When you travel with the Dallas Mavericks you see that every player has thier own set of head phones. They listen to their ipods or watch dvd movies on their computers during the long flights and the in-between hours of bus time and game time.
The variety of headsets range from small ipod type to large music studio type headsets that look more like giant Eskimo earmuffs.
Recently, a new trend has been started by Jason Kidd who purchased "Ultimate Ear" personal headsets for all his teammates.
“They came in and fitted everyone on the Olympic team, so I figured it would be a good gift for our guys too. They are really cool and everyone gets to make them unique in their own way!”
Everyone took advantage of the gift and has spent the last month waiting and watching for each set of new custom ear phones to arrive.
Gerald Green got “G$” on both the left and right ear pieces of his set.
Jose Barea got “JJ” on his right ear piece and the Peurto Rican flag on his left ear piece.
Devean George got a replica of his L.A. Laker Championship ring on both ear pieces.
Equipment manager Al Whitley got his home country - Canadian flag on his left ear and "Big Al" on his right ear.
Strength Coach Robert Hackett got his nickname "Hack" on his right ear and the 2 of spades on his left ear.
Dirk got “41” on his custom pair of ear phones and says that “They are really good ear phones. Once I figured out how to put them in my ears...they are really pumping!”