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The Last Links of 2007

First off, Mark Cuban is finally blogging about the Mavs again. Maybe.

In sports, the only thing a player or coach can truly control is effort. The same applies to business. The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.
Or maybe he's talking about me, sorry about the lack of posts this weekend...


Avery Johnson says he's going to be using the next few games to work on setting a rotation for the rest of the season. As of now, he says only Dirk, Harris, Howard, Dampier, Terry, and Stackhouse have their positions set in stone.

Eddie Jones is not a lock for the starting rotation and apparently Devean George is the next option...
"Right now, I just want to give Eddie a look and see how it works. I want George to continue what he is doing. Whatever amount of games George started last year when he was healthy and played well, I thought it was good."
Meanwhile, Trenton Hassell is left on the bench playing 21 against 5'10" Puerto Rican.
"It hurts when you don't play," Hassell said. "You don't know if it is something you're doing or something else. I enjoy playing the game of basketball. You've just got to find ways to cheer your team on and help the young guys. Me and J.J. [Barea] play one-on-one or we run together. You've just got to keep yourself ready because if you get the chance, you have to take advantage of it."
Diop, who has been in Avery's doghouse, will figure in somewhere.
Johnson still likes Diop in a regular reserve role and said, "Not having Diop in there has hurt us some. So I've got to figure out a way to get him out there and live through some of the highs and lows of what's going on with him."

Sefko also has an article about the rotation, but focuses on how Brandon Bass will fit in. Bass had a DNP - Coach's Decision in the Mavs win against ATL on Saturday.


Down in the D-League: Nick Fazekas had 31 points and 6 rebounds. The Faz shot 15-21, had only 2 free throw attempts, and didn't attempt a three. Weird.

Moe Ager came off the bench and went 0-7.


Around the NBA: Short shorts.


This Day in Mavs History
2006 Head coach Avery Johnson's 100th career NBA coaching win, making him the fastest to reach 100 wins with a record of 100-31 (surpassing Red Auerbach's 100-35).