Danny Bollinger's Blog – January 2009 Archive (16)


The Dallas Mavericks had their usual game day shoot around this morning at 11:00 am.

Today is the first time that I had returned to the scene of the spring 2006 crime. I didn’t travel with the team last season to Miami.

Today, was the first time that I was forced to remember the many snippets of the ESPN Sportcenter located on my mental DVR. The mental imagery of the unimaginable comeback of the Miami Heat over the Dallas… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 31, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Ryan Hollins Q & A

You scored on a dunk on the first possession that you played for the Dallas Mavericks. Were you surprised that they called a play for you on your first possession right off the bench?

Yeah, the first play was Jet dropping it to me and I just dunked it. When I got the ball I was wide open, so I just hammered it down. The call was a high pick-and-roll. It was just a read really. It was right when I got into the game. It surprised me… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

D.A. is Back in the Big D.

Even as a player on the 2005-2006 NBA Finals Dallas Mavericks squad Darrell Armstrong was already taking the coaching posture on the sideline.

He discussed it with the media today after his first practice with the team:

"I am glad to be back and hopefully starting a long coaching career. Even when I played here I was almost like an assistant coach. Avery (Johnson) used me a lot. He always told me that he didn't mind me… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 28, 2009 at 12:00am — 7 Comments


The Chinese New Year was yesterday (Jan. 26th).

2009 is the year of the OX.

How do I know this?

I looked it up on the internet.

Why did I look up it up?

Because some one sent Mark Cuban the poster above? It appeared in a Chinese basketball magazine.

I think the person that sent it to him stole it from the blog http://tanjieblog.blog.sohu.com

I looked up the address but… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 27, 2009 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments


Probably for the first time in NBA history, Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki participated in a two-a-day practice session last week. Most two-a-day practice sessions are reserved for the first week of training camp in October.

But last Friday evening a special practice session was held at the Mavericks practice court at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks regular practice was held earlier that morning.

The new teammates… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 22, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

What's your 20?

The Dallas Mavericks are playing the Detriot Pistons tomorrow night in The Palace at Auburn Hills.

They are staying in Birmingham, Michigan the night before the game (tonight).

They practiced today at the recreation center at Oakland University in Oakland, Michigan.

I rarely have the foggiest idea of where I am when we come to this area.

I just follow the crowds at bus time.

The… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 22, 2009 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments


I am not a basketball scout for the Dallas Mavericks nor do I play one on TV, but it doesn't take one to see the athleticism of new Dallas Mavericks center Ryan Hollins.

Last night, in his first game wearing a Mavericks uniform and just after checking into the game, Hollins showed his high flying ability with an authoritative back door alley-oop dunk.

The above picture shows him getting fouled on another high flying… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 20, 2009 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

Mark Cuban Basketball Center Dedication

Mark Cuban knows the inside of the basketball business better than most. He has seen, heard, read, and lived first hand the horror stories of how the developement of basketball players in the United States has degenerated into a factory mentality of grifters. A system that uses the players for their skills then leaves a majority of them that don't make it in the NBA unskilled and unprepared for life after basketball.

He personally has… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 17, 2009 at 6:46pm — 3 Comments


You’ve seen him a million times.

You have certainly wondered who he is or tried to figure out “His deal?!”

Who exactly is that Mavericks nut that sits courtside with those hot pink clappers, crazy outfits, and his silver hair pulled back in a ponytail?

His name is Don Knobler and he has become as much a part of a Dallas Mavericks home game as the players themselves.

Inside Dish thought we would ask him… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 15, 2009 at 10:04am — 14 Comments

Perfect Attendance

A couple of years ago, before a Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center, Dick Bavetta mentioned to me the number of games that he had reffed in the NBA.

It was an incredible number.

So last week before the New York Knicks game at the American Airlines Center I was walking out to the floor and I noticed Dirk standing waiting to head onto the floor. I asked him where his streak stood and he gave me the numbers in this… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 13, 2009 at 1:30am — 12 Comments


The above picture shows Jason Kidd and Noel Esteban hanging out after the Mavericks last home game against the New York Knicks.

Oh, yeah, it also shows them throwing the "Shaka" sign which is a traditional and popular Hawaiian hand gesture that is used as a greeting and salutation.

Accordingly, Noel, was in town from the Island of Oahu with this mom and sister. They traveled to Dallas as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 12, 2009 at 3:07pm — 4 Comments


The Dallas Mavericks put on a contest at Mavs games during November and December that asked its dedicated fans to punch 2009 NBA All Star ballots, of course voting for their favorite Mavericks.

The fan that punched the most ballots would receive a private party hosted by Jason Kidd.

A few days ago the Dallas Mavericks public relations department put out a press release that announced the names of the two “lucky” fans that… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 8, 2009 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments


The Dallas Mavericks players got a chance to meet Mason Ridenour after the game against the Clippers on Tuesday night. Mason, who is in town receiving treatment for leukemia, chilled out post-game near the Dallas Mavericks locker room.

Mason hoped to get some autographs of the players on his new Mavericks ball (a gift from fans sitting near him during the game).

Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban stopped by to check out the… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 8, 2009 at 3:17pm — 5 Comments

From The Archives: “The Morning After.” Salt Lake City, Utah. May 4, 2001

In an emotional moment, just after the Dallas Mavericks won their first playoff series in 12 years, the new owner of the team Mark Cuban, through a squeaky nearly tearful voice, proclaimed to Bob Ortegel and the entire Mavericks television audience that the Dallas Mavericks “will never miss the playoffs ever again!”

The moment I heard him say it I knew it would be true.

Eight years and counting.

The picture above… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 5, 2009 at 5:08pm — 5 Comments


FED EX FORUM, Memphis, Tennessee. 6:10 PM. Saturday, January 3, 2008

It might seem deserted at the moment but a NCAA game between the University of Memphis and Lamar University is 50 minutes from tipoff.

The Dallas Mavericks have already arrived in Memphis for their game against the Grizzlies set for 3:00 pm tomorrow… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 3, 2009 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments


This is the time of year when American Express sends you the summary of your yearly activities.

So here are some numbers that summarize the first two months of the Mavericks season and the end of the 2008 calendar year.

Games Played: 31

Wins: 19

Losses: 12

Points Scored: 3107

Points Allowed: 3007

Dirk Career Points: 17,762

Rick Carlise Career Coaching Wins: 300

Flights Taken: 30

Miles Flown: 27,339 (probably a little bit less...I… Continue

Added by Danny Bollinger on January 2, 2009 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

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