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I’m kind of scared to see the video when someone breaks the news to Dirk that the Mavericks missed out on Dwight Howard again and that they’ll be starting Monta Ellis next year. “Oh, I guess it’s game day … again … sigh,” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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With the dust mostly settled on this offseason’s player movement — and there was a whole lot of it this year — it’s time to take stock of all the fascinating new faces in new places, as well as the more compelling stories of players who will face new challenges while sticking around. Over the course of the next few weeks, Andrew Unterberger will do a team-by-team look at the most interesting players going into next season — one new to the team, and one returning — as we all try to pass the dog days of NBA-less summer, dreaming of hoops-filled months to come. The series continues today with the teams in the Southwest Division: the Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Spurs.

DALLAS MAVERICKS

Most Interesting New Player: Monta Ellis

All of Dallas’ big free agent pickups were the same basic level of Interesting But Not Really. Seeing decent players like Jose Calderon, DeJuan Blair and Devin Harris in new roles in new jerseys will have some limited novelty, but these are players we’ve seen for long enough now that we basically know who they are and what they do — any legitimate surprise they provide in Dallas will be, well, surprising. Of these players, Monta seems the closest to an unknown quantity, since while we know his strengths and weaknesses a player pretty well, there’s still some debate about how much he can help a solid, veteran team actually win ball games, which is ostensibly what he’ll be called on to do as Dirk Nowitzki’s teammate in Big D. The answer very well might be “little” or “none,” but he’s never played on a team like Dallas, for a coach like Rick Carlisle, or with a teammate like Dirk before, so at least there’s some chance for personal growth there. It’ll be moderately interesting to see.

I would have liked to pick any of Dallas’ rookies in the backcourt for this — Gal Mekel and Ricky Ledo both intrigued in Vegas, and some people seme to think Shane Larkin has sleeper potential — but after the Mavs’ offseason splurging on mid-tier guards, they’re all likely to enter this season buried so deep on the depth chart that they’ll be lucky to even get consistent minutes in garbage time. Wayne Ellington eats first, you know how it is.

Most Interesting Returning Player: Brandan Wright

Brandan Wright is either the league’s most underrated big man, or the best piece of evidence remaining to show how flawed Player Efficiency Rating is as an all-encompassing stat of player evaluation. Wright has had a PER of 21 or better each of the last two seasons, and his 21.0 last year would have ranked sixth amongst all big men in the league. Of course, this is fairly small sample size stuff, as Brandan played only 64 games and just 18 minutes a game. But in those minutes, he shot nearly 60 percent, rebounded decently (about eight per 36) and essentially never turned the ball over, making him a big man of the Tyson Chandler-type, know-your-role offensive efficiency.

It’s surprising to me that Wright didn’t garner more interest in free agency. True, he’s never done it in big minutes, partly because he’s too much of a defensive liability against more physical post players to earn those defensive minutes, but offensive numbers that good, attached to a player only 25 years of age (and still with a lottery pedigree), generally tend to draw some interest around the league, more so than the two years and $10 mil he re-upped for with the Mavs. If he ends up taking big minutes from Samuel Dalembert — and considering Sammy couldn’t hold down starting gigs the last three seasons with the Kings, Rockets or Bucks, I’m guessing he won’t lock this one up either — he could end up being as important to Dallas as any of their bigger-name new pieces. Hope so for Dirk’s sake.

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You’ve seen that picture. You’ve loved that picture. You’ve probably tweeted that picture or sent it to one of your friends in an email or something like that. You think that’s one of the best NBA pictures in history and you’re totally right.

That’s why it’s so great that Grantland’s Zach Lowe asked him about it.

How much do you regret the photo, from all those years ago, with you, Dirk [Nowitzki], and [Mark] Cuban — the one with the cowboy hats?

Oh my god. I don’t really believe in regret [laughs], but it’s highly embarrassing. That was for [Sports Illustrated].

I hadn’t actually remembered which outlet ran that thing.

I think it was gonna actually be the cover, but it ended up just being an article. It was right when we won our first playoff series. But, yeah, I’m just glad it wasn’t me on someone’s back. But, really, it’s all bad.

Haha, yes. Well actually, no — this is definitely all good, and zero percent “all bad.” The hats, the smiles, Mark Cuban’s airbrushed and tucked-in t-shirt — ALL GOOD.

Now all we need is someone to ask him about these pictures. They certainly deserve some sort of explanation.

Look like Mr. We’ll Never Get Rid of Flopping, doesn’t want to get rid of flopping anyways. Total red card situation.

(via Reddit)

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Mix one part guy from a reality show about investing in things with one part guy who always complains about the refs — what do you get? Well, Mark Cuban, for one, since he is both of those guys. But you also get Mark Cuban funding a scientific study on the physics behind flopping, which is a real thing that is happening. From SMU.edu, so you know it’s legit:

Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.

[...]The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU, Dallas.

“The issues of collisional forces, balance and control in these types of athletic settings are largely uninvestigated,” said SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who leads the research team. “There has been a lot of research into balance and falls in the elderly, but relatively little on active adults and athletes.”

The objective of the research is to investigate the forces involved in typical basketball collisions, said Weyand, an associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics in the SMU Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Yeah, of course this is happening. What exactly are they studying?

The researchers will look at how much force is required to cause a legitimate loss of balance. They’ll also examine to what extent players can influence the critical level of force via balance and body control. They will also explore techniques by which the forces involved in collisions might be estimated from video or other motion capture techniques.

The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines, Weyand said. “It may be possible to enhance video reviews by adding a scientific element, but we won’t know this until we have the data from this study in hand.”

You read that right. Mark Cuban is funding a study that will attempt to find out how much force you need to knock a player over, whether or not that player could have helped falling down, whether or not that player fell down on purpose, and of course, how to track all of this — this is the greatest referee trolling of all-time. Mark Cuban is paying money to find a new way to complain about referees. I thought filing a legal brief about winning a championship as evidence against a lawsuit’s claims of mismanagement was his master stroke, but investing in ways to become the world’s foremost expert on flopping when you are famous for complaining about referees is next level zingery.

Of course, I’m sure this will be framed as “for the good of the game.” And yes, being able to prove who is and isn’t flopping could go a long ways towards addressing something that people make way too big of a deal about, so that is true. But really, Mark Cuban wants to know who’s flopping and can afford to try to figure it out. It’s genius. There’s a reason he’s a billionaire.

(via Reddit)

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Have you ever wanted to go on “Shark Tank” or at least watched “Shark Tank” with your mom while trying to kill a few hours? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, this story is right up your alley and also I think our mothers would probably get along.

From Mark Cuban’s blog, duh:

The Mavs are going to re-do our uniforms for the 2015-16 season… if we get a unique and original design. What’s the best way to come up with creative ideas ? You ask for them. So we are going to crowd source the design and colors of our uniforms.

You know what an NBA uniform looks like. You know what the Mavs colors are for today and the past.  We want some new ideas that stay true to our logo and at least close to our current color schemes. Show us what you got !

How do you participate ? You post your ideas/pictures/graphics/videos/photos directly on this blog.  Yes we want every one to see them.  Steve Jobs said “everything is a remix” . Uniforms probably more so than even technology. So we want every post to inspire other ideas and posts. [...]

This is your chance to get bragging rights and put your signature design on the Dallas Mavs and the NBA.

This opportunity will last till the last day in May.

Submitting ideas in public to Mark Cuban, who will then decide on those ideas — it’s your own personal episode of “Shark Tank,” only this one is played out on the internet. And really, this is a great opportunity because you can’t do worse than those silver Mavs jerseys from a few years back. Not to mention, when you consider that Diddy designed the green Dallas alternates that the team wore a couple seasons ago, you’ll be in pretty sweet company once you become the Mavericks’ new stylist. Or as Diddy might say, “Uh-huh yeah.”

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If this guy grew that beard just to shave it off in this video: A. If he grew it in solidarity with the Mavericks: A-. If he was just some guy who had a beard and his buddies convinced him to shave it for their internet video and now he has to regrow a beard he was serious about keeping: A+. Really hope it’s the last one.

(via Cirque Du Sirios)