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Howard made a bad situation worse the night of Game 4, when the Mavericks lost and fell into a 3-1 series hole and Howard passed out flyers for his birthday party in the postgame locker room. New Orleans went on to eliminate Dallas in the next game. “You were disappointed that something like that would come out in a playoff series,” Johnson said. “Everybody has made mistakes, and I think if Josh could do it all over again, he wouldn’t have made those comments.” Grantland

Still, followers of the NBA were beginning to develop a negative image of Howard. “I knew that wasn’t me,” he said. “It’s the perception without people even asking me. They just want to go off what they read or what they heard from somebody who thinks they know me.” A week before the 2010 trade deadline, Dallas sent Howard to Washington with Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson. “Of course I wanted to finish my career in Dallas,” Howard said. “What player wouldn’t want to finish their career where they started off? But I saw it as a new beginning as well.” Grantland

August 13, 2014 Updates

The NBA schedule typically produces some oddities, and the 2014-15 gives us this: Raymond Felton, newly acquired by the Dallas Mavericks, will make his season debut in Portland. Felton joined Dallas as part of the trade that took center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas from New York. Last week, Felton was suspended for the first four games of the NBA season after he pleaded guilty to a firearms charge. When the 2014-15 schedule came out Wednesday, whaddaya know, the fifth game of the Mavericks' season -- the first Felton will be eligible to play as a Dallas player -- will be against the Blazers at the Moda Center on Thursday, Nov. 6. The game will be broadcast by TNT. Oregonian

August 12, 2014 Updates

Due to some last-minute shuffling, sources said, exactly when and where James will launch his second stint as a Cavalier is still being finalized. But sources insist that it will not be in San Antonio after considerable speculation in recent weeks that Cleveland would open the new season against the NBA's reigning champions. Ring Night for the Spurs, sources said, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 28 at home against the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio's opponent for seven games in the first round of last spring's playoffs. ESPN.com

The Indiana Pacers have jumped into the race for Shawn Marion's signature -- competing with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers -- by hosting Marion on a visit to Indianapolis, ESPN.com has learned. Marion met face-to-face with Pacers president Larry Bird Monday, according to sources close to the situation, after Bird urged the free-agent defensive specialist and former All-Star to come to town to consider signing with Indiana in the wake of the devastating compound leg fracture suffered by Pacers star Paul George. ESPN.com

Sources say that Marion, meanwhile, has maintained for weeks that he hopes to wind up with a championship contender if he leaves the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, so it remains to be seen whether Indiana's financial advantages can trump the promise of championship contention playing alongside James in Cleveland. ESPN.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

Finishing the 2013-14 season tied for the fifth-oldest team in the league with an average age of 28.5 years old, the Mavs still managed to sprint to a 49-33 record before pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the Mavericks hope that an injection of young blood will help get them over the hump. “I mean, it gets us younger,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said while watching the team’s summer-league squad last month in Las Vegas. “The good news about all the experience we had is it really allowed us to modify and give the Spurs a run for their money last year. The bad news is that we had to restrict minutes, and so restricted minutes was a bigger challenge. [Parsons] is a guy that we can keep out there a lot longer, whereas with Vince and with ‘Trix [Marion] and Dirk we really had to balance minutes.” mavs.com

Cuban has been railing about NBA player involvement in international competitions for years, decrying the financial payoff that comes to the International Olympic Committee rather than the NBA and its owners, or its players. To that end, Cuban has proposed the NBA develop its own World Cup of Basketball. "For the IOC, basketball is an afterthought," Cuban wrote via e-mail Friday. "We may create more money than any other Summer Olympic sport, but the profits are not re- invested into the NBA, or into developing basketball around the world. They are reinvested in the IOC's bank account. So as a result, the NBA still has to pay to develop the game globally. So its worse than it looks NBA.com

"But if we owned a World Cup, guys would still love playing for their country. The standards for safety, trainers, etc., would be ours. Profits from TV, and there would be profits from TV, would go not just to the NBA/Players, but we could take a big chunk and actually develop the game worldwide. The IOC does nothing to develop basketball. We would be able to do far more because we would own the whole vertical chain "So right now, not only do we not benefit at all, we have to pay to develop the game worldwide and that comes out of the owners' and players' pockets." NBA.com

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