The 2011 Dallas Mavericks: A Nellieball Champion

“NBA Finals predictions anyone? I’m going with Miami/Dallas.” Steve, April 11, 2011

“I think the Mavs can win it. I think things have to break right for them, and they have to continue to play at the level they’ve been playing. But why not?” Don Nelson, May 12, 2011

I think a lot of veteran NBA types were amazed by how this series played out. The three most interesting comments I saw were from 1) Steve Nash, who was perplexed that the Heat didn’t go small and get Lebron on Dirk (something that I thought was the key to the series in my preview); 2) George Karl, who was surprised by Lebron’s lackluster last two games (something I attribute directly to the Heat’s offensive and defensive gameplans); and 3) the Warriors’ own Reggie Williams, on the post-game show, who stated that Spoelstra’s failure to get shooters on the floor (in particular James Jones) is what allowed Dallas to effectively zone Dwayne Wade and Lebron.

You can see Nellie’s influence in all of those comments.

Dallas’ phenomenal 3 point shooting in the last 2 games was obviously a huge factor in the series.  But I really think the deciding factor was Wade’s game 5 injury.  He was averaging  30 points a game shooting over 50% prior to that, and was the focus of the Heat’s attack. He clearly wasn’t able to reach that level in game 6 (6-16 for 17 points), even after 3 days off.

And not just on offense. In his post-game interview, Jason Terry made reference to the Heat’s defenders “wearing down.” That was Dwayne Wade he was talking about.  It was not an accident that Dallas shot 24-45 from three in the last two games.

Despite the pushback I received from commenters in the previous thread, I continue to feel that this series was a tremendous vindication of Nellieball. Look, did you ever see the Mavs walk the ball up the court, and throw it into the low post? Hell no.  They don’t even have a low post player. The Mavs pushed the ball relentlessly, to prevent the Heat from setting their defense,  and they took the first open shot, no matter where on the court it was created. They averaged an incredible 21 threes a game in this series.  (As an aside, can you imagine if Bob Fitzgerald had called this series? “Dallas is in danger of falling in love with the three!” “It’s all on the perimeter!” “Corner threes lead to layups and dunks!” “Dirk Nowitzki is becoming a volume shooter!”)

The Mavs willingly sacrificed size in the backcourt and at small forward, in order to establish the shooting, passing and quickness advantage. And of course, they started a spread 4, which is a Don Nelson invention. That spread 4 also happened to be Dirk Nowitzki, who is a Don Nelson creation.  And the Mavs subbed a spread 4, Brian Cardinal. This completely opened the floor for the isolations and pick and rolls of Terry and Barea. The Mavs were absolutely unguardable, by even the best defense in the NBA.

Are these not the hallmarks of Nellieball?

On the defensive end they covered up their size and athletic deficiencies with “gimmicks” (as Nellie detractors liked to phrase it) — their zone, and their creative matchups. Is this also not a hallmark of Nellieball? The only difference is that when Carlisle made the decision to start Barea over Stevenson, no one accused him of “not caring about defense.”

In the comments to my last post, White Hat expressed doubt that Jason Kidd is a Nellieball player.  I strongly disagree. Jason Kidd is an offensive genius, who in 2011 has serious athletic limitations. Would Don Nelson not have wanted such a player on his team? I find that hard to believe. Nellie’s career was built upon finding roles for players like this. What was Steve Nash? Stephen Curry? Chris Mullin? Nowitzki himself?

In his use of Kidd in this series, Carlisle all but incarnated Don Nelson. Carlisle used Terry and Barea — the Mavs’ best offensive guards — almost exclusively to initiate the Mavs’ offense. Although Kidd still brought the ball up (and did a fine job pushing the tempo),  in the half-court offense he was most frequently used OFF THE BALL, to spread the floor as a three point shooter.  In this role he resembled the many multi-talented defensive wings that Don Nelson employed over the years, going back to Mario Elie.

And in fact, Kidd was frequently played alongside both Terry and Barea, and used to guard Lebron James.  What exactly was Kidd’s position at these times of the games?  I’ll tell you what it was:


Rick Carlisle recognized that Kidd’s BEST position in this series was at small forward, because while Kidd had absolutely no prayer against the healthy Dwayne Wade of games 1 through 4, he was absolutely terrific at guarding bigger players like Lebron James.

Now I wonder… where in the world could Carlisle have gotten that idea?

45 Responses to The 2011 Dallas Mavericks: A Nellieball Champion

  1. Felt, hope you enjoyed your trip. After watching the first few games I thought the Heat would win but Dallas kept fighting back. From Carlisle to the last man on their bench Dallas proved to be the best team and deserving of the championship. And I can’t argue with your connecting of the Nelliball-dots in summarizing the series. Still somewhat surprised how “small” Lebron James, or as Skip Bayless likes to call him, “The Frozen One”, came up late in the series. A great talent still needing to prove he’s a great player.

    The draft is next week, then what? It might be some time before the next NBA game is played. Figures, what with all the changes being made by the Warriors. Just when you’d like to see Mark Jackson and crew go to work in building this team the entire process could come to a grinding halt. Hopefully the NFL will settle shortly and the NBA will follow suit.

    Speaking of the draft, Jerry West has apparently given a thumbs up to Klay Thompson.

  2. Seems like the team under the new ownership has a clear vision of where it wants to be and how to get there. Whether they are on the same page as you feltbot, us fans of fun-and-gun Nellieball can only hope. With the DraftExpress report of an offer for Dwight Howard, their vision and yours may not be quite the same; but landing Howard, no matter what type of play it dictates changes everything.

  3. Felty,

    Nice piece. I couldn’t agree more. What we saw in these finals was the primacy of great offense. One of the things Mark Jackson said consistently as an announcer was that great offense always beats great defense. As such, having a great offense could put you over the top even if you weren’t a great defensive team. The proof is in the pudding.

    Watching how Carlisle used Kidd, Barrea, Terry and Stevenson, I have new hope that the warriors can keep both Monta and Curry and still be successful. The reason Dallas was able to play with smaller, offensive backcourts was the fact that they played great TEAM defense. The strategies were sound and the execution, quite good. Even Dirk was a decent defender this series because he, and the rest of his team, had the will to defend. Defense is more about commitment and brains than it is about defensive “skill”. PLus, the heat were an easy team to defend. Cut off penetration, force jumpers. It worked.

    Warriors need to get some great wing defenders and athletes to fill out this roster. If they do, they may be able to get away with not adding an impact big. Dallas showed you don’t necessarily nead a great post player to be successful. What you do need however, are players who can get stops and who can secure a rebound. That and a coach that knows how to expertly miss all the pieces.

    Barring a trade for Monta, I don’t see us making any huge changes. What I would like to see are some character wings signed who can stretch the floor and defend like bats out of hell. Battier, Deshawn, even guys like Tony Allen or the recently released Rasual Butler would be a nice compliment to what we already have on this team. We need to get more athletic at our 2/3 positions.

    That, and we need to get a “stretch 4” as you like to call it in an effort to add even further flexibility to the roster. If anyone knows how to manage all of that diversified talent, its Jackson. Run run run, defend defend defend. At the end of the day, if the Warriors up their defense and rebounding, their running game will be truly unstoppable.

    Here’s to the Mavs and the legacy of Don Nelson.

  4. Feltish, you’re right that Nelson always found a place and a plan for skilled players, and there are some similarities in the play of Kidd and Mullin especially – like high bball IQ and slow-mo feet.

    But unlike Mullin, Kidd’s biggest contribution to the Mavericks throughout the playoffs was his defense. Kidd was one of the Mavs’ designated doorslammers, frustrating Kobe and slowing down Wade as much as anyone could. On offense, the Mavs didn’t need him to initiate plays or even participate much. He usually looked like option 4 or 5. Even when he had an open shot he seemed hesitant to fire.

    That description of Kidd’s contribution doesn’t map with any Nelson-coached player that comes to mind. In fact, Kidd played like a bizarro-world reverse image of a guy who literally grew up under Nelson, perhaps the prototypical Nelson player: Monta Ellis. The Mavs’ main bigs wouldn’t be typical Nelson players either. Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler can’t spread the floor.

    Looking at it from a whole-team viewpoint, I always enjoyed watching Nelson twist the game into weird shapes, and yes, some of the things Carlyle did looked sorta like lessons from Nellie. But unlike Nelson teams, Carlyle’s Mavericks played a complete game. They ran full-team offensive plays so a good-but-not-great player like Jason Terry could score like Monsta Monta. Then they played tough team defense to take two of the most talent-stuffed teams in NBA history out of their games.

    Is it still Nellieball if we leave out the bad parts? Maybe we can call Carlyle’s game “Nellieball Plus.” Carlyle’s Mavericks make Nelson teams look poorly drilled. Sloppy. Incomplete.

    To be fair, Carlyle had more to work with this year than Nelson usually did. But still. Team-first offense. Good defense. That ain’t yer Nellieball.

  5. White Hat, I can’t blame you for not having watched Nelson’s Mavericks, or at least remembering how they were constructed or how they played. But I can hold you accountable for not noticing how Nellie constructed and played his Warriors teams (when he controlled the personnel decisions).

    Don Nelson never put together a team that didn’t have at least two “designated doorslammers,” as you put it. Guys that played the same role that Jason Kidd did in this series. Mitch Richmond+Mario Elie+Vincent Askew+Latrell Sprewell on RunTMC. Michael Finley+Greg Buckner+Adrian Griffin+Tariq Abdul-Wahad+Raja Bell+Eddie Najera+Josh Howard on the Mavericks. Stephen Jackson+Matt Barnes+Kelenna Azubuike+Mickael Pietrus on We Believe. And finally, Dorell Wright.

    Can you look at those players and not realize that Don Nelson drafted, traded for, and reached into the D-leagues for DEFENSE FIRST in his wing players? And not just defense, but SIZE and defense? Players that he could put on the other teams’ best scorers and shut them down? Some of them starters and excellent two-way players, but most of them third, fourth or even fifth options on offense. Just like Jason Kidd in this series. “Designated Doorslammers.”

    As for the notion that the Mavs main bigs aren’t Nelson type players either, that’s just arrant nonsense. Nellie never had a defensive small forward of the all-world caliber of Marion, but he had and played several in his mold. Askew, Griffin, Najera, the early Josh Howard were all guys who couldn’t spread the floor, and like Marion for the Mavs, only hit the floor when the four (or small-ball five) could shoot threes.

    Tyson Chandler was great for these Mavs, but if you check his stats, he was basically the same player as Biedrins was in his prime, the We Believe season. 10 points, 9 rebounds. Except Biedrins averaged more blocks, 1.7 to 1.1.

    Shawn Bradley averaged 2.1 blocks in 2003. Did Don Nelson play Biedrins and Bradley to spread the floor on offense? Or did he play them strictly for their defense? I think you know the answer to that.

    And by the way, when Nellie’s We Believe defensive game plan held the Mavs to 10 points under their season average, while playing at the highest pace ever seen in the playoffs, was that something other than “good defense” or a “complete game?”

    As for your assertion that unlike Don Nelson, Carlisle ran “full-team offensive plays,” this really makes me wonder what you see when you watch the game. Most of what Dallas ran, when they weren’t pushing the ball and looking for early offense, was simply high pick and roll for Barea and Terry, and let them create. Or get the ball to Dirk in the mid-post and let him create. Shoot a jumper or drive the lane, and if you can’t get your shot find the open man and swing it. Create a mismatch and go. Create a shot and fire. Nellieball.

    But the greatest similarity between this year’s Mavs and Nellie’s 2003 Mavs was the passing. The kind of passing that you don’t get unless you play two point guards, or point forwards, or three, at the same time. Kidd+Barea+Terry. Nash+Van Exel+Walt Williams.


    One final point about the relative execution, on offense and defense, of Nellie’s 2003 Mavs vs. Carlisle’s champions:

    This year’s Mavs achieved a regular season point-differential of 4.2, eighth in the league. (The Heat were first, at 7.5.)

    Don Nelson’s 60-win 2003 Mavericks achieved a point-differential of 7.8, first in the league. And were poised to beat the San Antonio Spurs of Duncan, Robinson, Ginobili and Parker — and take the title — when Nowitzki got injured in game 3 of the Conference Finals.

    That was Nellieball, and it didn’t just happen without “team-first offense” and “good defense” and “playing a complete game.”

  6. GMoney, loved your post. I do have one small quibble though: I don’t think the Mavs found the Heat easy to defend until after Dwayne Wade got injured.

    And if Spoelstra had found the cojones to play Bosh at the 5 and Lebron at the four, I don’t think they could have guarded them at all.

  7. Feltaman, let’s start with the topic of Nellie’s D, just because it’s a slam dunk for me. Nellie himself said he “wasn’t any damn good” at coaching defense, and decades of results prove it. In 2008-09, for example, the Warriors ranked 2nd on O and dead last on D. That was not atypical.

    Please cite one year where a Nelson team ranked higher on D than O, or where his team’s D ranked above mid-pack, or just give up and drop it. If Nellie was a good defensive coach, he hid it well.

    Now let’s run through a couple of those player names you threw out. Matt Barnes and Pietrus were both still good defenders at the time Nelson benched and dumped both of them. Nope, that doesn’t sound like proof of a defensive-oriented coach.

    Shawn Bradley and Manute Bol were two similar D-only players Nelson used. I never watched Bradley, but Bol never got more than spot minutes as a Warrior. Nelson would bring him in when his regular lineup couldn’t stop the other team’s free pass to the hoop. In other words, using Bol didn’t say you had good defense, it said your regular team sucked horribly at it.

    Biedrins’ effective offensive range of only about 2 feet might be the only explanation for why this starting center (at times the Warriors’ only true center, only effective rebounder and damn near only paint defender) averaged just 28 minutes per game under Nelson. Giving your most important defender the least minutes of any starter on the team doesn’t exactly scream D, ya know? Smallball put Al Harrington at center, for heaven’s sake. No D there.

    Stephen Jackson, Azubuike and Sprewell were all good-to-excellent all-round players, not defensive specialists. Sorry, but I don’t get how your mentioning any of these names makes a case for defensive-mindedness on the part of the coach. If a player had an offense, Nellie didn’t fire him for defending too. He’d even take advantage of it if he could.

    In comparison, Carlyle was running a dynamic, moving, trapping defensive scheme which, among other things, completely took one of the best players ever out of his game. And when Miami adapted to that he threw a completely different look at them. Could Nelson have done that kind of thing? I suppose. Did he? No, not ever. Even Nelson’s most successful defensive schemes were far simpler, requiring less coordination between players (and less coaching, drill and practice).

    Re “team offense” vs “Nellieball,” I wish there was a “passing vs. dribbling” stat for ball movement. To my eye the only Mav over-pounding the ball was Barea, and he was clearly on the floor to be a changeup, not the main dish. Irritating little bugger, really rocked the Lackers. The rest of the Mavs, the rest of the time, moved the ball primarily by passing, and they did it very, very well. The Warriors don’t.

    In his latest gig with the Warriors, half the time Nelson’s “play-calling” consisted of a clearout for Jackson or Monta or Corey Maggette. Sorry, that’s not a team offense, that’s a lazy coach pushing street ball. The Mavs were running deliberate whole-team Plays, Feltie, the kind of thing where they figured out beforehand where everyone should be and what’s supposed to happen, and how to click through the options, and how to back it around to try again if it didn’t work the first time. If you’re a big Nelson fan, I guess I can’t blame you for not picking up on the difference between that and the kinds of things Nelson ran. It must be all new to you.

  8. If you’re wondering why I’m not opining on the draft, it’s because I’ve never seen any of these guys play. I don’t watch college basketball.

    Except Jimmer. I confess to watching part of one of his tournament games, when the curiosity got the better of me. My opinion from that short viewing: he’s an NBA player who can get his own shot (cf. Jeremy Lin). I distrust the Mark Price comparisons — Price was a great point guard. But I could easily see him in the Jason Terry, JJ Redick (both of whom have grown as playmakers) role.

  9. Felty, you are right, its not easy to defend LBJ and Wade, but schematically, defending them is easy. There isn’t much sophistication and variation in their offensive attack so a smart coach can deploy certain twists that throw off the simple one on one offense the Heat came to rely on. Still, its hard to keep those two from driving. The Mavs did it though.

    Oh and as for players, I am high on that Burks kid, he looks like the ideal compliment to Monta and Curry. Great offensive player with the athleticism to be a good defender. We need a real three headed monster at the 1/2 spots. Love Reggie, but he ain’t the third head.

  10. Riley (at Steinmetz/Comcast):

    “It’s very likely that (Ellis) will not be traded on draft night or even through the summer,” Riley said. “I’m not looking at that happening. It would take something that I don’t see right now for that to happen.”

    “Very likely”–this still doesn’t sound like a definite stand.

  11. For draftheads, the most readable player guide I’ve seen:

  12. Sorry about the late moderation whitehat, I’ve been lazy about checking the blog email, which is where i get notified if a post is held up.

    I sense we’d need a full day and a case of Fat Tire to sort this out, so I’ll let you have the last word. Well, except for this:

    “In comparison, Carlyle was running a dynamic, moving, trapping defensive scheme which, among other things, completely took one of the best players ever out of his game…. Could Nelson have done that kind of thing? I suppose. Did he? No, not ever.”

    In 2007, Dirk Nowitzki of the 67-15 Mavs averaged 24.6 points on 50% shooting. In the first round against the run and gun, no-defense We Believe Warriors, he was held to 19.7 points on 38% shooting. And the Mavs were held 10 points under their season average in the Warriors wins.

    You do remember We Believe, don’t you?

  13. Feltonomic,
    1. Never thought Nelson couldn’t put in a defense, just that he usually seemed to feel he could get the point differential he wanted without a lot of emphasis on it. Righto, We Believe definitely was an exception. Bit of overstatement on my part. Oops.
    2. Accidentally went italic halfway through the comment. Makes it look so impassioned. Oops.
    3. Beer good. I’ll start training.

  14. If you’re the Warriors would trading your first round pick for SA’s George Hill be something to seriously consider? Rumor has it that SA is interested in…….Klay Thompson.

    “Said DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony via Twitter: NBA sources say San Antonio has offered George Hill to Milwaukee (#10), Golden State (#11) and Utah (#12) in exchange for their pick.”

  15. George Hill player profile………..

    On draft day, ESPN reported that Hill possessed a 6’9″ wingspan and only 3% body fat. Hill’s athleticism, length, and strength are among his greatest assets; going into the NBA his defense was described as being “NBA-ready” but still needing to improve offensively.

    In a media interview Spurs head coach Greg Popovich commented,”(Hill) does a little bit of everything, the great thing about him is that he’s a very good all around basketball player, he’s a tenacious defender, he can score, he can run, he’s a good passer, he knows how to play and he’s really a team guy”.

    When asked on multiple occasions which current NBA player he most resembled, Hill responded by picking Monta Ellis, adding that he sees himself as a combo guard and an energy player who enjoys playing defense and getting into the passing lanes.

    Despite spending most of his college time at the shooting guard position, at only 6’2″ Hill was selected to back up All-Star Tony Parker at point guard.

  16. Warriors draft analysis from Jon Barry says “No Monta”.

  17. Ooops, should have read “Brent Barry”, not Jon. Hell, all the Barrys look alike to me. :)

  18. According to Jeff Van Gundy (who was obviously informed by former colleague Mark Jackson) the Warriors have acquired Jeremy Tyler. Tyler was drafted by Charlotte with the 39th pick of the draft. Here’s a very good write-up on Tyler.

  19. Warriors take Charles Jenkins with their 2nd round pick.

  20. More on Jenkins from the “Bleacher Report”.


    “Although absent from my last couple of mock drafts, we cannot forget about prospects who could potentially sneak into the tail end of the first round.

    Today, we’re going to put the spotlight on one of the more underrated point guard prospects.

    Charles Jenkins, Hofstra PG

    Class: Senior

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 220 lbs

    2010 Stats: 37.3 min, 22.6 pts, 3.4 reb, 4.8 ast, 2.2 to, 1.7 stl, .7 blk

    Jenkins has been improving in just about every aspect over the past few years. He is one of my favorite point guards in a deep class with his all-around abilities. This is the type of aggressive and gritty point guard everybody wants on their squad.

    He has great range, but will attack the hoop to get to the stripe. He was a volume scorer at Hofstra and has the offensive skills to get extremely hot in the NBA.

    He has quick hands on defense, but has the height and strength to handle most point guards in the league. He is NBA ready and would be a steal for any team in this league.

    He would clearly be a force off the bench, but has the abilities to be a starting point guard at some point.

    Most teams at the back end of the draft need to take a serious look at him. I wouldn’t even put it past the New York Knicks to take a heavy look on him either.”

  21. I’m like Felt in that I don’t watch much if any college basketball but from everything I’ve read and seen tonight I give this draft a big thumbs up.

    The Warriors were in desperate need of adding offensive depth to their roster and Thompson along with Jenkins gives their bench a much needed boost in scoring potential.

    As for Tyler, I love the risk/reward associated with taking this kid in the 2nd round of a draft generally considered weak by many of the so-called experts. It’s also easy to imagine MJ relishing the idea of working with a young player with the background and potential of a Jeremy Tyler.

    I’d say the new regime is off to a good start. Unfortunately for them this isn’t going to be your normal NBA offseason.

  22. WAY too quiet around here. Is this really my 10th blog post in a row, without commercial or blogger interruption? I do believe this ties the all-time record.

    Goodbye basketball, hello Nuclear Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring, etc (aka NBA Lockout).;_ylt=AkTjK17A0WJcCvCLpSfL2jQ5nYcB?slug=aw-wojnarowski_nba_draft_labor_war062511

  23. And if 10 ties the record I can’t leave before breaking it with #11. Like I said, WAY too quiet…….

    The late great David Ruffin and “friends”. Ciao, fellas.

  24. Steve,

    Thanks for the awesome emotional ride over these last posts. I am elated about the draft picks, and depressed about David Stern. It ends with the truly incomparable David Ruffin. I was torn between the pain in the lyrics and the beauty of the music. Perfect.

  25. Thanks for all the great links Steve. I will post my thoughts as soon as I’ve finished my scouting… :>

  26. But to start things off, no draft is complete without Bill Simmons’ draft diary:

  27. OT: Andria, I love David Ruffin. When I was a kid most of my friends were into the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Elvis, not to mention Ricky Nelson, Del Shannon, Bobby Rydell…..hey, the list goes on and on. All great music, which I also enjoyed well enough, but nothing else could match Motown music for me. So many great groups and vocalists under one label, and Ruffin was always one of my favorites. Can’t believe how lucky I was to be able to grow up listening to the greatest music ever, a sentiment that I’m sure is shared by many others.

  28. About four more months until the new season is supposed to start. Let’s get there already, people!

    Question 1: Does anyone have a time machine?
    Question 2: Can we all fit in it? I call shotgun.

  29. Warriors draft pick press conference. Charles Jenkins definitely wins the prize for most infectious smile.

    P.S. Brytex, if I had a time machine, using it to watch GSW hoops would have to wait……like after doing “research” on stock market and horseracing “trends”.

  30. Well worth the listen….Jerry West with Ralph and Tom the day after the draft.

  31. Ellis, from TK’s blog:

    “He expressed to me that he wants to win,” Jackson said of Ellis.
    Has Ellis said he wants to be a Warrior?
    “He expressed to me that he wants to win,” Jackson repeated.

    The thing we haven’t considered the past weeks is that Ellis might want to be traded to a contending team and has communicated this upstairs, that there have been, in fact, trade offers or exploration of these. This might explain much of the team’s promotion of him. Really the same message we heard two years ago, and I can’t fault him. He doesn’t have much reason yet to think next season will be different—unless.

    If so, I suspect he’s being tactful–and not committing himself because he’s looking to see if the FO does bring in a major player. Jackson himself has to represent all sides but also not say too much.

  32. Linkmaster, keep ’em coming. Makes this place my one-stop shop for all things Warriors.

  33. Nene has opted out, and become an unrestricted free-agent:

    Now we get to see whether Lacob can get it done, or is all air. Nene should be offered the max, even tho he’s not a max player. Why? Because he makes this Warriors team an immediate contender (and by contender, I mean contender). And because there is only one of him available in the league.

    Sorry about the long delay on my draft analysis, I’ve been working hard at my night job, and hit with the summer blogging doldrums. I’ll try to get it up this weekend.

    Thanks again for all the links Steve!

  34. Curry update for Curry fans, from the Charlotte News/Observer:

    Silas said “of his greatest regrets in coming to Charlotte was leaving the coaching of Curry to others. He’s going to be an all-star for sure. He’s really like the perfect player for a coach. A good, good kid who can play. Great work ethic. Great shooter. And, most importantly, he has the confidence he can be great.”

  35. Stephen Jackson asks for a ‘mandatory’ 2013 contract extension

    And I used to like this guy…ugh:;_ylt=AsKY2PySXPn8Y3spUdvuDAm8vLYF?urn=nba-wp5791

  36. Going from the Curry article to the one about Stack Jack-ass is like going from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to the floor of Death Valley in one stride. One player represents the height of class, the other the sludge of a sedimentation tank.

  37. All players are mercenaries, but Cap’n Jackass needs someone to script his press conferences. The way he’s “negotiating” is a turnoff to teams and fans. That works against him, and it’s completely unnecessary. At this point in his career it’s also unrealistic. The lockout will have an impact on his contract, and his age and his history of souring teams will too. In the end he’ll probably play under his existing contract or not at all. Unless he’s dealing with another sucker like Rowell.