Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

No. 83 — Jordan, Perkins true NCAA stars

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins)

Draft fact: Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins were members of the 1983 College Basketball All-America First Team. Both players would replicate that honor again in 1984 as they approached the 1984 NBA Draft.

We’re just 83 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

Throwback Thursday: Best Mavs of all-time


VIDEO: 2011 NBA Finals

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Best Dallas Mavericks of all-time

The NBA granted an expansion franchise to the City of Dallas on May 1, 1980. This franchise became the Mavericks, who have won the 11th most games in the NBA since 1980 and the 2011 NBA championship.

To honor the Mavericks franchise, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at the best players (and coaches) to call Dallas home.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Best Mavs

Who’s your favorite Maverick of all-time? Leave your comments below!

Mark Cuban shows off outside touch

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The next time the Dallas Mavericks need someone to knock down an outside jumper, it seems they may have a new option to explore. (Other than Vince Carter.) Check out this Instagram video from a Dallas-based recording artist who was courtside long enough to catch Mavs owner Mark Cuban drilling perimeter jumpers. You gotta chase him off that line!

(via TNLP)

Horry Scale: Vince’s victory

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: VC GWBB

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we looked at the regular-season Horry Scale in full. Now, with the playoffs in full swing, it took just at a week to have our first postseason Horry Scale entry.

What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

One thing I’d like to clear up: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot. So when I gave Randy Foye a 3 Horry rating, that wasn’t only a reflection of his shot, which was admittedly remarkable, as I wrote, but also the play, which was awful. Taj Gibson’s lefty layup wasn’t the toughest shot, but that inbounds play was terrific. Basically, everything matters.

Counting the regular season, this gives us a record-setting 18 Horry Scale entries this season. Let’s take a closer look at Vince Carter‘s game-winning three in Game 3 against San Antonio from earlier today…

DIFFICULTY
The corner three-pointer is supposedly the “easiest” three-pointer. Which doesn’t mean it’s easy, obviously. But it is a shorter shot than a straight-away or wing three. But what if you’re shooting from the corner and you’re fading away? And what if you’re covered as tightly as a smedium shirt by Manu Ginobili, with inches to get the shot off?

And what if you have less than 2 seconds left to release the shot? Well, add all those factors together and you’ve got a nearly impossible shot. Thing is, nobody told Vince Carter.

GAME SITUATION
PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS! The pressure doesn’t get any higher than in the postseason. As for the play itself, Dallas had the ball down two, after Ginobili scored on the other end to give San Antonio the lead. You’d think Dallas might go either Dirk or Monta, both of whom have made visits to the Horry Scale this season. You would, however, be wrong. Because, of course, the Mavs went to Vince Carter instead…

To get Vince open on the inbound play, the Mavs stacked up Vince, Dirk and Brandan Wright, then ran Monta Ellis off the triple screen. As Ellis popped free at the top, Vince ducked to the corner, caught, spun and drained the shot. Good defense from Manu, better shot by Vince. Catch, spin, shot, bottom. Win.

CELEBRATION
Probably the best all-around celebration of the season. This is partially a function of it happening in the playoffs, when the intensity is already ratcheted up high. When the shot went through, the American Airlines Center went crazy. The Mavs all surrounded Vince and celebrated with him. Two other things that we should note? Right in the center of the Mavs celebration was owner Mark Cuban

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Hey, if I owned an NBA team and we won a playoff game on a last-second shot, I’d be up in that celebration, too.

Also, as the Mavs celebrated, we got a quick glimpse at stoic Popovich

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GRADE
This is when it all counts. Heckuva situation, heckuva shot. As far as a grade, this one really had it all. I was thinking somewhere between 4 and 5 Horrys. And you know what? We’re going with 5 Horrys for this one, our first five Horry shot of the season…

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Now it’s your turn! How many Horrys would you give Vince Carter’s shot?

Dallas Mavericks channel Wolf of Wall Street with new chant

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s a scene in the recent movie The Wolf of Wall Street where Matthew McConaughey welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio to his first job on Wall Street by asking Leo to join him in a tribal chant right there at the lunch table in a nice restaurant. It’s a chant probably more fitting for a sports venue, so the Dallas Mavericks have put together their own version and hashtagged it “#MAVSCHANT,” and asked fans to record and share their own versions.

For now, here’s Dirk and the fellas giving it their best…


VIDEO: Mavs Chant

Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Dirk Nowitzki gives Conan O’Brien Texas citizenship test

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend the NCAA Tournament will follow in the steps of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and be held in Dallas, at the gargantuan AT&T Stadium. So while the eyes of the sporting world pay attention to Texas, Conan O’Brien moved his late night show to the Lone Star State for the week. Last night, after Conan mentioned how well he felt he was getting to know Texas, Dirk Nowitzki popped out to quiz Conan on his Texas knowledge…


VIDEO: Dirk on Conan

Shawn Marion introduces the Matrix training system

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShawn Marion has always had a jump shot that was best described as…well…non-traditional. Instead of extending his arms high above his head and following through with his shooting arm extended, Marion releases the ball from out in front of his face. (I once asked him about his release, and he told me his release came because he jumps so high on his shot that he was basically shooting down at the rim. I suspect time has affected at least the jump, but he’s retained that release.)

Either way, this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks promises to teach you how to shoot like Shawn Marion, if that’s something you might be interested in. This is funny, and good on Marion for having a laugh at his own expense…


VIDEO: The Matrix Training System

Shawn Marion sings during cryotherapy

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In recent years, cryotherapy has become a popular way for NBA players to recover from the rigors of NBA action. What is cryotherapy? Basically, it involves going into a room or chamber that is literally freezing cold, for a short period of time. This, I suppose, mimics the effect of putting ice on an injury, except that it ices your entire body.

Cryotherapy is not without its dangers — Manny Harris learned the hard way not to wear wet socks — but when carefully controlled, it can be invigorating and useful, as a few reporters who cover the Cavs found out earlier this year.

The Dallas Mavericks, always on the cutting edge, have their own hyper-cooling chamber. Here’s video of Shawn Marion giving it a whirl, and singing Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity” to help pass the time.


VIDEO: Marion Cooling Off

Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki


VIDEO: Nowitzki passes Havlicek

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki passed Boston Celtics legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee John Havlicek for 12th on the all-time scoring list last night after he scored 31 points against the Utah Jazz.

Nowitzki now has 26,426 points in his career and trails Moses Malone by only 983 points for seventh on the all-time list, which would move him past Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the incredible career of Dirk Nowitzki:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki

What’s your favorite Dirk Nowitzki moment? Leave your comments below!