Get to know your 1987 Dallas Mavericks: Part Two

August 31, 2009

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Al Wood, G/F

Drafted with the fourth overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Al Wood came to the Dallas Mavericks through a trade with the Seattle Supersonics.

Wood only played one season for the Mavericks (1987) and contributed mostly as a bench player and averaged 6.6 points and 12.2 minutes per game, serving as a backup to Rolando Blackman.

Wood was selected to compete on the 1980 United States Men’s Basketball team that unfortunately did not compete due to Jimmy Carter’s decision to boycott the Olympics in Moscow.

Look forward for more “Get to know your 1987 Dallas Mavericks!”

Recap:

  1. Roy Tarpley, F
  2. Al Wood, G/F
  3. Brad Davis, G
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Ron-Ron Does L.A.

August 31, 2009

PACERS CLIPPERS

Okay Los Angeles, first it was David Beckham, then Manny Ramirez, and now you’ve invited none other than NBA Fight Night King Ron Artest to join the traffic congestion on I-405. The Lakers have signed Ron Artest to a five year deal where Artest will play small-forward and wear number 37, in honor of Michael Jackson.  Everybody who is anybody in sports knows Ron Artest for his role in the infamous Pacers-Pistons basketbrawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004, but that is neither here nor there.

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Eastward Bound

August 31, 2009

There has been something bothering me for a couple of seasons at this point, and it could have something to do with my desire to see things balanced. Now, through a few important facts pointed out to me by none other than the Champ, the Conferences are even, but not in our hearts. There is a giant hole missing in the Northwest corner of the NBA map, and that is the former home of the Seattle Supersonics. How this can happen easily is to move Memphis, but since this post was already posted, I will just strategically edit this to make my point fit.

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Seven Seconds or Less

August 29, 2009

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The mantra of “Seven Seconds or Less” truly manifested itself in 2004 when the Phoenix Suns acquired pout guard Steve Nash from the Dallas Mavericks. That season, after the team was bought by a San Diego investment group during the offseason, marked the Suns return to the NBA’s elite. Not since the Charles Barkley era had the Suns won 62 games in the regular season. Clearly freewheeling Italian head coach Mike D’Antoni was on to something in Phoenix. He finally had the players to achieve his dreams of running one of the most sophisticated offensive systems in NBA history; for that, D’Antoni was named coach of the year in 2004.

So what do hoops aficionados mean when they cry “seven seconds or less?”

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Get to know your 1987 Dallas Mavericks: Part One

August 29, 2009

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Roy Tarpley, F

Selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the seventh pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, Tarpley became a key factor off the bench to help All-Stars Mark Aguirre and James Donaldson.

In 1987, Tarpley won the NBA’s Sixth Man award.

However things took a downward turn for Tarpley when he was struck with a drug addiction that resulted in his ban from the league.

Tarpley, 44 at the time, settled a federal lawsuit against the NBA and the Dallas Mavericks in which he claimed the league and the team violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to reinstate him after a ban for drug use.  The lawsuit was settled on Jan. 22, 2009 according to a filing signed by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt.

Look forward to more “Get to know your 1987 Dallas Mavericks.”

Recap:

  1. Roy Tarpley, F
  2. Al Wood, G/F
  3. Brad Davis, G

Shooting Star

August 29, 2009

Daniel Gibson is a case study of a quick rise to fame in the NBA. Hardly anybody knew or cared about Daniel Gibson before game 6 on the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. After the game, he was praised and heralded as the future point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the perfect player to complement LeBron’s style, waiting beyond the 3-point line to hit the killing three. What unfolded didn’t exactly live up to the illustrious expectations that were bestowed upon him.

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Shaqtastic New Words, 2009

August 28, 2009

Every year, the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition has some new words added to it, based on if words meet criteria for inclusion. Shaq played against Jimmy Kimmel last night in Scrabble on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Shaq made the case for the following new words: Read the rest of this entry »