The Mavs are NBA champions, but are they the best team in franchise history?
While contemplating defensive coordinator Dwane Casey's departure to be the Toronto Raptors' head coach and whom they should take with the 26th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, a couple more Mavs-related items buzzed through my brain this week. 1. Who from the championship team s ... More >>
Photo by Brian HarkinHarlan CrowI'm killing time at this point ... and this bottle of Old Fitzgerald. And while we wait for the county to update its election totals, I'm reading tomorrow's New York Times, which is full of local-interest stories -- more than our own daily, probably. Like this nice ... More >>
The Mavericks have too many noble causes to not produce one last comeback
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Most surprising thing about Cowboys first-round draft pick Tyron Smith? According to scout Walter Juliff, he's related to a former Cowboy with the same last name. Goes by the nam ... More >>
10. There was a time when the Mavs going 3 of 17 on 3-pointers in a playoff game meant certain doom. Last night, Dallas didn't shoot particularly well, but it defended and rebounded. Wow did it rebound, to the tune of 12, 11 at the offensive end. 9. Turns out Brandon Roy's fourth ... More >>
Still the best?No, but he's close. Not that the Washington Wizard-turned-Maverick hasn't played impressively in his first four games in Dallas (10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds), but it says more about our sad history than his play, doesn't it? Haywood, part of last week's trade that sent J ... More >>
No. 12 in your football program ... No. 12 on our fantasy roster.When I say No. 22, who comes to mind? Do you immediately think of the Dallas Cowboys' all-time best runner? Or their all-time best rusher? Or perhaps instead the second-leading all-time scorer in the history of the Dallas Mav ... More >>
Ever tell you my Roy Tarpley story? In 1994-95 I'm covering the Dallas Mavericks for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. After some horrible seasons under Quinn Buckner and the like, the organization is abuzz. The Three J's - remember them? - are in place and rejoining the rebuilding is the most tal ... More >>
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 >>
A decade ago, I interviewed Kevin Sullivan on his last day as the Dallas Mavericks' vice president of communications, a job he'd held for 18 years -- since the team's inception in 1980. It seemed like a good idea to do another exit interview today, because Sullivan, pictured above with President Bus ... More >>
From Dallas Weekly to the White House? Could happen. From humble beginnings, he has risen. In a white man’s world, he has conquered. Not this guy. This guy. Oh, I guess Barack Obama has done pretty well for himself, too. First black President. Prompting optimism in America throughout t ... More >>
Just which local players have earned the right to be eternally identified with their uniform numbers?
The Cowboys are counting on NFL outlaw Pacman Jones to pop the top on their sixth Super Bowl.
How former Ticket host Greg Williams destroyed the most dynamic duo in Dallas talk radio through drugs, deceit and disaffection
Avery Johnson, picking up his Coach of the Year award two years ago. Which seems like a million years ago. Either Mavs owner Mark Cuban takes the suggestions of Unfair Park (and everyone else with eyes) pretty damn seriously, or else Avery Johnson’s dismissal had become that obvious. Probably the ... More >>
Detoured again by drugs, Greg Williams and The Ticket face a bump in the road
There are two words no more heartbreaking to Dallas Mavericks fans than "Roy" and "Tarpley." Exactly two decades ago, he was named to the NBA's All-Rookie team -- while, at the same time, he was being ordered to enter the league's rehab center for chemical abuse. It was the first time he was receive ... More >>
Mavs' draft gifts usually pale in comparison
Juan Gonzalez ain't no Roy Tarpley, but it's gotta be a very close second. Looks like today is a sportsy day in Unfair Park. So, on that note... On Saturday, the New York Daily News ran a story about a mysterious bag found at Pearson International Airport in Toronto three weeks after September 11, 2 ... More >>
Kevin Sullivan is probably the first guy to go from doing P.R. for a basketball team to doing it for a president. That's just a wild guess. And, yes, he knows he looks like actor Oliver Platt. On June 21, Kevin Sullivan was in a meeting about education—most likely, since at the time he was ass ... More >>
Remarkable journey takes Mavs from worst to--finally--first
Founding father may finally see Mavs baby grow up a champ
Sports' smallest acts often come laced with giant implications
Can Dampier finally fill Mavs' middle?
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
Six years after coaching a wretched Mavs team, Gar Heard finally gets back in the game
Kevin Sullivan devoted 18 years to working for the Mavs. So, was it worth it?
When Mark Aguirre left the Dallas Mavericks a decade ago, he became the fall guy for the team's decline. Now he's back, dealing with his ghosts and trying to help the franchise regain its former glory.
Roy Tarpley was once the NBA's best--till he stumbled and took the Mavericks down with him
Lawyers, goons, money--and some very curious sex toys. Laura Miller does the post-game analysis of the Michael Irvin trial.
Tarpley ducks out on Dallas, probably for the last time
Tarpley battles demons, boards--and Barney the dinosaur