Give Barack Obama some credit. Rather than simply barricade himself inside the mansions of a pair of elite lawyers to gladhand with deep-pocketed Democratic donors, as was the initial plan for his trip to Dallas this week, and rather than holing himself in some White House bunker and pray that the " ... More >>
Taking a charge in basketball is an art, and it has been for a long time. A not-insignificant portion of high school basketball practices -- at least as of a decade ago -- are dedicated to training players on coming to an abrupt stop, setting one's feet just so, and falling as if they've been clothe ... More >>
Listen, we know most of you aren't paying attention to the NBA finals like you were last year, but for those of who are (some out of Heat Hate, some out of love for the game), we've been treated to some rather abysmal NBA promos featuring Linkin Park's shitty, shitty music. This is nothing new, as ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenThis morning's New York Times looks at the NBA lockout and wonders whether all the owners -- those from small markets, those with big payrolls, those losing money, those winning titles -- are on the same page when it comes to demanding givebacks from their players. Long story s ... More >>
Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs shed labels and the Miami Heat on the way to their first NBA championship.
Mark Cuban was fuming. His team had just blown a 23-point lead in a Game 4 loss to Portland in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks were two losses from another early-round exit, the likely firing of head coach Rick Carlisle and yet another in a seemingly endless re-shuffling of ... More >>
At this very moment, President Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, is looking for someone to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who Obama tapped on March 9 to become the next ambassador to China. An afternoon Wall Street Journal item reminds: "Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, is wi ... More >>
This is the price we pay for David Stern's mission to make the NBA a global game. Because, after further review, yes, a million Chinese can be wrong. When the NBA announces its 2011 All-Star Game starters during tonight's double-header on TNT, the Western Conference's center will be ... Yao ... More >>
Rabbi David SternRan into my rabbi last Sunday -- David Stern, head man at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, very hip and very influential so I hear -- and asked him: "You mind sending me your Kol Nidre sermon? I'd like to post to Unfair Park." He grinned and said sure -- grinned, I'm sure, because it w ... More >>
Finally got around to watching HDNet's Girls Gone Wild: Search for the Hottest Girl in America last night. In a word: HolyHellWowzaI'mHooked. Couple of people have told me HDNet is struggling, that's why proprietor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is desperately partnering with GGW fo ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenReal Nowitzki with Bobblehead Nowitzki, which features a "freggin' huge" head.While the Mavs haven't given folks a whole lot to get excited about lately with five losses in the team's final seven games heading into Sunday's All-Star Game (capped off by Tuesday night's 36-p ... More >>
One of the two parking-garage exits here at Unfair Park HQ's frozen over; explains why the office is now holiday empty. But before I quit it, a few items of interest to keep you warm:USA Today profiles NBA All-Star Weekend co-host Mark Cuban, who's, like, mellowed in recent years; hence his burge ... More >>
Though I'm always skeptical when a head coach drafts a player 24th overall and then contends he "pin-pointed" the kid all along - see: Jimmy Johnson on 7th-rounder Leon Lett, circa 1991 - I'm willing to forge into the Rodrigue Beaubois Era with an open mind. Well, I lied. I won't sit well with ... More >>
The Texas State Board of Education's meeting in Austin about, among other things, whether the board ought to revise the state’s science curriculum to allow for, ya know, the teaching of creationism alongside evolution. Which is why three rabbis, two from 'round these parts and one of whom hail ... More >>
Not long ago a rising All-Star, Josh Howard is suddenly regressing professionally and personally
Half a hundred power brokers who sculpt our local sports landscape
Or, half a hundred folks with way better seats than you
The Mavs will win the championship. Right?
Caution: Knee jerks hopping off Mavs' bandwagon
Mavs dragging old heartache into new season
Win or lose, Reunion Rowdies are now officially Cuban Crazies
When watching sports, is God a passive observer or a meddler?
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
Can the Mavs guard anyone? To find out, John Gonzalez gets offensive with a drunk Don, a focused Finley and a nutty Cuban.
Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz
Locked out and fed up, some NBA, uh, all-stars hoop it way down