Dallas Mavericks Rumors
Tim MacMahon: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Dirk Nowitzki, already ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game due to lingering soreness in his right Achilles’ tendon. “Dirk’s situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely,” Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Nowitzki has played in only five games for the 3-15 Mavs this season.
Right now, the 38-year-old Nowitzki is mired in basketball misery. His Mavs (3-14) have the NBA’s worst record, and Nowitzki can do nothing to help, as he is sidelined for at least the rest of the week. “It’s hard to listen to him,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “The dude bitches like a m—–f—–.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, appalled at a missed call on the opening possession of Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Clippers-Brooklyn Nets game, is publicly calling for the NBA office to discipline referee Ken Mauer. “Suspend him, demote him, make him ref a game in the D-League,” Cuban said during his pregame workout Wednesday night.
Mauer watched as Bogdanovic caught the ball above the top of the 3-point arc, dribbled once with his right hand, picked the ball up, dragged his pivot foot and dribbled again with his left hand before passing to a teammate. “That call? At the beginning of the game? Right in front of him?” Cuban said. “That wasn’t an error in judgment. “Refs are going to miss things because there’s other things going on, but there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there.”
Cuban indicated that Mauer’s missed calls was evidence of a bigger issue, but Cuban declined to be more specific when pressed on what that problem might be. “This wasn’t just a missed call. This was something else,” Cuban said. “I don’t know what it was. Sometimes it’s the problem; sometimes it’s the symptom of a problem. I think this is more reflective of a symptom of a problem.”