Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on October 25, 2010 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Dirk Nowitzki is on Twitter, and if you’re not following him, you really should be. Follow him, RSS his feed, add it to your bookmarks, do whatever you have to do. This is Dirk at his finest. (via Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones)
  • Jason Kidd, from his official website (via Henry Abbott of TrueHoop): “I’ve been working on my outside game a lot. Hopefully I can improve, shoot the ball a little bit better this year and that’ll make the game much easier for my teammates. One point of emphasis for me was the pick and roll. Being able to knock down jump shots coming off the pick and roll is really important in this offense.”
  • Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: “Jason Terry is one of the most optimistic people around and it shows in the new tattoo on his right biceps. It’s a picture of the NBA championship trophy. There’s no date on the ink. ‘That’s the first thing my wife asked me when I got home,’ he said. ‘I’m leaving it open for when we get one.’ That’s when. Not if. And that’s not all. ‘I’m leaving the spot open on the other arm, too,’ Terry said, just in case he needs a place for multiple trophies. That’s the way the Jet rolls down the runway. He just knows this is the year the Mavericks will find the right mixture of talent, chemistry, luck and everything else to be a championship unit.”
  • Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com is previewing every team in the league, and I contributed to his installment on the Mavs. Check it out.
  • Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward, details a familiar preseason theme: “If you’re searching for another team that might be able to rise up against the Lakers (assuming everything goes right), you could do worse than the Mavericks. But “everything goes right” encompasses many more things in Dallas than it does in most places. Outside of Dirk Nowitzki and perhaps Brendan Haywood, everyone is a question mark to some degree. Can Jason Kidd keep doing this? Can Jason Terry, at 33, make last season’s decline a temporary blip instead of the start of a downward trend? Can Tyson Chandler stay healthy? Will Caron Butler stop the ball and jack questionable 20-footers or attack and get to the line? How quickly will Roddy Beaubois recover from a broken foot, and when he does, will Rick Carlisle play him as much as he probably needs to when the games count? That’s a ton of questions, and we haven’t even mentioned Shawn Marion. There is a load of talent here, but I have no clue how it will play out.”
  • It looks like local Dish Network subscribers will be missing out on the season opener.
  • Slow and steady is the company line on Rodrigue Beaubois’ status.
  • Combination Shawn Marion fans and Food Network enthusiasts: your day has come.
  • Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: “Caron Butler and Shawn Marion are not going to be mutually exclusive when it comes to court time. Though they ideally play the same position, they are going to be on the court together during games, Carlisle said Sunday. Those are going to be important minutes because it’s quite likely that their time playing together will come when Dirk Nowitzki is resting. ‘They played well [together] in stretches in preseason,’ Carlisle said. ‘The reality is our [forward] positions are going to be covered by three guys for the most part – Caron, Dirk and Shawn. Marion and Butler are going to be playing together 10 to 14 minutes per game. And we’ll continue to work on the chemistry of that group.’”
  • Mavs alumnus Jerry Stackhouse has signed with the Miami Heat.
  • Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus: “I think defense is the end of the floor in which Dallas can make the biggest leap as it tries to get over the hump in the West, and Chandler should be a big part of that. However, he could also become the same sort of quasi-viable offensive option he was with the Hornets considering the talent that will be surrounding him in the Big D.”
  • Chandler, former thorn in the Spurs’ side.
  • http://twitter.com/jtshoopsblog Jeffrey Thompson

    Dallas is the most monotonous team in the NBA. Win 50 games, get in the playoffs, get knocked out in the first round