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It's like a real-life version of "The Wire" ... NBA star Richard Jefferson says he was taken for $2 MILLION ... and played a key role in a covert FBI operation to catch the (alleged) bad guy and recover his cash. It's all part of new legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... in which the 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward claims his former business manager Ted Kritza drew $2 million from Richard's bank credit line without permission. TMZ.com

March 14, 2015 Updates

“I’ve always thought, and it’s crazy, I’ve said it before, if you argue that means you’re closer,” Rivers said. “When you don’t argue is when you have separation, and I’ve always thought that. “If there are issues on a team and no one is talking about it — but they know they’re there — then you’re not a very close team. The close teams are the teams that actually get in the arguments and fight and argue it out, because they’re comfortable enough with each other to do it.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 13, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki left the court bathed in humiliation and rage in that unimaginable moment as thunderous noise ricocheted all around him, stepped across the baseline and through the tunnel leading under the Oracle Arena stands, made a sharp right turn on a path to the visitor's locker room with the rest of the Mavericks, and ran into history. A trash can. The blue, thick-plastic, 4-foot-tall receptacle weighed about 60 pounds, depending how full it was by the end of the fateful night of May 3, 2007. Nowitzki grabbed it and launched it against the wall about 10 feet to his left with such ferocity that the bin crashed through the white sheetrock 12 or 13 feet above the ground. The fury it must have required. Among the long list of accomplishments that MVP season -- 50.2 percent from the field, 41.6 percent on threes, 90.4 percent from the line, 24.6 points a game -- throwing an object that heavy that high and that far without time to prepare or, likely, get an ideal grip must be included. NBA.com

Literally a display. The gash, five inches tall and six inches wide at the extremes, smaller in some parts of the jagged opening, is covered by plexiglass 20 inches tall and 19 inches wide. A gold "We Believe" T-shirt, still familiar at home games, is just above the hole, held up by thumb tacks at the top of the collar, the corners of the short sleeves and the squared-off bottom on each side. Nowitzki's signature in black ink is immediately below the hole. Seriously. A member of the arena crew asked, one of the good guys of the league agreed without hesitation. "It's amazing how many people ask to see it," said Steve Martin, the production manager for Oracle and adjacent O.co Coliseum, home of the A's and Raiders. "It's right outside my door, so I hear it all the time. At first, I thought it was just kind of a goof. But as time went on, it's become a bigger deal." NBA.com

March 12, 2015 Updates
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As it turns out, Dolan saved a lot of gold in his buyout of Stoudemire during the All-Star break — a whopping $6.25 million on his payroll, according to NBA sources. According to sources familiar with the agreement, Stoudemire gave up $2.5 million in his settlement with the Knicks. Add in the $3.75 million in luxury tax on that $2.5 million and Dolan’s savings is huge for excusing Stoudemire from playing out the string with the league-worst Knicks. (The Knicks are in the tax bracket in which they pay 1.5 percent for every dollar over the luxury-tax threshold). New York Post

Amar'e Stoudemire, disgusted and disappointed after the Mavericks' most lopsided loss of the season, delivered a stern message to his new teammates Tuesday night. "I came here to win, and we're [4 ½] games out of being out of the playoffs, which is unacceptable," Stoudemire said after the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 127-94 win over the Mavs at the American Airlines Center. "This is something we can't accept. We've got to find a way to refocus. We've got to key into the details of the game of basketball. "We can't cheat the game. We can't screw around in games and practices and joke around all the time and figure we're going to win games. This is the pros. It's the highest level of basketball. We've got to act that way." ESPN.com

Stoudemire will not accept a lack of competitiveness from the Mavs, however. "We didn't come out with the aggressiveness or determination or focus that we needed," said Stoudemire, who had 15 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes during Tuesday's loss. "We didn't compete. We're not playing like champions, and they took advantage of that. ESPN.com

March 10, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki, as usual the last one out of the showers after a typically long postgame session in the trainer's room, overheard teammate Tyson Chandler talking to a couple of reporters about the trouble a sore hip is causing the big man. "I told him now he knows what it's like to play with no jumping and no lateral movement," Nowitzki interrupted with self-deprecating sarcasm, speaking a lot of truth in jest. "Welcome to my world. No lateral movement, no vertical, no nothing. He said, 'It's tough to play like that.' I said, 'I know. It ain't easy.'" ESPN.com

Nowitzki constantly talks trash to teammates and staffers during his off-court workouts, finding that to be the best way to motivate himself. But this part of the job isn't a lot of fun. "Sometimes you don't really feel like going to the weight room and getting a session in or even stretching," said Nowitzki, who has long adhered to a strict diet and sworn off alcohol during the season. "It's just sometimes annoying, but I know in the long run that it helps me, especially if I want to play out this contract at a decent level for the next three years." ESPN.com


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


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