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Avery Johnson is the new head men's basketball coach at Alabama. At a job that requires not only coaching, but selling recruits and their families, Johnson is resorting back to his old days as Mavericks coach. “I learned so much working with Mark Cuban and working with our staff there and Keith Grant and Donnie Nelson and all those guys, so whether it was in terms of the type of athlete you should try to recruit for your system, hiring the right coaching staff, you know, a lot of the entertainment that the Mavericks provide for the fans at the games,” Johnson told the Tuscaloosa News. “We’re trying to adopt and incorporate a lot of what they do at our games.” Dallas Morning News

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Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his 46 regular-season appearances for the Mavs. He then played just 37 total minutes in the playoffs before exiting Game 2 with a back injury, leaving the team shortly after that while seeking additional medical opinions. Still, according to team president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks wouldn’t hesitate to make the trade again in order to increase their odds of securing a second title in franchise history. “That was definitely something worth pulling the trigger on,” Nelson explained. “In our opinion, that was kind of the one piece that was missing. … We’ve had a history of doing well with pass-first point guards. Sometimes, when things are written down on paper, they look great. When things are going into the oven, they feel great. And a lot of times, when it comes out, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It was one of those things that in our estimation certainly wasn’t risk-free, but it was certainly worth the risk. If we would’ve had to do it all over again, we would’ve pulled the trigger again.” mavs.com

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A 5-foot-7, 143-pound native of Niigata, Japan, Togashi averaged 16.3 points and a league-high 7.6 assists in 58 games last season for Akita Northern of the Japan Basketball League (JBL). The plan is for Togashi to remain with the Mavs throughout training camp, then play in Frisco for the Texas Legends of the D-League. “We’ve got a limited window to take a look,” said Donnie Nelson, who doubles as the owner of the Legends and president of basketball operations for the Mavs. “But really his opportunities are going to be with the Texas Legends. “I’d say it’s a long shot at best for him to make [an NBA] roster right now. But it’s an opportunity for him to make his dream come true in reality to play for the Legends and, like so many guys before him, to use this as a springboard to get in the league.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

As far as Togashi goes, forward Dirk Nowitzki said: “I’ve never seen him play. I heard he was in the summer league and was really good, really fast. “Obviously, he’s really agile at that size. So we’ll see what he’s got.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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On if there is still chance Shawn Marion could re-sign with Dallas: Nelson: “Well ‘Trix is just like we’ve talked about with JET and Dirk — we don’t sip from the cup without Shawn Marion so absolutely you never close the door. Now, his value in the marketplace is much higher than what we have right now, and so I would categorize that as a long long long long long shot. But kind of like Vince, there’s opportunities and the really good agents are going to get their guy their values. And Shawn Marion’s got one of the best in the business, if not thee best, so I expect he’s going to get a lot more money out there than the Mavericks can afford to offer right now.” Dallas Morning News

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