Recalling a More Exciting NBA Trade Deadline

I woke up this morning to the news that the NBA trade deadline had passed without the Mavericks making a move. This immediately took my still-sleepy brain a dozen years into the past, to a more memorable trade deadline.

In February 2002 — during the Mavs’ first season in the American Airlines Center, and their first without their cowboy hat logo — the team acquired Nick Van Exel, Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul Wahad from the Nuggets. The first game featuring these new players was a home tilt on a Saturday afternoon against Chris Webber and the Kings. Both teams were at the top of their respective divisions, so the game was a pretty big deal — a war of leaders, if you will.

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What Makes the Texas Rangers Mascot so Creepy

Prompted by yesterday’s introduction of the Chicago Cubs new pants-less mascot, Grant Brisbee over at SB Nation decided to declare the five creepiest mascots in Major League Baseball. The Texas Rangers’ horse-man, Captain, made the list, and Brisbee summed up well just what’s so wrong about this abomination that roams the ballpark:

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Lamar Odom Doesn’t Feel Guilty At All About His Time With the Mavericks

Lamar Odom returned to Dallas last night for the first time since his unremarkable, nay, crapmessy season with the Mavericks. ESPN Dallas caught up with Odom to ask him about his time in Dallas. Quick reminder: came to the team out of shape, shot 35 percent for the season, sweated heavily despite little effort, left the […]

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Former Maverick Adrian Dantley Is Now a Crossing Guard in Suburban Washington

From Deadspin: The greatest 6-foot-5 post player in the history of the NBA now pulls morning and afternoon shifts at a busy intersection outside Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Md. The job, which he took at the beginning of this school year, earns him $14,685.50 a year, according to Montgomery County civil service records. “He […]

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Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle Tells Reporters to ‘Go F— Yourselves’

From this morning’s media scrum: Carlisle: “I’m tired of hearing about 19 starting lineups being a lot. I had 31 one year, so you guys can all go f— yourselves.” — Ross Witte (@RJWitt1041) March 8, 2013 RT @eks_mavsnba: Carlisle: “…and I mean that in the most endearing way.” — Ross Witte (@RJWitt1041) March 8, […]

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Cuban: ‘Owning a Team Is Unlike Owning Any Other Business’

Professional sports teams exist to make money. Secondarily, they exist to give a community something to rally around, something to cherish. Mark Cuban understands that probably better than most owners, and that’s why he’s always getting fined and yelled at and has Shark Tank. This morning, Cuban shared the more emotional side of being an […]

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Texas Legends Trying to Lure Allen Iverson

From ESPN’s Marc Stein: Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed […]

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