Entries in Mavs (14)

Wednesday
Jan252012

Dallas Mavericks Get Championship Rings

The Dallas Mavericks personalized Championship rings are finally in.

According to ESPN, the customized players rings cost around $40,000 a piece, and will be given to Mavs players in a brief ceremony prior to their Wednesday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban paid a total of $1.4 million for the rings for the 15 players and the entire coaching staff. The design is similar to the one chosen by the 2009-10 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

On one side the players name are engraved above the team logo with the players jersey number. Guard Jason Terry said he also believes the teams postseason motto, The Time is Now, is engraved on the ring.

The Dallas Mavericks won the 2010-11 NBA Championship last June, beating out the Miami Heat in six games. It was the first in franchise history.

Wednesday
Dec282011

Mark Cuban to Mavs Fans - Wait for 2013

Knicks center Tyson Chandler is 1-0 with his new club after Sundays season-opening win against Boston. But Chandlers former team, the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, has lost its first two games, both at home by wide margins.  Dallas was down by over 30 points in each game.


The Mavs gave up early and both Miami and Denver took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter. Dallas lost to Miami, 105-94, on Sunday, then to Denver, 115-93, on Monday.


Tyson Chandler is not surprised Dallas has gotten off to a slow start.  Yeah, honestly, I kind of saw it coming because when you put a team in a situation where you say, Youre the defending champions but were not necessarily trying to repeat. When I say that, Im not saying they dont have the pieces there I obviously think very highly of those guys, Chandler said. I say that because they offered everybody one-year deals, so they knew nobody was going to necessarily accept that. Youre basically telling all the players in the locker room, Were playing for free agency next year, after the championship.


Youve got veteran guys in the locker room. In this time in their career, its tough to face that. Theyre going through a little lull right now, but Im hoping for those guys that it turns around because theres truly good guys in that locker room.


Thanks for the kind words Tyson but its going to get really ugly in Dallas this season.  The Mavs let go the only three players on the Championship team capable of playing defense Chandler, JJ Barea and DeShawn Stevenson.


Add less than two weeks training camp and two pre-season games for the new old and free agent signs and the addition of NBA cancer Vince Carter and you get exactly what you saw in the first two games, an embarrassing display of professional basketball.  But get used to it Dallas, youve got 64 more games of the same. 


In fairness, Mark Cuban provided a decade of exciting, high quality, NBA basketball in Dallas with annual playoff appearances.  The Mavs went from worst to first under Cubans ownership.  Nobody expected the Mavs to get through the first round (vs Portland) last season, and honestly, it was a miracle that they won. We shouldnt expect them to repeat, even if the entire team returned. The combination of unselfish team play throughout the playoffs and the arrogance of the over confident Heat in the finals, resulted in the Mavs shocking the NBA and winning for the good guys. Karma!


I didnt expect much last season and the Mavs gave me a Championship.  It cant get any better than that. And Im willing to give them a pass this lockout shortened season. I expect the Mavs to miss the playoffs.  But maybe theyll surprise me two years in a row.


Yesterday on local radio, Mark Cuban said this seasons goal was to make the playoffs.  With half the teams in the NBA making the playoffs, you cant consider that too a lofty goal for the reigning Champions of the league. Brace yourself for some real ugly basketball. 


Good teams are virtually never blown out at home, and, conversely, bad teams virtually never win blowouts on the road. So we have fairly strong information, already, that the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets are teams with which to be reckoned.


As for the Dallas Mavericks, we can make an even stronger statement: Championship-caliber teams virtually never lose at home like this even once. They sure as heck never do it twice in a row. 


Oh well. The Rangers won back to back AL pennants and I expect them to go deep into the playoffs in 2012.  CJ Wilson aint Tyson Chandler. The Rangers could be better in 2012 than they were in 2010 or 2011. The Mavs won 2011 and theyre already done for 2012.


Enjoy the NFL playoffs (even though the Cowboys wont be participating) and college basketball.  Pitchers and catchers report February 19. March Madness follows.



Thursday
Jun162011

Irving Police Rain on Mav's Parade

It comes of no surprise to me that it was the Irving Police Department that arrested Mavs player DeShawn Stevenson for public intoxication, an offense just below low bochery on the criminal offense scale.  After all, Irving leads the DFW metroplex in arrests for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk (not joking).

Stevenson is no saint. But he obviously did not give the cops a hard time or the Irving PD would have piled on resisting arrest, disorderly conduct or at least wearing his pants on the ground. 

Stevenson told Dallas TV station KDFW he was in the parking lot looking for his phone after doing some celebrating at a friends apartment.

A couple cops came up to me, asked me was I drunk, Stevenson said. I said no but I had a couple drinks. I guess he talked to somebody else and then he just put me in handcuffs for no reason.

He was arrested without incident on a Class C misdemeanor charge, based on the results of a sobriety test, an officers observations and his statements.

They felt he was a danger to himself and others, Irving public information officer John Argumaniz said. Basically, he was intoxicated to a point where [police] didnt feel comfortable letting him walk away or leave. They didnt have any other options at that point.

I throw the  BULL SHIT flag on Irving PDs explanation.  Seriously, no other options?  Thats lame.  Cops regularly call wreckers, cabs, friends, family etc. for citizens in similar circumstances. 

Now before all you back the blue types start calling me out and blindly backing the cops, keep in mind that I was a law enforcement officer for over 32 years. I spent two of those years as a patrol officer in a city about the size of Irving. Even as a raw rookie in 1976, I would have been embarrassed to make a public intoxication arrest under the circumstances that are being reported in the Irving Police report and by the local media.

Heres a news flash, there are assholes in every profession. Who hasnt worked with them?  Im not calling out the arresting officer or even his Sargent.  I would be very surprised if this incident was not run much higher up the chain of command since it involved a high profile professional player from a Dallas Championship team.

Ill give Irving PD the benefit of the doubt that the officers made the arrest because IPD has a philosophy that police officers are hired to make as much money for the city as possible.  Though I must point out that more than one minority organization has a differing opinion when it comes to being black or brown on the streets of Irving.  Make no mistake about it, Bonzer Wolf is NOT playing the race card. Im playing the MONEY card.

Note to Irving taxpayers: If your PD has nothing better to do than arrest an NBA player who doesnt even fail the attitude test, youve got too many police officers on the payroll.  Stevenson shouldnt be given special treatment but he shouldnt be treated more harshly because of where he works either.  Cops have discretion and the better officers use it more prudently everyday.  If the police didnt,  the booking area at the city jail would be overwhelmed with school teachers, preachers and nurses going 3 mph over the speed limit. 

I dont want to hear that Stevenson broke the law and therefore should have been arrested. Just about everyone reading this breaks some city ordinance or traffic violation regularly.  Virtually every call that a patrol officer responds to could lead to an arrest for some minor infraction.  It takes a minimum of a couple of hours to handle a call that results in an arrest, even one for a minor violation. Is this good use of precious police resources? Irving is a city that has more than one neighborhood that I wouldnt want to travel through after dark (including Irving Mall) unless I was armed with an Uzi and had a Secret Service backup.  Believe me, Irving aint all Los Colinas.

Stevenson is an unrestricted free agent.  There are already rumors that now he wont be resigned by the Dallas Mavericks.  I hope Mark Cuban is smart enough to do the right thing.  Stevenson helped win the Championship this year.  This team is better with him than without him. 

I dont give a rats ass if hes guilty of public intoxication in Irving, Texas.  Believe me, I worked with more than one federal agent who was arrested at least once (and one twice) for driving under the influence and none of them lost their jobs.

Not re-signing Stevenson over a chicken shit arrest like this, would be almost as big a mistake as not giving the Mavs Championship rings. 

FULL DISCLOSURE:  My federal office was located in the Las Colinas area of Irving when I retired.  After the Cowboys left Irving and I retired, I couldnt think of a single reason to go back to Irving.   Irving is not the last city on my list of the best places to live or visit in the DFW metroplex, but its definitely in the bottom 5%.  I advise folks to go out of their way to avoid driving or SPENDING MONEY in the Irving city limits!

Bonzer Wolf has been accused at least once on the Internet of being Mark Cuban.  Im not Mark Cuban.  Id never be dumb enough to say I was considering NOT giving the Mavs players and coaches CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS.

Tuesday
Jun142011

Give me Dirk over LeBron Any Day

“We’re the world champs. Nobody can ever take that away from me. So that’s really the best thing about this,” Dirk Nowitzki said after he finally captured the championship that he spent nearly half of his life chasing.  Ive been waiting for the Mavs to win the Championship since I moved to Dallas in 1980, the year the Mavericks joined the NBA.  Thats 31 years.  Cherish the moment. Ya neva know if or when the next one comes around. Ask any Cubs fan.


Nowitzki and the Mavericks underwent a remarkable transformations over the course of this postseason, going from a team many doubted would advance beyond the first round — something Dallas had been unable to do in three of the previous four seasons — to one that walloped the two-time champion Los Angeles Lakers, schooled Oklahoma City and throttled the heavily-favored Heat to avenge a loss in the 2006 Finals.


Nowitzki has been the centerpiece of the Mavericks for more than a decade, with Cuban and Donnie Nelson, Dallas’s president of basketball operations, making several bold moves to find the correct pieces to put around him.


“It doesn’t happen overnight. There’s no quick solutions. There’s not a single template for winning the championship. If there was, everybody would do it,” Cuban said after maintaining a self-imposed muzzle throughout the playoffs. “So you just have to hope you get a little bit lucky, hope things break your way and you go out there and do it.”


At times, Cuban found himself overpaying for mediocrity but it never stopped his ambition to make the Mavericks relevant at the box office and on the court. No trade or signing was more instrumental to the Mavericks than re-signing Nowitzki to a four-year extension last summer.


Nowitzki repaid the loyalty that was shown to him since the Mavericks made a draft-day deal to acquire him in 1998.


Cuban convinced Nowitzki to come back by promising that he would continue to do whatever it took to win a championship. “It wouldn’t have felt right to win it somewhere else,” Nowitzki said. “Sticking to Dallas, that was the plan.”


LeBron James may never share the exhilaration that Nowitzki felt in staying and dealing with heartache with the same franchise for 13 years before winning a prize. His controversial “Decision” had many hoping to see him fail, but James said that negativity didn’t affect him.


“Absolutely not,” James said. “Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.”


The real world for Nowitzki and the Mavericks is that they can all call themselves champions. “They were not going to be denied. Dirk and Jet have had to live for five years with what happened in 2006, and as of tonight, those demons are officially destroyed,” Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle said.

Monday
Jun132011

LeGone James to Haters- Your Life Sucks

When LeBron James joined the Miami Heat last year - essentially admitting that he couldnt handle the burden of leading the Cleveland Cavs to a NBA title - he became the most polarizing figure in professional sports. LeGone boldly predicted that he was going to win 5,6,7,8 championships in Miami before he played a single game in a Heat uniform.

LeGone James is a classless jerk.  D-Wade, ditto. They decided to take a  Charlie Brown woe is me, sympathetic figure approach to their series loss to balance their pre-series ignorance and arrogance.  We will never forget that Wade went out of his way to say Dirk Nowitzki sucked and cost Dallas the Championship in 2006 after the refs gifted Miami a title.  They should never forget mocking Dirks 102 degree fever & cough as they choked away the 2011 Championship.

KARMA KARMA KARMA!  I am also more happy these mofos lost than I am that the MAVS won.  Both of you are a pox on the NBA. You got exactly what you deserved.

Therefore, when the favored Heat lost Game Six of the Finals last night to the Dallas Mavericks, critics around the country celebrated.

Thats Karma for screwing over Cleveland, they cried, pointing to James subpar stats in the series (18 fourth quarter points total) as proof that he cant handle the pressure

At the podium after the game, James was asked if he cared about such reaction. His reply likely didnt make him any new fans:

“All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before,” LeBron said. “They have the same personal problems they had to today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want with me and my family and be happy with that.”

In other words: hate on, haters. But your life still sucks compared to mine and, get a life, this is just sports.

Hollywood Gossip Poll Results

Were you happy to see the Heat lose?

 88.0%
Yes, I hope LeBron never wins a title!
 12.0%
No, haters are just jealous!