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: 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…]

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.

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L.A. Dodgers Finally Sold; McCourt and MLB still in Big Mess (Video)

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold! For over $1 billion! Cue up the Dr. Evil voice. Boss Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball (MLB) settled on a court-supervised auction of the bankrupt franchise. The L.A. Dodgers ballpark, Dodger Stadium ballpark, land rights and television rights could all be included in the potential package of goods sold.

After the jump check out NMA’s hilarious animated video on the topic.

And here’s our list of the top 5 candidates to own the L.A. Dodgers.

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Mark Cuban’s NBA Lockout Mouthpiece: Colbert SUPER Pac?

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It’s about time we had some non-dreary and depressing NBA lockout news. Actually this is fun, comedic lockout news.

NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a gag order on the labor situation. As you know, Michael Jordan broke that rule and was fined $100,000. The gag order prohibits Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly discussing any aspect of the NBA labor situation.

However, unaffiliated third parties can say whatever they want. And an “anonymous donor” inspired Stephen Colbert to release an ad detailing a solution to the league labor crisis on the Colbert Report. While we can’t say whether that anonymous donor is or isn’t Cuban, the video (which you can watch after the jump) tells us to draw a straight line to the owner of the Blog Maverick URL.

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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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We can Officially End the Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan Debate

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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Lebron James Failed: we are all Cleveland Cavaliers today (or so it seems)

Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This notoriously untranslatable German word is used as a loanword in English, and it perfectly encapsulates what American NBA fans feel today after the Dallas Mavericks denied the Miami Heat the league title.

I guess it’s fitting the Finals MVP (Dirk Nowitzki) who did them in was a native of Wurzburg, Germany.

Schadenfreude is running rampant as the rest of the nation picks up the Cleveland vibe of laughing at Lebron James and celebrating his failure. After the final buzzer sounded, “Lebron James Fail” and “Miami Heat Fail” were quickly trending in the search engines.

And there’s plenty of good reason. Winning 58 games and the Eastern Conference title (as James and the Heat did) is a very successful season. But given all the world-must-revolve-around-me hoopla and preseason braggadocio leading into this season- anything short of winning it all in Miami=epic failure.

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Dallas Mavericks 105, Miami Heat 95, Game 6: Dirk, Mavs Uber Alles

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Well, I guess we know who took the “talent vs. team” argument. It’s hard not to bring up “The Decision” and the utterly stupid Miami Heat what should have been a press conference but instead became an absurdly pre-emptive and arrogant pseudo-championship rally. It’s not Key Lime, but instead humble pie that’s being served in south Florida right now.

Wade at that rally: “arguably the greatest trio to ever play basketball together.”

My response to Dwyane, to quote Barack Obama describing Kanye West after the Taylor Swift VMA incident: “well, he’s a jackass.”

-Yes Dirk Nowitzki, the pride of Wurzbrug Germany, had a HORRIBLE shooting game, but he made some key buckets down the stretch. Did you see that Lebron? A former MVP EXCELLING in crunch time, not shrinking from it.

-17 years, and Jason Kidd finally gets his title. He’s walking lesson for you youngsters out there in perseverance and dedication.

By Paul M. Banks

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Lakers vs. Mavericks: NBA Playoff Series Preview

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The last time these two teams squared off against one another, four players were ejected.

With the Lakers holding a comfortable 90-73 lead in the fourth quarter, Steve Blake drove to the basket, past the cement-shoed Jason Terry, who, being beat, pushed Blake in the back to the hardwood.

Tempers flared, testosterone levels quickly rose, and a chest-bumping match quickly ensued between Blake and Terry.

As Jack Nicholson looked on through purple lenses, the confrontation escalated. Skinny Artest, also known as Matt Barnes, came to Blake’s aid, charging after Terry like a pissed off Spanish bull, nostrils flaring. Brendan Haywood met Barnes, pointing his finger at him as Barnes walked the sidelines of the Mavericks bench when Mavericks assistant coach, Terry Stotts, attempted to calm Barnes, and was slung to the ground. An oval mouthed Mark Cuban cried all the while in the background behind the Mavericks bench.
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Dallas Mavericks Need Jason Terry to Step Up in Playoffs

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It’s officially playoff time in the 2011 NBA, as the Dallas Mavericks’ sixth man, Jason Terry, is aware his production in the postseason will be a vital role.

The Mavericks clinched the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and are set to face the Portland Trail Blazers when Game 1 of the first round tips off Saturday night. Dallas potentially could have had the No. 2 seed, but the Lakers embraced it after beating the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night in overtime.

Forward Shawn Marion said these games are a team effort and not only about one player, but Terry will need to be himself.

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