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Erick Dampier

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    April 20, 2011

    Mavericks 101, Blazers 89: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    The Game 2 Hero: Peja​10. When the Mavs play with emotion and efficiency, they are tough to beat. Last night the intensity was there courtesy of Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and the spunky J.J. Barea. And so was the execution, to the tune of a franchise-record low six turnovers -- including ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 7, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.1.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sobering number right outta the gate: Since July 1 the Texas Rangers are 42-40. Are we fooling ourselves thinking they're an elite team that can actually win a playoff series against one of the ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Whitt's End: 7.9.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Hope last night doesn't come back to haunt the Texas Rangers down the road. Despite leading 4-0 with undefeated pitcher Tommy Hunter on the mound in Arlington, the Rangers imploded late and lost t ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Mavs Courting O'Neal? Oh Boy?!

    ​Your Dallas Mavericks are pondering an O'Neal, but not that one. Team source told me last night that the Mavs acquiring former Superman center Shaquille O'Neal is "a long longshot," but that Miami Heat center Jermaine O'Neal is a real possibility. Honestly, neither name gets me too ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    June 10, 2010
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    May 17, 2010

    LeBron > Dirk. LeBron = Dirk? LeBron Dirk!

    ​Granted, he's a better player. Better defender. Better passer. Yeah, a better player. But after last week's second-round playoff flameout by the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James isn't a more accomplished player than our own Dirk Nowitzki. Consider: Both have MVPs. Both have led teams to the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    April 29, 2010

    Mavs-Spurs Game 6 Irrationally Optimistic Game 6 Preview

    ​Dallas Mavericks' guard Jason Terry is guaranteeing a victory in tonight's Game 6 against the Spurs in San Antonio, which would force a dramatic Game 7 Saturday at American Airlines Center. "No question. We're coming back," Terry said. "We have to. It's our mission. Our job is to go down th ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    GAME 4: Spurs 92, Mavs 89. My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Spurs' rookie DeJuan Blair is a beast. Sunday he had seven points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes and even placed an elbow in Dirk Nowitzki's ear to bait him into a technical foul. Roddy Beaubois may grow into the Mavs' point guard of the future, but some of us (my hand was raised) were ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    February 11, 2010

    Dirk Nowitzki Highlights Invitation-Only Opening of NBA All-Star Jam Session, Which GM Donnie Nelson Calls "Basketball Heaven"

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Whitt's End: 1.15.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Haven't gotten a chance to ask him about it yet, but did I miss something or is Babe Laufenberg leaving CBS 11? Maybe he was buying CBS 11. Did I get that wrong? UPDATE: Says Laufenberg in a text ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Will City's Decision to Charge For Parking at Fair Park Cost It Buchanan's Flea Market?

    ​A cold, rainy Sunday a month before Christmas seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it out to Fair Park's Automotive Building for the monthly Buchanan Antiques and Collectibles Market, which has been setting up shop out there since '95. That's where I found my prized Mercantile National Ban ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Wizards 102, Mavwrecks 91: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. There was some good news out of the Dallas Mavericks' hideous 102-91 loss to the Washington Wizards last night at American Airlines Center. Bruce Hornsby - a long-time buddy of head coach Rick Carlisle - played a stirring National Anthem on the piano. (But, dude, he has the limpest/wimpi ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Happy Basketball! Do You Believe in These Dallas Mavericks?

    Dirk looks excited about the season. You?​Last time we saw our Dallas Mavericks it wasn't pretty was ugly. Jason Terry was flopping (only 15 points per game), the defense was floundering (surrendering 115 per game) and owner Mark Cuban was flapping (his gums at Kenyon Martin's mom) in ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Mavericks Land Themselves a Gooden

    ​And the consolation prize is ... Drew Gooden. To which I say, not bad. Not bad at all. He's no Marcin Gortat or Carlos Boozer or Emeka Okafor, but the 6-foot-10, 250-pound 27-year old journeyman can be a nice fit on a nice team. Gooden seemingly has the size and skills and athleticism to be ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Mavericks' Free Agency: Kidd Returning, Polish Hammer Looming

    The Mavs are Pole dancing. Got your $1s ready? We can no longer confuse the Dallas Mavericks' silence with inactivity. Let's hope we never confuse Marcin Gortat with the franchise's legacy of Great White Nopes. The Mavericks last night agreed to re-sign 36-year-old point guard Jason Kidd ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Mavs-Nuggets: Irrationally Optimistic Game 5 Preview

    Stay classy, Kenyon Martin's girlfriend. Stay classy.Let's keep this short and sweet, as I'm scurrying off to Las Vegas this morning to accept a CLIO Award. (No, check that, they're whispering in my ear that my schedule actually calls for an Observer staff meeting in Uptown.) Guess the a ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Nowitzkis 119, Carmelos 117

    Better late than never, a happy tune.Now that, my friends, was a basketball game. A playoff basketball game, with everything on it. Delicious. Considering they still won't win this series, the Mavericks had every reason to fold. And after the week he's had, Dirk Nowitzki had every reason ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    May 5, 2009

    Nuggets-Mavs: Irrationally Optimistic Game 2 Preview

    Danny Bollinger Dirk Nowitzki has a case of the old-school Bird Flu. Certain that my prediction of Thuggets in 5 is spot on, my head is bursting with pride. But desperately wanting my Mavericks to pull the upset, my heart is breaking with pain. Before tonight's pivotal Game 2 at De ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Thuggets 1, Mavwimps 0

    With his team trailing only 90-82 and eight minutes remaining in Sunday's Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks' point guard Jason Kidd sailed a cross-court pass for ... nobody? Lisa Salters? John Elway? Who knows? The ball whis ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Dallas v. Denver: Nuggets in 5

    I sincerely hope I'm wrong about this, but I have a feeling we're all about to get really pissed. Watching the most athletic - and by far the most animated and arrogant - team in the NBA knock the Dallas Mavericks out of the playoffs could be very painful. Get out your hate hats, Game ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Mavericks 3, Spurs 1. The End is Near.

    Let's say that before tip-off of Game 1 I gave you these crystal ball visions about the Spurs-Mavs series: *San Antonio's Tony Parker will skip down Dallas' lane at will, averaging 29 points including games of 38 and 43. *Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki will be held 10 points under his season scoring a ... 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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    April 20, 2009

    Dear Jose Juan Barea: I'm Sorry

    Consider this my public apology to one J.J. Barea. Dude, I was dead wrong. You are not, in fact, a 5-foot-2 pick-up game liability whose shot I could block. Not a novely act nuisance; the obtuse opposite of Shawn Bradley. Not some twisted Criss Angel mind-fuck. And not, after further review, a boyis ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    2009 NBA Playoff Preview: Spurs vs. Mavs

    The good news: When the Mavs and Spurs begin their first-round playoff series this weekend it will be a renewal of a rivalry featuring talented, tested teams. The bad news: When the Mavs and Spurs finish their first-round playoff series, the loser will go home and the winner won't be far b ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    January 19, 2009

    Mr. Hollins' Opus

    Let's don't call Laura Miller and her parade plans just yet, but the Mavericks may have found something. A luxury they haven't enjoyed since, oh, forever. Or at least since Roy Tarpley. A mobile, athletic big man. It was - who else? - Dirk Nowitizki's calm, fadeaway 18-footer that beat the Phil ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Oh and Three

    Last time the Mavs stumbled out of the gate this bad at home, he was their best player. Dirk Nowitzki can’t blame his team’s lack of effort. But he can blame himself. Two days after calling out the Mavericks for half-assed play in an ugly loss to the Clippers, Dirk air-balled a 3-pointer ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Your ’08-09 Dallas Mavericks: Still Good. Still Not Good Enough.

    Make-or-break year for him. And his team. Don’t believe it. The Mavericks, overnight, did not grow old and tired and shitty. Everywhere you surf entering tonight’s opener against the Houston Rockets – especially here – you hear how Dallas will be lucky to win 45ish games and lucky to ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    The Mavericks' Faith In Jason Kidd

    For better or worse, the Mavs trust in the power of Bas-Kidd-Ball

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    July 1, 2008

    The Mavs and the Mav-Nots

    Deja Diop? DeSagana Diop? Matt Barnes? Shan Foster? Be still my bouncy basketball heart. Because the Dallas Mavericks are apparently going to next year look a lot like they did last year. Or, come to think of it, a lot like they did in 2006. NBA free agency started with a whimper last n ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008
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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 17, 2008

    The Big Easier: The Mavericks Have the Playoffs Just Where They Want 'Em

    No, the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Hornets won’t be slam-dunk simple. Not with the way the Mavs have played on the road, and Dirk Nowitzki is limping, and ,,, well, you know the story. But of the MVP candidates in the West, I’d much rather face Chris P ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Damn, Jason Kidd Makes One Expensive Cheerleader

    Apparently, Avery Johnson saw the cover of this week's SI and decided to do the opposite. Mavs-Spurs was a classic last night. Avery Johnson coached it like a playoff game, using only an eight-man rotation. Dirk was good and Duncan was great and Bruce Bowen was sharpening his elbows for the post-sea ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    The Return of the Kidd

    Excuse me if I don’t appropriately memorialize the 19th anniversary of Jerry Jones firing Tom Landry. Today is all about Jason Kidd’s homecoming. After getting traded by the Mavericks in 1996, Kidd was viciously booed in each of his returns to Reunion Arena. But when he takes the American Airlin ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Giant Disgust with Dallas Cowboys

    Tony Romo and the Cowboys piss away a Super opportunity

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    January 14, 2008
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    May 1, 2007

    May Day! May Day!

    This is a distress alert from the North Texas Sports Disaster Service. Trained spotters in Dallas have pinpointed ominous circulation and the possibility of an unprecedented and fatal occurrence of destruction in and around the American Airlines Center. A severe warning has been issued until, oh, sa ... 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 16, 2006

    As Good As It Gets

    I went to the American Airlines Center Monday night and was reminded why we love sports: because for three heart-stopping, adrenalin-pumping hours, we forgot about the first ex-wife, the second mortgage and the four tires that need rotating. Mavs 123, Spurs 118 had everything. Villains (Tim Duncan) ... More >>

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