Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on October 4, 2010 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Mark Cuban owes Don Johnson $51.7 million because of Nash Bridges. You cannot make this stuff up. (via Ball Don’t Lie)
  • Sonny Xiao, a Chinese “sports entrepreneur,” will be the co-owner of the Texas Legends, along with Donnie Nelson and Evan Wyly. Xiao is the first Chinese owner of an NBA or NBA-affiliated team.
  • Rick Carlisle on Dominique Jones (via Earl K. Sneed): “(Jones) is a strong, tenacious type player, and I think down the road he’s gonna be a guy that’s gonna be depended on to guard the best players on a lot of nights. No question.” High praise from a coach who doesn’t dole out these kinds of superlatives easily.
  • Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas supposes that Tim Grgugrich, who served as a guest coach for the Mavs throughout training camp, could be a candidate to join the Dallas coaching staff full-time: “Marion worked with Grgurich during their time together in Phoenix. Marion praised his subtle communication with players, to teach and translate information and ideas about the game’s nuances and geometry, and to share it in a way that, like Terry, excites players. Grgurich became well-known for his partnership with Gary Payton in Seattle and today some of the game’s top talent attends his under-the-radar camp in Las Vegas every August.”
  • Flip Saunders isn’t quite sure who his starting five will be tonight against the Mavericks. Also, John Wall is excited to play against Jason Kidd.
  • This would be pretty big news if it were more definite: Rick Carlisle notes that the Mavs may not play Rodrigue Beaubois much at the point this season.
  • Since the Phoenix Suns acquired Hedo Turkoglu from the Toronto Raptors via trade, Alvin Gentry has faced an endless stream of questions concerning Turkoglu’s position (he’s currently slated as a power forward) and what it means for the Suns’ defense. Here is his response (via Josh Greene): “Hedo will be fine. There are certain fours nobody handles in the league. I love when somebody says, ‘How will you guys guard Dirk Nowitzki?’ The last time I checked, no one else could guard him either. In those situations, we’ll do the best we can. My philosophy has always been, ‘They have to guard him on the other end of the floor.’ Sometimes that’s the best defense. The team that scores the most points wins the game. We were the best defensive team 62 times last year.”
  • Brian Cardinal, glue guy on some pretty bad teams.