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March 21, 2015 Updates

I'm retiring. I heard someone once say there comes a day when they tell us all that we can’t play anymore. We’re not good enough. Surplus to requirements. Too slow, maybe. When you’re a teenager with outsized dreams and a growing obsession, and someone tells you this ain’t gonna last forever, it’s scary. I never forgot it. So what did I do? Stayed obsessed. Set goals. Worked. Dreamed. Schemed. Pushed myself beyond what was normal or expected. I looked at my hero, Isiah Thomas, and thought to myself, “OK, I’m nowhere near the player he is but if I get better every day for 5 or 10 years, why can’t I be as good as him?” The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much — visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes. The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her. The Players' Tribune

I will likely never play basketball again. It’s bittersweet. I already miss the game deeply, but I’m also really excited to learn to do something else. This letter is for anyone who’s taken note of my career. At the heart of this letter, I’m speaking to kids everywhere who have no idea what the future holds or how to take charge of their place in it. When I think of my career, I can’t help but think of the kid with his ball, falling in love. That’s still what I identify with and did so throughout my entire story. The Players' Tribune

Almost 20 years later, Mashburn attempted to set the record straight about the Kidd-Jackson-Braxton love triangle. "She definitely cost me relationships with Jimmy Jackson and Jason Kidd," Mashburn said on KRLD-FM. "I necessarily wouldn’t even put it on here. I think at that time Jimmy and Jason were going through their own particular issues. From my understanding, being in the locker room, there was no truth to the Toni Braxton part. She played a part in it from the standpoint that she had an album out at the time, or was about to release it, called ‘Secrets.’ She went on the Dallas airwaves and said she doesn’t kiss and tell. She’s a beautiful women, but I think it did cost us because of egos, being so young, not having a lot of direction and leadership on the Dallas Mavericks at that particular time. There were some leadership changes with the ownership and coaching changes. It cost us being a pretty darn good basketball team for years to come. Dallas Morning News

March 20, 2015 Updates

But that famous rainbow jump shot is suddenly a thing of beauty again. Nowitzki's numbers during the Mavs' modest winning streak: 20.3 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting, including 11-of-16 from 3-point range. "He looks like Dirk again," center Tyson Chandler said. "Dirk looks like Holger's in town," guard Devin Harris said. ESPN.com

Less discussed -- until now -- is the very wide (and mysterious) disparity league-wide when it comes to some of the most coveted games on any team's schedule: Playing after a night off against a team on the second half of a back-to-back. The Dallas Mavericks, for example, had played a whopping 18 such games through Wednesday's play. The Washington Wizards had played an East-leading 17. ESPN.com

March 19, 2015 Updates

Late last June, having finished a workout, Chandler turned on his phone and saw the news breaking that he was about to be traded back to the Mavericks. Then the phone rang ... his agent was calling to confirm the news. "I had mixed emotions, to be quite honest," Chandler said. "I had put Dallas in the past. I enjoyed what had gone on here but I put it in the past and appreciated it for what it was. So I had to turn the mindset back around." NBA.com

"He's more of a leader than I thought," said Michael Finley, the retired Mavericks All-Star who has been serving the franchise as special assistant since 2012. "During the championship run I thought Tyson was just a solid part of a good team." Finley was not around the Mavericks four years ago, when Chandler both showed and told his teammates how to defend at a level worthy of their 2011 NBA championship. "I can see how he is a leader on and off the court," said Finley, based on the current season. "He gets the respect of his teammates and his coaches." NBA.com

March 18, 2015 Updates
March 17, 2015 Updates

"What's different is they're giving me the ball a lot more on the break. I think I've earned these guys' confidence. They know when they're going to get the ball back. Obviously it's a miss-make league. CP's been playing unbelievable, shooting the ball extremely well. Dirk shot the lights out tonight. It has been a great effort." mavsmoneyball.com

"It's just coach and I in the room. He's yelling at me a lot. I try not to crack under pressure and give him what he needs. It's calling out plays. For example, if I want to get Monta a shot on a pindown [screen], if I want to single ice [isolation], a lot of basketball terminology to make sure we're on the same page." Do you yell back the answers? "No, yelling won't get it. Yelling got me suspended. Yelling got me a bad rap so I'm going to continue to try and have an even keel when we do our tests." mavsmoneyball.com


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


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