Mark Aguirre Rumors
The Mavericks vowed to help him with his drug and alcohol problems shortly after the draft. That’s when the team and the Tarpley family reached out to Aguirre and asked him to mentor Tarpley. Aguirre agreed to do it under one condition. “I said, ‘You have to move in with me,'” Aguirre said. Tarpley lived with Aguirre his first two seasons in the NBA and he said Tarpley was on the straight and narrow.
The death of Tarpley, 50, was a shocker to Aguirre and the rest of the NBA old heads who played with and against him. Tarpley, from Detroit Cooley and the University of Michigan, battled drug and alcohol abuse that led to a lifetime ban from the NBA in 1995. He died Friday in Arlington, Texas; the cause of death has not been released. “He was a beautiful person with a really big heart,” Aguirre said Saturday during a telephone interview from Chicago.
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One of ESPN Films’ most-anticipated 30 for 30 projects has an official airdate: The Bad Boys, which chronicles the dynastic Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early ’90s, will debut Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is a collaboration between ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment — they partnered on the brilliant “Once Brothers” and the terrific “The Announcement” — and Boys has the potential to be one of the better 30 for 30 efforts. (NBA Entertainment also produced the last year’s sensational “Dream Team” documentary for NBA TV.) More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including the Pistons’ main principals (Isiah Thomas, Bill Lambier, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley. Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, Mark Aguirre etc. …) and rival Michael Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will air a one-hour discussion from 10-11 p.m. ET on the Bad Boys Pistons era. That show will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, and ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era. I’ll have more on the “The Bad Boys” in a standalone piece on SI.com on Monday.
Members of the 1989 NBA champion “Bad Boys” Pistons are reuniting next month to celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the first title in franchise history. Team members will first gather at “Bad Boys Unite,” a charity event, at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit on March 27. The team will also be honored at halftime of the Pistons-Heat game the following night. Attendees have not been confirmed, but players on the 1989 team include Isiah Thomas, current Pistons president Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Mark Aguirre, Dennis Rodman, Vinnie Johnson, James Edwards, Rick Mahorn, John Long, Fennis Dembo and Micheal Williams.
Mark Aguirre believes Jason Kidd will do wonders in his new job as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. “I like it just from the situation and understand that as a player there’s things that you have to learn how to do to manage games,’’ said Aguirre, who won NBA titles with Detroit in 1989 and ’90. “There’s quite a few young guys that have an incredible understanding of the game, and J-Kidd is one of them. New blood. A new situation in the game. I like it. I really like it.’’
“It might have happened later, but I actually brought it to Mark first because he didn’t think they were for sale because they had just been sold,” Aguirre said Saturday. “[Mavericks original owner] Don Carter had just sold them to Ross Perot [in 1996]. “That was a quick sell to be selling it again. Then when I told Mark there might be an interest in selling it, he was really overwhelmed by the fact that it might happen.”
No one knows if the introduction would have eventually happened. But it was Mark Aguirre who introduced Mark Cuban to Ross Perot Jr., thus leading to the ownership change of the Dallas Mavericks. That meeting occurred in the latter half of 1999. By Jan. 4, 2000, Perot’s sale of the Mavericks to Cuban for $285 million was finalized.
Within a span of 10 minutes Saturday during a free clinic for underprivileged children at the Plano Sports Authority, Mark Aguirre said the balance of power has shifted in the NBA on each coast. While the Knicks have historically “owned’’ New York, Aguirre insist that the Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of replacing the Knicks as the best team in New York. As far as if the Lakers are still the best team in Los Angeles, Aguirre said: “That’s lost already. That’s done. “The Clippers are the team in LA now. They’re the team.’’
Located at 8880 Coleman Blvd. in the heavy foot-traffic area of Frisco Square — across the street from FC Dallas Stadium — Dimples offers some 20 different flavors. And the cupcakes are $4 each. “Our best seller is our wedding cake cupcake,” Fluellen said. “People will call us from Highland Park and tell us to hold 12 wedding cakes and they’re on their way up the tollway to get them. “There’s a group of four ladies who take turns driving from Cedar Hill to Frisco [a 120-mile round trip] to pick up cupcakes for the group until we open up a store in Cedar Hill.” So what’s special about the cupcakes from Dimples? “We just make our cupcakes fresh. They’re moist, they’re soft,” Fluellen said. “Most people when they eat them their reaction is it’s just like when their parents made it or their grandmothers made it.”
During his 13-year NBA career, Mark Aguirre made a lot of sweet moves that dumbfound defenders. Off the court, he said one of the sweetest moves he’s ever made was becoming co-owner of a Frisco cupcake company named Dimples. Along with Frisco businessman Keith Fluellen, Aguirre became a proprietor of the cupcake business some nine months ago. Since then, the cupcakes have been flying off the shelves and revenue has soared through the roof. “I really wasn’t thinking about going into a cupcake company at all, but I have a friend, Keith, who introduced it to me,” Aguirre said. “I said why not go see what he’s talking about. “Once I got to him and I tasted the product, it was really good. Extremely good.”
The Mavericks have received word that Mark Aguirre is “OK’’ after a medical incident this morning at a Plano-area fitness club. Aguirre apparently was sent to a hospital, but it remains unknown what caused him to be taken there.
Former Mavericks’ general manager Frank Zaccanelli, a close friend of Aguirre’s, is telling the DMNews that it was a “circulation problem” and nothing more. “There was no heart attack,” Zaccanelli said. “What it was, it was a clogged vessel — not artery, vessel _ and while he was working out it just caused him to black out. There was no cardiac arrest, there was nothing. He fell.” Zaccanelli said Aguirre is in stable condition, not critical. “He’s fine,” Zaccanelli said. “I’m sitting right next to him. He’s not in critical condition. He’s just recovering from a fall and he’s going to be fine.”
Ex-Dallas Mavericks great Mark Aquirre is reportedly recovering after collapsing at a fitness center outside Plano, Texas Wednesday. Former Mavericks general manager Frank Zaccanelli told ESPN Aguirre was “being held [at the hospital] for observation and a few more tests, but he’s expected to have an absolute full recovery.” The GM referred to the condition as clogged vessel when discussing the matter on ESPN 103.3’s Galloway & Co. program. “Mark suffered a fall while working out today at a local gym,” Aguirre’s family said in a statement released later Wednesday.
Mark Aguirre, one of the greatest players in Mavericks’ history, apparently fell ill late Wednesday morning at a Plano-area fitness facility and was hospitalized. It was unknown what caused him to become ill while working out.