Tuesday Morning Links

Obviously the site received a face-lift this morning.... thoughts?

Challenges coming fast for Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd | Eddie Sefko
"For J-Kidd, the one thing I love about these two games is that he'll take the personal challenge," assistant coach Darrell Armstrong said Monday. "He looks forward to it. They're probably the two top point guards in the league – after J-Kidd. I guarantee you he's looking forward to that challenge."
"That's as tough as it comes, those two guys," Ross said. "They're two All-Stars and it's going to be tough. They got young legs. But Jason knows how to guard. He'll do fine."

Back to Basics | Salt Lake Tribune
Having gone a disastrous 3-18 in the second game of back-to-back sets last season, the Jazz will get their first chance to make amends beginning tonight at Dallas. The Jazz gave up an average of 109.1 points in those 21 games last season

DB.com talks Erick Dampier
"Drew's a good guy, and a good player," Damp tells me. "He's learning what we need him to do, and he's going to be an asset to this team. But I have confidence in what I contribute. There's a good reason for me to be in there (starting)."

Drew Gooden is quickly establishing himself as the dumbest Mav - on and off the court.  He's doubtful for tonight's game.
'Gooden did not play in the game and was dressed in street clothes behind the bench. According to Outsports.com, a Web site devoted to gay issues in sports, Gooden yelled a homophobic slur at a pair of fans seated near the Mavericks' bench. Gooden yelled the slur at actor Chris Wylde, who is not gay and was attending the game with a friend, the Web site reported. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would not comment, but according to the Web site, he told Wylde in an e-mail that the team would deal with Gooden internally.'
UPDATE: A "mavericks source" has told the DMN that Gooden didn't say anything, but that someone with Gooden did.

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