Heard It Through the Grapevine 3-27-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 27, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Tim MacMahon of the DMN Mavs Blog: “Jason Kidd is not participating in this morning’s shootaround due to lower back pain. The 36-year-old is getting treatment, and his status for tonight’s game against Chauncey Billups’ Denver Nuggets is uncertain.”  Yikes.  If there’s a good-great point guard in the league that Kidd should be able to matchup with, it’s Billups, and if the Mavs truly have their sights set for the 7 seed, they can’t afford to let Billups run hog wild.
  • Carlisle refers to Chris “The Birdman” Andersen simply as “that crazy guy.”  Fair enough.
  • Gerald Green got the feature treatment at the Dallas Morning News.  From Eddie Sefko: “‘There’s a fine line between aggression and discretion,’ Carlisle said. ‘Gerald’s an aggressive player and as a coach, you never want to take any of that away. He’s come a long way since summer league. He’s helped us win some games. And he’s much better defensively than he was. And last night, he played a very patient offensive game.’…Green is learning that he doesn’t have to shoot to be effective. He’s so long and athletic that he can impact a game in many ways. It’s a matter of learning how to do so. Carlisle gave Green this message: ‘We love the way you’re aggressive and the way you can score. We want you to be an all-around player. We know you can do it.’ ‘And I know I can do it,’ Green said. ‘So I want to work on getting my teammates the ball because now, when I do get the ball, teams always think I’m going to shoot it. I want other players aware that I will pass it to them. And that keeps the other team on their toes.’”

  • Devean George’s arthroscopic knee surgery was a success.  A speedy recovery to George, but not too speedy if yaknawwhamean.
  • What tunes does Coach Carlisle groove to?