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Good gravy, this is the perfect synthesis of everything that is Vince Carter’s NBA career. He fakes an injury and then gets a dunk. On the same play. Those are the two things Vince Carter is known for. Why didn’t he think of this before? Would have changed everything.

(via Reddit)

And suddenly, all was right with the world.

(via Dallas Mavericks’ Tumblr/Rob Mahoney)

In space, no one can hear your team miss the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

(via Complex)

Jonathan Abrams alert, everybody. Grantland’s superb NBA features writer just dropped another excellent word bomb, this time on the very long careers of Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace. As is the custom, it is recommended that you read the entire thing immediately after enjoying this first delicious taste.

It’s the behind-the-scenes story of the time Jerry Stackhouse beat up former NBA bro Kirk Snyder after a game, which is pretty timely considering the whole Melo-KG brouhaha. Here we go.

That first Dallas season also featured the defining Jerry Stackhouse, Tough Guy story. It happened after Utah rookie Kirk Snyder took a cheap shot at him under the basket during a game. Stackhouse retaliated with one of his own. Both men thought they were even. Nope. They bumped into each other a few plays later and … well, Stackhouse can explain the rest.

“Boom, he punched me in the stomach with an open fist,” Stackhouse said, incredulously. “I was like, ‘OK, I can go crazy right now and get suspended for two or three games and lose this money.’ The smart side of me said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. But I’m going to get this boy.’ You don’t put your hands on me. I can deal with a lot of verbal stuff and wolfing and all that, but you put your hands on me, no. And I thought I had cleaned it up, but obviously I hadn’t.”

When the game ended, Stackhouse recalls asking the training staff for a warm-up suit, then waiting on the docks where Utah’s bus would depart. “I ain’t even shower,” Stackhouse recalls. “I put on some sweats, some sneakers, and I went and stood in the tunnel. As soon as [Snyder] came out, I fired on him. I got in a couple. That was it. I don’t know where all these security people came from. It probably lasted 20 seconds. Everybody pulled me off and that was it.”

And that’s how an NBA urban legend is born. Only, in this case, it actually happened: the time Jerry Stackhouse saved a few bucks by beating up Kirk Snyder after a Mavs-Jazz game. They ran into each other again the following year, after Snyder had been traded to New Orleans. Again, he approached Stackhouse in the tunnel. “He started walking to me,” Stackhouse remembers. “I closed my fists, wondering what’s this fool up to, thinking we’re about to go in. He just came in and opened his hand out to me and said, ‘Man, I really needed that.’” Snyder told Stackhouse that he had been struggling to get onto the court and wanted to impress his coach, Jerry Sloan. “I was just like, ‘Damn, next time just get my number. You want to talk to somebody, we can do that without me having to pay a $1,000 fine. But it was the weirdest thing I had ever witnessed. You get into some knuckles with someone and they come back and tell you, ‘I needed that.’”

And that, my friends, is why Jerry Stackhouse topped Tom Ziller’s list of the NBA’s most terrifying men and has beaten up so many people that he has his own top five list. Because he’ll save some money by beating you up after the game, then go out and sing the national anthem. If that happened today, it’d be a 30-game suspension.

Go read this whole thing, for stories like this, Rasheed Wallace warming up in a football helmet and Darvin Ham describing Sheed’s D-League coaching advice as “mental jewels.” It’s pretty much the best, just like having both of these guys in the league. So good.

Want to feel very, very old? No? Too bad. Because in a month and a half, Vince Carter’s dunk contest performance will officially be a teenager, as 13 years will have passed since that legendary showing. It seems like just yesterday that Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley were cuddling on the other end of the court while Jerry Stackhouse was trying to follow up Vince’s groundbreaking 360 with a 360 of his own. Those were the days.

But if you feel old about this, imagine how Vince feels? It’s probably why he still has that beard. And it’s definitely why he couldn’t stop talking about how great it felt to have working legs again for all of his dunks last night. From the AP:

”The body felt good. Sometimes when I go to dunk, the next couple of plays, I’ll stay away from the rim. So, I felt good. I was in attack mode. Those were plays that were needed,” Carter said.

Same with his coach.

”He shows flashes of those things more frequently than you might think. The play to open the game was a key play for us because it kind of woke our whole team up and I thought it got us going in the right direction. The play at the end of the game was pivotal because I thought it sealed the game,” Carlisle said.

”He said to me coming off the court during the timeout, he goes: ‘Bet you didn’t think I could do that.’

And same with his opponents.

”We had a great start. They have experience, they have good players right there. We wake up the beast, Nowitzki started making shots. Vince Carter looked like the young Vince Carter,” Washington forward Nene said.

When a dunking legend like Vince Carter actually graces the rim with his presence, everyone kind of stops and appreciates it. Even if he’s admitting he kind of just settles for one dunk because he doesn’t want to stress his body out too much while his coach swears he can still do the things he used to do, it’s still fun to see Vince Carter throw one down and remember that is was actually cool to like Vince Carter for a little bit. Considering this happened at the turn of the century, it’s like finding a fossil, only it is living and breathing. So basically, it’s “Jurassic Park 4,” is what I’m saying.

Of course, now that he dunked more than once in the same game, Vince is probably good on slams for a while. Hope you enjoyed it while you could because, like “Jurassic Park” sequels, these kind of landmark events don’t come around all that often. Three-and-a-half stars out of four.

“You can’t throw the ball through the nose of a defender and have it come out his a–hole to a teammate.”
Rick Carlisle, who seems to have a firm grasp on the inner workings of the human body

Not only that, he doesn’t believe that chocolate milk or coconut water are good post-workout drinks. Plus, he knew Airborne was a placebo way before the FTC got involved. And don’t even get him started on skinny jeans.

(via PBT)