Dallas Mavericks bound for off-season makeover?

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From winning the NBA Championship to barely squeaking into the Western Conference Playoffs and being swept out of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder; it was a drastic drop-off for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.  For the first time in quite a while, the Mavs enter the off-season with some cap flexibility and could be due for a roster makeover.

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NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant is a “closer”

Kevin Durant

I have said this many times and will continue to say it until people realize it: Kevin Durant is the best BASKETBALL player on this planet. Not only is he 6’10, long, and lanky, but he can score, rebound, take over and close games. There is a big difference between him and 3-time MVP LeBron James: Durant lives in the gym. There is no denying James’ talent, but I am taking a gym-rat over a gifted-athlete ten times out of ten.

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The Importance of a Playmaker in the NBA

Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker

The game of basketball is a lot easier if you have a player like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, or Kobe Bryant. But having a superstar on your team doesn’t always guarantee you success. Every team that is a favorite to make it to the NBA Finals has a playmaker or two, who they wouldn’t trade for anyone in the world.

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NBA Playoffs: Harden, Thunder sweep Mavs

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Who would have thought it would have been this easy to sweep the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. The Oklahoma City Thunder made it look easy on Saturday. One player, in particular, had a big hand in the Thunder’s victory. [Read more…]

NBA Playoffs: Mavs, Knicks on brink of elimination

Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony

Two playoff series might be over come Saturday and Sunday. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat have taken 3-0 series leads. Can their opponents battle back or will the Thunder and Heat put them bed?

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NBA Playoff Predictions: Who wins it all?

Kevin Durant and LeBron James

The regular season is over and it’s time to make that money. Can LeBron James finally capture his first NBA championship? Do the Lakers have enough to compete in the West? What about the Griz? Spurs? How about the Bulls in East? Is D-Rose healthy? Check it out! In 1,000 words or less, I give my playoff predictions and pick the NBA champion. Let’s go!

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: more fan than owner

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Most NBA owners are your typical everyday-businessmen, usually very conservative with their money, but yet they sip on $5 coffees from Starbucks six days out of the week. They also sit in a luxury box during home games and occasionally will make the trip to away games. They are laid-back at games, rarely showing any emotion almost stoic, acting like they don’t care whether or not their team wins or loses. Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is not like most owners.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that Cuban is the most interactive, hands-on owner in all of sports. [Read more…]

Khloe Kardashian beau Lamar Odom assigned to D-League

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Lamar Odom was once a major part of the front line for the Los Angeles Lakers, arguably the premier franchise in the NBA. However that appears to be a long time ago. Just minutes ago the Dallas Mavericks have officially announced the assignment Lamar Odom to the D-League‘s Texas Legends.

Sorry Khloe Kardashian.

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Tom Brady, Dirk Nowitzki Named to Top 49 Most Influential List

Think you have juice like Tropicana? These 49 guys have more juice than an entire grove.

AskMen.com published their sixth annual Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011 list today.  More than 200,000 readers voted- leading to some unexpected results.

NFL Player and University of Michigan alum Tom Brady (New England Patriots) is #42, the only NFL player to make the list. Notably missing from last year’s Top 49 is Drew Brees. The Purdue grad who ranked in at No. 6. I’m surprised that Brady is so low; especially when you consider how every media personality feels the need to mention how awesome is life is every time they mention his name.

And it’s true- not every one of guys gets the chance to be obscenely wealthy, ridiculously famous, good looking, in perfect physical health and married to a supermodel. So really #42, that’s it?

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Indiana Pacers Finally Hire Frank Vogel; Now What?

The Indiana Pacers finally made the long-expected hire of Frank Vogel as head coach official Wednesday.

Vogel and Pacers President Larry Bird addressed the media, each saying he felt good about the direction of the franchise going forward.

While I tend to agree — especially knowing that revered NBA assistant coach Brian Shaw will come aboard as Vogel’s associate head coach — I can’t help but question Bird’s motives in waiting this long, not to mention wonder what further complications the NBA lockout will beckon for this young Pacers team.

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Why Mark Cuban Went Silent In The NBA Finals

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After the Dallas Mavericks had just beaten the Miami Heat in Game 6 to capture their first NBA title in franchise history, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was asked why he was uncharacteristically quiet throughout the series.

“It doesn’t matter now,” Cuban scoffed, walking away from the microphone to celebrate with his team.

And Cuban was right, the Mavericks had avenged their 2006 Finals loss to the Heat, and – thanks in part to Cuban biting his tongue, for once – the NBA can continue moving right along without anyone bringing up officiating scandals of years past.

But if you want the story behind why Cuban was silent during the series, look no further than Page 82 of former NBA official Tim Donaghy’s book “Personal Foul,” where the disgraced referee wrote candidly about the 2006 Finals where Dallas played “five against eight” and had “an uphill battle” against three biased referees.

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Dallas Mavericks 112, Miami Heat 103 Game 5: Taking my Talents to Wurzburg

CENTURY MARK in this finals! Finally a game with a real legit NBA final score. Yes, this was by far the best game to watch of the series, and one of the best Finals games in a long while. This lived up to all the hype! And I loved it because America’s Non-Team lost. Everyone I follow on Twitter seems to be Dallas Mavericks fans, but they’re actually just anyone-who’s-playing-the Miami Heat fans.

-Two points for Lebron James in the 4th quarter? Again a no-show in the final stanza! a decisive swing game five in the NBA Finals, the biggest stage, and this is what you get? He has eleven total points in the 4th quarter of this series’ 5 games 11! SERIOUSLY. Best player in the league MY ASS! And as for the Lebron-MJ comparisons…see graphic above.

By Paul M. Banks