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Mavs’ Barea laughs off ejection following push

2:02 AM ET

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks were dumbfounded by guard J.J. Barea being called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected after pushing Blake Griffin during Thursday’s 97-95 win over the LA Clippers.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle implied that Griffin, a 6-foot-10, 251-pound power forward, flopped after exchanging shoves with the diminutive Barea, who was trying to fight through a Griffin screen with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter.

Mavericks give Seth Curry an opportunity to get the point

After Rick Carlisle decided to give him the start at point guard, Seth Curry responded with a 23-point, four-assist effort in a win over the Clippers.

“Watching Griffin’s cat-ate-the-canary smile tells you the story of that play,” Carlisle said. “That’s all you have to look at.”

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki called Barea’s ejection “just weak” and complained about the confusion regarding what constitutes a flagrant foul.

“It’s tough to tell these days in this league what’s a flagrant 1, what’s a tech,” Nowitzki said. “I’m lost, and I think so are the refs.”

After a lengthy review, the referees ruled that Barea’s shove with his right forearm was excessive and unnecessary, prompting an ejection that left the Mavs’ reserve point guard laughing as he exited the court.

“The contact was to the shoulders and above the throat,” crew chief Bill Spooner said to a pool reporter. “That is deemed as a flagrant penalty 2.”

Spooner declined to say whether he believed Griffin flopped on the play.

“That is not really relevant to our judgment of the play,” Spooner said. “It has nothing to do with the merits of the play.”

Griffin was not asked about the play after the loss, which caused the Clippers to fall 1.5 games behind the Utah Jazz in the fight for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Barea, who had a heated exchange with Griffin immediately after the shove but made peace with him during the review, shrugged off the call.

“I just gave him a little push and he landed way far over there,” Barea said. “That’s what happens. No big deal.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18989718/dallas-mavericks-jj-barea-gets-tossed-pushing-los-angeles-clippers-blake-griffin-exits-court-laughing

Will Nerlens Noel solve the Mavs’ perennial search at center?

9:40 AM ET

DALLAS — The search for a stopgap center has become an annual tradition for the Dallas Mavericks since Tyson Chandler played a key role in the 2010-11 title run during his first temporary stay, only to leave when Mark Cuban made an unpopular, post-lockout business decision.

It’s not like the Mavs weren’t looking for a long-term relationship. They danced with Dwight Howard in 2013 but couldn’t close the deal in free agency. They celebrated DeAndre Jordan‘s commitment to them a couple of summers later but were infamously ditched at the altar, as fans will rudely remind Jordan when the LA Clippers visit Thursday night.

The list of starting centers for the Mavs over the past five years: Chris Kaman, Samuel Dalembert, Chandler again, Zaza Pachulia and briefly Andrew Bogut. Dirk Nowitzki, the 38-year-old legend, now (kind of) jumps the opening tip as the Mavs open games with a small-ball look.

But there’s legitimate hope that the franchise has finally found its solution at center for the foreseeable future. The deadline-day trade for Nerlens Noel was made with the belief that it meant the Mavs’ revolving door for big men would stop spinning.

Frankly, the Mavs didn’t give up much to get Noel. Justin Anderson, the 21st overall pick of the 2015 draft, had become a fringe rotation player in Dallas and is a year older than Noel. The top-18-protected pick will turn into a pair of second-rounders. Including Bogut, who didn’t fit well with the Mavs, in the deal just meant the Sixers were on the hook for his buyout.

Of course, there were reasons the Sixers struggled to create a market for Noel. His knee issues might have been a factor. (“It’s something we’ve got to monitor,” Nelson said, but it’s not a major concern for the Mavs, who believe they have the best athletic training staff in the NBA.)

Orlando Magic will come up early in Noel’s negotiations. But the Mavs are more than willing to pay the going price for a big man who fits well, can protect the rim, provide the vertical element necessary for Carlisle’s pick-and-roll-heavy offense to hum and has plenty of room to grow.

“I definitely feel like I’m in a better position here,” Noel said. “I’m trying to maximize it. It’s definitely a good position to fulfill my potential. I’m going to continue to show Coach I can be in the game more and make a difference. I think that will take care of itself in due time.”

After five years, the Mavs finally believe they’ve taken care of finding their center of the future.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18978168/nba-nerlens-noel-mavs-found-their-center-last

Kerr open to less pay if it meant fewer games

11:22 PM ET

DALLAS — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he’d be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance.

“I wouldn’t be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it’s something that everyone would have to agree to,” Kerr said before Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. “I think even just going down to 75 games (from 82), I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don’t see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody.

“I do think this can be remedied though — maybe not remedied — but I think it can be dramatically helped with what the league is already working on for next year and the consideration of geographics when it comes to the schedule.”

The subject is a hot-button issue in part because the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers sat their best players in the past two ABC Saturday night games. Those games are showcase events in the nine-year, $24 billion national television deal the NBA signed with ESPN, ABC and Turner Sports.

LeBron weighs in on NBA’s rest conundrum

Cavs star LeBron James addressed the NBA’s growing concern over teams resting healthy players and the threat of “significant penalties” if the practice continues.

  • Silver sends memo to owners on resting players

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver informed teams in a memo that he is planning to have a discussion about the practice of resting players in the next owners meeting on April 6.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver called the practice of resting stars “an extremely significant issue for our league” in a memo sent to team owners and obtained by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

    Silver’s memo stated that the issue would be a prime topic of discussion during the league’s board of governors meeting April 6 in New York and implored owners to be involved in the decision-making process on this issue due to the impact it can have on the NBA’s “fans and business partners,” the reputation of the league and “perception of our game.”

    “I thought [the memo] was smart,” said Kerr, whose team wrapped up a grueling stretch of schedule with a back-to-back in Minnesota and San Antonio when the Warriors’ stars rested against the Spurs. “I think this is something that every organization needs to partner together with the league and our broadcasting partners and figure out what’s best for everybody. We all have the same interests at heart, which is we need to do what’s best for the league. But there are great arguments on every side.

    “I do feel bad for the fans. I also know resting those guys last week was something that was beneficial and I think it’s shown to be so this past week. You can see our guys are fresher, their legs. So what can we all do, together? And I think that’s where Adam is really good in terms of taking a lot of opinions and finding solutions. This is not a right or wrong issue. It’s what can we do to best serve the league, best serve the players’ health. Is there a compromise?

    “We’re already working on that by extending the season next year by 7-10 days. I think that’s going to be very helpful and I think the broadcast partners and the league can pay closer attention to the schedule when it comes out next year as they put that together. These are all things that we all have to work on.”

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the league’s coaches’ association, also acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns on both sides of the issue. However, Carlisle said coaches can’t necessarily consider business ramifications when making decisions about resting players in consultation with athletic trainers, sports science experts and medical staff.

    “It’s not that simple,” Carlisle said. “When you coach in this league for a while, you get a real feel for players and their levels of energy, their levels of wear and tear, both physically and emotionally. There are just times when you know a night of rest strategically spaced within a span of games is going to make a big difference in the long run.

    “People need to understand that in the present structure of the schedule, there are just times when it really is the right thing to do. But I understand the outcry. It’s a completely legitimate concern, especially considering the investment that our television partners have made in the sport, and we all understand that.”

    Kerr said rest will always be a necessary part of maintenance for NBA players “to keep them fresh and to keep them injury-free,” but teams and the league can work to attempt to be more selective about when stars sit.

    “You have to do it, but can we make it so that there’s not as big of an impact on the national TV games, the games that people are going to notice, games that hurt the national viewing audience, the impression of our league, the opinion of people in the media about our league,” Kerr said. “I think there are ways to mitigate some of that.”

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is credited with popularizing the use of strategic rest, is happy that both sides want to find a way to remedy the situation.

    “Luckily all the participants are sane people and care about the same thing and want to get it right,” Popovich said Tuesday.

    “It’s not about anybody having power or wanting to issue orders. It’s about trying to get it right. That’s the great thing about the league and what we’re doing. It’s all good.”

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18971658/steve-kerr-golden-state-warriors-coach-says-willing-take-paycut-meant-shortened-season

    Dirk Nowitzki can’t wait to get hands on personalized potato

    12:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK — When Dirk Nowitzki returned to Dallas after a four-game road trip, the Dallas Mavericks star was hoping to see his newest possession waiting for him –- his now famous potato.

    “I have never received a potato,” Nowitzki said in his first comments about the strangest thing he has ever received in the mail after Dallas beat Brooklyn on Sunday. “It is something fun, hopefully it is there when I get home. I haven’t seen it yet, we were on the road [when it was sent]. Usually fan mail comes to our office, so I have only seen pictures.”

    “You don’t get a potato every day, so it’s awesome.”

    Last week, Nowitzki, along with several other NBA players like Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat, Frank Kaminsky of the Charlotte Hornets and Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers received potatoes in the mail with either their photo on it or a message or both. They shared pictures of the potatoes on social media and suddenly the NBA had its newest fad. The spuds also reached the NFL with the Carolina Panthers also receiving a potato.

    A Mavericks staffer sent Nowitzki a photo of what came in the mail for him at the team headquarters -– a potato with a picture of him on it. Nowitzki immediately posted the photo on Twitter even though he had not seen it yet in person. Nowitzki’s potato tweet blew up, receiving 120,000 likes while being retweeted 41,000 times.

    By comparison, Nowitzki’s previous tweet thanking fans after he joined the rare 30,000-point club earlier this month drew 41,000 likes and 11,000 retweets.

    “I didn’t know until now, I guess that is the hot thing to do — send somebody a potato,” Nowitzki said. “It was something incredibly funny, and I thought I’ll share it, and that tweet just went completely viral.”

    Players wondered who sent these unique potatoes to them. Potato Parcel was behind the hot potato idea. Co-founders Riad Bekhit and Alex Craig appeared on the reality show “Shark Tank” last year, pitching their Potato Parcel business idea of delivering personalized potatoes for a fee to the business moguls on the show.

    One of those successful tycoons was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who laughed at the pitch and said on the show: “It’s just stupid on a stick right?”

    Bekhit said on “Shark Tank” that the company had sold over 12,000 potatoes and made $215,000 in sales in its first 13 months. Cuban, though, passed on a chance to invest, and as fate would have it, Nowitzki was the first athlete to tweet that he had received a potato, unknowingly creating hype around Potato Parcel. Bekhit told USA Today that he sent the potato to congratulate Nowitzki for reaching 30,000 career points.

    “Oh, I thought it was hysterical,” Cuban told ESPN on Sunday about seeing potatoes show up on the NBA social scene last week. “I didn’t see it as a good investment, but because it is fun and it cracked me up on ‘Shark Tank,’ I loved it.”

    Cuban, though, hasn’t changed his mind about Potato Parcel. He thinks the idea of sending a personalized spud is still a dud.

    “No, because the issue wasn’t would it be fun. It is kind of like when I did the ‘I Want To Draw A Cat For You’ deal,” explained Cuban, who bought one-third of a company that drew personalized cat cartoons on “Shark Tank.” “The issue was just can it scale? And it is just not scaled behind that.”

    Nets center Brook Lopez hadn’t heard of the potato madness until a reporter showed him Nowitzki’s tweet. Suddenly, Lopez wanted a special spud of his own.

    “I didn’t get a potato,” Lopez said. “I now feel left out. I didn’t know what it was at first, so I was just like, eh. But when I actually saw the potato [with Nowitzki’s picture on it just now], I thought it was pretty impressive. I felt like it took a lot of time for the people to send them out.”

    And Lopez said he wouldn’t put the potato to waste.

    “I would definitely put it to use,” the Nets center said. “I don’t know what Dirk or K.D. did with theirs, but I would take a picture, I would have that memento. But then I would make some mashed potatoes. I’d make a good gourmet meal out of it.

    “I have a good foodie friend, he made French onion soup for about a day and a half. Apparently, it is a laboring process. So who knows. I might make something very impressive out of it.”

    Nowitzki is looking forward to seeing his potato in person.

    “I don’t know,” Nowitzki said of what he will do with it. “I will see how it looks.”

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706736/dirk-nowitzkis-hot-potato

    Mavs’ Noel back, but Matthews out vs. Wizards

    WASHINGTON — Forward Nerlens Noel scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks in a 112-107 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Noel had missed Dallas’ past three games with a sore right knee.

    Dallas won despite the absence of starting guard Wesley Matthews, who was sidelined with a calf injury.

    The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Noel entered the night averaging 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. He joined the Mavericks from Philadelphia in a deal near last month’s trade deadline.

    Matthews strained his right calf Monday in Toronto, limiting him to 18 minutes in a 100-78 loss to the Raptors. He’s averaging 14.4 points.

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18917439/nerlens-noel-returns-wesley-matthews-dallas-mavericks-washington-wizards

    Trivial Taters: Someone is sending personalized potatoes to NBA players

    Call it Mashed Madness.

    A new trend has begun in the NBA this week: Players have been receiving personalized potatoes in the mail.

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was the first to share his tatered likeness on Twitter and has since been joined by the Indiana Pacers’ C.J. Miles (via his wife, Lauren), Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside and Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky III.

    USA Today’s For The Win offered an explanation for the phenomenon, noting that the company Potato Parcel — featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and ridiculed by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — is likely connected to the personalized potatoes.

    Who knows: Maybe Spud Webb is involved in this somehow.

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/QTP_170316NBApotato/sending-personalized-potatoes-nba-players