1.) SO THE REALLY FORWARD THINKING OWNER WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE FUTURE? TELL ME MORE. Last Spring, Mark Cuban made these comments about the NFL.
"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you."
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated looks back at those comments by Cuban in an article last week.
But as the worst month in NFL history continues to unravel more than unfold, perhaps hubris is the sin Cuban was really talking about, the one that could knock the too-big-to-fail league from its lofty perch. In a big-picture way, that is what the always outspoken owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks was riffing on back in March, when he gave us that colorful barnyard analogy that likened the all-powerful and ever-prosperous NFL to pigs getting fat and hogs getting slaughtered.
His larger point was that a league that gets too confident in its own sense of invincibility and too convinced of its own superiority tends to grow a bit fat and sassy, and could wind up being found guilty of overreaching in pursuit of profits and under-responding in terms of responsibility. It could easily slide toward arrogance and fail to see the potential for its own mistakes.
Mark Cuban's been ahead of the curve for a long time, and I guess it's not surprise that he's doing it again.
(Make sure to see the full version of this story with a link to Don Bank's article.)
2.) DOCUMENTARY OF DIRK PREMIERES. ESPN's Marc Stein has a great write up about the premiere of the Berlin Tall's new movie. This is pretty cool. I know we've talked about it a lot here, but the kind of loyalty Dirk receives from friends and teammates is fantastic.
3.) IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. Dirk is apparently working on a new, faster release to his shot. I'm not sure how to feel about this... on the one hand, Dirk has to know what he's doing, but on the other, why mess with a good thing? This has to be in response to declining quickness. The younger kids may not remember and the NBA blogosphere may choose to forget, but a key to Dirk's success in the mid-2000's was his insane quickness. It's still present, but he doesn't have the explosion night in and out. If he's to succeed as he ages into a more complimentary role, he has to try new things to stay effective. Of course, he's effective right now (DUH), but it's always good to stay ahead of the curve.
4.) BE WARY OF OVERPAYING A STAR. This isn't Maverick related, but this Marc Gasol story is illustrative of the perils of resigning an older super star to a massive deal. Moving past the thought that Dirk and Gasol would be destructive on offense together, it's pretty hard to argue with the logic of the article. It's similar to why Cuban didn't want to pay Chandler in 2011. Despite the rising salary cap, it's more than possible to lock up salary room on your team with one signing which doesn't pan out.
5.) DIRK DUNK ALERT. Awesome work here.