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March 30, 2014 Updates
March 29, 2014 Updates

Neither he nor anybody else knows if this season will produce a return to the postseason. But Carter does know two things. This team is better than last year’s. And he desperately wants to hang around to see this rebuilding project through to the end. Or at least next season. “I think I’ve earned the right to stick around,” Carter said. Dallas Morning News

He hopes it is a no-brainer that he re-signs with the Mavericks. “My fingers are crossed,” he said. “Next year might be even better. We can attract some more people, more talent. Now I know my role, and I know the system, it’s second nature to me now. I know the city very well. I’m stepping out, going to SMU games and getting out and about. I’m very comfortable here. “I like the guys. I like the nucleus we have here. With my role and the way I play and the way I go about things, it really helps guys here. And they like that. Hopefully, that’s enough so that they can still have trust in me enough to play significant minutes and help the other guys out.” Dallas Morning News

March 27, 2014 Updates
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Just 48 hours later, any creeping doubt about Dirk was crushed as he delivered one of the best all-around performances of his Hall of Fame career, carrying the Mavs to a much-needed, magnificently entertaining 128-119 overtime win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Dirk was Dirk," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who has seen Nowitzki respond to off nights with spectacular performances so many times. "He was fired up. That's what he does. It's no surprise. "He's done that his entire career. There's no reason to think it's going to change now. This is his time, right? This is where he gets to show everybody what he can do, and it started tonight, right when we needed it." ESPN.com

March 25, 2014 Updates
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was asked if Nets coach Jason Kidd, who split Rookie of the Year honors in Dallas in 1995 and in 2011 helped the team win its only championship, eventually will have his jersey retired, like it is in Brooklyn. “I don’t know,” Cuban said before the game. “We’ll see. We’ll find out. I don’t pre-announce.” New York Post

Cuban also was asked about Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and what he thought the impact on the league could be if Prokhorov was somehow caught up in the ongoing conflict over Crimea. “I’ve thought about it, but I don’t know who he is friends with and who he’s not friends with and all that stuff, so I have no idea,” Cuban said. New York Post

March 18, 2014 Updates

Asked why he was publicly challenging Nowitzki, Cuban said: “That’s only because I did it already personally.” “Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Since the Los Angeles Lakers are under new ownership following the death of their previous owner, Jerry Buss, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't believe the Lakers will ever be the same. "Jerry Buss was the Lakers, so I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers,'' Cuban said prior to the Mavs' 94-89 win over Boston on Monday. "I don’t think there was a smarter owner in the history of the NBA than Jerry Buss, so that’s tough to replace. "I don’t think people realize just how good of an owner Jerry was. I looked up to him a lot. Absolutely. So I don’t know if the Lakers will ever be the Lakers.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Buss died of cancer on Feb. 18, 2013 at the age of 80 after owning the Lakers since 1979. So why was Buss such a great owner? "He just understood fans, entertainment, players, how to balance all of it together, how to deal with the NBA, when to listen to (ex-NBA commissioner) David (Stern) and when to ignore him and when to tell him what to do,'' Cuban said. "He had that breath of skills that every time I spoke to him -- usually I’m used to doing to the talking, just force of habit. "But he’s one of the few people that when we sat down I did all the listening. So I don’t think there’s any question he’s by far the best owner in the history of the NBA. No exception.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 17, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a point to publicly challenge superstar Dirk Nowitzki to play with more effort and energy defensively. "I think we've got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively," Cuban said before Monday night's game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs' recent performance. "I think [the Mavs need] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don't start well." ESPN.com

Mark Cuban on if the Mavericks would ever trade Dirk Nowitzki: "Never going to happen. One reason is that culture is a critical component to any successful team. There are teams with less talent than us making the playoffs. There are teams with more talent than us who aren't making the playoffs." He explained Dirk's leadership, character, and ability set a tone for the franchise, and he's right on the money. And unlike some big-name aging stars, Nowitzki was willing to take a paycut to allow the Mavericks more chances at contention. CBSSports.com

Mark Cuban on Adam Silver denying tanking exists in the NBA: "No one thinks it doesn't exist, it's just a question of whether or not it's effective. And when so many teams tank in one conference, it's not effective." Cuban went on to explain that in the Eastern Conference, tanking actually becomes difficult on account of there being so many teams all trying to tank at once. With so many teams planning on tanking from the beginning, plus teams who weren't trying to winding up there (Milwaukee), it creates a competitive tanking environment, basically. CBSSports.com

March 15, 2014 Updates

Procopio is in his first full season as director of player development for the Mavericks. Team owner Mark Cuban is paying Procopio to take castoffs like McConnell and second-round pick Ricky Ledo—players who, relatively speaking, cost the team pennies—and turn them into contributors, players who can move from the end of the bench to coach Rick Carlisle’s rotation. If Procopio turns a single pupil into a reliable player, or even merely good enough to serve as trade bait, he will give the Mavs a great return on their investment. After all, people like Cuban become billionaires and build championship teams not only because they land players like star power forward Dirk Nowitzki, but also because they find ways to maximize their assets—even those at the bottom of the roster. Need proof that Cuban takes this seriously? Consider that he is personally responsible for hiring Procopio, the trail to his door blazed by Cuban asking, “Who’s the best guy not in the NBA that I need in my organization?” “He is a great asset,” Cuban says. “He is the best player development coach in the NBA.” Suffolk Magazine

So, how did someone known in the basketball world as “Sweetchuck”—because, as a teenager, he resembled that character from the Police Academy movies—get this far? Or, as Nowitzki says following a verbal zinger from Procopio, “Where did we get you?” Suffolk Magazine

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Five players from the championship team join No. 1 Dirk Nowitzki in the illustrious list.

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