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Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Dirk Nowitzki Leave Dallas Mavericks?

But this off-season is different. This time, after 12 seasons in Dallas, Nowitzki can exercise an option in his contract and become a free agent. All season, he said he could foresee no reason why he would use that option.

But Thursday night, 31-year-old Nowitzki stopped well short of declaring himself a Maverick for life, ready to forge into an uncertain future with possibly another revamped Dallas roster.

"I wanted to obviously have a long playoff run here and go for my dream again," Nowitzki said. "And now I'm just obviously too shocked and too disappointed.

"I haven't really thought anything about my future yet. I guess I've got some time now to think about some stuff, think about my options."

Gulp. That's the sound of Mavericks fans swallowing hard at the mere thought of a future without Nowitzki. Nowitzki pointed out that he has until July to make a decision about his contract option.

But in a moment of level-headed reflection amid the disappointment, Nowitzki added: "Everything's too fresh right now. I've got some time to think about some stuff." 

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Worry not, Dallas fans: Dirk's just butt-hurt after another disappointing series. Mark Cuban will do everything he can to remind Dirk that he's a Mav at heart, and the seven-footer will be back in Dallas next season. - CYE

 

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Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tim Donaghy: Joey Crawford Is Proud of DAL Losses

Tim Donaghy, a former NBA referee and author of Personal Fouls, talked about Danny Crawford and his record officiating the Mavericks and how referees see Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Donaghy says Crawford's record officiating games with the Mavericks is suspect and that Cuban still makes the Mavericks a target.

“I write about this a lot in the book ‘Personal Foul’ that Danny was pretty much proud of the fact that what his record was while refereeing Dallas Mavericks playoff games so I don’t know that it is a streak that he wants to keep alive or what the story is with that, but I just think that it is almost humanly impossible a referee could have that record with one team during playoff games alone.”
 
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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shawn Marion: ‘I don’t see no fat lady.’

Mavericks swingman Shawn Marion did it with Phoenix against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. Coach Rick Carlisle's Detroit Pistons overturned a 3-1 deficit against Orlando in the first round in 2003.

Marion insisted after Sunday's 92-89 defeat that he believes a comeback is still possible, even though history suggests that it's an extreme long shot.

Only eight teams in NBA annals, out of the 189 that have tried, have managed to win three games in a row after falling into a 3-1 deficit hole.

"I've been in this situation," Marion said. "It can be done.

"I don't see no fat lady."

Said Carlisle: "It starts with winning Game 5 [on Tuesday night]. That's the starting point." 

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Saturday , Apr , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Manu Ginobili’s Injury Deemed a Nasal Fracture

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili suffered a nasal fracture in the team's Game 3 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night.

He suffered the injury in the third quarter and he's set for a CT scan on Saturday.

Ginobili returned to the game after suffering the injury without any protection, but his status for Game 4 is unknown.
 

 

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Saturday , Apr , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jason Terry’s Comments Motivated Suns to Play Better Defense

Mavericks guard Jason Terry motivated the Suns to play better defense with comments he made back in late January.

While giving a halftime interview during a game in which Dallas was beating Phoenix at home, Terry said: "We've got to score on these guys. They're not very good defensively and we've got to make them pay."

The Suns have used the quote as motivation and coach Alvin Gentry threw it in their faces.

"With all the repetition and practice, it (Terry's comment) sparked more of a defensive mind-set for us because we knew we had to defend to win that game," Suns forward Grant Hill said.
 
Mark Cuban Hates the Spurs
Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2010 Christopher Sells

Mark Cuban Hates the Spurs

 It's been a good week for quotes. Up to now, we've been fortunate enough to hear Joakim Noah tell anyone listening how much he thinks Cleveland sucks. Now we get to hear an owner talk about his intense dislike for an in-state rival. 

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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