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    • I'm not surprised about the additional games being added on but I am a surprised at the size of the fine. 5 million dollars is a lot of money even for a multimillionaire. I feel like the NFL must have really been threatening much heavier consequences if they didn't reach some type of settlement before the appeal they heard.

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    • I think the new uniforms look great. The black ones look especially sharp with the white ones coming in as a close 2nd for me. The red is just okay.

       

    • Keegan Murray was named MVP of summer league and I have to admit he looks legit. He looks extremely fluid. I think Sacramento made an extremely solid pick. He plays like he has something to prove. And seems like a tough competitor. I see good things in his future.

    • Kevin Durant is definitely the more efficient scorer with higher shooting percentages in all categories but there are times where Luka feels like he's absolutely unstoppable. It feels like he can get to wherever he wants on the offensive end and he averages more rebounds and assists than Durant.

    • He seems excited! He says that he's super excited to be a Maverick and he's glad we scooped him up. So I'm glad he's a Maverick! I think he has a lot of potential.

       

    • If Jalen Brunson really does decide to leave the Mavericks a part of me is hoping that the Suns sign Deandre Ayton in free agency and Dallas agrees to do a sign and trade with Brunson so we can replenish the cookie jar with some additional draft picks.

    • I think there is huge potential in Jaden Hardy. I don't care what his season percentages were in the G league, this guy can definitely shoot. For a guy coming straight out of high school during the pandemic to playing in the g league I think he has showed he's an NBA player.

      The fact that so many GMs let him slide shows you just how much the league is focused on analytics these days. Hardy can definitely shoot and seems to have a solid handle that allows him to go left or right.

      His catch and shoot numbers are crazy good. 54% on unguarded catch and shoot opportunities. With the spacing that the Mavericks play with, its really going to give him an opportunity to succeed. 

      Over his last 5 games Hardy definitely experienced a confidence boost in his 3 point shooting. 38% from 3 on 11 threes per game. Yikes!

      He has all the tools to be effective at the next level at the guard position, 6'4 with a 6'9 wingspan is solid.

    • Deandre Ayton and Jalen Brunson are both free agents. New York has just cleared around 30 million in cap space. I don't know why all the talk has been that the Knicks are pursuing Brunson. If I was the Knicks I'd have just as much interest(if not more) in Deandre Ayton. 

      Things are about to get interesting! I guess we'll know more on Thursday!

    • Congratulations Paulo Banchero on going #1 in the draft! I'm so glad some GM came to his senses and actually said forget what all the experts scouts and analysts are saying and just decided to pick a 6'10 monster that has all the skills and strength you could ever want in a modern day NBA bid man! Paulo Bancheo can do it all. How good he ends up being is entirely up to him. He has an NBA body all ready, he has playmaking skills, a great handle for a dude his size and real confidence! Did you see that suit he was wearing!

      Chet Holmgren goes #2 which shows you all the hype about OKC wanting to take Jaden Ivey #2 was just how air. Jabari Smith was available and they still passed to take Chet Holmgren. I like Chet's style he has real confidence in his game and analytics say he can really play. For some reason I don't think his 190 pound frame will be a problem in the NBA. It may keep him form being injured and also ensure he has the agility to get by his man on the next level.

      Jabari Smith dropped to 3rd! And for a minute I was actually wondering if the rockets were contemplating Jaden Ivey at 3. I know Smith has to have a huge chip on his shoulder. For all the experts to be saying that he was going #1 with all month with a near 95% confidence rating, it has to be a shock to fall to 3. The experts were so sure that he was going #1 this even took me by complete surprise. Now its on him to make sure that the Magic and OKC pay for underestimating him. The NBA better make sure the Rocket's games against Oklahoma city and Orlando I televised on national tv, I imagine fans are really gonna be treated to something special.

      I can't wait for summer league to see how all these guys look out there against the next tier of competition.

    • Here is my list of players that I'm most interested in seeing what type of pros they become.

      • Paolo Banchero
      • Jabari Smith
      • Chet Holmgren
      • Jaden Ivey
      • Bennedict Mathurin
      • Keegan Murray
      • Christian Koloko
      • Mark Williams
      • Ismaël Kamagate
    • The Boston Celtics fought hard but the warriors just overpowered them. Curry and the crew add another ring to their collection. Now Curry is tied with Lebron James if he wins another championship people will start having some very interesting discussions.

    • Luka finally got some help from some of the other guys that were struggling. If the Mavs start to knock down there open 3 point shots then this series gets really interesting. Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith I'm looking at you.

      Mavs took their foot off the gas and let the Warriors comeback at the end but nobody is really worried about that since the starters weren't playing. 

      The Mavs still have a lot of work to do if they won't accomplish what no team has in NBA history by coming back from a 3-0 deficit.

      One game at a time...

    • Mavs need to play hard this game. They can't allow themselves to get swept. Hopefully the coaching staff has developed a good gameplan. Everybody needs to score some points. Not just three guys. But good defense is most important.

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      I'm a big time Dallas Cowboys fan. I think this season will be interesting for several reasons.

      Offense
      On the offensive side of the ball we lost big time performers in Cedrick Wilson and Amari Cooper. We still have CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup but Gallup is working is way back from injury and he who knows what type of condition he will be in when the season starts. Dak Prescott made a lot of money with his new contract, with the Cowboys obvious loss of talent, this is the perfect opportunity for him to prove why he is worth so much money.

      I think Zeke and Tony Pollard will be solid. It will be hard for them to produce in the open field if our offensive line doesn't dominate up front and I have no idea what to expect from them this year.

      Defense
      The Micah Parsons selection in the draft last year was perfect. I expect him to be even more dominant this year. But we lost Randy Gregory in free agency! That one stung because from the reports it seems like we originally had a verbal agreement and then he had a change of heart at the last minute.

      Trevon Diggs showed out last season, if he is able to take another step this year our defense will still look pretty dangerous. Not to mention he is going to command a lot of money on his next contract. But he's gonna have to show up! With the loss of Randy Gregory, we may not be able to create as much pressure at the line of scrimmage.

      I'm also really excited to see what Jabril Cox can do for us. His injury last year was unfortunate. We are going to need another difference maker on defense.

      2022 Draft Results
      I know a lot of people aren't to enthusiastic about our draft this year but I will remind everyone in the last few years the Cowboys have hit on every single one of their first round picks. They were all difference makers immediately.

      I'm excited to see what the Cowboys do with Tyler Smith. Jerry Jones was certainly excited and indicated Smith was graded extremely high on the Cowboys draft board. 2nd Round pick Sam Williams is 6'3 with a 6'8 wingspan that clocked a 4.4 40 yard dash. I know that football skills matter but I like the idea of having a lot of speed on the edge. Plus he has a really good wingspan for his height which will help him knockdown passes at the line of scrimmage.

      Conclusion
      So much to talk about while getting ready for the season. I can't wait to see how it all shakes out.

    • Luka Doncic was dominant. Spencer Dinwiddie showed up and Jalen Brunson did his thing as well. National media has been disrespecting the Mavericks all season long. At this point it is absolutely undeniable that Luka Doncic is the best player in the playoffs. He is averaging the most points, the most rebounds, the most assists and the 2nd most steals. Its mind boggling.

      If Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie find a way to show up next series. Mavs might win in 5 or 6. People are trashing the Suns right now because they looked so bad against the Mavericks in game 7. They keep talking like the Suns had a bad game 7. Like the Suns just came out and didn't realize they were playing a game 7. That's the story or the narrative being pushed right now. But the reality of the situation is that the Mavs are a top 5 defense, PERIOD. The best team in the league that went to the finals the previous year didn't just lose their talent like some would have you believe. They were playing a really good defensive team that had an unstoppable offensive talent. 

      The Mavericks gameplan in game 6 just carried over into game 7. Jason Kidd said we are not going to let Booker get off anymore. Booker for all of his talent and skill does not YET(not that he won't ever get there) have elite playmaking skills. He also does not have elite length. So traps on the pick and roll, affect him much more than a player like Luka. Who is an elite playmaker, I think he's probably the best one but easily top 3. Not to mention he is taller, bigger and longer than Book.

      In game 6 Dallas realized we need to stop hunting for threes and get the ball to touch the paint first. From there everything else just opened up. The suns have nobody that could guard Luka. When he got in pick and roll he was hunting for the best mismatch. Even when Deandre Ayton was guarding him in the paint, he found a way to score. If you decide to double him he almost always finds the open guy or gets the hockey assist he's just such a good playmaker and ball handler its really unfair.

      I know Reggie Bullock did an amazing job of pressuring Chris Paul up the court but let's not forget about Frank Ntilikina, whose defensive stats against CP3 and Devin booker was amazing as well. 

      And let's not forget that Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney Smith had quiet games offensively. Any one of them are more than capable of dropping 15 points on any given night.

    • A lot of people were predicting a sweep or Suns in 5. Now many people are saying Suns in 6. It just goes to show you no matter how good Luka shows himself to be, the national media just does not respect him like they do many other of the games stars. And no matter how much lip service talking heads give to the job jason kidd has done, they don't respect the mavs team defense and overall gameplan. The Mavs could have folded but they made adjustments and tied the series now it's phoenx's turn to make adjustments. This series has all the makings of the 7 game series. Phoenix has the overall better team in terms of national name recognition and individual play(deandre ayton, chris paul, devin booker). But the Mavs have the best player on the court(its not even close) and a group of guys surrounding him that are really good at what they do. 

    • I've watched the video and its tough to see Draymond ejected on that play. That was my initial reaction but after reviewing the officials explanation "excessive and unnecessary" I understand it. Still watching it in real time, it's hard for me to view that as a flagrant 2. I feel like if you're gonna call that a flagrant 2  and hits to the head should be at least a flagrant 1 and I've seen hits to the head not even called a foul. As a fan, I can make an argument that any hit to the head falls under the "excessive and unnecessary" description. So from my point of view they must have thought that Green pulled him down on purpose.

      Draymond says that his fingers got caught in his jersey. That may well be the case. But if you have the reputation as an irritant and agitator and a history of questionable fouls you have to expect that you are going to get calls like this to not go your way. I really did not understand all the running around by Draymond after the fact. Dennis Rodman is want of my all time favorite players to watch play. But Rodman knew what he was. He did a lot of crazy things on the court but I don't recall him ever speaking out so much or an attempt to portray himself as innocent or the victim of bad calls by the referees. We all knew he was committing fouls and was being a nuisance but we accepted it and enjoyed him anyways.

    • I'm taking the Celtics in 6. I think it might actually go seven. But I like the Celtics profile. They all seemed to be locked in on defense. Jayson Tatum is play like a superstar and when I watch them play they pass the eyeball test in terms of looking like a championship caliber team.

      Now on the other end, the Bucks are without Kris Middleton and so I feel a lot more comfortable making this pick. Boston doesn't have anyone that can stop Giannis but traditionally Middleton has been the closer for this team and in the playoffs you have to be able to close out games. I just don't see the Bucks having enough to close out the Celtics. That being said I love Jrue Holiday, I love what Lopez brings and of course Giannis is gonna have some monster games. So they can still get it done. But my pick is the Boston Celtics for now.

    • I'm taking the Heat over the 76ers in 6. I want to say 5 but I'll say 6 out of respect. Miami seems to be on a mission. And while Miami does have two starters that are banged up, the 76ers main man Joel Embiid has torn ligament in his thumb, an orbital fracture and a concussion(mild). So its not looking good for the 76ers right now and I don't see anybody stepping up on that team to replace Embiid's production.

    • As much as I enjoy the Mavs, I have to admit that Utah can only blame themselves for this one. The Jazz didn't execute down the stretch. Mike Conley travels and then Bojan Bogdanović  misses the three. Bogdanović had a great look wide open. Spencer Dinwiddie definitely disrupted his rhythm but after the shot fake Dinwiddie goes into the stands. Bogdanović has to hit that shot. Mavericks were definitely the better team with the biggest star but as a team, the Mavs are breathing a sigh of relief. Its not like they shut Utah down. Jason Kidd, Luka Doncic and the rest of the squad still have a lot to prove. They need to prove that they can convincingly close out a series like a championship team. But they're in luck, as they have to face the best team in the NBA next round.

      This Phoenix series gives the Mavs the perfect chance to come together  as a team and finally make their mark. The national media just doesn't respect them yet. I hope they rise to the challenge.

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