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If These Are the Mavs’ New City Edition Jerseys, Why Even Make City Edition Jerseys?

| 1 week ago

Matt Goodman told me the Mavs’ new City Edition jerseys had leaked so I went and found them and ugh. You see it. I’ve seen about half the other teams’ versions and quite a few of them are fantastic. Personal to the city they come from, great little details and tributes, aesthetically very pleasing. The jersey I have included here is very much none of those things. I hope it’s not real.

I thought last year’s iteration was sort of boring but it looks like it was designed by Virgil Abloh in comparison. If this is truly the Mavs’ jersey, I mean … what? This looks like the knockdown merch they sell at Academy. Honestly, at best that’s what they look like. This is the kind of whatever that comes out of a t-shirt cannon with an ad for a second-place wings establishment. This is like what you’d wear in a G League All-Star game. Dirk should just retire now so he doesn’t have to wear them. You put this jersey on and your lower body is automatically enveloped in JNCO jeans. You can’t buy this jersey in your size — it only comes in “too tight” or “ludicrously large.” This is like what a fake team wears in a video game. I’d rather the Mavs play in Spurs jerseys than this. If my son went to school in this, he’d get suspended for violating dress code. They have a terrible, out-of-date logo and the suggestion is, “Let’s make it bigger”?

These jerseys are awful.

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Has Dirk Nowitzki Played His Last Game With the Mavericks?

| 2 weeks ago
Whose house?

In early April, Dirk Nowitzki underwent a season-ending procedure on his left ankle. It is known as a surgical debridement, which is the “removal of unhealthy tissue from a wound to promote healing.” The team revealed that Dirk had been dealing with an ankle impingement (question mark question mark) all season and playing through it, and shutting him down with a few games left in the season for the surgery would help get him ready to play a record-breaking 21 seasons with the Mavs. At no point in the weeks after the surgery, or at all during the summer, was it suggested that the ankle problem or surgery would prevent him from being ready to play in 2018-19. If you asked anyone, the procedure would have been deemed relatively minor, as far as surgeries go.

And yet, here we are, in early November, and Dirk is still “weeks” away from playing, according to him, which is also what he said a few weeks ago. Coach Rick Carlisle basically doesn’t expect to see him on the court this month, blowing this orthopedic surgeon’s guesstimate.

Now that we are getting deeper into a Mavs season that started with joy but has taken a definite turn toward the desultory, let’s steer all the way in and ask: will Dirk play at all this season?

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Luka Doncic is the Rookie Sneaker King

| 2 weeks ago

Luka Doncic, the elder of my two sons, has already answered the question of whether or not his game translates to the National Basketball Association — colloquially known by its fans as the NBA — with a resounding yes. He’s scoring better than most expected and his passing is as good as advertised.

Doncic also — and if you know me at all, you know this is important — has the best sneakers of any of his fellow rookies. Most of them signed shoes deals with the revitalized Puma, back in basketball for the first time since around Vince Carter’s rookie year, and the revamped take on the classic Clydes are fine. The Halloween-themed “X-Ray” iteration is especially good. Trae Young has some highlighter-yellow Adidas that look pretty clean on the court and Knicks undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier makes some surprising and delightful choices. But no rookie is touching Luka.

It’s not a surprise.

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Meet Bonnie Hooker, Cancer Surviver, Komen 5K Winner

| 3 weeks ago

At something called the Sideyard Shindig over the weekend, I met a woman named Bonnie Hooker. When she learned what I did for a living, Bonnie said, “You should put me in D Magazine!” This happens not infrequently. I’ve gotten pretty good over the years at smiling and redirecting the conversation so that I don’t have to explain to people why they are not going to appear in D Magazine. I was about midway through my redirection routine, when Bonnie said, “No, really! You know the Komen race? I won it this morning. I won the surviver division. I had a double mastectomy!” Whereupon Bonnie raised her arms and commanded, “Look at them, Tim! I’m an inspiration!” Bonnie is a live wire, is what I’m trying to say. So, yeah, I figured she deserved to be in D Magazine. Or on it. Here’s a Q&A I did with her over Gchat:

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Get to Know: Amari Cooper

| 3 weeks ago

Well on their way to another banger of an 8 and 8 season, the Cowboys decided to keep trying and traded a (guys, come on) 2019 first round draft pick for now-former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, finally replacing Dez Bryant, who is still at home tweeting, so he’s basically me, except even I don’t tweet that much anymore. Who is Amari Cooper? Let’s find out!

• His first name is Amari, which has African-Yoruban origins and means “strength.” It’s similar to Amar’e Stoudemire, who played for the Mavericks for one season and last played for [checks notes] Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League, which exists.

• He was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft out of Alabama.

• He went to high school in Florida with Teddy Bridgewater.

• Cooper has fumbled four times in his career and lost one of them.

• He was good for two seasons, then not really at all for one and a half.

• He can run and jump faster than I can. We are even on hands. I’m a little bit better at running routes.

• Amar’e Stoudemire really did play for a team in the Israeli Premier League. It’s a little thing called research. Here is a recent picture of him trying to blow a shofar.

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Tim Rogers’ Patented Super Awesome Mavs Prediction for Tonight

| 4 weeks ago

Before the season started, I predicted that the Mavs would win 47.5 games. Then they lost the first game of the season, and I changed that prediction, guessing that they’d go winless. Maybe that was an overreaction, because then the Mavs won their second game of the season, against the Timberwolves. And now I have to tell you, with all sincerity and with a calm head, that I think they will win 84 games this season. Mavs will beat the Bulls tonight by 40. Here are the Luka highlights from game No. 2 to back up my new prediction:

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Tim Rogers’ Patented Season-Starting Super Awesome Good Mavericks Basketball Analysis

| 4 weeks ago

The Mavericks tonight will play their first game of the season. They tip at 9:30 in Phoenix. You probably have just one question on your mind: what does noted basketball provocateur Tim Rogers think of the two biggest additions to the squad, Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan, given that he (Tim) sat courtside at the final preseason game last Friday and had a really good look at them (Doncic and Jordan)? Well, since you asked:

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Local News

What Are the Mavericks Doing?

| 1 month ago

After the Mavericks held a press conference September 19 at the AAC to announce the findings of the independent seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and other misconduct within the organization, I was a bit puzzled. Maybe a little skeptical. I found it curious that after interviewing several hundred people and plowing through more than a million pages of documents, all the report did was confirm what had basically been known from the beginning — adding details and assigning blame, but not uncovering any further bad actors or bad actions. In what was more or less described as a consequence-free environment, no one else took advantage of the situation in almost two decades? I found that hard to believe.

Now it really is hard to believe. As Matt mentioned in Leading Off, four women accused longtime team employee Danny Bollinger of propositioning them for sex, making lewd comments, and showing inappropriate photos of the Mavs dance team and fans that he kept on his work computer in a special folder. This Morning News story, to me, is pretty damning. And it only brings up more questions, since the allegations against Bollinger are confined in the report to a footnote that reads:

“over the course of our investigation into serious workplace misconduct, we deferred to the new Mavericks leadership to handle allegations of other misconduct that fell outside the scope of our investigation or that we felt would be most appropriately addressed internally.”

How many other allegations fell outside the scope? Unless the NBA gets involved, we will likely never know.

“We responded fully to the findings of the independent investigation and took immediate and complete action before the press conference,” new Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall told the DMN. “Our complaint processes are working and any resulting personnel action is a matter of employee privacy. We were transparent about the findings of the independent investigation. Our own internal investigations will not yield transparency. It’s private. It’s the normal course of doing business.”

She’s not wrong. That is the normal course of doing business. But this stopped being normal business in February, as soon as the Sports Illustrated report hit. When the Morning News followed up on it with even more allegations, the idea of a non-transparent internal investigation should have been blown up entirely.

Marshall made a big point about how the team can set an example for everyone moving forward at that September 19 press conference and very confidently said this was all behind them. It seems to me that it is going to be difficult to move forward as things like this keep coming out. And I do believe there will be more.

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