Podcast Shanks – Mavs Season In Memorium

It was a polarizing season for the Dallas Mavericks. From beginning the year with one of the worst starting lineups in the league to cultivating a surprisingly talented, young roster, the Mavs appear to have a bright future despite posting their first losing season in 16 seasons. In this episode of Podcast Shanks, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala take a look at the highs, the lows, and everything in between from this past Mavs season. [Read more…]

How the Mavs Finally Got Their Men

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Mavs Man

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

After the Dallas Mavericks won their lone championship in 2011, the organization saw a philosophical shift. Gone were the key members of a title-winning core mere months after reaching the pinnacle of the basketball world. Tyson Chandler had gone to the New York Knicks in a sign and trade deal that saw him earn a four years and $55 million. Following were the likes of JJ Barea, Caron Butler, Corey Brewer, and other key pieces. A year later, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry would follow, effectively ending an era in Big D. [Read more…]

Mavs Rally Behind Dirk to Upend Thunder at Home

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

On Sunday night, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle found himself in a pickle. His starting center Tyson Chandler was going to miss the game due to lower back spasms. Further complicating the issue was the recent departure, via the Rajon Rondo trade, of Tyson Chandler-lite, Brandan Wright. What he was left with was Greg Smith, an unproven, somewhat undersized big man. But, rather than lean on Smith from the gate, a whimsical dream – a nightmare really – prompted Carlisle to craft the most Don Nelson lineup imaginable. The Dallas starting lineup for Sunday night was as follows: [Read more…]

Costly Turnovers Doom Mavs Against Hawks

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Monday night in Dallas marked just the second game for Rajon Rondo in a Mavericks uniform. His prior outing had seen a fairly stagnant offense for the most part until Monta Ellis flew in to save the day with a heroic fourth quarter charge. Unfortunately, that same calvary would not make an appearance against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

Photo Credit: dallasnews.com

Photo Credit: dallasnews.com

Atlanta came into the game riding a hot streak, winning 12 of their previous 13 contests after a 7-6 start. Make no mistake about it, this is not the same Hawks team from last season. In fact, in his pre-game press conference, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stated “they could very well be the team that comes out of the East this year. That’s how good they are.” On Monday night, their play validated Carlisle’s claim. [Read more…]

Mavs Fast Break Ep. 2 with Chris Stuckey & Darreck Kirby

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With the NBA season underway, Chris Stuckey and Darreck Kirby continue Dallas Mavericks coverage on ProjectShanks.com with another episode of Mavs Fast Break. Topics discussed on the podcast include:

– First impression of Chandler Parsons in Rick Carlisle’s offense
– Parsons vs Ariza through six games
– Mavs stellar first halves vs third quarter woes
– Tyson Chandler’s impact on both ends of the floor
– Re-evaluating the Western conference playoff picture

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Follow Darreck on Twitter: @DarreckWKirby

Dallas Mavericks Blow Huge Lead, Hold Off Feisty Celtics

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Dallas, TX: The AAC was rocking as the Mavs reutrned from their brief road trip to New Orleans looking to push their winning streak to three games against the Boston Celtics. Much like their home opener, the Mavs raced out to a towering lead, only to watch it melt away in yet another third quarter letdown – the primary storyline for the team as a whole through its first four games.

Dallas may have squandered all but one of its 31-point lead but more than anything what stood out to me was the grit that both teams played with. Give credit to the Celtics for coming out of the half firing despite a big deficit. Brad Stevens has done a great job with his young team, rallying the troops time and time again despite Dallas runs that continously pushed the lead back to double digits. In the end, it was simply too much to overcome. Mavs 118, Celtics 113. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Fall In Season Opener

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The NBA season opened with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the new look Dallas Mavericks. And while the game might have gotten off to an ugly start, the champs looked every bit the part and edge the visiting Mavs 101-100.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

For Mavs fans, the good news is that the team really had a chance to win this one. In his Mavs debut, the $46 million man, Chandler Parsons was just 2-of-10 from the floor for five points, had four rebounds and two steals to go along with zero assists in 33 minutes. The team’s chemistry looked out of sorts – which is to be expected – and STILL had the final shot with a chance to steal one. [Read more…]

Mavs Introduce New Players, Jerseys

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

DALLAS – Tuesday afternoon, Mark Cuban unveiled his newest additions; six of his now eight new players (Charlie Vilanueva’s non-guaranteed contract wasn’t yet official and Richard Jefferson was…?), as well as the newest alternate jerseys designed by Mavs fan Geoff Case. Case’s design was selected out of more than 1,000 entries, and features the Dallas skyline as its backdrop. Since entering the contest, Geoff Case has left the digitial marketing field and opened the design company 1 Man Agency. He received $1,000 and season tickets as his prize.

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The idea behind Case’s design is that players will “pop” their jersey fronts to represent their city. [Read more…]

Mark Cuban Says “Hoggy” NFL Headed For Implosion

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Before Sunday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered an interesting opinion during a side note to those within the press around him, one most would likely disagree with. According to Cuban, the juggernaut known as the NFL is heading toward a self-inflicted implosion due to its own greed. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban explained. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy… When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.”

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While Cuban has never shied away from sharing his thoughts, no matter how outrageous they may seem, this one still left many within the gathering scratching their heads. How could a billion dollar machine like the National Football League possibly fail when it’s popularity is at an all-time high? [Read more…]

Mavericks Hold Pat At Trade Deadline

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

There was talk in the days leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline that the Dallas Mavericks would attempt to acquire Luol Deng from the Cleveland Cavaliers despite speculation he may very well end up in Dallas this coming summer anyway. So why did Mark Cuban and company attempt to rent out the talented Cavalier and longtime Chicago Bull? Because Dallas isn’t so sure of its self right now. Following Tuesday’s 11-point home loss to the Miami Heat, the Mavericks have fallen back to eighth in the Western Conference standings and find themselves a bit lacking in fire power.

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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Would You Pay The Ultimate Price For A Championship?

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief 

The Dallas Mavericks sold their soul to win a championship.

The Mavericks have their title, but it’s obvious at this point their gamble has failed, and their run is over.

I have struggled with this for over 12 months now. The day the Mavs won the championship was one of the greatest of my life. I felt like I was a part of the team. I felt like I won a championship. Two of my favorite people in the world are Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki. I’ve met them both and they are even more awesome than you could imagine. I am a Mavs Fan For Life (MFFL) and I’m not afraid to admit it. [Read more…]

Mark Cuban Puts Skip Bayless in His Place

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief 

If you know me at all, you know that I have a huge mancrush on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Many reasons for this bromance exist. Obviously, he is the owner of my favorite basketball team. And it’s not just because he is the owner, it’s because he is the best owner in all of sports. Want more reasons? He started an internet business and sold it for over $2 billon. I’ve met him and talked to him on several different occasions. He’s freakishly intelligent and right behind Vanilla Ice, he is my biggest role model. You can call me a kiss ass or call this a love fest but I have a ridiculous amount of respect for the dude.

I thought Cubes couldn’t  do anything to make me like him more than I already do until I watched him on ESPN’s atrocious morning show “First Take.” The “star” of the show, Skip Bayless, who is known for his blowhardedness and still receives a check from The Mothership for some reason, got his chance to go toe-to-toe with Mark and this happened… [Read more…]