Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Shawn Marion’s Steady Hand Paces the Dallas Mavericks

+Read full article

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY

Leave it to an old veteran like Shawn Marion to always set a positive example for the youngsters on the team. He’s been one of the hardest working, most consistent players in the NBA since he came into the league 14 seasons ago.

In Wednesday’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, Marion led the Dallas Mavericks in points and more impressively, rebounds. Marion finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

There’s no way Marion will be able to replicate those numbers in most regular season games, but for once, this isn’t about the regular season. This is about how important it is for the younger guys on the team to see a 35-year-old veteran giving it everything he has during a game that in many ways doesn’t matter at all.

But you want all the players on your team to have the mindset that every minute of every game matters once the regular season begins. That starts with the message sent down by the head coach, but it’s really driven home when the All-Star veterans personify that message. And that’s exactly what Marion is doing by aggressively going after rebounds in a meaningless game.

That attitude will carry over to practice and will help players stay focused during the grind of an 82-game season. It will influence players to dive after loose balls and just overall play with more hustle. That leads to winning the “5o-5o” balls that Coach Rick Carlisle is always talking about, which are the plays that could go either way, depending on who hustles more.

And that’s the kind of play that Marion really brings to the Mavericks and the kind of play that they’ll need more of this year if they want to improve over last year.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dirk Nails Game-Winner, Gets Love From Kobe

Kobe Bryant wasn't able to lace up for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, but he still managed to make the highlight reels on multiple occasions. After Dirk Nowitzki nailed what turned out to be the game-winning jumper, he stumbled backward into Bryant and received a pat of approval. This encounter is the definition of the saying 'game recognizes game' as the two players are both legends and future Hall of Famers.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Josh Smith Fakes Dirk Nowitzki Out of His Shoes

Josh Smith has returned to the Houston Rockets via trade, and he made the most of his first game back. He scored 16 points off the bench, including this drive on Dirk Nowitzki that made Smith look like Hakeem Olajuwon. Could Ty Lawson and Josh Smith be the spark duo off the bench that rejuvenates this Rockets team?

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Nowitzki Spoof Trump In Hilarious Ad

Although he may not look like it, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is one of the funniest guys in the NBA. He was up to his old tricks again in this video, and I couldn't stop laughing after watching this.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Kings' Rondo Attempt To Trip Mavs' Williams

Last night's game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks was one of the most entertaining of the season. It was a back-and-forth contest that ended on a Deron Williams three-pointer as time expired in double-overtime. Unfortunately, Williams almost didn't get to take that shot as Rajon Rondo attempted to trip him from the bench earlier in the game which could have caused serious injury. Rondo should be suspended for his actions.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Deron Williams Hits Game-Winning 3 In Double OT

The Sacramento Kings had a two-point lead in double overtime against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening, but Deron Williams came through with a clutch three as time expired to cement a one-point victory.

Comment 0 Comments