On this season of The Shark Tank ...Rob Mahoney runs The Two Man game, an ESPN-affiliated Mavericks blog, and occasionally writes about basketball for Unfair Park. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson have never exactly run the Mavericks like an ordinary NBA franchise. They drafted a gangly German k ... More >>
Editor's note: Rob Mahoney writes about the Mavericks on his ESPN-affiliated blog The Two Man Game and about basketball for The New York Times's Off the Dribble blog. Presumably his New York Times bio will henceforth note that he now writes about the Mavericks for Unfair Park. Hark: The NBA season ... More >>
Power is subjective. But when you see it -- when you sense it's immense influence -- you just know it. Each summer, as I construct my list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports, the criteria gets a triple-digit tweaking. This year I deemed the allure of power ... More >>
His dad may be banned from bringing beers to press conferences, but Donnie Nelson can have one with you.Dirk Nowitzki may have grown up just a few minutes away from Franconia brewmaster Dennis Wehrmann's hometown in the Franconia region of Germany, but it will be a different Dallas Mavericks pers ... More >>
Mike MezeulSo what do you give the man who -- all the sudden -- has everything? You throw him a surprise birthday party at a discreet wine room and invite 41 guests, including a Nobel Prize winner he's never met. After getting serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by a post-parade American Ai ... More >>
10. You knew it was going to be an intense game ... even before the game. During shootaround at American Airlines Arena this afternoon neither Dwyane Wade nor LeBron James would respond to Dirk Nowitzki calling their mocking video "childish" and "ignorant." Their response: "We have no comment." B ... More >>
The Mavericks have too many noble causes to not produce one last comeback
They've been showing this video at American Airlines Center during The NBA Finals and it's awesomely badass. Says Mavs' general manager Donnie Nelson, "I'm sitting in a suite and by the time that thing ends everybody in there is standing up and cheering and they've got that look in their eye. It's ... More >>
Mavericks revenge is a dish best served with Heat.
Sorry to pee on your Memorial Day barbecue, but you gotta get mad one more time before we can get even. Revenge, after all, is best served ... in South Beach. I know only Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry remain for the Mavericks and Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade remain on the Heat from the 2006 ... More >>
I don't expect a Dallas Mavericks' deal before this afternoon's 2 o'clock NBA trade deadline. Couple of reasons. First and foremost, the Mavs are 41-16 after last night's thumping of the short-handed Utah Jazz and have won 14 of 15 since Dirk Nowitzki's sprained knee healed. ... More >>
Via.It was quite the big deal back in '80, when the Dallas Diamonds of the fledgling Women's Professional Basketball League signed Old Dominion star and Olympic silver-medalist Nancy Lieberman to her first pro contract. I have a hazy memory of sitting among a few packed houses at Moody Coliseum, ... More >>
Some ignoamus loyal reader on this here blog recently theorized that the Dallas Mavericks sans Dirk Nowitzki could still make the NBA Western Conference playoffs. It's July 1, not April 1. Quit your kidding. Because the Mavs realize that Dirk is priority No. 1 this summer - and perhaps vice- ... More >>
Joe JohnsonThe Dallas Mavericks will re-sign Dirk Nowitzki. General manager Donnie Nelson is flying to Germany as we speak to make sure of it, with a plan to be on Dirk's doorstep at 11:01 tonight when NBA free agency commences. But a couple of developments have me thinking that might be ... More >>
Five months before their first dribble up in Frisco, the Texas Legends have already sold 13,000 tickets. Not bad for an NBA Development League franchise that doesn't yet have any players and just a month ago unveiled a logo. "We have had an absolute blast and the response from our fans has b ... 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 >>
The Buried Life - MTV ShowsTonight MTV's The Buried Life -- a show about four Canadians, I believe, crossing things off their to-do list -- takes a detour to Dallas, where the lads meet up with artist Sam Fuller, who, at the time, was living on the streets while bouncing in and out of the Austin Str ... More >>
I was there in February 1999 in Seattle for rookie Dirk Nowitzki's first points as a Dallas Maverick. Still can't believe I was at American Airlines Center last night for his 20,000th. Shortly after then-general manager Don Nelson acquired Dirk in a draft-day trade for Robert "Trac ... More >>
If this picture were at all legible, you'd see Donnie Nelson sitting at the table where wanna-be Humble Billys took their best shots yesterday.So, yeah, I was only kidding, far as you know, when I mentioned that, oh, maybe I'd try out for The Voice of The American Airlines Center. As you're no do ... More >>
You don't have to be able to dunk to apply.Times are tough. Jobs are scarce, money's tight and our sports teams haven't lifted a championship trophy since 1999. We temporarily interrupt this recession depression for some good news, wrapped in an employment opportunity. The NBA's new F ... More >>
Trade proposal: Mavs Man and tonight's 24th pick for these two prospects?Like the Dallas Cowboys did a couple months ago, the Dallas Mavericks have made the decision to fortify their roster via quantity, not quality. But in an NBA Draft that features Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet, James ... More >>
When Dallas record store owner Bill Wisener relocated Bill's Records to the South Side Lamar complex a couple of years ago, one of the first people to drop in the store and welcome him to the neighborhood was Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson. And, last week, Nelson treated Bill to his first-ever ... More >>
Don't know how I missed it - maybe it's because I'm from Duncanville - but Monday was the Chinese New Year. And 2009, as if you didn't know, is the Year of the Ox. In the name of Wang Zhi-Zhi, what could that possibly mean for our Dallas Mavericks? *So far it means this: The Mavs are undefeat ... More >>
Mark Cuban aims his hands-on approach at Dallas' downtrodden southern sector.
Got a press release this a.m. that turned into an early morning time-killer -- list of "celebs' fave" will do that. It's from Dallas-based YourCause.com, which sells itself as a "cause-focused social networking site dedicated to 'Empowering Millions to Raise Billons.'" In other words, it's essential ... More >>
If only these dudes could pass a ball. As I wrote earlier this week on Unfair Park, I’m no saint. In college I was arrested for trespassing (but, dude, she was hot and the house wasn't even finished.) I’ve been sued by DirecTV for pirating its product (now I can afford the NFL Sunday Ticket ... More >>
With minimal upgrades and a fragile psyche, this season could stroll off in any ol' direction
Mavs' draft gifts usually pale in comparison
Ray Johnston, left, is still good pals with Dallas Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson, center. There's no reason for you to know the name Ray Johnston; he was a former Dallas Maverick, yes, but only a summer-leaguer. He was, not so long ago, just a 25-year-old loan officer with season tickets, as th ... More >>
Why ransack the MVP's skill when we can simply reboot his psyche?
The Mavs will win the championship. Right?
Remarkable journey takes Mavs from worst to--finally--first
Turns out the best player on the NBA's best team is a normal guy
What happens when doughy media types play ball? They lose. Again.
No holds barred
Can the Mavs guard anyone? To find out, John Gonzalez gets offensive with a drunk Don, a focused Finley and a nutty Cuban.
For Dirk, Don and the Mavs to compete with the Lakers, they'll have to look to an unlikely source for inspiration: the late-'80s teams of Mark Aguirre and Dick Motta
Things are looking up for the Mavs -- of course, everything's up from the bottom