• After losing to the San Antonio Spurs and other top NBA teams, Dallas Mavericks' Tyson Chandler is says either the Mavericks shape up or they will endure a long summer:
“I told guys, ‘We can call it a summer real early or we can buckle down and get things together’,” Chandler said.
He was referring to the Mavericks’ defense. Or the lack thereof during the stretch in which they were picked apart by the Lakers, Spurs, Blazers and Grizzlies, among others. (dallasnews.com)
• Mavericks' Jason Terry says losing to the Memphis Grizzlies is a tougher loss to bear than losing to the Spurs:
• DallasNews.com is putting on "March Menace" where Mavericks can vote on which player has been the biggest menace to the Mavericks. Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen were nominated and went head-to-head. Seems Duncan is the bigger menace to the Mavericks than Bowen. Duncan "won" with 258 votes to Bowen's 213.
• Former NBA coach Don Nelson says he was almost the Spurs coach:
In the wake of the Webber debacle in 1994, with Nelson realizing his time in Oakland was short, Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich -- a former assistant coach to Nelson -- offered his old boss the coaching job.
"I begged him to keep Chris Webber and to let me go,'' Nelson said. "I said keep Webber, keep the player, get a new coach and release me. I told him I had the job. And (he) wouldn't do it. As a result, Popovich is still coaching, with four titles. I could have had Tim Duncan.'' (mercurynews.com)
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