Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on December 22, 2009 under xOther | 3 Comments to Read

  • First, a brief explanation is in order. I’ve been under the weather with what I thought was a little flu bug for the last few days. Turns out it’s more the real deal than a little bug, and just to make things interesting, my immune system decided to stick me with mono as well. So the last three days have been a cycle of listless, semi-conscious floating, and heavily-medicated slumber. I’m looking to kick things up a notch moving forward and hopefully not die. Thanks for your patience.
  • Marc Spears touches on all of the current Mavs-centric storylines (Dirk’s injury, veteran leadership, team depth), as well as a few that loom in the near future (Dirk’s status as a potential free agent, Chris Bosh as a possible free agent target). There are some terrific quotes from just about every Maverick party, so be sure to check it out.
  • A bummer courtesy of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: “Dallas 2nd round pick, 6-9 Ahmad Nivins of St. Joe’s, tore ACL in knee for Manresa of Spanish ACB on Saturday and will miss rest of season…Nivins played for Mavs in Vegas in July and signed in Spain with Dallas blessing. Had played well in elite Euro league. Surgery this week.” Nivins is averaging 7.8 points (60.4% FG) and 4.2 rebounds per game for Suzuki Manresa this season.
  • No infection for Dirk’s elbow. Party time.
  • Marc Stein likes the idea of resting Dirk for one more game, regardless of whether or not Nowitzki thinks he’s ready to go: “It’ll allow Nowitzki to have a full week off before making his comeback in Saturday’s matinee against Memphis on the day after Christmas. He’ll hate sitting out that long, but it’s probably the best thing for an elbow that is still way too sore to allow him to shoot the ball properly or absorb any sort of significant contact….It’ll give Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and Sunday hero Tim Thomas one more game to inherit all of Dirk’s shots and touches and build on what they did to the Cavs. Thomas got most of the attention with 22 points and seven boards starting in Nowitzki’s place, but Gooden’s 10-point first half and 12 points, eight boards and two blocks overall will be recorded as his first double-figure scoring game all month after five double-doubles in November.”
  • How to make a Dallas Mavericks steak.
  • Rick Carlisle on Tim Thomas’ willingness to change his role to fit team needs (via Eddie Sefko): “I talked to him before the Miami game that Josh [Howard] being back was going to affect everybody’s minutes…It may be erratic when he plays. But he just said, ‘Hey, I appreciate you talking to me about it and I’ll be ready.’ “
  • A little Lord of the Rings, a little Mavs-Blazers…hey, why not?
  • Cynthia

    Hi Rob…been checking every day for a recap of the MAVS/Cavs game and no such luck. Now I know why. Sorry you’re feeling under the weather. I DO miss your blogs! Hope you get to feeling better soon. Maybe a little MAVS whooping up on some Blazers might help??

  • http://basektballforbeginners.blogspot.com BJ

    I’d wondered about that. Glad to see you’re feeling better.

  • Brian D

    Ouch, sorry to hear that Rob. Mono is a real pain to deal with. Luckily you can only get it once. If you didn’t think it were possible to sleep 20 hours in a day….well now you know.