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Mark Cuban is putting his money where his mouth is and will fund a study aimed at finding out if Human Growth Hormone could help athletes at all levels recover from traumatic injuries. The Dallas Mavericks' owner said before Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers that he is investing "more than the (NBA) minimum salary" to fund the two-year study. "I want to find out," Cuban said. "I just want to know what reality is. And if we can improve recovery time, obviously that's a plus for all of us. "There was never any basis in fact for not allowing it for use (while recovering from injuries). So let's find out. Let's find out what's real and not real. If it turns out to have no impact, OK. If it turns out to have a negative impact, OK. If it turns out to have a positive impact, OK. There's not an outcome they're trying to get to." Dallas Morning News

He believes athletes could spend less time recovering from injuries. "It'll be geared around one type of injury that has hundreds of thousands of examples a year," he said, electing not to discuss details of what the injury would be an which doctors and scientists are involved. "So we'll be able to do a placebo environment without hurting anybody, right? So here's the way we do it now. And here's how we do it with HGH. So hopefully it will accelerate recovery. "We have to get permission, that's why I don't want to go into all the details. We have to get FDA permission, but there's no reason not to approve it because nobody gets hurt by it. It's not long-term usage. It's X number of weeks. When you're done with it, what was the benefit." Dallas Morning News

April 3, 2014 Updates

Rivers said there was a "75 percent" chance Redick would return Thursday and multiple team sources said the plan was for Redick to start against Dallas. ESPN.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

The referees’ explanation didn’t make any sense to Dirk Nowitzki. Before walking off the floor after the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-120 overtime loss Tuesday to the Golden State Warriors, Nowitzki asked the officiating crew of Danny Crawford, Sean Corbin and Eric Dalen why Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal wasn’t called for goaltending on his critical block of a Monta Ellis floater with 13 seconds remaining and the game tied. “I think his layup has a chance to get to the rim, and if that’s the case, you can’t just get it out of the air,” Nowitzki said. “To me, that’s a goaltend. I asked the referees what happened. The explanation was that the ball was two feet short. If that’s the case, then he can get it out of the air, but where I was from, I think it had a chance to at least hit the rim. That’s a goaltend to me.” ESPN.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

As far as president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is concerned, the Mavericks don’t have to make a decision about Samuel Dalembert’s partially guaranteed contract this summer. That decision has already been made. The Mavs signed Dalembert to a two-year deal this summer, but only $1.8 million of the big man’s $3.87 million salary next season is guaranteed. However, Nelson said the Mavs fully intend to have Dalembert return next season. “Absolutely we’ll have Sam back,” Nelson said of the center who is averaging 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.3 minutes per game this season. ESPN.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

Q: We all know you've committed to re-signing with Dallas this summer as a free agent, and to finishing your career as a Maverick. But even if that's the case, why not explore free agency this summer, just to see what it's like, to be courted by other teams? Dirk Nowitzki: Well, I think the first time I was a free agent was in 2010. Other than that, I always extended early. I didn't even like it. I hated the unknown. Even listening to other teams, I just wasn't interested. I wanted to be here. My heart's here. I've been here for 16 years now. My family's here, friends. I'd love to retire here. I think everybody knows that. So hopefully we compete my last couple of years, make the playoffs every year. I think that's important. And just compete at the highest level. And then, slowly, riding into the sunset. It's been a great ride here. I can't even imagine wearing a different uniform. I don't want to live in a different city. I can't even imagine it. NBA.com

Q: So, do you like the direction that the team went in last summer, bringing in Monta and Jose on long-term contracts? Dirk Nowitzki: Well, I think we still have to prove it. That's the question. It's another big summer for us. We won the 'ship in '11, and then the lockout came, and we had to make some business decisions. We couldn't keep some of our warriors we won the championship with, and we had to make some tough decisions for our team, and for our fans. We moved on, and we tried to get some big free agents. Didn't work out, and that's part of the business. What you try to do is steady the ship and keep getting better. If it's not going to be another superstar this summer, then another couple of good players, like we did last year. That whole eight one-year deal [concept] didn't work, so that's why we went in a different direction. We brought in the steady backcourt duo in Monta [and Calderon]. They're going to be here a while. So if you can't get a superstar player, you try to get a bunch of good players, and they like playing with each other, and you go from there. NBA.com

March 30, 2014 Updates

Marion, however, would like to stick around the game long enough for another special season like the one he helped the Mavericks produce in 2011 when they won the franchise’s only NBA championship. Other than that, the 6-foot-7 small forward won’t hang around just to pick up a few extra bucks. “When the season is over with I’m going to evaluate everything I’ve got going on and see what’s what,” said Marion, who turns 36 on May 7. “At the same time I would love to have another championship.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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