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What has been by far the worst season of the modern Mavs era, as defined by Dirk Nowitzki's 19-year tenure, reached a new low point. There is no polite way to describe the debacle of a proud franchise being blown out on its home court by a perennial lottery team, as was the case when the Sacramento Kings rolled to a 120-89 rout of the Mavs. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who was so frustrated that he took technical fouls for calling extra timeouts twice in the fourth quarter, didn't put much effort into describing the loss at all. His postgame news conference lasted less than a minute, as he opted not to take any questions. ESPN Dallas
Dallas has drafted one bonafide NBA player over the last 10 years, and they gave away Jae Crowder in the disastrous Rajon Rondo trade. Justin Anderson, last year's first-round pick, has a chance to be the second. But Anderson has struggled this season after a promising finishing to his rookie year, getting passed on the depth chart by undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith. ESPN Dallas
So, DeMarcus Cousins, what do you think about the Mavericks' long-rumored interest in acquiring you? "It's flattering," Cousins told me, with a laugh, after the Kings' Wednesday shootaround at AAC. Then, turning serious, he added of the Mavericks, "I respect them."
"But," I said, "I've also heard that you like it in Sacramento." "No," Cousins corrected, "I love Sacramento." Dallas Morning News
Cousins, 26, is in the next-to-last season of his contract. He earns $16.9 million this season and is scheduled to make $18 million next season. Dallas Morning News
The Mavs made a pretty transparent attempt to butter up Boogie by bringing his younger brother, Jaleel, to training camp and signing him to the D-League Texas Legends. They also have a good relationship with Cousins' agent, Dan Fegan, although that didn't pay off when they recruited his previous clients Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan. ESPN Dallas
A typically cordial postgame interview with Carmelo Anthony took a turn when — you guessed it — Phil Jackson was brought up. Following his team’s blowout defeat Wednesday to the Cavaliers, Anthony was asked about the team president’s public assessment that he often holds the ball too long and stalls the offense. Anthony nearly walked out of the locker room. “Oh, c’mon,” he said while making his way out of the scrum. “I don’t want to answer those questions.” NY Daily News
Carmelo Anthony: “I don’t even know what was said,” he added when quizzed again. “So I just don’t want to even talk about that, what he’s talking about exactly. I want to stay away from that at this point. My focus is my teammates. And winning. Whatever Phil said, he said, I have nothing to say about that.” NY Daily News
Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell met with team doctors on Tuesday and received medical clearance to begin on-court basketball activities after sitting out the last two weeks with a sore left knee. The Lakers do not expect Russell to play in their homestand against Phoenix (Friday) and New York (Sunday). But Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento, though his returns depends on how well he progresses with his increased workload. OC Register
After being sidelined the last week with a strained calf in his right leg, Lakers forward Nick Young told Southern California News Group he is targeting his return for Monday's game in Sacramento. The Lakers downplayed that target date, reiterating his return will depend on how his body responds in practice. OC Register
Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut will be sidelined for 10-14 days, and possibly longer, with a bone bruise in his right knee. Bogut sustained the injury Monday night late in the first quarter when Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert fell on the floor and accidently collided with him. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Bogut’s injury is not as serious as it looked when he hobbled off the court and never returned to Monday’s game. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bogut believes he’s fortunate he didn’t sustain an injury that would have forced him to the sidelines for a much longer time. “It could have been much worst – that’s probably the only positive that comes out of it,’’ Bogut said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at AAC. “I’ll take a couple of days to rest it and then ramp up the rehab and see how we go."
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is sitting out Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to lingering soreness in his back. Brandon Jennings started in his place. Rose had an MRI on Wednesday evening to determine the nature of the injury, and it revealed no structural damage, the team said. He is expected to travel with the Knicks on their upcoming West Coast road trip, which begins Friday night against the Golden State Warriors. He is considered day-to-day. ESPN NY
Magic rookie center Stephen Zimmerman is faring well on his NBA Development League assignment. The Magic assigned him to the Erie BayHawks on Nov. 28 to give him playing time and practice time. The move made sense because Zimmerman wasn't going to receive major minutes with the Magic and since a compressed game schedule has prevented the Magic from practicing. Orlando Sentinel
The players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $75,000 to the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the Oakland Fire, the team announced on Wednesday. The warehouse fire that began on the night of December 2 claimed a total of 36 lives. CSN Bay Area
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