Instant Remarks, Part Two

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 28, 2013 under Interviews, News | Be the First to Comment

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A tired Donnie Nelson spoke to reporters after the draft. He went into detail on Shane Larkin. He couldn’t go into much detail on Ricky Ledo, the team’s second-round selection as the trade hadn’t been formally completed. He also discussed the reasoning for letting Jared Cunningham go and how the Mavs are prepared for this summer.

Here is Donnie Nelson’s post draft Quoteboard.

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Real Talk

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on under Interviews, News | Be the First to Comment

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In a surprising move, Dirk Nowitzki spoke prior to the draft on a variety of topics. Here is what he had to say.

Here is Dirk’s pre-draft Quoteboard.

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Miami Vice

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 27, 2013 under Commentary, News | Be the First to Comment

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The draft ended up shaking out in a way that the Mavs nearly had their choice of the top level point guards. Minnesota selected Trey Burke and that started a ripple effect which led to the top point guards being taken off the table. When it was time to make the pick, the Mavs selected Kelly Olynyk and ultimately traded his rights to the Boston Celtics.

As part of the deal to obtain the 13th pick, Boston gave Dallas two future second-round picks, both coming in 2014. The Celtics (drafting for the Mavs) selected Lucas Nogueira  <and his fantastic hair>.  If you’re still following, the Mavs then traded Jared Cunningham and the 18th pick from the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mavs ultimately decided that Shane Larkin out of Miami would be their man.

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Draft Tracker

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on under Commentary, News | Be the First to Comment

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Today is the first big day of the offseason for the Mavs and the rest of the league. Donnie Nelson had the funny saying, “If my lips are moving I’m lying.” That’s something to keep in mind as the draft approaches.

Social media is a gift and curse. The day of the draft is a gift for social media as you can keep track of everything that is presented. With so many things that can change between now and the actual draft, The Two Man Game will keep you covered leading up to the draft. Consider this a hub of sorts, providing you with the information that is being presented. It will be a stop you can make to stay in the loop with everything if you can’t keep up with the information. Read more of this article »

Former Maverick Jason Kidd to Retire

Posted by Kirk Henderson on June 3, 2013 under News | Be the First to Comment

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12,091 assists and 1,391 games later, former Maverick Jason Kidd has announced his retirement according to the Public Relations twitter feed of the New York Knicks.

His retirement ends a 19 year playing career spanning stints with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks. Drafted by the Mavericks second over all in the 1994 draft out of the University of California, Kidd’s career spanned two generations of NBA players. Kidd appeared on 10 all star games, five All-NBA first teams, nine All-NBA defense teams, had three final appearances, and won two gold medals to go along with his 2011 Championship ring.

After a three year stint in Dallas to start his career, Kidd rejoined Dallas during the 2008 season. Kidd was key to the 2011 title team, orchestrating the offense and hitting just enough outside shots to keep opposing defenses honest. When his contract ended the summer of 2012, Kidd had a handshake deal in place with owner Mark Cuban before changing his mind and opting to sign a three year deal with the New York Knicks. Prior to his move to the Knicks, there had been some talk of his joining the Dallas front office after his retirement.

Kidd’s retirement does come as a bit of a surprise, considering he had long vocalized his desire to play 20 full years in the NBA. However, he failed to score a single point in his final 10 games with the Knicks. His effectiveness declined rapidly as the season progressed.

Kidd retires 2nd all time in assists, 3rd in three point field goals, second in steals and is a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate. We here at the Two Man Game are sorry to see him go, but thank him for his contributions to Maverick basketball history.

You Never Know

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 4, 2013 under Commentary, News | Read the First Comment

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ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon reported prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would be willing to give Baylor women’s superstar Brittney Griner the opportunity to have a chance to play in the NBA.

“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”

Griner replied with a positive response to the possibility. “I would hold my own! Lets do it.” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night in response to Cuban.

Brittney Griner finished her spectacular career second all-time in scoring, and her 748 blocks are the most in men’s or women’s college basketball. With 3,283 career points, Griner finished with the second-highest point total in Women’s NCAA Division I history (Jackie Stiles – 3,393 points). In his initial comment about Griner, Cuban said that if they don’t plan on using a second round draft pick on Griner, the Mavericks certainly wouldn’t be opposed to giving her an opportunity to join the team’s Las Vegas summer league roster.

The idea or notion of Griner being affiliated with the NBA was met with some obvious resistance, on multiple levels. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma called Cuban a financial genius, but “his genius would take a huge hit if he drafted Brittney Griner.”

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The Race is On

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 1, 2013 under News | Read the First Comment

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After playing in the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center for the last six games, the Dallas Mavericks embark on a do or die road trip that will have them going to play the Lakers, Nuggets, Kings and Trail Blazers. Dallas is one-and-a-half games back of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers from the 8th spot in the West. The Lakers have the same record as the Jazz, but the Jazz have the tiebreaker over the Lakers so they currently hold the final spot. “There’s no need to overstate the obvious,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said before the team departed to Los Angeles. “We need to win every game we can game. This is a challenge you have to look forward to.”

Dallas is once again one game away from reaching .500. They’re in the thick – as thick as Dirk’s beard – of the race for the 8th seed and trying to become only third team since 1989 (Both the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in 1997) to make playoffs after being 10 games or more under .500. “We’re trying to be the greatest comeback since Lazarus,” Carlisle said. “Really, that’s what we’re trying to do.” At the end of the nine games, they’ll see where they stand. The first game will be against the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the season, if you told people that the Mavs would be in a chase with the Lakers for a seed, many would think it would be for the 2nd or 3rd seed in the conference. Unfortunately for both, they’re both scratching and clawing just to get in.

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NBA Issues Statement Over Incorrect Charge Call

Posted by Kirk Henderson on January 30, 2013 under News | Be the First to Comment

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The NBA issued a statement Wednesday afternoon with regards to a number of calls from the Tuesday night slate of games. Second on the list was an admission that the charge committed by O.J. Mayo in the 106-104 loss to the Blazers was, in fact, a block.

With 1.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks-Portland Trail Blazers game on January 29, officials called a charging foul on Dallas’ OJ Mayo. After review at the league office, the video replay confirmed the play should have been ruled a blocking foul as Portland’s Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion. Mayo should have been granted two free throws.

The video can be viewed here. Two free throws would have given Dallas a chance to take the lead after LaMarcus Aldridge had tied the game on the previous possession 104-104. Obviously a frustrating admission, since a loss last night means the Mavs have a very small likelihood of making the playoffs.

However, compare this sort of thing to the league Mark Cuban joined in 1999. This sort of admission would not have happened. It’s progress, maybe not the progress Mavs fans would like to see (such as the correct call being made at the time), but its progress nonetheless.

Kirk is a member of the Two Man Game family. Follow him on Twitter @KirkSeriousFace for ranting about Dallas basketball, TV, movies, video games, and his dog

Parting Gifts

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 22, 2012 under Commentary, News | 3 Comments to Read

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The Derek Fisher has ended. Marc Stein of ESPN.com broke the story that the Mavericks agreed to release Fisher at his request. Fisher averaged 8.6 points, 3.6 assists and 25.4 minutes in nine games (all starts) for Dallas this season. What’s intriguing is the fact that, according to sources, the move to let Fisher go had actually been in the works for a few days, but the Mavericks asked Fisher to stay with the team until another point guard could be secured. Fisher agreed to stay, but ultimately got injured in the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Does agreeing to let Fisher go mean that another point guard is in the mix or the Mavericks have finally seen enough of Dominique Jones and/or Darren Collison to no longer need a security blanket like Fisher go.

Here were part of Fisher’s comments on the first day he arrived in Dallas: “This is not a pit stop. This is not kind of the final whatever before I decide to retire soon. I’m here to give everything I have to help this team right now and continue to build as we go through this season.”

In a statement he issued, he said:

With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.

“(Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks’ team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity.

“I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however for now my family and being close to them remains the priority.”

Stein also reports that sources indicate that the Mavericks will call up Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Frisco-based Texas Legends to replace Fisher and take up the 15th spot on the roster. What does this all mean?

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Say Hello to the New Guy

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 3, 2012 under News | Be the First to Comment

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Troy Murphy arrived in Dallas and participated in the team’s morning shootaround as they prepared for their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. Murphy took the place of Eddy Curry on the 15-man roster. Curry was waived after playing in the first two regular season games for Dallas. Curry averaged 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.5 minutes.

After coming into town last week for workouts and participating in the team’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle has liked what he’s seen out of his former player. “He looks good. He’s got an idea of what we’re doing,” Carlisle said of Murphy. “It’ll take him a while to get in great shape, but he’s always in good shape. He’ll get ready to play really quick.” Murphy is a familiar player to Carlisle and assistant coach Jim O’Brien and that went a long way in bringing him on board with the Mavericks. “That’s the reason we got him,” Carlisle said. “He’s familiar with what we’re doing. He can rebound and he can shoot the ball. Those are things that are valuable things for us.”

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