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Jul 25

Dennis Smith Jr. has a chance to be great, but he also needs the opportunity to be a rookie

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:Who has a better chance of overshadowing the other this season? DSJ or Harri…

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Jul 25

Future Mavericks: The best free agents for 2018, including LeBron, Westbrook, George

This NBA offseason certainly has provided a headline or two. (With no signs of slowing down…)But what about next summer?After Dennis Smith Jr.’s rookie campaign comes to an end, and the Mavericks reach another offseason with another option on Dirk No…

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Jul 25

Nerlens Noel and the Mavericks are in the middle of a staring match: ‘First one to blink loses’

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights: If Nerlens isn’t happy in negotiations, will that translate into an unhappy…

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Jul 25

Squashing any ‘pipe dream’ trades that would see Kyrie Irving land in Dallas

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:What do you make of the latest NBA offseason bombshell, that Kyrie Irving wa…

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Jul 24

Thoughts on Jordan Spieth’s third major: from Van de Velde calamity to entrenching himself as ‘The Man’

When he teed off on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale Sunday, Jordan Spieth still had that fresh-faced look of wonder and amazement, still a kid holding both hands to his head after maybe the worst tee shot of his professional life.A half-hour and remark…

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Jul 23

Six under 26: Jordan Spieth’s latest triumph sets him far apart from Dak Prescott, D-FW’s other young stars

Even when you’re the best in the world, as Jordan Spieth proved for four days in the British Open, you can spark a local argument.Dak or Zeke?Dennis Smith or Harrison Barnes?I’m calling it “Six Under 26” and have placed an arbitrary limit on one player…

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Jul 23

Mavericks shouldn’t expect overnight miracles, but their young core will be fun to watch

Most teams have taken care of their business as the shot clock ticks down on free agency. The Mavericks are a notable exception because of the Nerlens Noel situation. That issue will take care of itself one way or another, although it could very well d…

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Jul 22

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki savagely trolls the rest of the NBA by mocking their workout routines

It’s the offseason in the world of professional basketball. Which means it’s also the season of showing off how good you look while working out to your legion of followers on social media.Like LeBron James…And Ben Simmons…Don’t forget John Wall now…

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Jul 22

The 5 biggest free agency flops in Dallas Mavericks history

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on August 18, 2016. With NBA free agency wrapping up, we’re bringing it back.If this was a list of biggest flops regarding any acquisition, it would be a two-dog race between Lamar Odom and Rajon Rondo…

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Jul 22

D-FW’s favorite broadcaster tournament champion between Gordon Keith and Eric Nadel is…

We have our winner!Our 32-broadcaster bracket has been whittled all the way down to two. Gordon Keith (the top overall seed in the Radio bracket) and Eric Nadel (the No. 2 seed in the Others bracket). The winner?1310 The Ticket’s Gordon Keith!The vote …

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Jul 21

National analyst: Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. could make 2017 the best point guard class ever

The 2017 NBA draft was filled with elite point guards. Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball went No. 1 and No. 2 to the Sixers and Lakers respectively, while a total of five PGs were drafted in the top-10, including the Mavericks’ selection Dennis Smith Jr.Bu…

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Jul 21

How much do Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars games cost? The true prices of D-FW sports fans

Wondering how much a Dallas-area sports outing will actually cost you? Or what costs should you consider beyond ticket purchases?SportsDay set out to answer these questions, gathering data from the four major D-FW professional teams as well as the WNBA…

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Jul 21

Could Mavericks’ Nerlens Noel negotiations end with center signing one-year deal?

Columnist Tim Cowlishaw recently held a chat to discuss all things D-FW sports. Here are some highlights.What do you make of the drawn out Noel contract talks? There’s no way the Mavs don’t re-sign him … right?Cowlishaw: “No, there’s no reason for th…

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Jul 20

Nico Brussino moving on after one season with Mavericks; is replacement on the way?

The Mavericks on Thursday let the deadline pass without guaranteeing the contract of Nicolas Brussino for the upcoming season.Without guaranteed money, the Mavericks were expecting the second-year swingman to pursue other options, most likely in Europe…

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Jul 20

10 things to know about Dennis Smith Jr. from impressing Steph Curry to owing his grandma an SUV

Here are 10 things you might not know about new Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr.:

1. Swatting J. Cole sooooo bad

J. Cole — who has gone platinum on albums with no features multiple times — was a big fan of Smith’s while the point guard was at Trinity Christian High School in Fayetteville, N.C. He was such a big fan that he challenged him to a game of one-on-one.

J. Cole’s hometown is Fayetteville, so it sounds like it was pretty easy for Smith to accept the challenge.

So in 2014 the two got together to play a pickup game and Smith showed Cole no mercy by ruthlessly swatting a layup attempt, as seen above. Even after that swat, Smith said he still respected J. Cole’s game.

“He came out aggressive the first game and scored a good amount of his team’s buckets,” Smith said of the artist to USA Today’s Jason Jordan. “Then I was like, ‘Wow, dude can hoop for real!’ It was more competitive than I expected, and that in itself was respectable.”

2. Why Smith is such a big J. Cole fan

Here’s what Smith told SLAM Magazine:

“Being from Fayetteville, some of the stuff that he had to go through, I’ve had to go through. We’re pretty much cut from the same cloth. You’re right though, he pretty much talks about the grind in his early music. ‘The Come Up’ is the first mixtape that I’m hip to of his and every time that I go out and run early in the morning or get up shots, I let ‘The Come Up’ play all the way through.”

J. Cole also gave Smith some advice when they first met:

“Definitely about my grades and keeping them up. He was a smart guy growing up. He told me to stay focused on ball and then he asked me the main question that I’m asked from everybody: ‘What college do I want to go to?’

“He’s a big UNC fan. He told me that ‘I’m a UNC fan, but I want you to go wherever is best for you.'”

3. He really impressed Steph Curry

The dunk above was so good that it caused both Curry brothers — Seth and Steph — to react. Steph even ran up to the cameraman to see a replay.

4. He’s ultra competitive

Here’s what Smith’s high school coach, Heath Vandevender, told The Fayetteville Observer’s Sammy Batten:

“Smith is the most competitive kid I’ve ever coached whether it’s playing video games, pool, cards, whatever it is. I think he will remember everyone drafted in front of him, especially the point guards, and will use that as motivation for next season.″

The point guards who went ahead of him were Markelle Fultz (No. 1 to the Boston Celtics), Lonzo Ball (No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers), De’Aaron Fox (No. 4 to the Sacramento Kings) and Frank Ntilikina (No. 8 to the New York Knicks).

ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla also spoke very highly of Smith to Batten:

“You’re talking about a guy who is a junkyard dog, who is strong, gets to the basket, is tough and always plays with a chip on his shoulder,” Fraschilla said. “He’s a kid who could slide and all of a sudden a team picking ninth, 10th, 11th goes, ‘Oh my god. We’ve got to take him. It’s a no brainer.'”

Fraschilla was right. Here’s what Smith said after being picked by Dallas:

“I’m definitely motivated,” he said from the Barclays Center in New York where the draft took place. “I just use it as fuel to the fire. I’ve been underrated my whole life and that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m accustomed to it. I’m going to go out and be Dennis Smith and nothing can stop that.”

5. He owes his Grandma an SUV

SportsDay’s Brad Townsend recently traveled to DSJ’s hometown to get the full story on the upbringing of the Mavs’ top pick. From being raised by a single father to starting his basketball career on a dirt court outside of a double-wide trailer.

Here’s an excerpt from the story featuring his grandmother, Gloria, and what will most likely be his first purchase as an NBA player:

“Based on the NBA rookie salary scale, Junior is slotted to make $2.7 million this season and is guaranteed to make at least $7 million during his first two seasons, not counting endorsement deals.

Yet on this night, Junior asks Senior for money so he can get something to eat. Junior says he has nothing in mind for himself, but he does know what his first major purchase will be.

A black Lexus SUV for Grandma. She’s already picked it out.

“When you go back to Dallas,” she tells Junior, “you tell Mark [Cuban] to go ahead and pay you, so I can get treated.””

Read the full DSJ profile here.

6. Childhood dream came true

7. Rookie of the Year?

An impressive NBA Summer League performance put DSJ squarely in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race according to Bovada.

In six games in Las Vegas, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League first team, and gave Mavs fans a first look into the play-making point guard he could become in the NBA.

8. Not a Tony Romo fan

Mark Cuban actually asked DSJ to clean up his Twitter account after becoming a Maverick. This tweet, however, made the cut.

But on this particular tweet, he did attempt to explain himself, and said since arriving in Dallas he is now a Cowboys fan.

9. Down goes Duke

When Duke loses, America wins. On Jan. 23, Smith had a monster stat line of 32 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in an 84-82 win at Duke. Why was that significant? It was N.C. State’s first win there since Jan. 1995. That’s 22 years!

Wolfpack fans were so pumped that they made T-shirts after the game.

10. His dunks are amazing

This is what a 48-inch vertical jump will do for you.

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Jul 20

Newy Scruggs: ‘God bless Phil Jackson and the Knicks for passing on Dennis Smith, Jr.’

Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered questions in a recent live chat. Here are some highlights: Do you thi…

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Jul 19

Tim Cowlishaw answers questions on the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavs and more at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27; ask yours now

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” answers your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and local college sports in a live chat a…

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Jul 19

Newy Scruggs answers questions on the Rangers, Cowboys, Mavs and more at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26; ask yours now

Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answers your questions at 10 a.m. Wednesday.Ask your questions by signing into…

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Jul 19

Matt Mosley answers questions on the Rangers, Cowboys, Mavs and more at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25; ask yours now

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answers your questions during a live chat at 10 a.m. Tuesday.Ask your questions by signing into the LiveFyre module below [click Sign in; use your Facebook or Twitter account…

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Jul 19

Eddie Sefko answers Mavericks questions at 1 p.m. Monday, July 24; ask yours now

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answers your questions about the team in a live chat at 1 p.m. Monday.Ask your questions by signing into the LiveFyre module below [click Sign in; use your Facebook or…

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