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Mavericks free agency
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says his team is better off not having signed free-agent center Dwight Howard. It's the second year in a row that Cuban has fallen short in recruiting the best available player to Dallas, as he failed to land Deron Williams in 2011.
This year, Cuban says missing out on Howard means he will be able to add players. So far he's signed Jose Calderon, agreed with Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington and Samuel Dalembert and reportedly is close to deals with Devin Harris and Brandan Wright. Are the Mavericks really better off? Vote below!
The big news for Golden State last night came when Monta Ellis left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Don Nelson Classic, otherwise known as the Mavericks and Warriors. Early reports had the injury as a sprained knee with an MRI pending. But while we wish Ellis the best, we'd be lying if we said that's why we're interested in the leading scorer on a 13-37 team.
We're all about the trick shots.
Cameras captured Ellis draining an over-the-shoulder shot from the opposite free-throw line before Monday's game (it's about 30 seconds in on the video below).
That's a heck of a shot, but was it even the best H-O-R-S-E shot in his repertoire? If you remember, or if you need to refresh your memory, Ellis also drained an over-the-shoulder shot from the tunnel on the side of the court, about seven or eight rows deep in the stands. So which gem do you fear Ellis breaking out if you find yourself trading shots?
With a half a dozen major sports going on at once between pro and college, not to mention holiday plans, it's not easy to stay on top of everything. Heck, barely half of SportsNation has watched a bowl game yet, and who would want to miss Marshall and Ohio? All right, bad example. But it's a tough juggling act, which is where the Daily Dime comes in each morning. Like the Spurs, it means we don't have to show up until the NBA playoffs start.
Anyway, shameless plug complete, yesterday's Dime had a particularly compelling trio of statistical feats that, let's face it, most of us probably would have missed.
Actually, we were a little surprised Zach Randolph is still in the league, let alone the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 to total as many as 141 points and 91 rebounds in a five-game span. But is that more impressive than Rajon Rondo doing something only Larry Bird and Bob Cousy had done before for the Celtics, or Monta Ellis suffering through more minutes in a Warriors uniform than should be allowed? Vote at the end of the post.