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November 28, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took a subtle shot at New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher before Wednesday’s game. Cuban was asked if he was concerned about Fisher’s commitment to the struggling Knicks, who have dropped 10 of 12. “I’m more concerned with his health and welfare. I know how hard it is for him to fly and travel and be away,” Cuban said sarcastically. Cuban’s sarcasm was a reference to Fisher’s decision to leave the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 2012-13 season and later sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN.com

November 27, 2014 Updates

Cuban said he knew Carmelo Anthony wasn’t coming to Dallas after he wouldn’t immediately accept his offer when they met July 2 in his Dallas home. “We felt so confident we signed Chandler [Parsons] before [Anthony] made his final decision,’’ Cuban said. “When you make a decision like that you’re either all in or not. If you have second thoughts, in any business, it’s not good. He had more money from New York. I was like “let’s go, let’s close this thing.’ We didn’t, so chances are it’s not going to happen. But it was a good chance to meet Carmelo. “I was surprised and impressed with his business demeanor. I never talked to him before. I got to know him a little. So it was worth it.’’ New York Post

November 26, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a come up with a proposal to level the playing field between the NBA's two conferences. Cuban suggests a conference realignment that would result in a total of eight teams, including the Mavs, switching conferences. In Cuban's plan, the Mavs, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans would move to the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would move to the West. "It's not like it'd be the first time we've ever realigned," Cuban said. "It's happened many times before, so there's precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting." ESPN.com

"It's not like you're reducing competition," said Cuban, who noted that the teams he suggested moving to the West are approximately the same distance from Portland as Dallas and closer than New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston. "You keep Cleveland, Washington and other good teams in the East. It kind of shakes things up in terms of not just interest but also in terms of how people rebuild. "It just changes things up and it changes the thought process of a lot of teams. It makes both conferences very competitive, at least for the short-term and I think, based on the history of the teams, for the long-term as well." ESPN.com

Houston was prepared to offer Anthony a four-year deal worth $96 million – nearly $28 million less than what he settled for with the Knicks on a five-year deal – and Dallas could’ve come close but elected to sign Chandler Parsons instead. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only team Anthony considered that currently has a worse record than the Knicks (4-11) but Anthony refused to get wrapped up in any “what-if” scenarios in advance of his Texas two-step. “I don’t even think about it like that,” Anthony said recently. “Those are just games. Of course, I’ve been there, I’ve visited, I’ve talked to the people in each organization. But I don’t see it as, ‘Oh, they’re winning, I could’ve been there.’ If I’m thinking about other [stuff] right now, it’s irrelevant. I’ve got to be focused on this, what we’re trying to do here, keeping them motivated, keeping them inspired to come in here and work hard every day and practice every day.” Washington Post

Chandler was blamed for too eagerly criticizing former coach Mike Woodson’s defensive schemes. Whispers Chandler was one of the dreaded locker-room “finger pointers’’ have also surfaced. They are odd accusations for one of the NBA’s noted leaders. Of course, it could be a smoke screen for the real intentions of Jackson, the Knicks’ team president, shipping out a player who didn’t fit into his triangle offense because he’s not a good jump shooter or post-up guy. Chandler is, however, a ferocious defender and the current Knicks don’t defend a lick. New York Post

Most of us read the Chandler trade as the Mavs plugging the dam on a bottom-10 defense, and to a large degree, that was accurate. But Dallas also viewed Chandler as a keystone in what could be a historically great offense — a scoring machine so ruthless, the Mavs could chase a title in Dirk Nowitzki’s twilight without an elite defense. “When we can spread the floor with Tyson or [Brandan Wright] rolling,” Nowitzki says, “it’s a bitch to guard.” Grantland

November 25, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been one to keep his opinions to himself. And that includes, he said in an interview with HBO’s ‘Real Sports’, his advice to players on the team’s bench. “When something’s going not well for us and I see how guys respond at the end of the bench because I’m right there, that’s just good management that’s just paying attention,” he said. For The Win

November 24, 2014 Updates

Earl K. Sneed: Still no word on if Raymond Felton will be active tonight. Rick Carlisle says he'll update us later tonight on his actives list. #DALvsIND Twitter @EarlKSneed

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