5 Roster Moves Mark Cuban Regretted

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Talent evaluation and financial planning around an NBA salary cap is a tough, often thankless job. To look at a player, in some cases a kid who may be 19-20 years old, and determine whether or not he’s going to develop into a real player or maintain current form is a near impossible task. And no one, no matter how good their track record, gets it right 100% of the time. While many of these moves can be found in the years following Dallas’s lone championship in 2011, others date back more than a decade. Sure Dallas looks to have a promising young core again, but these five roster moves can’t help but leave Mavs fans wondering “What if.”

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Dirk Joins Exclusive Club, Scores 30,000th Point

The 30K Club has a new member and his name is Dirk Nowitzki. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Tall Baller from the G needed just 20 points to become just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He wasted little time doing so. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing: Proper Placement 7/15/13

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ brand new CD “Magic Wife Dust” is now available HERE! His sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes and/or Podbean for free.  The transcripts will appear here.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

Last night I had some dreams. No, not those kinds of dreams, just regular dreams. The weird thing about them was that they featured the theme song from the 80’s TV show “Night Court.” None of the characters were there, and I wasn’t IN court, just the song was playing. Over and over. I don’t know why, but it’s creeping me out, because its something that’s in a place it shouldn’t be.

See, Here’s The Thing; Proper placement is a key in life, because when we see something that’s out of place, it doesn’t register correctly in our brain. The Night Court theme song didn’t work in my dream last night. I don’t recall everything that was happening in the dream, it was one of those typical ones where the scene morphed from me on stage filming my HBO Comedy Special, to me making a comeback as quarterback of the Browns after a 25 year layoff, to me being chased by unknown assailants and running like I was in quicksand, to me in bed with … uum … my wonderful wife. You know, dream stuff. All accompanied by the theme song from Night Court. It just, didn’t, fit. In sports, you know these kinds of things are wrong when you see them, because even if sometimes you can’t quite put your finger on exactly what it is, something just doesn’t pass the eye test or sit right. The team name “Jazz” in Utah: doesn’t fit. Dwight Howard on the Lakers with Steve Nash. Two great players, two very different styles, didn’t fit. Tiger Woods, and monogamy. Well … whatever.

Look, putting a player in a place where they have the best chance to succeed is the key to any coaching or front office job, in any sport. Proper placement has an effect on the outcome, for everyone involved. Great example: The movie “Sharknado” Does Not Fit in civilized, decent, semi-educated society. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to try and remember if I did anything in my dream that made Bull Shannon say “Ewwwwwkay.” I hope it wasn’t my quarterbacking.

Find me on the web at MiddleAgedMarriedGuy.com, Facebook as Comedian Stephen Thomas, or follow me on Twitter @15Stephen15.  For The Nick Bonsanto Show, I’m Stephen Thomas, and that was The Thing.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Works In Print and on Film

By Josh Mosley
PSDC Scribbler

In the summer of 2011, I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower in a four-hour Friday night sitting. Actually, I was lounged about in bed, but that tidbit was for descriptive purposes and not to make me sound less nerdy.

With the help of a snowfall that kept me from having to go in to work, I watched the movie three times between Tuesday and Wednesday. Sure, I watched “Argo”* for a second time and “Flight”** for the first time between viewings No. 1 and 2 of “Perks” but that’s beside the point.

*Liked it even more after a second viewing

**It’s nice to see something new from Denzel Washington. I’d love to see him be the terrifying and hilarious dad a la DeNiro in “Silver Linings Playbook” or the “Meet the Parents” franchise.

The book is good. It’s also a short one, written for a teenage audience. For now, concentrate less on the “short teen book” aspect and more on the “good book” aspect. The movie was as good.

Obviously, since I chose to watch it again over the rest of my DVD collection.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits a mark that a lot of well-loved books that are adapted into films strive to hit. [Read more…]

Hot Stove Burns Rangers Fans as Josh Hamilton Gets His Wings

By Joshua V. Best
PSDC Contributor

Following the 2003-2004 basketball season, Steve Nash was a 30-year-old point guard who was one of three stars on a perennial playoff Dallas Mavericks team. Though bounced in the first round that season by a Sacramento Kings team about which the word “hate” doesn’t begin to be strong enough to describe my feelings, due in large part to the presence of Antoine Walker AKA “Human Cancer,” the Mavs had still established themselves as one of the premier franchises in the league. In fact, much like the Rangers, they had progressed deep in the playoffs and then taken a step backward that year. What had been building seemed to be derailing, and our point guard stood without a contract. [Read more…]

D’Antoni is Da’ Man For The Lakers

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones 

In the early morning hours on Monday the Los Angeles Lakers named Mike D’Antoni their new head coach.  I’m guessing the Lakers were trying to lessen the blow to Laker fans that had hopes on Phil Jackson being the new coach….again.  In the previous two days, we heard constantly that the job was all but wrapped up for Phil Jackson, but Phil was asking too much.   [Read more…]

Lakers Fire Brown, Who’s Got Next?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones 

Friday afternoon the Los Angeles Lakers relieved head coach Mike Brown of his duties with the team.  After the Lakers got off to a less than stellar 1-4 start, many expected Brown to be on the hot-seat, but being fired this early in the season has raised some red flags.  Mike Brown was in his second season with the Lakers and had compiled an overall record of 42-29. [Read more…]

Five NBA Questions, Five Correct Answers

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones

The Cleveland Browns are eliminated from the playoffs, Cowboys fans are mad at Tony Romo and Chargers fans are ready to fire Norv Turner.  You know what that means?  It’s almost time for the NBA to start.  And boy am I excited.  We get a full season of the NBA – no crammed schedules, no resting players, no back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back games all in different cities – we actually get a normal NBA slate this year.  I am so pumped.  I cannot wait for the season to start.  [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency Frenzy

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor

Like most offseasons, there are super star athletes looking to be traded or taking their talents elsewhere to win a championship or get a better, richer contract. At times, the player is the one pressuring general managers for a more lucrative contract, but most of the time, it is the player’s agent. The higher their client’s contract, the higher the agent’s cut of the paycheck is. That is not always the case. Sometimes guys turn down bigger contracts to go to a team that needs their services the most. [Read more…]