Avery Johnson

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    June 2, 2011

    Final Destinations: 2

    Mavericks revenge is a dish best served with Heat.

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    December 9, 2010

    Avery Johnson Returns: To Boo or Not to Boo?

    ​He led the Dallas Mavericks to their 30-year apex. He Instilled defense and discipline into a franchise that had forever languished with an offensive philosophy. He orchestrated the best regular-season in team history. He was the NBA's Coach of the Year. And he took  ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Hey, Look, it's a UFO! No, Actually, it's an Even Weirder Sight: Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wing

    ​Hell hath officially frozen over. In Arlington, the Texas Rangers are still playing baseball. And in Dallas, Stars fans are now cheering for the Detroit Red Wings. Well, at least one of them. The Stars, off to a 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 start or whatever the hell it is these days in the NHL, play ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Mavs at Thunder: Okay, I'm Interested

    ​Two years ago the Dallas Mavericks came out of the All-Star break thusly: In his first game back in Dallas after a trade from New Jersey point guard Jason Kidd took the opening possession against the Hornets in New Orleans and threw a perfect lob pass that Josh Howard dunked. I was at Buffal ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Pinch Yourself: Mavericks 106, Spurs 93

    In hindsight, Dirk Nowitzki vs. Matt Bonner was a laugher.On second thought, forget The Alamo. And the San Antonio Spurs. What began as a competitive series that some of us skeptics thought the Spurs would win in seven games magically morphed into a hockey power play. Afforded basically a 5-o ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Mavs Have an Old Deamon to Exorcise

    The Mavs better find a way to exorcise their old demon after suffering a Game 2 playoff loss against the Spurs

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    March 5, 2009
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    February 24, 2009

    The Top 10 Best Current Rivalries in Sports

    To be a true sports rivalry - more than just a plethora of games between teams in close proximity (see Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals) - the meetings between opponents must: *Take place at an advanced level, with championships on the line. *Feature sustained excellence by both teams ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Whitt's End

     Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week - even the end of the year -  welcome to Whitt's End: *Hold your horses if you thought tonight's concert by Russ Martin and his band at Joe Avezzano's joint up in Frisco was going to A) turn into a bashfest of ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    November 4, 2008

    The Top 10 Most Athletic Presidents in U.S. History

    A taller, more liberal Avery Johnson? Obama vs. McCain? Let’s see, McCain is a Phoenix Suns fan who played junior varsity football in high school and boxed in the Navy. Eh. Obama is a White Sox fan who threw out the first pitch in Chicago before Game 2 of the ’05 ALCS. He led Occiden ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Sad, Stale Leftovers From Rockets 112, Mavs 102

    Josh Howard and the All-Star gala were fantastic. Rest of the night? Bum-mer. Web Ed Patrick Michels has the facts and photos from last night’s big NBA 2010 All-Star Game announcement shindig. Leaves it up to me, I guess, just to fill in some blanks: *For some reason, seeing Mark Cuban ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    May 8, 2008

    Texas Rangers Making Contingency Plans In Case This Uptick is a Mirage

    On deck? According to two baseball sources I trust way farther than I could throw them, your Texas Rangers are making plans for when – not if – manager Ron Washington is fired this season. The Dallas Observer – via this here The Sportatorium sports blog – has learned from separate s ... More >>

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    May 3, 2008

    Coach Carlisle?!

    Is it just me, or does the next coach of the Dallas Mavericks look like Jim Carrey? In news that'll jazz you about as much as finding an old penny in your jeans pocket, it looks more and more like the Mavericks are going to hire former Pacers and Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. The ol' Virgini ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    Welcome To Orientation

    Pissed for years at my ramblings in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram? Constantly annoyed by my weekly columns in the Dallas Observer? Despise my bloggy rants over at Unfair Park? Well then, congratulations and welcome to your worst nightmare – my own sports blog. As long as you’re here, grab a s ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    May 1, 2008

    Beware The Ghost Of Avery

    Mark it down. Avery Johnson will get another NBA head-coaching gig (he says he’s already been contacted by a team, by the way) and bring his new team into the American Airlines Center and kick his old team’s ass. Nothing new, really. It’s the curse of the ex-Maverick. I mean, I think we c ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    Yo, Mavs, The End's Not Near

    Yeah, I know. The end is near. The Mavs packed their white flags and vacation itineraries on the flight to New Orleans yesterday. They are six-point underdogs against the Hornets tonight and, according to NBA history, have about a nine percent chance of rallying from down 3-1 to win the series. Dall ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    We Could Use Some Baseball. Alas, All We Got Are the Rangers.

    I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that for the second time this week the Rangers got tattooed before you took your afternoon smoke break. Today it was a tidy 8-2 ditty in Detroit, during which Rangers pitchers surrendered five walks and five homers and Rangers hitters produced 10 strikeouts an ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Monday Morning Meanderings

    Dallas Stars OK, sure, we believe, already. For now, anyway. After spending their first and only day over .500 in the Ron Washington Era, the Texas Rangers got swept at home by the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. Even more humiliating, they found a pitcher worse than Chan Ho Park. Something to ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008
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    March 18, 2008
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    March 3, 2008

    Your Daily Jason Kidd Oops Update

    On second thought, maybe Avery Johnson was right to bench Jason Kidd during crunch time. The newest Mav hideously short-armed a free throw that would’ve tied yesterday’s loss to the Lakers with 10 seconds remaining. After Kidd’s gaffe, Kobe Bryant polished off a 52-point masterpiece with two f ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    Some Encouraging Words for Choke City

    Toothpaste for Dinner As I wrote in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park, something’s going on here. And it ain’t good. Just like that, “Happy New Year” has dissolved into “Same Old Shit.” Our sports rut is deeper and dryer than ever. South Oak Cliff High School has forfeited it ... More >>

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    January 14, 2008
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    October 4, 2007

    Meet the Dallas Mavericks -- They're, Like, "Underdogs." Riiiight.

    The guy in the mohawk, that’s Devean George. The big dude dragging his injured shoulder, Erick Dampier. The two with longer hair since the last time you saw them, they’re Dirk Nowitzki and Avery Johnson. And the team that’s walking around and reacting to last spring’s colossal collapse with ... More >>

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    August 7, 2007

    A Sports Beat Down

    A few sportsy items, in no particular order. First, from that venerable sports authority known as The New York Sun comes this story about how Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson's job is on the line this season; "Johnson Must Succeed To Avoid Texas Boot," reads the head, and, like, ya think? O ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007

    White Elephants

    Mavs' draft gifts usually pale in comparison

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    May 11, 2007
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    May 10, 2007

    Stinko de Mayo

    Thanks to the Mavericks, welcome to football season

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    April 25, 2007

    Dirk's the NBA MVP!

    Well...not really -- at least, not so far. But according to an "exclusive survey" of NBA general managers just posted at, Dirk Nowitzki did snatch the Most Valuable Player award, just edging out Phoenix Sun and former Mavs teammate and drinking buddy Steve Nash. Dirk got 17 first-place vo ... More >>

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    April 25, 2007

    Observer Staff Bee Real Smart

    While everyone else is figuring out whether to use their Katies as doorstops or hat racks, the Dallas Observer is proud to announce we've moved on to far more prestigious honors: Our team took home the first-place trophy at the first annual LIFT Charity Grown-Up Spelling Bee, held today at the Lakew ... More >>

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    April 23, 2007

    Schmoes 1, Pros 0

    Avery Johnson is still scared of Don Nelson. Yeah, this is gonna be a long series. Toldja. The Dallas Mavericks will eventually win this war, but ol’ pal Don Nelson has already won an important battle. See, when Nellie used to coach the really crappy Mavs in the ‘90s and they’d come up against ... More >>

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    April 20, 2007

    Mavs in Seven

    Ah, those were good times, weren't they? This weekend, it gets even better. I know, the Dallas Mavericks won 67 games and recorded one of the most amazing regular seasons in NBA history, while the Golden State Warriors barely squeaked into the playoffs with 42 wins. Should be a sweep, right? Won’t ... More >>

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    April 2, 2007

    Check That, Mavs Win!

    The last time the Mavs won a division, the team looked a whole lot different. I know, the Mavericks played like April fools in Phoenix Sunday afternoon. But the day wasn't a total loss. In fact, it was a major win. How's that? After Dallas' ugly loss, the San Antonio Spurs went and lost to the crap ... More >>

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    January 8, 2007

    Crushing Climax

    How did the refs not call the Lakers' late-game foul committed against Jason Terry last night? Oh, well. At least he didn't fumble the ball. Rowdy West Coast fans. Banged-up home team playing without a couple starters but with a former MVP trying to lead his team back to the championship. A contro ... More >>

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    January 4, 2007

    How You Like Me Now?

    We're so over Tony Romo. Yup. We're all about Josh Howard now. We're Jomosexual! At least, that's what I would say to the Miami Heat these days if I were Avery Johnson or Dirk Nowitzki or anyone remotely associated with the Dallas Mavericks. Proof that the basketball gods feel horrible about gift-wr ... More >>

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    December 5, 2006
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    November 2, 2006

    A Banner Night?

    Tonight the Dallas Mavericks take the first step of what they hope is an eight-month journey to the NBA Championship. Dirk Nowitzki will resume his climb to MVP. Avery Johnson will continue to preach "basket-BAWL." Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs will again provide the major obstacle. And, of c ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006

    On the Rebound

    Mavs dragging old heartache into new season

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    July 24, 2006

    Where There's Smoke, There's Usually Mark Cuban

    Could the coach on the right wind up with the coach on the left--which is to say, left out? We shall see. In the month since our Dallas Mavericks broke our hearts with a dramatic come-from-ahead loss in the NBA Finals, owner Mark Cuban has been dissed by Dirk Nowitzki and now is apparently turning a ... More >>

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    June 16, 2006

    Don't Worry, Be Happy (And Worried)

    Don't start switching the parade route into funeral procession. Not yet, anyway. Why? Never fear, D.J. Mbenga is here! He'll be back from his five-game suspension in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night in Miami. Actually, the muscled Mavs center probably won't play against the Miami Heat, but afte ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006

    Assist, Nellie

    Transformation started by Mavs' Godfather finally finished

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    June 14, 2006

    The South Beach Diet

    That wasn't Thundershower Alberto chugging through south Florida last night; that was the Karma Train. And, after the city of Dallas inexplicably unveiled its plans for a victory parade a week prematurely, it ran right over the Dallas Mavericks. Well, that and a combination of pathetic Mavs' play an ... More >>

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    June 8, 2006

    Chumps to Champs

    Remarkable journey takes Mavs from worst to--finally--first

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    May 18, 2006

    Nothin' Feels Good as Suede

    I know what you're thinking. Is the TAKS test really that hard? Who the hell is Jimmy Hoffa? How did the refs not call a foul on San Antonio's Tony Parker for clearly grabbing a handful of Dirk Nowitzki's jersey on the potential series-winning tip at the buzzer? And, hmmm, whatever happened to Joe A ... More >>

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    May 11, 2006

    Us vs. Us

    Hated Spurs have beloved Dallas roots

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    April 13, 2006

    Mad for Mavs

    Barkley is barkin' up the wrong tree

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