Mavs hope newest big man fills void

Updated: October 2, 2009, 9:59 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Seven years and seven teams into his NBA career, the fourth overall pick of the 2002 draft might be best known as the guy who once sported a four-pronged, spiky goatee.

Suffice it to say Drew Gooden doesn't take himself too seriously.

Gooden, who is goatee-free for the time being, has a bit of goofball in him. He's a good-natured guy who smiles easily. At least until he's asked whether he's physical enough to be a force at center.

"My opponents, they feel Drew ...

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