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November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

Barea said he left Minnesota with no regrets, and that he understood what the Wolves were trying to do. The Wolves and Barea agreed to a buyout that paid him a portion of the $4.5 million they owed him. Barea turned around and signed a deal with Dallas that paid him the veterans minimum. “I think we finished on good terms,” he said. “We communicated pretty good. They wanted to go another direction. We talked about it and came up with the decision and went from there.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Mark Cuban On turning around the Mavericks: “When I took over the team it was January of 2000. We were 9-23 and the general manager and coach at the time, Don Nelson — who came from the Knicks actually —said, ‘We can lose and try to get a good draft pick and da da da da da.’ As it turns out it was one of the worst drafts ever. I’m like, ‘No. At some point this team has to learn how to win.’ So we focused on winning and as it turned out, we had a nucleus of a great team. People just didn’t expect us to win, so the players didn’t expect us to win. So I walked in and said, ‘I expect you guys to win. We’re not going to mess around anymore. If you don’t lay it out, if you don’t put it all on the line, I’m going to trade your ass. And guess what? This is going to be a premier destination in the NBA. You can laugh because that’s what everybody did, but I’m going to kick everybody’s ass. They just don’t know it yet.’ ” Dallas Morning News

November 14, 2014 Updates

Earl K. Sneed: Raymond Felton says he's about 92% healthy. He did live action in practice halfcourt today. Doubtful to start his suspension Saturday. Twitter @EarlKSneed

Parsons has signed with the sock company Stance. The brand—which has collaborated with the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade on multiple collections—is popular for its cool creative printing on socks. The company also recently released performance socks for athletes. Bleacher Report

November 13, 2014 Updates

“It’s just a little bit slow,” Carlisle said. “There has not been a setback. We’re not going to mess with it. The rules state that he’s got to be healthy to begin it. And we’re not going to mess with league rules.” Not that the Mavericks aren’t eager to get Felton back, he said. “We need him,” Carlisle said. “We need every available healthy guy on our roster that we can get. Don’t think it doesn’t cross your mind when you see Jameer Nelson go down the other night and limp off the floor. But Mother Nature is difficult sometimes. He’s working hard at it. We’ll just keep pointing in that direction and hopefully it will be soon.” Dallas Morning News

November 12, 2014 Updates
November 11, 2014 Updates

Olajuwon finished his illustrious 18-year career in 2002 with 26,946 points. Nowitzki, now in his 17th season, has 26,930 points. That’s a lot of baskets for a player who couldn’t find one that dreadful day in Seattle, and who was basically unheard of before he was chosen out of Germany with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. “What I like about Dirk is he came in without a lot of expectations, besides [then-Mavs coach Don Nelson] putting the pressure on him to be the Rookie of the Year,” Finley said. “But he worked himself up to superstar status. “A lot of these guys come in from college and already are, quote unquote, put in a superstar category without doing anything. Dirk did it the hard way. He worked himself up and now he’s one of the best ever to play the game.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram


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


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