Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks part ways with Delonte West
|10.30.12 at 7:53 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Mavericks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Mavericks open the season Tuesday night with a game against the Lakers, and they’ll do so without troubled guard Delonte West. The onetime Celtic was dismissed on Monday following his second suspension in as many weeks.
West, who has bipolar disorder, was expected to be a key role player for the Mavs, but his behavior during the preseason forced Dallas to make the move. The Mavericks, who will be without Dirk Nowitzki for a while as he recovers from knee surgery, start the season with nine new players and four new starters.
“This is what we’ve got. That’s the way it is,” said forward Shawn Marion, the only returning starter. “We can’t harp on it all day. We’ll do what we’ve got to do.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers might not be at full strength either, as Kobe Bryant has missed the last week of practice with a foot injury and is a game-time decision.
♦ According to an ESPN report, Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Alex Rodriguez late last week in an attempt to improve their relationship following the veteran third baseman’s disastrous postseason.
Giardi called A-Rod on the same day it was reported that Girardi contacted the Yankee Stadium press box during a postseason game asking that Rodriguez’s name not be announced when he was removed for a pinch-hitter, apparently to protect A-Rod from more booing from the home fans.
According to ESPN, the conversation went well. “Joe could not have been more supportive, and Alex couldn’t have been more receptive,” the source said.
Rodriguez has five years and $114 million remaining on his contract, making it unlikely the Yankees could trade him even if he waived his no-trade rights.
♦ Here’s your daily Jets update: Coach Rex Ryan, who gave his team the week off with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the area and with a bye next Sunday, professed loyalty to much-maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez following Sunday’s 30-9 embarrassment vs. the Dolphins.
“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said at Monday’s media session. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”
Ryan said he plans to brainstorm with his coaches this week and come up with ways to right the sinking ship. He acknowledged considering finding a way to get more out of Tim Tebow — but not as the starting quarterback.
“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? I think you’re absolutely right. We will definitely look at that.”
♦ Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is known as a defensive specialist, and apparently he doesn’t pay close attention to his own team’s offense. The former Patriots defensive coordinator was as surprised as anyone that running back Jamaal Charles — who averages 5.0 yards per carry this season — had just five rushes in Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Raiders.
“Now, I’m not exactly sure,” Crennel said after the game when asked about Charles’ limited touches.
On Monday, Crennel had a better explanation, saying that the Raiders “loaded up” against the run.
“I think they expected us to run the ball a little bit,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 30, 1954, the Celtics lost to the Rochester Royals, 98-95, in a game that marked the debut of which two NBA rules that had a big effect on the way the game was played?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m a little bit flabbergasted, to be honest with you. I never would have thought that we would have swept the New York Yankees and I never would have thought that the Giants would sweep us, but it happened. It’s a freaky game and it happened and so be it.” – Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on his team’s World Series disappointment
STAT OF THE DAY: 1 – Incomplete passes Monday night by 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 18-of-19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-3 rout of the Cardinals
‘NET RESULTS: Former major league pitcher Bartolo Colon, pitching in the Dominican Republic, takes a line drive off his face.
Pacers guard (and former Celtic) Gerald Green shows off his jumping ability, at one point looking down at the rim.
From Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” program, here’s a nice piece on a terminally ill elderly Colts fan who gets to attend a game and meet rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The 24-second shot clock and the limit of six team fouls per quarter before the fouled team shoots free throws
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Grace Slick, former lead singer of Jefferson Airplane/Starship, turns 73 Tuesday.
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