Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jet Terry came out to model the new duds, which will replace the Mavs’ previous alternate kit, the green-and-blue, designed-by-Diddy joints. I would have gotten a photo of that, but the little kid next to me was terrified of Mavs Man, and in the process of calming his son down, the dad ended up shot-blocking me. Anyway. After the jump, a shot of the jersey on a mannequin, as well as a few of the new HD video scoreboard.
Before you click through, the real news. While I expected the new unis and the scoreboard, as well as the introductions of the Mavs acquired in the offseason, what I didn’t see coming was GM Donnie Nelson sort of offhandedly mentioning that Erick Dampier would be coming off the bench this season (Drew Gooden is the new starting center). Damp strolled out a few minutes later, but no one asked him about it. He seemed to be too busy gawking at the new scoreboard, anyway.
There had been rumors floating around the web as to what the new alternate design would be. Some were quite a bit different. This is pretty much the same, mainly replacing the old jersey's green with royal blue, a nod to the team's original look. I like it. Not enough to buy it, of course. I'm a t-shirt jersey kind of guy.
The new HD video scoreboard obviously pales in comparison to what Jerry Jones has done out in Arlington. That said, this four-sided beast is very nice. The video is much better than I could capture here -- so good, in fact, that most people watched the press conference on it, when it was actually happening about 30 feet away. Erick Dampier and James Singleton came out and stared slack-jawed at it. Also: I'm pretty sure I could bang punts off this thing all day.
I used up all relevant info in the previous caption, so I'll just add that I hope whomever decided it was a good idea to keep running a highlight reel of (now-ex-Mav) Brandon Bass -- a personal favorite of mine -- felt good openly taunting me for the better part of half an hour. Oh, and now, when Mark Cuban commands the video operator to re-run a play, the refs' missed calls will be even more obvious. Mind your p's and q's, Bennett Salvatore.
The team also unveiled fancy new video boards on either end of the arena. Not surpringly, these things are packed with statistical information, or they will be, I guess. Plus, they'll have a live feed with fans' texts, and so on. They didn't mention it at the presser, but the feed comes pre-loaded with about 1,000 messages from me: "OMG I H8 TIM DUNCAN!!!!1!" And so on.