In the summer of 1998, the Mavericks conducted an internal investigation of Terdema Ussery after several female employees made complaints of inappropriate workplace behavior. Ussery was retained, but shortly thereafter the entire Mavericks workforce received revamped employee handbooks that included a new sexual harassment policy. Buddy Pittman, a new head of H.R., was hired by the Mavs that summer as well, no coincidence according to multiple team sources. “They basically brought [Pittman] in to save T from himself,” says one former employee, referring to Ussery by his nickname. She noted as well that Pittman’s cubicle—he did not have a private workspace—was within earshot of Ussery’s office.
December 5, 2020 | 5:04 pm EST Update
Michael Singer: MPJ said he was back home in Missouri for the majority of the offseason. Said he was in the gym multiple times a day. “There’s literally nothing (else) to do.” He also said he was in L.A. for a week working out at the same gym as Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum.
Jason Jones: Buddy on the Kings playing faster: “We’re just going to see how it starts but it should be a fun group. Just knowing Alvin’s track record and the way he played in New Orleans. Just watching their team play last year, it just reminds me of us when we played, when we had Dave/”
December 5, 2020 | 3:51 pm EST Update
Melissa Rohlin: Russell Westbrook said on the floor he’s trying “to bust somebody’s a–” and doesn’t care about shaking hands or making friends. “I’m never changing that,” he said. Off the court, he said he’s devoted to helping underserved communities and changing lives.