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March 1, 2014 Updates

"I actually (told the AD), 'For your conference of top 10 teams, I would put up $500 million for you to withdraw from the NCAA and create a new conference, a new setup without the same hypocrisy geared toward student athletes.' " Cuban said the athletic director laughed. "But I was serious," Cuban said. Is that offer still on the table? "I don't know," Cuban said. "I'd have to see. It was a little while ago, but I'd consider it, for sure. But they'd have to completely withdraw and still have it represent the school." Dallas Morning News

Jae Crowder and rookie first-round pick Shane Larkin of the Dallas Mavericks will play at least one more game for the team's NBA Development League affiliate. Crowder and Larkin were reassigned to the Texas Legends for a game Saturday night against the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. Both played Thursday night in the D-League, with Crowder recording a triple-double. Crowder has started eight games for the Mavericks this season but played sparingly or not at all in the past four outings. USA Today Sports

In November, Cuban revealed that when it became obvious that Howard was going to sign with Houston, Morey sent Cuban a text, asking if Dirk Nowitzki was available in a trade. At the time, Cuban viewed it as taunting. “It was like 'na-na-na-na-na.' I don’t know if there were two nas in there or three. But they were in there," Cuban said in November. "I said, are you serious?” But on Friday during the MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Morey told attendees the reason he contacted the Mavericks was out of momentary “panic” that Howard would bypass the Rockets. Dallas Morning News

His net worth is in excess of two billion dollars. He owns a basketball team, is on television every week and only wears a suit if it's a "damned good reason." Well, apparently joining "Piers Morgan Live" for an hour-long interview isn't enough incentive for Mark Cuban to wear a suit and tie. But just because the Dallas Mavericks owner wasn't able to channel his inner Justin Timberlake, that doesn't mean he wasn't rather colorful during his visit with Piers Morgan. "I remember the second it happened because, I was working at home in the morning, and watching the stock, because we were getting close," he explains, recalling the day he became a 10-figure man. "And I was literally naked in front of my computer when it crossed the line, and I was a billionaire." CNN

February 28, 2014 Updates
February 27, 2014 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Jae Crowder, Shane Larkin and Bernard James to the NBA Development League for a likely one-game stay and have recalled Ricky Ledo. All three regulars on the Dallas roster were set to be available for a home game Thursday night for the team's D-League affiliate in suburban Frisco. The Mavericks play at home Friday night against Chicago. USA Today Sports

February 26, 2014 Updates

Vince Carter was a little surprised when New York's J.R. Smith tugged at Carter's headband and pulled it over his ear. Surprised, but not upset about it. Carter said Wednesday that he thought Smith's action in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 110-108 victory over the Knicks on Monday was all in good fun. "It didn't bother me," Carter said after the Mavericks' shootaround. "I hear everybody making a big deal about it, but he didn't pull it over my eyes where I couldn't see or play the game, so it wasn't a big deal. But I know because it's him, it's an issue. He didn't want me to make any more shots. It was just funny to me." Dallas Morning News

Carter said he considers Smith a good friend and realizes that, because of Smith's past, that's why the headband issue has been such a hot topic. "I didn't argue with the refs or anything like that," he said. "It wasn't a big deal to me." Dallas Morning News

The NBA really has changed quite dramatically under Adam Silver. We know this because Mark Cuban is now gushing over decisions made by the commissioner’s office. It happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden, when Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner, was asked a general question about Silver, who took the commissioner’s reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. “I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.” Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000. Bleacher Report

February 25, 2014 Updates

Guarded tightly by Carmelo Anthony, Nowitzki lofted a desperation turnaround jumper that bounced off the glass, twice hit the rim, before bouncing high in the air and through the basket at the buzzer. Mavericks 110, Knicks 108. “Dirk hit a hell of a shot,” Woodson said. “What can you say?” Carlisle said: “It was only fitting; the two best players out there were man-on-man.” New York Post

Talk about Nowitzki’s miracle shot if you want. It’s the kind of shot great players make when you give them the chance. But this wasn’t all about Nowitzki. The Knicks hurt their cause by committing 19 turnovers, erasing the 41-34 edge they had in rebounding. They also allowed 34 points in the paint. If not for Anthony, who was 14 of 29 from the field, the Knicks wouldn’t have been close. “Melo has been our most consistent player all year,” Woodson said. “The way he has played it’s a shame we’re in the position we’re in because our team doesn’t deserve it and he doesn’t deserve it based on the way he has played.” New York Post

J.R. Smith moves on from shoe-lace untying (the Mavs are actually one of the teams he pulled this stunt on) and is now in the headband business as he messes with Vince Carter’s Monday night in the fourth quarter before the Mavs guard sets up on offense. The most fascinating part though came after the game when Smith denied the entire thing to reporters. beyondthebuzzer.com

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