Tag:Dallas Mavericks
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:00 pm

Lakers pass Knicks as most valuable NBA franchise

Kobe Bryant's Lakers are the NBA's most valuable team. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

It might be the only title they win this season, but the Los Angeles Lakers have reclaimed the top spot as the NBA's most valuable franchise.

An annual ranking from Forbes Magazine released on Thursday notes that the Lakers have moved past last year's No. 1 team, the New York Knicks, and are worth an estimated $900 million. That's a staggering 40 percent increase over their 2011 valuation, a gain aided in large part by a massive new television deal signed in February 2011.

The Knicks are worth an estimated $780 million this season, a 19 percent increase over the 2011 valuation. New York added All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony via trade at last year's deadline and signed starting center Tyson Chandler during the December free agency period.

In 2011, New York ($655 million) was No. 1, topping Los Angeles ($643 million). The Lakers had been No. 1 in 2010.

Forbes notes that many of the league's major financial indicators are positive. 
Blockbuster television deals and a new collective bargaining agreement have lifted the value of the average NBA team to a record $393 million, up 6.5% over last year.

The NBA’s TV ratings soared nationally and locally last year, jumping more than 50% on regional sports networks for at least eight teams. TNT and Walt Disney‘s ESPN/ABC pay $930 million a year on average for rights to NBA games nationally. All three benefited from the hype surrounding LeBron James’ move to the Miami Heat, with ratings up 45% for games on TNT, 30% on ABC and 29% on ESPN. In an increasingly DVR-saturated environment, media companies will pay up for sports — it’s one of the few programming options left that guarantee a large number of eyeballs for advertisers.

NBA revenues hit a record $4 billion last season, up 4.2% from the prior year. The average NBA team had an operating profit (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $5.8 million last year, down 5% from the prior year. That profit is inflated by the top teams as the Lakers, Knicks, Bulls and Heat average $46 million in earnings while the rest of the league had a cumulative loss. Overall, 15 teams lost money, led by the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies, who both were $25 million in the red. 
The rest of the 2012 top-5 most valuable franchises: Chicago Bulls ($600 million, up 17 percent), Dallas Mavericks ($497 million, up 13 percent) and Boston Celtics ($482 million, up 7 percent).
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:11 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Mark Cuban: NBA stars in Olympics is 'stupidity'

Posted by Ben Golliver mark-cuban

For years, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been on a one-man crusade to keep NBA players out of international basketball competitions. His reasoning is straightforward and convincing: NBA team are exposed to the risks associated with injury and fatigue during what should be the players' offseason and the players aren't properly compensated for their participation.

With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, the topic has come up again thanks to Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is currently sidelined because he is undergoing a week-long boot camp to get himself back into shape. Nowitzki needs the work after taking some time off during the lockout to rest up after competing for Germany at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament. He hasn't been himself throughout the first month of the season.

ESPNDallas.com reports that Cuban is ramping up the volume of his protest in an effort to get NBA commissioner David Stern to consider removing NBA players from the Olympics.
"It's just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations" -- as Cuban calls the Olympics -- "can make tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars," Cuban said. "There's some guys sitting at the Olympic headquarters going, 'Those dumb-***es, we're taking all their best guys for nothing.' "

Cuban knows he's unlikely to bring change to the system, but he said he will continue "fighting so that we'll pull out."

"The commissioner's office won't open it up to discussion. They just make a unilateral call," Cuban said Monday. "They'll take calls about it, but won't put it up for a vote. Hopefully, I can get him to move it to a vote at some point."
Nowitzki's 2011-2012 salary is $19 million and he's on the books for $20.9 million in 2012-2013 and another $22.7 million in 2013-2014. In that light, it's understandable why Cuban might view this situation as a business-owning entreprenuer rather than a gung-ho patriot.

As fruitless as attempts to convince Stern on this subject might be, there's really no better alternative. International NBA players are often heroes in their homeland, and representing one's country whenever possible is regularly a top priority for them, schedule be damned. Saying "no" would be pure heartbreak. 

Even Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski -- whose team is NBA players top to bottom, rather than one exceptional individual like Nowitzki or a handful of NBA players like those on the French and Spanish national teams -- said recently that he pitches his players on the patriotic importance of their participation. 

"We have used the military as a good example of selfless service and we've had many members of the military speak to our teams," Krzyzewski said on a conference call announcing the 20-man candidate pool for the 2012 London Olympics team. 

Without a system revamp -- Cuban proposes turning the Olympics into a 21-and-under tournament -- there's simply no way for NBA teams to receive the protections Cuban desires. In the geo-basketball world, NBA teams have been stuck with the short stick, and convincing monoliths like Stern and the International Olympics Committee to change course could take decades.

Cuban isn't one to take a slight without a response, so we shouldn't be surprised that Cuban is speaking up. If anything, we should be surprised that he hasn't been able to rally more voices by now given how many of his fellow owners face the same predicament. Their frustrations, though, are likely to continue. This is the mother of uphill battles given the money and national pride at stake.
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 1:28 pm

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

Posted by Ben Golliver dirk-nowitzki

The Dirkus Circus will be on a brief hiatus.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki will reportedly be out of action for at least a week.

Mavs.com and the Star-Telegram reported that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Nowitzki will sit out "at least four games" to nurse a "sore right knee."

The Associated Press adds that the week off might be as much about conditioning as it is about the knee.
“We just thought it was a good decision for everybody. I’m not happy right now anyways, so the guys are better off when I’m not out there,’’ Nowitzki said. “This gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldn’t do when my knee was bothering me the last couple weeks. I couldn’t lift and run and do the things I needed to do.’’

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he and the Mavericks’ training staff decided Nowitzki needed “an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues,’’ adding that Nowitzki had “no choice’’ in the matter.
The Mavericks are scheduled to play at the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday before beginning a 4-game homestand that will include games against the Phoenix Suns on Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. If Nowitzki is to miss four games, he would return for that Sunday match-up between the two Texas powers.

Nowitzki, 33, has been one of the NBA's most durable players for more than a decade, playing in at least 80 games in six of the past 12 years and missing more than six games in a season just once since 1999-2000. That was last season, though, when Nowitzki's sat out nine games in the middle of the season with a knee injury. Of course, he rebounded to help lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship.

This year, Nowitzki's numbers are off across the board. He's averaging 17.5 points -- his fewest in more than a decade -- and he's grabbing just 5.4 rebounds per game and shooting just 45.6 percent from the field, his lowest marks since his rookie year.

Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News this week that his right knee was "stiff" and that he "can't really move the way I want to." He has also admitted to taking an extended time away from basketball following the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.

The Mavericks enter Saturday night with a record of 9-7.
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 4:48 pm

NBA fines Favors $25K for ball toss ejection

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors lost his cool in a heated exchange during a Thursday night game against the Dallas Mavericks, and now it's going to cost him.

The NBA announced on Saturday that Favors has been fined $25,000 for throwing the basketball in frustration towards the Mavericks bench and into the stands, an act that earned him an immediate ejection from the game.

Favors' ball toss came after Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki slapped the ball out of his hands during a dead ball, an action which warranted a technical foul but was not called. Jazz guard Earl Watson retaliated soon after, slapping the ball out of Nowitzki's hands in a similar manner during a subsequent dead ball, and was issued a technical.

Shortly thereafter, with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter and the Jazz leading, 71-70, Favors was called for an offensive foul for setting a moving screen on Mavericks forward Lamar Odom. He receive the pass as he rolled, looked at the referee to see the call and then disgustedly threw the ball with an underhand toss towards the end of the Mavericks bench and into the stands. He was immediately issued two technical fouls, per the league's guidelines on that type of action, and was ejected.

The Mavericks went on to win, 94-91.

Here's video of Favors' ejection courtesy of YouTube user CPollnow7.

Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:46 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 6:05 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

Posted by Ben Golliver deron-williams-nets

The New Jersey Nets are 4-11 and going nowhere fast, so there's no choice but to open the floodgates to reports of All-Star point guard Deron Williams' future.

ESPN.com reports that Williams, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, has a list of four teams in mind.
Deron Williams' first choice is to stay with the Nets and to build something special in Brooklyn, but if it doesn't work out with his current team, his short list of desirable destinations includes the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers, according to sources close to the situation.

Williams has publicly stated his desire to re-sign with the Nets, and New Jersey, which views him as a building block for next season's move to Brooklyn, has refused to entertain potential trades involving Williams. Yet both sides know their future together is tied to Dwight Howard.

If the Nets are able to obtain Howard, either through a trade before the March 15 deadline or in free agency this summer, Williams will re-sign. If Howard goes elsewhere, Williams is likely to leave New Jersey, according to the sources.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has reported that the Mavericks are a major player in the D-Will sweepstakes.
Let's take a quick. look at Williams' four preferred destinations, ranking each on a scale of 1-10 for how badly they need Williams (one being not at all, 10 being desperately).

Dallas Mavericks (6): The NBA's oldest team needs an injection of youth and top-flight star talent. Franchise forward Dirk Nowitzki had dealt with a nagging knee injury this year and his production has taken a hit. The ageless Jason Kidd is less than a year removed from a championship, but he's 38 years old and in the final year of his contract. The Mavericks could potentially have laods of salary coming off their books this summer and the best players they have under contract going forward are Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois and, potentially, Lamar Odom. Williams is the kind of veteran point guard who can get the most out of the mixed-and-matched parts Mavericks owner Mark Cuban always seems to assemble. Given the 2011 rings that are already in hand, landing Williams would amount to a coup rather than a franchise-defining turn of events. If he goes elsewhere, there won't be crying in the streets. 

Los Angeles Lakers (9): Like the Mavericks, the Lakers are aging and need a longer-term answer at the point guard position. But there's an added urgency, as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant approaches the twilight of his career and continues his quest for six rings to match Michael Jordan. Bryant needs a point guard who can create his own offense and make Bryant's life easier. That point guard should have been Chris Paul, but we all know NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in on that one. Williams could be that guy, too. Williams and Bryant were both members of the 2008 Olympics Gold Medal-winning team and they share a desire to win immediately.

New York Knicks (10): The Knicks are underperforming to start the 2011-2012 season, starting 6-8, and should make a push before all is said and done. But the notion that one of the league's most stacked frontcourts could make up for arguably the league's most barren backcourt isn't panning out, and it's incredibly difficult to imagine this team winning a playoff series without a major infusion of talent. After being subjected to Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby, Knicks fans are frothing at the mere mention of Williams' name. Swap Williams into the mix for one of New York's Big 3 of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler and more wins are sure to result. 

New Jersey Nets (167,000): New Jersey is essentially unwatchable with Williams on the roster so their desperation to retain him really can't be quantified. The Nets mortgaged their entire franchise in trading a package of Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and picks to acquire Williams from the Nets at the 2011 trade deadline, and they've struggled to surround him with anything except mediocre (and worse) talent. Somehow landing Dwight Howard is the longshot panacea for their team's treadmill of terrible, but good luck with that one. The Williams affair almost certainly ends badly for New Jersey.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:55 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 2:20 am

Report Card: Big Shot Billups beats Mavs

Posted by Ben GolliverMatt Moore, and Royce Young

Chauncey Billups and the Los Angeles Clippers

One week ago, we noted that the easy start -- just six games in 16 days -- was over for the Los Angeles Clippers. Since then, wins over the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets. That's four wins to go with just one loss, to the Utah Jazz on the road, during a brutal 5 games in 7 days stretch that had to be managed without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. It doesn't, reasonably, get much better than that, as the Clippers sealed their magical win thanks to a last-second jumpshot by Chauncey Billups, who stepped up as primary ball-handler in Paul's absence and finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes against the Mavericks.  -- BG

Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks

it would have been an A+ on any other night, but Jason Terry's resume was robbed of a dramatic game-winner thanks to Billups' heroics. Terry had an uneven game on Wednesday but was huge in the fourth, sinking a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to cut it to a one possession game and then burying another one with 5 seconds remaining, see below, to improbably put the Mavericks up by one. The lead lasted just four seconds. The Mavericks fall to 8-7 and continue to search for a sense of certainty. What a difference a shot would have made in that regard.-- BG

Old Man Games

Andre Miller with 28-10-8. Steve Nash with 26-5-11. Chauncey Billups going Mr. Big Shot. It was a night for the old guard, literally, to step up and deliver. There's something to be said for having a guy out there who knows what he's doing, and while none of those guys are going to lock down Dwyane Wade or give you 40, they're still contributing for their teams, all past the age of 35. -- MM

Denver Nuggets

Getting a road win against Philadelphia is A-worthy. But they could have closed it out in regulation had they just played a bit tighter. After looking a bit shaky over the weekend, Denver gets a huge win in overtime on the back of their depth, against a team that had over half their points from the bench. A little tighter play and Denver could have saved itself a later departure.  -- MM

Nick Young

In the end, Young put up 24 points, hit 5-10 from 3 and helped the Wizards pull off the upset of the season with a 105-102 win over the Thunder. But Young started the game 0-7 and even the shots he ended up making weren't of the smart variety. He was hoisting contested 3s, fadeaway jumpers over the outstretched arm of Kevin Durant and never attacked the basket. Again, it worked out for him and he was a big part of Washington's win, but I don't think Flip Saunders wants to see that kind of shot selection routinely. -- RY

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies were out-rebounded, gave up a 49 percent field goal mark, and had 16 turnovers. But on a night where Rudy Gay was not prominently featured, the still got the win. The Grizzlies are back to "finding ways to win" which is such a huge part of their game. Lionel Hollins should get some pop for how he's managing minutes night to night based on who is thriving and who is struggling on any given night. You would have liked to have seen a wider margin of victory against the Hornets and some better defense, but more than enough for a passing grade. the end. -- MM

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers lost to the Hawks in Atlanta, 92-89, losing their sixth straight to the Hawks and dropping to 1-3 on their current 6-game road trip. They lost forward Nicolas Batum to a scary eye injury during the game and, afterwards, the team reportedly held a players only meeting to discuss accountability. That's not good, considering this team's captain, LaMarcus Aldridge, was touting his squad as a Western Conference contender just a few weeks ago. The only thing keeping this from being an "F" was the play of point guard Raymond Felton, which has been terrible of late. Felton shot just 3-for-9 but finished with 10 points, 8 asssists, 1 steal and just 1 turnover, after committing 8 in a Monday win over the New Orleans Hornets. Hey, it counts for progress right now. Jamal Crawford, who finished with 22 points on 22 shots and added 5 assists, was another (sort of) bright spot. -- BG

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder hit 48 percent from the field and held their opponent to 38. And they lost? How? Because they gave the Wizards 40 free possessions. With 21 turnovers and 19 offensive rebounds for Washington, Oklahoma City completely fell asleep in the second half, allowing 59 points while losing to the league's worst team. Remember, the Wizards have had trouble breaking 70 lately. And they just beat the West's top team? Somebody failed, big time. -- RY

Glen Davis

Keep your pants on, bro. -- BG

Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:30 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 1:34 am

Mavs assistant Darrell Armstrong arrested in L.A.

Posted by Ben Golliver darrell-armstrong

Worst off day ever!

The Dallas Mavericks traveled to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Monday and the Clippers on Wednesday, but assistant coach Darrell Armstrong reportedly got into a little legal hot water in between the games.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Armstrong was arrested on Tuesday after he was pulled over. The reason for his arrest: alleged Las Vegas debts.
An assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks basketball team was arrested in Marina del Rey on an outstanding warrant for non-sufficient funds in Las Vegas, authorities said Wednesday night.

Darrell Eugene Armstrong is wanted by the Clark County district attorney's office in connection with the case, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Armstrong was stopped Tuesday morning by a deputy for a traffic violation near Washington Boulevard and Via Marina Way, the department said. He was arrested and booked into the sheriff's Marina del Rey station.
The Associated Press added these details.
Sgt. James Brown says Darrell Armstrong was arrested and booked Tuesday in a case involving non-sufficient funds. Details about the case weren't immediately available. Armstrong's bail was set at $40,000, and someone posted it Wednesday morning.
Sheriff's officials say Armstrong was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation in Marina Del Rey on Tuesday. A deputy determined there was an outstanding warrant for the 43-year-old.

The driver and another passenger were not detained. The Mavericks declined to comment.
The Mavericks' media guide notes that Armstrong is in his third season as an assistant with the team. 

Armstrong, 43, played 14 seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets, Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets. A 6-foot-0 point guard out of Fayetteville State University, Armstrong retired with career averages of 9.2 points and 4.0 assists per game in 840 appearances.

Basketball-Reference.com lists Armstrong's career NBA earnings at more than $27 million.

Hat tip: @ScottSchroeder
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:49 pm

Clippers PG Chris Paul (hamstring) out vs. Mavs

Posted by Ben Golliver
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul will not play in a Wednedsay night game against the Dallas Mavericks due to a left hamstring strain, according to ESPN.com.

Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul underwent an MRI on Sunday which revealed no major results. He was listed as day-to-day by the Clippers. 

The Mavericks game marks the third game of the Clippers' first back-to-back-to-back of the season. The Clippers beat the New Jersey Nets on Monday night and lost to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Paul sat out both games.

In Paul's absence, the Clippers will have veterans Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye, recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson, and reserve guard Mo Williams. ESPN.com reports that Williams will return to the lineup after missing three games with a foot injury. Second-year guard Eric Bledsoe is sidelined with a longer-term knee injury.

On the season, Paul, 26, is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 37.3 minutes per game.
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