Heard It Through the Grapevine 1-31-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 31, 2009 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Jason Terry goes out of his way to credit Rick Carlisle with credit for his mind-blowing season off the bench.  He’s been unbelievably consistent and efficient, and it makes sense that Carlisle’s sets and system should get some credit for that.  Terry also talks ‘State of the Season,’ and points to the Boston Massacre as the rallying cry for the season.  From Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: “Terry has a realistic view about the Mavericks. But he’s also an optimist. He doesn’t believe the Mavericks have played to their potential this season. “We’re the eighth seed, and that’s not good enough,” Terry said. “I feel we’re a championship team and we should be way up toward the 1, 2, 3 seed right now. That’s not where we’re at. But we’re optimistic we can be by the end of the season.” “
  • Breaking news: According to Jeff Caplan of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Mavs have a hard time locking down Dwyane Wade.  Hard-hitting stuff.  Still, Caplan has some good quotes from the team, and goes through the changes of the Heat and the Mavs since 2006.  Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News also has a piece on championship wounds.
  • Jake from Mavs Moneyball believes that a team should only exist in one of two stages: elite or rebuilding.  On a theoretical level, I agree.  But where is the brightline?  Is “elite” a championship contender regardless of seed?  Is “rebuilding” a true salvage mission of the Maverick core?  Plus, with the contract situation and the 2010 dream still ahead, is it not possible to exist somewhere in between without cashing in?  It was mentioned briefly in the comments on this post and it’s something that Cleveland has been facing every day: the big dogs in the 2010 free agent class will want to play for teams, not necessarily markets.  I’m sure the market helps, on some level, but if the team doesn’t have the makings of competence without them, why would they waste their time, and likely, their prime?  Having young players is important, but barring a sure-thing youngin’ in a swap for one of the Mavs’ pieces, I just don’t know if it would be worth it.  Something else to think about: the Mavs have no 2010 first-rounder; why not have another go at it, trades come what may, and value each win as a sweetening of the pot for a big-name free agent?
  • What’s in a number?  Sometimes they don’t tell the story, sometimes they mislead you, and sometimes they tell you exactly what you wanted to know.  In this case, it’s something that all Mavs fans have needed to hear.  From Eddie Sefko’s game preview in The Dallas Morning News: “Josh Howard may be rounding into form. He’s averaging 19.5 points over the last four games and has hit 29 of 60 shots in that span.”
  • TotallyInept

    Mahoney, you’re an idiot.