Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on July 17, 2009 under xOther | 7 Comments to Read

A bit thin again, today.  Get used to it, Mav-heads; It’s summertime.

  • Jason Kidd has had a triple double against 27 of the 30 teams in the league.  I wouldn’t count on him going for the cycle, though.
  • Check out the latest Podcast Paroxysm, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Mavs.  Unless you count Brandon Bass, in which case it has a small link to the Mavs.
  • This humble blogger wouldn’t dare tell real journalists how to do their jobs, but this article rubbed me the wrong way.
  • Mark Cuban, via Gary Washburn of FanHouse, on the possibility of Dirk opting out next summer: “I’ve got a good relationship with Dirk…I’m not worried about [Dirk opting out] one way or another. You try to rebuild while you’re winning. You try to add a young piece here and a young piece there and see what happens. We’ve been doing this for nine years, 10 years now and every couple of years everybody say well it’s time to rebuild and we don’t, so we’ll see.”
  • Cubes, via the same post, on Jason Kidd’s contract: “That’s just part of the drill. You don’t expect him to play at the same level all three years…You hope so, but at the same time, that’s just the way NBA contracts work. It gives us a lot of flexibility. But Jason’s a special athlete. And we have a young point guard so a lot of times you can add value beyond on the court.”
  • The Jazz have decided to match the Blazers’ offer sheet for Paul Millsap, which means two things: The Mavs aren’t the only team left out in the cold on the restricted free agent market, and the Western rival Trailblazers aren’t adding significant pieces.
  • Busting the myth that the Mavs overpaid for Shawn Marion.
  • I think this is what they call “rubbing it in.”
  • Cynthia

    Jennifer Floyd what’s her name wouldn’t know her ass from a whole in the ground. And yeah, that article rubbed me the wrong way too.

  • Cynthia

    make that hole. lol

  • Andrew

    Dallas sports writers as a whole are god awful. I’m not saying you have to be a superfan–God knows I’m not–but it’s like every one of them just legitimately hates Dallas sports. They’re like sportswriting supervillains, from Green Bay or Philly or something, who’ve infiltrated the Dallas sports writing scene to wreak havoc from the inside. They only ever spew bile. They seem like awful people.

    Jennifer, unfortunately in basketball you can’t just sign the players you want for the amount and duration you want. Jeez, why didn’t they go out and sign Hedo Turkoglu with their MLE? THAT would have been much better!

    Without Marion and Kidd, which is what would have happened without those contracts, the Mavs start next year with Barea at the one and Wright at the two. No playoffs. Dang.

  • Cynthia

    Andrew….I gotta admit I am a “homer” and damn proud of it, but I can still notice nothing but negativity when I see it. And as you said everyone of the media (especially on the DMN) hates the MAVS. And the MAVS are what? One of 3 or 4 teams to win 50+ games and make the playoffs for the last 9 yrs or so and then the stupid media tries to tell me there’s NOTHING to like about my team? I’m not buying that crap.

  • Brian D

    First of all, that Jason Kidd stat is awesome. It makes me wonder if Magic completed the cycle on the 24(?) teams that were around then. I’m sure Robertson must’ve had 12 TDs against every team in the league too.

    Some of the Dallas sportswriters can seem like they hate our teams, but it’s not the case I don’t think. I know plenty of actual fans who overreact the same way they do, it happens to me sometimes. I know Sefko likes the Mavs. I think Cowlishaw does too, I’ve seen him defend them on Around the Horn many times against the other guys.

    • http://www.thetwomangame.com Rob Mahoney

      I tend to agree with Brian. Let’s not be too hard on the local members of the mainstream media. That article is noteworthy because it’s the exception. Most of the coverage is at least pretty fair, and generally well-informed.

  • Kevin

    I hate when people go after Gortat by calling him a 4 ppg player. It’s a gross stat manipulation. I guess we shouldn’t be mad that Bass left because he’s a 8 ppg player and apparently we’re nowhere near a championship anyway. It seems she basically is criticizing the Mavs for not landing an outrageous Gasol type trade but that’s the only trade of it’s kind that I can remember for a while. Popovich even wanted the league to investigate it was so one sided.
    On the opposite end of the bias spectrum that Marion article seemed kind of weird too. Just because someone made the max on their last deal doesn’t mean it’s a steal to pay them half of it (Kidd or Iverson for example). He’s 31 and his game almost completely relies on athleticism. He shot 32% on jumpers last year and under 20% from 3 point. He’s also had some alpha-dog issues but trying to be a 2 option on a couple losing teams maybe got his head straight again.