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Dirk Says Goodbye to the Man Who Created ‘I SEE YOU, BIG GERMAN’

Kobe Bryant first uttered my favorite sentence to yell-type near the end of a late-season Sunday afternoon duel at Staples Center not long after Jason Kidd was traded back to the Mavs. I was hoping they’d get to go at it again, but this moment, which Mike referenced earlier this morning, was the next best thing. I am going to miss this. I wish Kobe would coach if only because I want and need him to be involved in the game somehow.

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Leading Off (12/7/15)

Tiny Crowd Turns Out To Support Small-Minded Irving Mayor. It could be worse. Irving could still have the Cowboys.

Police Arrest Two Suspects In Early Morning Robbery At Gunpoint In Oak Lawn. It’s been a rough few months in the Oak Lawn area, with at least a dozen unsolved burglaries and attacks, so this was a bit of good news. The suspects haven’t been tied to any of the previous crimes, at least for now, and police plan to keep up additional patrols. Could be worse. Oak Lawn could get annexed by Irving.

Two More Earthquakes Over the Weekend. A 2.1 on Saturday and a 2.8 on Sunday. Guess where? Come on. Guess. I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with “Irving.”

Wes Matthews Ties Mavs Record With 10 3-Pointers. His big second half — he made eight 3s as part of his 28 points in the third and fourth quarters — fueled the team’s win against the Wizards. You know where they struggle with their outside shots? Irving.

Leading Off (10/29/15)

Dallas to spend $3 million so Trinity Groves concrete plant moves. The Argos Ready Mix facility at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will move further into West Dallas near Thomas Edison Middle School. The city of Dallas is helping pay for that move to the tune of $3 million at the behest of Trinity Groves owners, who want to build the existing plant area up. Some West Dallas residents are skeptical at the thought of dust emission, while others say it will help the community. City council approved the subsidy for Argos yesterday.

Retail program that helps people advance to higher-paying jobs coming to Dallas. The pilot program will help entry-level retail workers move up in their industry. Because turnover rates are so high in retail, it can be difficult to secure a promotion. Innovate+Educate is the nonprofit leading the program and chose Dallas due to its large retail presence and job openings. The program is set to start early next year.

Female prisoner escapes from Parkland Memorial Hospital. 47-year-old Anna Cardella escaped from sheriff’s deputies at Parkland yesterday morning, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. She was being held on drug-possession charges and driving with a suspended license. She was being kept in the airborne isolation unit, although deputies wouldn’t say why due to federal privacy laws. She was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans when she escaped.

Mavericks come out swinging in opening game. Last night, the Dallas Mavs smoked the Phoenix Suns, 111-95, with eight players in double figures. After an iffy offseason, this is a solid start to the 2015-16 season. Take that, Chandler.

Dirk Now No. 7 On NBA’s All-Time Scoring List

Last night, in an overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets, Dirk Nowitzki passed Moses Malone to move into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, after passing Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes earlier in the season. He overtook Malone on a shot that actually mattered, a three-point dagger that closed the door on the Nets.

To put Nowitzki’s achievement into perspective, here is Mavs broadcaster Mark Followill:

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Sources: Mavs CEO Terdema Ussery Finalist for NBA Players Union Job

Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery is a finalist for the National Basketball Players Association executive director position, according to reports. Ussery is up against trial attorney Michele Roberts and Information Technology Industry Council CEO Dean Garfield. The players are expected to vote this afternoon.

The spot was vacated by Billy Hunter, who was fired in 2013.

Ussery was the subject of our July issue’s city column and a 2011 D CEO feature.

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Chandler Parsons: A Brief Primer

As you no doubt have heard, unless you skipped Leading Off and/or avoided pretty much every other local media outlet, Chandler Parsons is now officially on the Mavericks. To get you up to speed: here is some context of how it all went down. Here is what coach Rick Carlisle thinks about Parsons’ potential. Here is an example of what the women on my Twitter timeline think about the signing for non-basketball reasons. Also: I wish Parsons would not wear No. 25 with the Mavs, because it reminds of the last/only other time they actually signed a free agent, Erick “Panhands” Dampier.

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A Message To Dwyane Wade From Zac Crain, Mavs Fan

AH HAHAHA AHHHHHHHHH HAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OHHHHHHHH, MAAAAAAN. You opted out of HOW MUCH? AND LEBRON TOTALLY PUMP-FAKED YOU? AND BOSH IS PROBABLY GOING TO LEAVE, TOO? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! [grabs sides, takes deep breath] HAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH [starts coughing] HAHAHAHAHAHAHA OOOOOOOOOOOOOH MAAAAAAAN! WOW! [tries to regain composure] Wow. Man, fella, you must be hurting, you know, um, to — haha — to have — HAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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A Blatantly Biased But, I Think, Mostly Clear-Eyed 2013-14 Dallas Mavericks Season Preview

If you’ve been too busy watching the Dallas Cowboys fall apart after watching the Texas Rangers gall apart, guess what? THE NBA IS BACK TODAY. Your Dallas Mavericks don’t start until tomorrow, against the Atlanta Hawks, but there is no reason to wait. Here is what you need to know going into this season:

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Leading Off (9/30/13)

Atlantic Dubs Ted Cruz Leader of a “Third Party:” For some reason, reading about Ted Cruz’s unofficial third party, loosely defined as those members of Congress who would rather see the government shut down (today?) than approve funding for Obamacare, just makes me think of this. Mark Cuban Heads To Court Today for SEC Trial: […]

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Leading Off (6/17/13)

Kingston and Callahan Win Dallas City Council Runoffs: Philip Kingston and Rick Callahan won their runoff campaigns this past Saturday. Kingston was the choice of outgoing council member Angela Hunt for her seat. Callahan becomes the representative for Pleasant Grove. With the victories, the Hispanic representation on the city council drops from three to two. […]

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