""The rest is just hard work," said Nowitzki, who is showing up at the Mavs' practice court for nightly workouts with longtime mentor Holger Geschwindner.
"Every series of slumps, one of them's gotta be the worst," Cuban said. "One of them's gotta be bad, so that's what this is. I'm not worried about it at all. He's frustrated. His shot's not going. It's probably in his head some, but Holger just got to town. They'll work together. I'm not worried about it even a little bit.""
Mavericks owner Marc Cuban was on the Ben & Skin show today at 103.3 FM ESPN. Here's what he had to say:
On Dirk's rest: He didn't have the time to prepare. The older you get the more prepared you have [to be], especially when you're Dirk and you have a very definitive process you go through every summer.
On Lamar's struggles: He's going through the exact same thing Dirk is going through. Possibly we'll give Lamar time off, we had a brief discussion about it. Lamar had the shortest training camp of all of them.
On IOC, international ball: It's purely a business thing. You don't pay these guys all this money and then pretend it's something for the glory of your country. The Olympic Committee is making billions of dollars in revenues, who knows how much they're putting in their pockets. The fact that someone else is making a boatload of money and we're taking the risk is just moronic.
On Dodgers: Can't really talk about it, but yeah, I put in a bid.
On big names impacting the worth of a franchise: There are bigger elements of pricing a franchise. Lots of people think, if you get [a particular] free agent, the value goes up. That's so far from the truth, because when you buy a sports team you gotta have a much longer-termed horizon. It's like looking at the Hornets. Is it worth more or less because Chris Paul is there? No! It's about the bigger picture with the franchise itself.
About where the Mavs stand among Western Conference teams: I have no idea! I don't think the regular season reflects anything, because there was no preparation time. Practice matters. Without practice and preparation time, that's negative for us. In the Minnesota game [in example] our offense was stagnant sometimes, because we're not comfortable with all the new guys knowing where everybody needs to be.
On the nixed Hornets trade, that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers: It worked the way every other trade works, no difference. There's a ton of trades that get nixed at the last second because an owner gets cold feet. Can't tell you how many guys we would have traded for, that we thought we had deals done, that weren't done deals. The NBA screwed it up only because they could have done a much better job in terms of making a trade, but not in terms of process.
On this: These guys were killing Lamar. They were just blasting him and to me it wasn't true, it wasn't right and uneducated. Lamar is struggling as much as anybody, [but] it's not like he doesn't care, there's nobody that's more upset than he is. He's coming in, he's doing extra work. [Again:] The guy with the least preparation time, we're giving the hardest time. He's just not comfortable yet. Look: I hate the way he's playing, but I also hated the way Dirk was playing before we gave him time off. It takes time to adjust.
Jason Terry just said he will purchase an additional championship ring. The 2nd ring will be auctioned off, proceeds going to his foundation
Terry said it will be the exact same ring he will have. A raffle ticket will cost $10. More info will come from his Twitter & Facebook page.
Dominique Jones will be activated tonight for the Mavs vs the Suns, per official Mavs announcement.
Jones has averaged 13.30 Points on 33.3 FG%, 2.30 Assists and 2.00 Steals in 21.30 Minutes per Game throughout his stint with the Legends.
One of the issues with Roddy is that the perception of him as an entertainer versus the reality of him as a competitor. What we need is Roddy the competitor, and what you guys love is Roddy the entertainer. What wins is Roddy the competitor. He’s made strides. … His general sort of nature as a guy, he’s a very nice kid, he’s a laid back kid, but you can’t be nice and laid back when you’re playing in the NBA . Last night [against Utah], he played nasty. He was into it with Earl Watson and all those guys. He was up all into their crap and he played the heck out of it. So finding that edge and being able to ignite that edge on a nightly basis, that’s what it’s all about. Do I believe he can do it? Absolutely. The other thing that’s helping is that his teammates are helping reinforce this by getting on him when he doesn’t do it and by praising him when he does. We wouldn’t have won that game last night without him, I think that’s pretty clear. But we need him to do that every game. He can do it and I believe he’s on a track to be more and more consistent.
Yi Jianlian will wear the #9. Other Mavs to wear the number: Howard Eisley and Tariq Abul-Wahad.