting at shooting guard.

A third option would be to slide Dirk Nowitzki down to small forward and play big inside with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood starting together. That's pretty unlikely, but I'm sure we'll see that lineup at a few different points.

And then there's Steve Nova-- forget it. I'm not even going to try. If it comes to that, the Mavs are screwed.

It's not likely that Dallas will make a move for replacement seeing as their depth gives the Mavs options, but it does make the Carmelo Anthony rumors that much more interesting. Obviously Dallas would be renting Anthony for a few months and still doesn't have the best package to offer, but maybe Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson crank up the offer a bit if Butler is out for the season. Maybe they're willing to part with a few more substantial assets.

Thing is for Dallas, the window isn't staying open for forever. Dirk is getting older, Jason Kidd already is old and their stellar role players like Marion and Terry aren't going to play at this level for a whole lot longer. So that could crank up the sense of urgency in the team to make a move. Butler isn't so important that hs absence means Dallas falls hard on its face or anything, but it means the Mavs might not be the title contender they were two days ago.

Does that mean Cuban goes for the high risk move to bring in Anthony (or someone else I guess) to try and sustain the current level? Again, not likely but I wouldn't rule it out. The Mavericks have always lived by their moniker. They've never been afraid to go against the grain and make a risky move if they thought it was the ticket to a title. So if Butler's done, I wouldn't put it past them.

Butler's value to the Mavs can't be understated. He's an underrated, versatile defender and is a big part in the Maverick offense. He takes pressure off of Dirk, gives Kidd another option to kick to on the wing and has takeover ability late in games. He's a 30-point threat, but fits in well enough to score an efficient 15 almost nightly. He's really a perfect complementary piece alongside Dirk and Terry.

The injury fairy has starting nipping at the Mavs with Dirk missing a week because of a knee strain and Rodrigue Beaubois missing the first few months because of a broken foot. With Butler's injury being potentially more severe, Dallas might have to re-evaluate the current plan. The Mavs want to win now . They're sick of waiting around. They've got some depth that can get them by but if Butler won't be ready by April, they might have to look elsewhere.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 1:57 pm

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki out against Portland

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzi has been ruled out for Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Posted by Ben Golliver. dirk-nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks forward and MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki will miss Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, his fifth consecutive game, due a sprained right knee, the team announced on Tuesday

Nowitzki, arguably the league's most durable superstar over the last decade, suffered the knee sprain during a Dec. 27 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 27. The next day, Nowitzki underwent an MRI that diagnosed the sprain but did not reveal any additional damage. The German forward had hoped to return this week, but was declared out Tuesday morning following the team's shootaround.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told the media on Tuesday that there was "no update" on Nowitzki's health, according to
"No update on Dirk," Carlisle said. "When Dirk's ready to play, we'll let everybody know when he's ready to play. In the meantime, he's making gradual process, but that's going to be it. We're not going to have a daily Dirk update, Dirk watch." 
Mavericks forward Caron Butler will also be out tonight, after suffering a significant knee injury on Saturday. Butler (23 points) and Nowitzki (21 points) combined for 44 points in an entertaining Dec. 15 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Nowitzki was key down the stretch, pouring in multiple fourth-quarter baskets to ensure the Mavericks' 103-98 victory. 

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had a big night against the Mavericks, finishing with 35 points and 10 rebounds, and will look to go off again in Nowitzki's absence.

Dallas has been forced to juggle lineups in recent games, giving starts to reserve big man Brian Cardinal and reserve forward DeShawn Stevenson, and by leaning a bit more heavily on forward Shawn Marion and center Tyson Chandler.  

Meanwhile, in another good piece of injury news for Portland, reserve center Joel Przybilla, who has missed two weeks with a sprained ankle, will be available for tonight's game, according to the team's Twitter account.

Nowitzki is averaging 24.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game this season. 
Posted on: January 3, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 7:32 pm NBA Videos: 01.03.2011

2011's first weekly dose of NBA video content. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Welcome to the first week of 2011, and here's the year's first serving (a big helping) of NBA video content. 

Get it started with the Starting Five, a question and answer rundown of some of this week's hot topics. Yours truly joined hosts Adam Aizer and Greg Urbano to discuss the injury to Kevin Garnett, the Miami Heat's surge, the Houston Rockets' playoff chances and whether Chicago can contend. Also, do the San Antonio Spurs have what it takes to win 72 games? 

Take a look and have a listen.

Also this week, Aizer and Urbano break down the NBA Coach of the Year race to date. Texas shows well in the discussion, with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich among the leaders. 

But, wait, there's more. The guys also discussed their weekly power rankings, which you can watch right here

And if you're looking for even more NBA audio content with a fantasy focus, check out this week's CBSSports Fantasy Basketball Podcast, which discusses recent injuries to Mavericks forward Caron Butler and New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari. You can also read more on Gallinari's knee sprain here.
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