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Mavs Release Fisher At His Request

HANGTIME SOUTHWEST — Derek Fisher, signed by the Dallas Mavericks just after Thanksgiving, didn’t make it to Christmas.

The Mavs announced Saturday that they waived the 38-year-old point guard just two days after he strained his right patellar tendon. The knee injury, which the team did not believe to be serious, is not the reason the team let him go. Fisher, who instantly took over as the starting point guard ahead of Darren Collison, asked to be released to return to his family in Los Angeles.

A league source said that when Fisher signed with Dallas in late November, he had a handshake agreement with Mavs owner Mark Cuban that he would be granted his release if Fisher deemed it necessary due to his family situation. The personal family reason for Fisher’s departure is not clear.

While playing for the Utah Jazz in 2007, Fisher’s infant daughter Tatum suffered from retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the eye. Fisher’s journey from a New York hospital, where Tatum had a tumor removed, to Salt Lake City to return for a playoff game, was well-chronicled and became the heartwarming story of the postseason.

When Fisher completed his first practice with the Mavs on Nov. 30, he did not sound like a man with concerns that could drag him away from a 17th season after he was not signed by a team during the offseason.

“I told the guys today, ‘This is not a pit stop. This is not kind of the final whatever before I decide to retire soon,’ ” Fisher said. “I’m here to give everything I have to help this team right now and continue to build as we go through this season.”

On Saturday, Fisher issued a statement that said the knee injury will keep him out at approximately two weeks and  coupled with the “the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.”

Fisher praised Cuban for his support and for granting his release. He also thanked coach Rick Carlisle and his Mavs teammates: “I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again, however for now my family and being close to them remains the priority.”

It leaves the Mavs where they were 14 games into the season when Carlisle opted to bench Collison and the Mavs decided to sign Fisher. The Mavs were 7-7 at the time and now stand at 12-15 entering Sunday’s game at San Antonio.

Dallas waived Delonte West prior to the season and have used Dominique Jones behind Collison. Roddy Beaubois, once considered a point guard of the future, has mostly been buried at the end of the bench.

The Mavs have had a revolving door since West’s release. They’ve signed and then subsequently released Eddy Curry, Troy Murphy and Fisher.

To fill Fisher’s roster spot, the Mavs will sign D-League Texas Legends guard Chris Douglas-Roberts. He will be in uniform at San Antonio. The 6-foot-7 Roberts has averaged 22.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 11 games. He is being re-called over first-round draft pick Jared Cunningham.

Dirk Practices, But Return Still Likely More Than A Week Away

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki returned to the practice court Wednesday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two months ago, but he still couldn’t pinpoint a return to game action beyond some time after Christmas.

“This is the first day stopping, pushing off, moving. We’ll see how it reacts,” the Dallas Mavericks’ all-time leading scorer said. “I’m going to do that a couple times, and do some contact for a while. Maybe any time after Christmas, that’ll be fun.”

He did lament that Dallas won’t have many practice days the rest of the month with three games in four nights before Christmas and then three games in four nights after the holiday.

Nowitzki said he was pleased with how he felt shortly after Wednesday’s short team practice that included only light contact work in preparation for Thursday’s home game against the Miami Heat, the start of a grueling six-game stretch to end 2012. He followed up the team workout with a 2-on-2 session with low-minute teammates Roddy BeauboisBernard James and Jae Crowder.

“I thought I played decent. Obviously, my legs are pretty shot,” Nowitzki said. “The first time running and shooting and jumping, so it’s going to take awhile for me to get back in halfway game shape. You can run in the pool and do some elliptical all you want, but it’s not like a 7-foot guy, 250 [pounds], leaning on you, pushing around and you still got to make a move and jump and then concentrate to make a shot. So I think it’s going to take a while to get in halfway decent shape. But for the first day, I think it felt pretty good.”

At 12-13, the Mavs now face the most rigorous stretch of their season, and they will be down more than just Dirk. Starting point guard Derek Fisher (right knee strain) won’t play against Miami, and forward Elton Brand (groin) and center Brandan Wright (right ankle sprain) will be game-time decisions.

After the Heat, Dallas plays Friday night at Memphis and finishes the pre-Christmas schedule at San Antonio on Sunday. After Christmas, Dallas plays at Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, then at home the next night against Denver, followed by the Spurs again at home on Dec. 30.

The road back to recovery has been a much longer one than Nowitzki anticipated, and he’s made that clear for weeks now. On Wednesday, he said that chronic swelling during the first couple weeks after surgery set him back “two or three weeks.”

The initial prognosis from the team’s medical staff was that Nowitzki would return to basketball activities after six weeks. About a month after surgery, Nowitzki hoped to make his season debut by mid-December. He’s already missed 25 games, 16 more than his previous high in any season when he sat out nine games with a sprained right knee in the 2010-11 season.

Nowitzki said at this point he sees no point in returning until he’s 100 percent and joked that in his case “rushing back” is no longer even a legitimate term.

“It’s almost, what, nine weeks? I mean we’re not rushing it anymore, it’s as slow as you can get unfortunately,” Nowitzki said. “The swelling at the beginning was just so bad, and we don’t really know why. Maybe I was trying too early to do something, nobody really knows. People react to surgery I guess different and mine was just really swollen and that really set me back two or three weeks.”

Point Guard Problem In Dallas?

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday face old pal Jason Kidd and the New York Knicks for the second time in less than two weeks. In the time between, the drastic decline witnessed at point guard must be unnerving for Dallas.

The promising start Darren Collison rode into the Big Apple on Nov. 9 is swerving amid a mess of poor decision making, poor shooting and perplexing turnovers. After Monday’s 105-101 overtime home loss to the Golden State Warriors in which Collison was terrible offensively (seven points on 2-for-11 shooting, five assists and five turnovers) and torched defensively by Stephen Curry (31 points, nine assists), his quickest move was exiting the locker room before the media was granted entrance for post game interviews.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle addressed his point guard’s spotty play by saying he must help Collison snap out of it.

“Right now, he’s our starting point guard,” Carlisle said. “I know he can play better. I know he’s frustrated with how things are going. Right now, I’ve just got to help him get better. When players struggle, it’s on the coach. I don’t dodge that responsibility.”

Even if Carlisle wanted to make a switch, he has no realistic option. Dallas waived the disgruntled Delonte West before the start of the season. Roddy Beaubois continues to be disappointingly ineffective and third-year guard Dominique Jones, while flashing potential in his recently increased role, is reckless handling the basketball and unreliable shooting it.

This isn’t to suggest the Mavs would be better off with Kidd, who is off to a strong start with the Knicks in his 19th season. Dallas wanted the 39 year old back, but he spurned its offer to join New York, the right move for him and the Mavs, regardless if Collison ultimately becomes Dallas’ long-term (not to mention the short-term) solution or not.

The Mavs were 4-1 when they headed to Madison Square Garden and gamely competed against the then-undefeated Knicks before falling late. The loss started this current 2-5 stretch that has Dallas, still without star Dirk Nowitzki, at .500 (6-6) and backed into a corner with the revenge-minded Los Angeles Lakers following the Knicks into town Saturday night.

It was in L.A. on opening night that the speedy Collison carved up Steve Nash and Dallas’ new cast surprisingly revved up an uncertain offense. In the first five games, Collison averaged 16.2 points on highly efficient shooting at close range, and 7.2 assists, while committing just six total turnovers.

In the last seven games, he’s averaged 11.2 points and 5.9 assists with 21 turnovers. In just the last four games, he’s shooting 30.8 percent while averaging 10.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.3 turnovers.

At the other end, it’s been a scorched trail of point-guard destruction: Kemba Walker, Luke Ridnour, former Pacers teammate George Hill, Kyrie Irving and finally Curry’s explosion for a season high in points and assists. The Mavs have yet to see All-Star point guards the likes of Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.

“Stephen Curry just didn’t outplay one player,” Mavs shooting guard O.J. Mayo said. “He outplayed the Dallas Mavericks.”

Maybe so, but Collison was on the floor for 38 of Curry’s 43 minutes and served as his primary defender. Offensively, Collison was ineffective, at best. He did hit the game-tying jumper with 36 seconds to play to force overtime after Curry’s fourth-quarter blitz, but even that was a broken play in which he failed to get the ball into center Chris Kaman on a mismatch.

If not for Mayo’s late scoring takeover — hero ball, as they like to say nowadays, at its essence — the Mavs might not have even reached overtime. Mayo had 18 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and accounted for all 11 of Dallas’ points in OT on just one assist.

“I had the opportunity to have the ball in my hands,” Mayo said. “I didn’t have to depend on someone creating a shot for me.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for your point guard. And that’s a problem.

Raptors Betting DeRozan Ready to Become the Total Package


DALLAS –
If DeMar DeRozan is ultimately going to quiet his hometown critics and earn the $40 million he’ll be paid over the next four seasons, he’ll need to learn to become more ruthless on the floor and more demanding of his teammates when they need pushing the most.

The roster-depleted Dallas Mavericks were everything that DeRozan and his sluggish teammates, playing the second game of a back-to-back and fourth game in five nights, were not in the first quarter of the Raptors’ eventual 109-104 defeat. They led exactly once, 2-0, on DeRozan’s opening jumper. Toronto trailed by as many as 16 and by double digits nearly throughout until a late, futile comeback attempt.

By the end of the first quarter, Dallas — playing without Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Elton Brand and Roddy Beaubois — led 36-24, shooting 60 percent, and kept the Raptors at arm’s length the rest of the way. It was Toronto’s fourth loss in five games, hardly the start preferred by a franchise seeking a resurgence under second-year coach Dwane Casey.

No, it didn’t help that a sprained ankle sustained the night before in the blowout loss at Oklahoma City sidelined streaking point guard and leading scorer Kyle Lowry. But, don’t talk to the Mavericks about injuries. This game was determined by hustle and one of Mavs coach Rick Carlisle‘s favorite words — disposition. Just peek at the halftime rebounding totals to see which team brought it: Dallas, near the bottom of the league in every rebounding category, 31, Toronto 13.

On a night made for DeRozan to pull up his teammates from the opening tip, to will his tired club to compete on the road, it just wasn’t there. At the half, DeRozan had 10 points on 2-for-5 shooting while being guarded mostly by Mavs rookie forward Jae Crowder.

“I thought they did a good job,” Casey said of the Mavs’ defense. “We didn’t have a heavy dose of going to him in the first half as much as we did the second half. We tried to get the ball moving from side to side a little bit more in the first half and I thought he got it going in the second half. I don’t know if it was Crowder or just DeMar.”

DeRozan finished with 24 points, getting to the free-throw line 10 times, with seven assists and six rebounds. He missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

Just 23 years old and in his fourth NBA season, DeRozan beat the Halloween deadline and happily signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the franchise that drafted him ninth overall in 2009 after one season at USC.

“It’s definitely big because this is where I want to be at the end of the day,” DeRozan said. “I’ve been here through the tough times and I definitely want to be here when things turn around so that’s my big picture, how I look at it. And for them to keep me here, it’s definitely a blessing.”

The franchise, general manager Byran Colangelo and Casey could have waited until after this season, but they rolled the dice on an extension, believing DeRozan is on the cusp of transforming his off-the-charts athleticism into the total package.

“He’s a core of our youth movement,” Casey said. “We’re banking on him, we’re betting on him and I see nothing but good things. He’s made strides this year from last year so we’re banking on him continuing to make those strides going into the future.”

The belief is that Lowry will make DeRozan better and there’s already early proof of that. Other pieces such as Landry Fields, who has disappointed, rookie center Jonas Valanciunas, Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson can be blocks around their young wing.

“They’re coming along well,” DeRozan said of the pieces around him. “We had a tough couple games, close games … but but we’re learning. I think it can’t do nothing but help us; in the long run I think we’re going to be just fine.”

But in the short-term, if the Raptors continue to struggle, DeRozan and his new extension will get the scrutiny.

Marion’s Sprained MCL Could Mean Increased Role For Crowder

 

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — The Dallas Mavericks received injury news they didn’t need Tuesday afternoon. The team confirmed that small forward Shawn Marion has a sprained left medial collateral ligament. He will miss at least the next three games before being re-evaluated next week.

Marion, 34, sustained the injury in the second half of Monday night’s 114-91 win against the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s been ultra-durable during his time in Dallas and is again, by far, the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 9.0 a game to go with 8.0 points. On a team in flux, Marion had been the only starter from the last two seasons to be in the starting lineup through all four games this season.

Dallas is already without star Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) for a couple more weeks and backup point guard Rodrigue Beaubois remains day-to-day with a sprained ankle. Center Chris Kaman returned to the lineup last Saturday after nursing a calf injury for two weeks. (more…)

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Episode 3


Shaq is back with more antics from around the league and once again you can vote for the most foolish play of the week. This week Shaq calls out Jason Richardson, Nate Robinson, Roddy Beaubois, ‘Boomer’ the mascot and yes, The Diesel himself. Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment!

What’s Next For The Mavericks?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With The Finals in the books (and in case you missed anything, check out our nifty recap above), it’s never too soon to start analyzing the participants. We’re not ones to wait, so here’s our quick post-Finals take on the state of the Heat and Mavs and what’s next for each of them. Here’s our look at the newly-crowned NBA champs, the Mavericks.

DALLAS MAVERICKS

A quick look back: It began like a lot of other seasons with the Mavericks zooming out of the starting gate and on their way to piling up a ton of wins. If only the world had known it was a glimpse of the future when they whipped the visiting Heat 106-95 on Nov. 24 in the game most remembered for LeBron James’ bumping incident with Erik Spoelstra and Miami’s postgame meeting. They were 12-4 after that game and ran their blazing start to 24-5 with a win at Oklahoma City on Dec. 27.

That game also saw Dirk Nowitzki go down with a sprained right knee after landing awkwardly and was the start of a rough stretch that many thought might be the unraveling of the season. Nowitzki’s bad knee forced him out for nine games. But the loss of Caron Butler on Jan. 1 with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee took him out for the season and seemed to take away Dallas’ momentum.

From Dec. 28 through Jan. 20 the Mavs labored through a month of anguish, losing 10 of 13 games and sinking back into the middle of the Western Conference standings. But according to the players, it was that difficult stretch when coach Rick Carlisle drove them to make a deeper commitment to their long-term goal and actually found that inner strength that drove them through the playoffs.

The Mavs entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed and carrying the same dose of skepticism from the outside world that had marked recent failures. Then they blew a 23-point fourth quarter lead at Portland in Game 4 of the first round and the belief was that they were the same old Mavs. But from that point on, nothing was ever the same. They won two straight to close out the Blazers, thoroughly embarrassed the two-time defending champs in sweeping the Lakers, swatted down the challenge from the young Thunder and then stood up in the face of the bombast from the Heat to claim the first championship in franchise history.

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D-League DPOY Steps Up For Blazers

PORTLAND – After days of playing Dirk Nowitzki on the scout team in practice, Trail Blazers rookie forward Chris Johnson finally got a chance to play against the Mavericks’ All-Star Thursday night in Game 3 of this playoff series.

And he didn’t disappoint.

Johnson joined Blazers star Brandon Roy as one of the surprise heroes of the Blazers’ 97-92 win, playing huge fourth quarter minutes off the bench in relief of both Marcus Camby and LaMarcus Aldridge to help the Blazers pull to within a game (2-1) in the series.

No one was happier for the D-League Defensive Player of the Year than the men he relieved, Camby more than anyone since taking Johnson under his wing when Johnson signed with the Blazers as a free agent March 14. His 6-foot-11, 210-pound protegé looked like Camby-lite, grabbing three rebounds, blocking two shots and altering a couple of others in his six minutes of crunch time action against the Mavericks.

“Chris came in played well and you always get happy for guys like that, who work so hard behind the scenes,” Camby said. “You never know in this league when your number is going to be called. And tonight he played well when his number was called.

Johnson is one 45 former D-Leaguers working in the playoffs, a list that includes Mavericks guards Jose Barea, Roddy Beaubois, Dominique Jones and forward Ian Mahinmi. Johnson has plenty of D-League alumni company in his own locker room with Luke Babbitt, Earl Barron, Armon Johnson and Patty Mills all have logged time in the D-League.

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Mavericks On The Loose, Again

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With the trade winds blowing in Los Angeles and attention focused seemingly everywhere else, the Dallas Mavericks have quietly gotten back to the business of mowing down the competition.

Winners of 10 straight games, the Mavs have clearly recovered from that little mini-tailspin last month (they lost six in a row and seven of eight) when both Caron Butler and Dirk Nowitzki went down with knee injuries.

They have won 11 of their last 12 games, the only blemish during that stretch being an 82-77 setback in Chicago Jan. 20. Included in that march are wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, Hawks, Knicks and Celtics. So it’s not like they’ve been fattening up on just losing teams.

The Mavs have regained that early season swagger they showed when they rolled to a 24-5 start right after Christmas and announced themselves as a legitimate challenger to the Lakers’ three-year stranglehold on the Western Conference title.

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Mavs reeling with Lakers in town

It wasn’t that long ago when the Mavericks were hot on the heels of the Spurs for the best record in not only the Western Conference but the league. San Antonio is still setting the pace. Dallas? Not so much.

The Mavs have fallen on hard times. First they lost Dirk Nowitzki for nine games with a bum knee. During Dirk’s absence, Caron Butler was lost for the rest of the regular season with a torn patella tendon. (Butler does expect to be back during the playoffs.)

The Mavs (26-15) have dropped nine of 11 going into tonight’s tussle (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) with the Los Angeles Lakers (31-12) at American Airlines Center. The champs aren’t facing the same Dallas team of just a few weeks ago, writes Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com.

Instead, what Kobe, the “Boy Toy” coach and the rest of the two-time champion Los Angeles Lakers might find Wednesday night at American Airlines Center is the shrinking, scattered mess of a team that’s been recently dusted by the Toronto Raptors, the Indiana Pacers, the Memphis Grizzlies and, as of Monday afternoon, the Detroit Pistons.

So the questions now in Big D are now what position the Mavs will be in once the postseason gets here — they’re fallen to fith in the West — and if a big trade is in the works. Mark Cuban isn’t shy when it comes to pulling blockbuster triggers. What does Dallas have to deal with?

Caron Butler’s expiring $10.8 deal is at the top of the list. As for the potential targets the replace Butler, Marc Stein of ESPN.com gives us names such as Stephen Jackson, J.R. Smith, Tayshaun Prince, Corey Maggette and former Maverick point guard Devin Harris.

The Mavs also eagerly await the return of scoring whiz Roddy Beaubois, but it’s looking like the second-year guard won’t be back until February at the earliest.