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Adrian Wojnarowski: There are also NBA-mandated sanctions on Dallas that will require that the franchise make changes on reporting, staffing and policy to improve the workplace culture, league sources said. Donald Sterling had received that $2.5M fine as Clippers owner.
Dennis Smith Jr. was enjoying one of his last nights before the arrival of Dallas Mavericks training camp with friends at a hip Vietnamese restaurant when his mood suddenly changed. Smith’s cousin, Isaiah Whorley, showed him a cellphone video of a military vehicle submerged in Hurricane Florence floodwaters as it drove through a small town bordering their hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. “I can’t believe it,” Smith told The Undefeated. “A real big military truck was halfway submerged in water? I can’t believe I am seeing something like that. … I heard the Cape Fear River was at 50 feet.”
Cape Fear is projected to be at 62½ feet by Wednesday morning, according to the Fayetteville News & Observer. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has described Hurricane Florence as an “epic storm” and added that parts of the state have not “seen the worst flooding yet.” “I first started worrying when my dad called me about it,” Smith said. “They said it was coming directly to Fayetteville and by the time it got there it could be a Category 5. So that’s when I started calling some family members to make sure they were straight. I was hoping that the people that could get out would get out. But I also knew that the Smith family wasn’t going nowhere. My dad told me he was going to get his boat ready and he had a generator, so he was going to stay put.”
Smith added that his father’s home got through the storm fine and he is getting continual hurricane updates through a family group chat via text. “My cousin Leon, his house got flooded. My cousin Reggie, his house got flooded,” Smith said. “But we have such a big family that everyone is being taken care of. This is the biggest hurricane there to date. My family is keeping me up to date with everything.”
To hear some insiders tell it, in Doncic, it is as if the Mavs have acquired a taller version of Jason Kidd, who led Dallas to a championship in 2011 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month. “Luka has been playing in the gym with the guys every day and he’s looked great,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “He’s a big body guard, he can move, he can shoot, he’s got unbelievable passing skills. “He’s got passes through the legs and behind the back in scrimmages already, so I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching him over the years grow even more. He’s fun to watch.”