• Our takeaways from preseason include KP’s revival, Luka’s assist potential

    Our takeaways from preseason include KP’s revival, Luka’s assist potential
    Preseason is over, something for which all NBA players are grateful.
    The record doesn’t matter, even if it was 4-0 for the Mavericks.
    What does matter is what we gleaned from the three weeks that have passed since training camp opened. Here’s our six pack of observations of what we’ve learned about the Jason Kidd-led Mavericks heading into Thursday’s regular-season opener at Atlanta.
    Kristaps Porzingis looks reborn: Just as importantly, he sounds reborn. It was clear that
  • Mavericks add two familiar faces, then waive them

    Mavericks add two familiar faces, then waive them
    The Mavericks announced two signings late Friday night. On Saturday, they cut both Justin Jackson and E.J. Onu.
    The moves were done strictly to fortify the Texas Legends’ roster. If Jackson or Onu don’t get an NBA contract before the Legends open training camp on Oct. 25, they at least will have a basketball home.
    Below are the two releases.
     
    MAVERICKS SIGN JUSTIN JACKSON AND E.J. ONU
     
    DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Justi
  • Mavericks add two familiar faces

    Mavericks add two familiar faces
    The Mavericks announced two signings late Friday night. It remains to be seen if either Justin Jackson or E.J. Onu will join the team, be part of other moves or perhaps play in the G-League. Clarity could come Saturday. Below is the official release.
     
    MAVERICKS SIGN JUSTIN JACKSON AND E.J. ONU
     
    DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Justin Jackson and forward E.J. Onu. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
    Jackson (6-8, 220
  • Mavericks cap 4-0 preseason with win over Bucks

    Mavericks cap 4-0 preseason with win over Bucks
    NBA coaches have one mission in the last preseason game each year.
    Keep your heavy lifters healthy. No sprains, strains or migraines.
    Jason Kidd did his part to make sure of all that by sitting his three best players in the preseason finale Friday night.
    But the lack of star power didn’t change anything for the Mavericks, who continued to rip through the preseason with a 114-103 victory over the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
    The win puts a cap on the 4-0 preseason. It’s the
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  • Mavericks cap 4-0 preseason by dispatching Bucks

    Mavericks cap 4-0 preseason by dispatching Bucks
    Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority in the preseason.
    That alone has made the Mavericks’ training camp and exhibition games an unqualified success.
    The fact that they went 4-0 doesn’t hurt, either.
    They sat their three best players on Friday in the preseason finale at Milwaukee. But that didn’t change a thing for the Mavericks, who finished their charge through the warm-up games with a 114-103 victory over the defending NBA champion Bucks.
    The win puts a cap on the 4-0 presea
  • Kidd happy for the success Milwaukee has enjoyed

    Kidd happy for the success Milwaukee has enjoyed
    Jason Kidd wasn’t with Milwaukee when the Bucks captured the NBA title last season. But he did help groom two of the team’s marquee players who helped the Bucks win their first championship in 50 years.
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were each in their second season when Kidd took over as the Bucks’ coach in 2014. Kidd coached the Bucks through 2017-18 before management decided to go in another direction.
    Still, Kidd harbors no ill-will toward the Bucks’ manage
  • Jason Kidd happy for the success the Bucks have been enjoying

    Jason Kidd happy for the success the Bucks have been enjoying
    Jason Kidd wasn’t with Milwaukee when the Bucks captured the NBA title last season. But he did help groom two of the team’s two marquee players who helped the Bucks win their first championship in 50 years.
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were each in their second season when Kidd took over as the Bucks’ coach in 2014. Kidd coached the Bucks through the 2017-’18 season before management decided to go in another direction.
    Still, Kidd harbors no ill-will towards
  • Embracing Change, the Mavs Are Excited About Jason Kidd

    Embracing Change, the Mavs Are Excited About Jason Kidd
    Thirteen years is a long time.
    It’s longer than three presidential terms in the United States. It’s longer than the time it takes to go from first grade through high school graduation. If Doc Brown took us back 13 years from today, we would land in 2008.
    2008 was the year that the first Iron Man hit theaters. It was two years before the first iPad hit the shelves and three years before William and Kate had their royal wedding. It was before the “Harlem Shake” and the last
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  • Mavs delivering knockout punches on defense

    Mavs delivering knockout punches on defense
    That rock-’em, sock-’em defense the Dallas Mavericks played during Wednesday’s 127-59 thumping of the Charlotte Hornets wasn’t overlooked by the players and the coaching staff.
    The Mavs smothered the Hornets, limiting them to 27.4 percent shooting from the field and a paltry 15.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. It was, to use a boxing terminology, a first-round technical knockout.
    And the Mavs will be looking for more (defensive) knockouts when they end preseason pla
  • Mavs busy delivering knockout punches on defense

    Mavs busy delivering knockout punches on defense
    That rock ‘em, sock ‘em defense the Dallas Mavericks played during Wednesday’s 127-59 thumping of the Charlotte Hornets wasn’t overlooked by the players and the coaching staff.
    The Mavs totally smothered the Hornets, limiting them to 27.4 percent shooting from the field and a paltry 15.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. It was, to use a boxing terminology, a first-round technical knockout by the Mavs.
    And the Mavs will be looking for more (defensive) knockouts when th
  • Mavs-Bucks preview: Trying to close out a perfect preseason

    Mavs-Bucks preview: Trying to close out a perfect preseason
    MAVERICKS (3-0) at MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1-3)
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Place: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
    TV: Bally Sports Southwest.
    Radio: The Eagle 97.1 FM; Univision 1270 AM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: They will wrap up the preseason against the defending NBA champions and they can only hope that when the regular season opens next week, they have this much success. They will try to close out an undefeated preseason, although they will revert to 0-0 the moment the final buzzer sounds . . . They are coming off
  • Highlights or goof-ups? Doesn’t matter as ‘great vibe’ grips Mavericks

    Highlights or goof-ups? Doesn’t matter as ‘great vibe’ grips Mavericks
    Unbridled enthusiasm in the preseason is nothing new.
    Teams have it. Fans have it – at least until the first losing streak tests their loyalty and resolve.
    Passion has been on display in surplus for the Mavericks through training camp. It even manifested itself during a 68-point exhibition blowout victory Wednesday at Charlotte.
    With less than two minutes to play in a long-since-decided game, Moses Brown took a lob pass from rookie guard Carlik Jones and threw down the one-handed dunk with
  • Betway secures official partnership with the Dallas Mavericks

    Betway secures official partnership with the Dallas Mavericks
    October 14, 2021: The Dallas Mavericks and Betway, the leading global online betting and gaming brand, announced a multi-year partnership, naming Betway as the Official and Exclusive Free to Play Partner of the Dallas Mavericks. Securing lucrative branding rights, the company’s internationally recognized branding will be shown around the court at American Airlines Center.
    This announcement follows Betway’s partnership with five other NBA franchises earlier in the year, demonstrating
  • Hardaway, Porzingis lead Mavs to easy 127-59 win over Hornets

    In what was characterized as their dress rehearsal game, the Dallas Mavericks completely undressed the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night in a preseason game at the Spectrum Center.
    Tm Hardaway Jr. tallied 20 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 17 points and seven rebounds as the Mavs completely obliterated the Hornets, winning, 127-59, to run their record to a perfect 3-0. The Mavs will finish preseason play on Friday night in Milwaukee against the defending world champion Bucks.
    Following th
  • ‘It’s crazy’ that only one year has passed since Lakers (and Kidd) won it all

    ‘It’s crazy’ that only one year has passed since Lakers (and Kidd) won it all
    Time flies, except when it doesn’t.
    Like the past year that has crawled for everybody.
    Consider that the Los Angeles Lakers, with Jason Kidd as an assistant coach, won the NBA championship in the Orlando bubble one year ago – plus a couple days – Oct. 11, 2020.
    That 2019-20 season was disjointed thanks to COVID-19. Then the 2020-21 season started with training camp less than two months later.
    Now, the league next week will start its third season in less than 13 months.
    “I
  • Osadía Tequila Named Official Partner of the Dallas Mavericks

    DALLAS (Oct. 13, 2021) – What are three things that Texans can’t get enough of? Easy … sports, local pride and premium tequila. When you put the three together, it’s a guaranteed good time, which is exactly why Dallas-based Osadía Tequila is proud to be the official partner of its hometown team – the Dallas Mavericks!
    As an official partner, the upscale tequila brand is set to open its very own Osadía Club in American Airlines Center on Oct. 22 and it
  • Preview: Doncic, Porzingis will play both halves against Hornets

    Preview: Doncic, Porzingis will play both halves against Hornets
    PREVIEW
    MAVS (2-0) AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS (1-2)
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: Spectrum Center, Charlotte
    TV: BSSW, ESPN
    Radio: The Eagle, 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: Coach Jason Kidd said he’ll probably only play 11 players tonight. And he added that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis “will play starter minutes in that sense of getting them to touch the fourth quarter. Pretty much everybody (that plays) is going to touch the fourth quarter. And then we’ll s
  • Preview: Doncic and Porzingis will play both halves against Hornets

    Preview: Doncic and Porzingis will play both halves against Hornets
    PREVIEW
    MAVS (2-0) AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS (1-2)
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Place: Spectrum Center, Charlotte
    TV: BSSW, ESPN
    Radio: The Eagle, 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: After tonight’s game, the Mavs will finish preseason competition on Friday in Milwaukee against the defending NBA champions. . .The Mavs open the regular season on Oct. 21 in a nationally televised game (TNT) in Atlanta. . .Coach Jason Kidd said he’ll probably only play 11 players tonight. And he add
  • Jason Kidd: Teams that best handle covid-19 will find ways to win

    Jason Kidd: Teams that best handle covid-19 will find ways to win
    Before the Dallas Mavericks left town on Tuesday to fly to Charlotte in preparations for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Hornets, coach Jason Kidd was asked about the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
    “We’ll follow the NBA protocols,” Kidd said. “For example, tonight when we get into Charlotte the guys will have a team dinner, which is cool, and then we’ll go from there.
    “And then when we get to Milwaukee (where the Mavs play on Fr
  • Kidd will never forget being Jordan’s teammate, if only for one night

    Kidd will never forget being Jordan’s teammate, if only for one night
    Jason Kidd has been around forever, but not so long that he can’t remember his first run-in with Michael Jordan.
    Actually, it wasn’t a run-in at all.
    They were teammates.
    The Mavericks resume preseason action Wednesday at Charlotte against the Hornets, owned primarily by Jordan. So Kidd was asked for a story that was suitable for print and it didn’t take long for him to come up with the first time he and Jordan played in a game.
    “One of the best stories that I can share i
  • Even with the deck stacked against him, Omoruyi knows he belongs in the NBA

    Even with the deck stacked against him, Omoruyi knows he belongs in the NBA
    As the NBA Draft was fast approaching this summer, Eugene Omoruyi knew the deck was stacked against him.
    No NBA general managers, player personnel directors or coaches were lining up at his doorsteps or blowing up his cell phone. It was, as they say, crickets.
    So knowing what he knew, Omoruyi devised a scheme to sway the attention in his direction. And it apparently worked.
    “The biggest thing that we learned when he came in for his summer workout and the short conversation that I had with
  • Even with the deck stacked against him, Omoruyi knew he belongs in the NBA

    Even with the deck stacked against him, Omoruyi knew he belongs in the NBA
    As the NBA Draft was fast approaching this past summer, Eugene Omoruyi knew the deck was stacked against him.
    No NBA general managers, player personnel directors or coaches were lining up at his doorsteps or blowing up his cell phone. It was, as they say, crickets.
    So knowing what he knew, Omoruyi devised a scheme to sway the attention in his direction. And it apparently worked.
    “The biggest thing that we learned when he came in for his summer workout and the short conversation that I had
  • Progress on defensive makeover? Check back at Christmas, Kidd says

    Progress on defensive makeover? Check back at Christmas, Kidd says
    In 10 days, the Mavericks will play a game that counts in the standings.
    For the players, it can’t get here fast enough.
    For the coaching staff, plenty of work needs to be done before they take the floor against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 21.
    Jason Kidd said that while he likes what he’s seen through the first half of training camp and the first two preseason games, exhibitions Wednesday at Charlotte and Friday at Milwaukee will provide good opportunities to hone the edge on a couple
  • Change in shooting stroke has been advantageous for Finney-Smith

    Change in shooting stroke has been advantageous for Finney-Smith
    A change in his shooting stroke has made a world of difference for Dallas Mavericks small forward Dorian Finney-Smith.
    Undrafted in 2016 out of Florida, Finney-Smith entered the NBA as an immaculate defender with not exactly a penchant for putting the ball in the hole. Some of his offensive drudgery was due to the hitch in his shooting stroke.
    But with constant work in changing his quirky release over his first four NBA offseasons, last year Finney-Smith shot a career-high 47.2 percent from the
  • Maverick briefs: Kidd clarifies the 3-point shooting

    Maverick briefs: Kidd clarifies the 3-point shooting
    The Mavericks are to the point in preseason that the legs are starting to feel the burn.
    They will get a chance to recharge with a rest day on Sunday, but coach Jason Kidd said Saturday that the things he’s seen so far are almost exactly what he was expecting.
    And that includes the 3-point shooting, which has been lukewarm at best against Utah and downright chilly against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
    Kidd made it clear on Saturday that the 3-pointer is not going to dry up for the Ma
  • Maverick briefs: Kidd clarifies that 3-point shooting won’t disappear

    Maverick briefs: Kidd clarifies that 3-point shooting won’t disappear
    The Mavericks are to the point in preseason that the legs are starting to feel the burn.
    They will get a chance to recharge with a rest day on Sunday, but coach Jason Kidd said Saturday that the things he’s seen so far are almost exactly what he was expecting.
    And that includes the 3-point shooting, which has been lukewarm at best against Utah and downright chilly against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
    Kidd made it clear on Saturday that the 3-pointer is not going to dry up for the Ma
  • Igor Kokoskov has an incredible basketball mind

    Igor Kokoskov has an incredible basketball mind
    One of the reasons the Dallas Mavericks hired Igor Kokoskov this past summer to be an assistant coach on Jason Kidd’s staff is because of his close relationship with Luka Doncic.
    And also because of his incredible basketball mind.
    Kokoskov was the head coach of the Slovenia men’s national team that won EuroBasket in 2017. That’s the same team that Doncic starred on before he joined the Mavericks and became one of the NBA’s brightest stars.
    “When you talk about Igor,
  • Takeaways from win over Clippers: Some good news, some not so good

    Takeaways from win over Clippers: Some good news, some not so good
    Here’s our takeaways from Friday’s 122-114 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Welcomed sight: Kristaps Porzingis would never base much off of his play in the preseason, so we shouldn’t, either. But the show he put on defensively in the first half against the Clippers was no less than impressive. He had three rejections and a pair of steals. That set him up for 15 points in 19 first-half minutes and staked the Mavericks to a 60-56 lead. Porzingis is going to produc
  • Porzingis revs up defensive vigor in preseason win over Clippers

    Porzingis revs up defensive vigor in preseason win over Clippers
    All the talk about Kristaps Porzingis’ improved mental and physical health coming into this season appears to be spot-on.
    Based on Friday’s showing, the zest with which Porzingis is approaching the preseason is something we’ve not seen in Dallas, particularly on the defensive end.
    Much has been made of Porzingis being able to concentrate on basketball – and not any lingering physical issues. It took only a few possessions early Friday to prove just how much more comfortab
  • Mavericks-Clippers preview: And so we meet again

    Mavericks-Clippers preview: And so we meet again
    LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (1-1) AT MAVERICKS (1-0)
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas
    TV: Bally Sports Southwest.
    Radio: The Eagle 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: They have to live with the fact that the Clippers have ended their season the last two years, winning the first-round playoff series in six games in 2020 and in a gut-wrenching seven games in a series that ended June 6 . . . They opened the preseason Wednesday with a 111-101 win over Utah at AA
  • Kidd: Slim Maxi is at ‘a really good place’ mentally, physically

    Kidd: Slim Maxi is at ‘a really good place’ mentally, physically
    The play happened quickly, so some folks might have missed it.
    Mavericks’ big man Maxi Kleber wheeled into the paint, took a pass from Jalen Brunson and threw down a two-handed dunk in the first quarter of Wednesday’s preseason opener.
    It caught a lot of people by surprise because of the quickness of the play.
    “And there’s Maxi – the slim Maxi – throwing it down,” said Derek Harper on the Mavericks’ telecast.
    Harper nailed it.
    Kleber looks like he&
  • Our takeaways: Doncic flashes midseason form in win over Utah

    Our takeaways: Doncic flashes midseason form in win over Utah
    The Dallas Mavericks opened preseason play on Wednesday night with a 111-101 win over the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center. It was a solid performance by the Mavs, who will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 
    Here are our five takeaways from the victory over the Jazz, which got the Jason Kidd era to a good start.
    LUKA ALREADY DOING LUKA THINGS: Wednesday was a good indication of why, in a recent survey of the 30 NBA general manager, Luka Doncic is the player they woul
  • Our takeaways: Doncic flashed midseason form in win over Utah

    Our takeaways: Doncic flashed midseason form in win over Utah
    The Dallas Mavericks opened preseason play on Wednesday night with a 111-101 win over the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center. It was a solid performance by the Mavs, who will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 
    Here are our five takeaways from the victory over the Jazz, which got the Jason Kidd era to a good start.
    LUKA ALREADY DOING LUKA THINGS: Wednesday was a good indication of why, in a recent survey of the 30 NBA general manager, Luka Doncic is the player they woul
  • Doncic was spectacular while already looking in midseason form against Jazz

    Doncic was spectacular while already looking in midseason form against Jazz
    The Dallas Mavericks opened preseason play on Wednesday night with a 111-101 win over the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Center. It was a solid performance by the Mavs, who will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 
    Here are the 5 takeaways from the victory over the Jazz, which got the Jason Kidd era to a good start.
    LUKA ALREADY DOING LUKA THINGS: Wednesday was a good indication of why, in a recent survey of the 30 NBA general manager, Luka Doncic is the player they would d
  • Mavericks partner with Therabody to stay on cutting edge of physical wellbeing

    Mavericks partner with Therabody to stay on cutting edge of physical wellbeing
    Health maintenance is a crucial element for any NBA team. Short of acquiring superior players, maybe the most important piece of a championship puzzle.
    Good health equals more victories.
    Which is why the Dallas Mavericks have joined forces with Therabody for a multiyear agreement that will make the global wellness innovator the franchise’s Official Recovery Partner.
    Creator of the popular Theragun percussive massager, Therabody has various products that will aid the Mavericks’ pursui
  • DALLAS MAVERICKS NAME THERABODY THE OFFICIAL RECOVERY PARTNER

    DALLAS MAVERICKS NAME THERABODY THE OFFICIAL RECOVERY PARTNER
    OCTOBER 7, 2021 (DALLAS, TX) – The Dallas Mavericks and Therabody, the global pioneer in wellness technology, announced a multi-year partnership, naming Therabody as the Official Recovery Partner of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks will integrate Therabody solutions into their training and recovery regimen, including Theragun percussive and vibration therapy, RecoveryAir pneumatic compression, and PowerDot electrical stimulation.
    “Therabody is the industry leader in optimal recove
  • Doncic, Marjanovic lead Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz

    Doncic, Marjanovic lead Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz
    Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis gave the fans a taste of what they wanted. So did Boban Marjanovic.
    The Dallas Mavericks’ one-two punch of Doncic and Porzingis only played in the first half of Wednesday’s preseason opener against Utah. But it was more than enough to lead the Mavs to a 111-101 victory over the Jazz at American Airlines Center.
    Doncic played 15 minutes and 33 seconds and finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and was 8-of-10 from the field. Porzingis
  • Doncic, Marjanovic guides Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz

    Doncic, Marjanovic guides Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz
    Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis gave the fans a taste of what they wanted. So did Boban Marjanovic.
    The Dallas Mavericks’ one-two punch of Doncic and Porzingis only played in the first half of Wednesday’s preseason opener against Utah. But it was more than enough to help the Mavs upend the Jazz, 111-101, at American Airlines Center.
    Doncic played just under 16 minutes, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and was a sparkling 8-of-10 from the field. Porzingis als
  • Doncic, Marjanovic guide Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz

    Doncic, Marjanovic guide Mavs to 111-101 win over Jazz
    Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis gave the fans a taste of what they wanted. So did Boban Marjanovic.
    The Dallas Mavericks’ one-two punch of Doncic and Porzingis only played in the first half of Wednesday’s preseason opener against Utah. But it was more than enough to help the Mavs upend the Jazz, 111-101, at American Airlines Center.
    Doncic played just under 16 minutes, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and was a sparkling 8-of-10 from the field. Porzingis als
  • Young hopefuls looking to shine, dealing with COVID-19, other Maverick tidbits

    Young hopefuls looking to shine, dealing with COVID-19, other Maverick tidbits
    The Mavericks have 16 guaranteed contracts. Barring a move before the cutdown date before the regular season begins, they will have to trim one of those players to get down to the 15-player maximum.
    They also have a pair of two-way rookie players, Eugene Omoruyi and JaQuori McLaughlin, in addition to non-guaranteed players Feron Hunt and Carlik Jones. All are rookies trying to find a home on the roster.
    It makes for a competitive situation that Jason Kidd said is giving the coaching staff a lot
  • Dealing with COVID-19, watching young hopefuls shine, other Maverick tidbits

    Dealing with COVID-19, watching young hopefuls shine, other Maverick tidbits
    Like everybody else, Jason Kidd has had to adapt in the COVID-19 world.
    In a way, the fact that he sat Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell in the preseason opener Wednesday night was an extension of that ongoing adjustment.
    “It goes with the COVID,” Kidd said. “There’s going to be situations sometimes when tests come back positive and it’s a false positive and we’re without a player. We got to believe we can still win that night.”
    It’s just anoth
  • Preview: Mavs open preseason at home tonight against Jazz

    Preview: Mavs open preseason at home tonight against Jazz
    PREVIEW
    UTAH JAZZ (0-1) AT MAVS (0-0)
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas
    TV: Bally Sports Southwest, NBA TV
    Radio: The Eagle 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 AM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: Yes, it’s a preseason game, but it’s still the beginning of the Jason Kidd era. Kidd replaced Rick Carlisle – he’s now the coach of the Indiana Pacers – as the Mavs’ new coach during the offseason. Kidd previously coached the Brooklyn Nets to a second-round pl
  • Preview: Mavs open preseason against Jazz

    Preview: Mavs open preseason against Jazz
    PREVIEW
    UTAH JAZZ (0-1) AT MAVS (0-0)
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas
    TV: Bally Sports Southwest, NBA TV
    Radio: The Eagle 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
    About the Mavericks: Yes, it’s a preseason game, but it’s still the beginning of the Jason Kidd era. Kidd replaced Rick Carlisle – he’s now the coach of the Indiana Pacers – as the Mavs’ new coach during the offseason. Kidd previously coached the Brooklyn Nets to a second-round pl
  • Long journey for Powell after rupturing his right Achilles tendon

    Long journey for Powell after rupturing his right Achilles tendon
    It’s been a long journey for Dwight Powell to get back to some sense of normalcy on the basketball court.
    Powell ruptured his right Achilles tendon during a Jan. 21, 2020 home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Getting his sea legs back under him after surgery and the rehabilitation process has been a difficult challenge for the Dallas Mavericks’ 6-10 center.
    “Difficult, I guess, as opposed to not having to go through it,” Powell said after Tuesday’s practice. &
  • In pursuit of consistency, Brunson’s magic is in the work

    In pursuit of consistency, Brunson’s magic is in the work
    If you took the Mavericks to a neuroscientist and had the doc break down what part of the brain each player best represents, Jalen Brunson would fall into the left-side analytical part, if you subscribe to the theory that the right side is the creative half of the noggin.
    Not that Brunson can’t be creative. He’s got that ability.
    But when it comes to his career, he’s pragmatic about how to go step by step to ascend the NBA’s often treacherous ladder.
    He’s not the ki
  • In his pursuit of consistency, Brunson’s magic is in the work

    In his pursuit of consistency, Brunson’s magic is in the work
    If you took the Mavericks to a neuroscientist and had the doc break down what part of the brain each player best represents, Jalen Brunson would fall into the left-side analytical part, if you subscribe to the theory that the right side is the creative half of the noggin.
    Not that Brunson can’t be creative. He’s got that ability.
    But when it comes to his career, he’s pragmatic about how to go step by step to ascend the NBA’s often treacherous ladder.
    He’s not the ki
  • When it comes to playing basketball, Omoruyi is strictly business

    When it comes to playing basketball, Omoruyi is strictly business
    Although it was only a scrimmage built to give fans their first glimpse of the 2021-22 Dallas Mavericks, excuse Eugene Omoruyi for playing this scrimmage as if it was a regular season game.
    “That’s all I know how to play,” the rookie forward from Oregon said. “I don’t know how to joke around.
    “I play hard. and that’s my game.”
    Omoruyi was playing so hard during Sunday’s Fan Jam at American Airlines Center that he inadvertently popped supersta
  • When it comes to basketball, Omoruyi is strictly business

    When it comes to basketball, Omoruyi is strictly business
    Although it was only a scrimmage built to give fans their first glimpse of the 2021-22 Dallas Mavericks, excuse Eugene Omoruyi for playing this scrimmage as if it was a regular season game.
    “That’s all I know how to play,” the rookie forward from Oregon said. “I don’t know how to joke around.
    “I play hard. and that’s my game.”
    Omoruyi was playing so hard during Sunday’s Fan Jam at American Airlines Center that he inadvertently popped supersta
  • Fan Jam notes: Moses Brown’s impact, plus Luka’s communication skills

    Fan Jam notes: Moses Brown’s impact, plus Luka’s communication skills
    When Moses Brown dug out a rebound in the second half of Sunday’s Fan Jam scrimmage, he quickly wheeled and put up a short jump-hook over Boban Marjanović, no small feet given Boban’s 7-foot-4 status.
    The ball cradled into the net.
    A few plays later, the 7-2 Brown blocked Marjanović on an attempted layup.
    Nearby, Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks’ special adviser for big men like Brown, waited at the next timeout to high-five the third-year center.
    Of course, Boban, who p
  • Kidd earns his diploma — 29 years after he first went to college

    Kidd earns his diploma — 29 years after he first went to college
    The 2021 graduating class at the University of Phoenix will include Jason Kidd. That’s because the Dallas Mavericks’ coach went back to school and got his degree from the Arizona-based university.
    Kidd took classes online and finished at UP last month with a degree in English. It was a celebratory moment for Kidd, who embraces all that education at a higher level entails.
    And where does Kidd keeps his precious diploma?
    “It’s in my office,” he said. “I have my

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