A little bit of injury news to start the day off.
Eddie Sefko predicts how the minutes will be divided up this season.
- Dirk Nowitzki - 36 minutes
- Josh Howard - 30 Minutes
- Jason Terry - 32 Minutes
- Anthony Johnson - 20 minutes
- DeSagana Diop - 14 Minutes
- Jerry Stackhouse - 24 Minutes
- Erick Dampier - 24 Minutes
- Devin Harris - 22 Minutes
- Greg Buckner - 18 Minutes
- Devean George - 10 Minutes
- Austin Croshere - 6 Minutes
- DJ MBenga - 4 Minutes
In Art Garcia's article today, he reports that the Mavs originally hadn't planned to advertise their Western Conference Championshipness.
"Our goal is a championship," he said.
No sense in reminding everyone that his team finished second. Just wipe the slate clean for the new campaign and don't look back.
David Moore's got a really good article about the importance of Howard to the Mavs. You should definitely read the whole thing.
Howard, Devin Harris and possibly DeSagana Diop are members of the Mavericks nucleus who possess a significant upside. Howard is the player in that group poised to make the biggest impact this season.
"He's going to take his game to another level," Terry predicted. "You can tell he worked on his shot over the summer. He's already shooting the ball a lot better. He's worked on his ball handling. He gives us another threat out there.
And you should definitely check out part one of Bill Simmons NBA preview - part two should be up later today.
By coming up with this wrinkle, was David Stern hoping to divert attention away from the fallout from last season's playoffs, when the brutal officiating brought back memories of the Allies-Nazis game in "Victory"?