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2002 Stories by John Gonzalez

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  • Perfect Fit

    published December 19, 2002

    It's always something out at Valley Ranch, but it's rarely good. This time around, the media pack--I wonder, if pack reporting were outlawed,... More >>

  • The Big O

    published December 12, 2002

    It could be that Brenden Morrow's head hurts, which might explain why the thoughts come slowly, even a little unwillingly. It would certainly... More >>

  • Wiz Kid

    published December 5, 2002

    There are only two players in the gym. Practice ended an hour ago, and the others have long since left. These two, Walt Williams and Adrian... More >>

  • Offensive Foul

    published November 28, 2002

    Bruce Coslet is a quick learner. Really, he is. But not for the reasons you might think. The lot of you are probably still high from Sunday--a... More >>

  • Point Forward

    published November 21, 2002

    It was the day after Nick Van Exel went down with a knee injury. Avery Johnson--who became the team's pro tem backup point guard when Van Exel bit... More >>

  • The Defense Rests

    published November 7, 2002

    The season hasn't yet started, but I think Don Nelson is drunk. Donnie Nelson might be, too; who can tell? Half the Mavs fans in this room are... More >>

  • Side Lines

    published November 7, 2002

    What are the Dallas Mavericks' chances of making it to the NBA Finals this year? The following is the opinion of a Western Conference... More >>

  • What a Boob

    published October 31, 2002

    "The only time I want to talk to a woman when I'm naked is if I'm on top of her or she's on top of me." --Former Tigers pitcher Jack... More >>

  • Jerry Rigged

    published October 24, 2002

    Jerry Jones thinks you're stupid. That's the only possible explanation for the ugly way he handled the benching of Quincy Carter in favor of Chad... More >>

  • Smith Blarney

    published October 17, 2002

    It's just not right, what you're doing to him. This Emmitt Smith bashing, this short-term memory problem some of you have, it's ugly and cruel.... More >>

  • New Tricks

    published October 10, 2002

    There is a small child outside the window. He's maybe 5 or 6, and he has a basketball tucked under his arm. It's almost as big as he is. He's... More >>

  • The Rookie

    published October 3, 2002

    It was a hot, humid night in Atlantic City two years ago, the kind of evening that grafts damp fabric to skin. Ralph "Pete" Hunter was working at... More >>

  • MFFL

    published September 26, 2002

    The cell phone crackles some as he drives down the highway, and there's a foreign beeping noise muddling the conversation at times, but that... More >>

  • He Knows the Score

    published September 19, 2002

    The laugh was his first sign of emotion. He wasn't rude before, and he didn't come off as disinterested, but he wasn't flailing around with his... More >>

  • Catch 88

    published September 12, 2002

    He doesn't look like a troublemaker. Doesn't really talk like one, either. Not at first. The morning workout took a lot from him, maybe, and so... More >>

  • He's Baaack

    published September 5, 2002

    Old habits die hard. Sometimes not at all. It was night, the U-Haul trailer was bouncing behind my car and I could barely make out the neon... More >>

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