|Mavericks part ways with GM Gersson Rosas after 3 months||10.30.13 at 12:56 pm ET|
It took just three months for Gersson Rosas to realize that general manager of the Mavericks was not the position for him.
Rosas, who became Dallas’ first official GM in eight years on July 23, resigned on Tuesday, just one day before the Mavericks’ first game of the season at home vs. the Hawks.
“I made the personal decision to resign as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks after determining that the position was not the best fit for me at this point in my career,” Rosas said. “The decision was made solely by me, as I firmly believe this change is in my best interest.”
Dallas poached Rosas from the Rockets, where he served as a front-office executive under general manager Daryl Morey.
Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Rosas mapped out a new plan for the Mavericks organization — Dallas missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000 last season — and that plan did not mesh with other members of the organization.
“It didn’t fit from the beginning,” one of the sources told Berger. “The chemistry was simply not there.”
After former general manager Don Nelson left the organization eight years ago, the official title of general manager was vacant, meaning that owner Mark Cuban dealt with many of the transactions. It’s unknown what Dallas plans on doing with the current vacancy.
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Video exposes Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s abuse of players||04.03.13 at 7:47 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
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♦ An interesting week in college basketball got a lot more interesting on Tuesday when tapes of Rutgers coach Mike Rice abusing players in practice was made public. Rice can be seen throwing basketballs at players, pushing them and berating them.
The school’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, took to the airwaves in an attempt to defend his decision last year to not fire Rice (the coach received a three-game suspension, a $50,000 fine and an order to anger management classes).
“I spent more time with that option on whether we should fire Mike or not than any other option,” Pernetti said in an interview with New York sports radio station WFAN. “At the same the results of the investigation where we ended up, the determination was made to suspend him. My biggest concern as the AD is that I am always trying to protect the interests and reputation of the university and that’s what makes this one so difficult. There is a lot of hindsight, 20-20 …. that there will be no other option than to terminate Mike. I made that decision. I am accountable for it. I have to live with it.”
Condemnation of Rice poured in Tuesday, including criticism from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Heat stars LeBron James and Ray Allen.
Tweeted James: If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I’m still gone whoop on him afterwards! C’mon.
Said Allen to ESPN.com: “It was despicable. Throwing the ball at them — it made me want to fight [Rice]. It made me want to fight this guy. Because that was me — wanting to learn, making mistakes.
“You’re not doing it on purpose. You’re trying to learn. And that’s what coaches should do — you teach. Yelling at kids and throwing the ball at them, there’s no place to that.”
♦ Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday that he doesn’t feel the league’s coordinator of officials deserves more than a reprimand for saying that he would reward an official who gave Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical foul during the conference tournament.
Scott insisted that Ed Rush was trying to explain the need to crack down on coaches’ misconduct when he made the comment about offering $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if someone T’d up Miller, which Scott said was an “inappropriate joke.” Miller was hit with a technical late in the Wildcats’ two-point loss to UCLA in the semifinals, and Miller was highly critical of the call in his postgame press conference, saying he did not deserve it.
“I didn’t view that as a fireable offense. An ethical code was not breached,” Scott said. “Was there very poor judgment used in the language? Absolutely.”
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he would consider drafting Baylor women’s star Brittney Griner, who this week finished her college career with the most blocks and second-most points in NCAA women’s history.
“Right now I’d lean towards yes, just to see if she can do it,” Cuban said of the 6-foot-8 Griner. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance.”
Responded Griner via Twitter: I would hold my own! Let’s do it.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 3, 1996, which Bruins goaltender recorded his 200th career NHL victory with a 4-1 win over the Canadiens in Montreal?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Mark Teixeira injury more serious than initially thought||03.18.13 at 7:53 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury is worse than originally thought. Teixeira on Sunday revealed that instead of just a strained tendon, he has a partially torn tendon sheath (which covers the tendon and keeps it in place).
General manager Brian Cashman said Teixeira still is not slated for surgery, which would be “the worst-case scenario.” He put the chances at 30 percent that Teixeira would need a season-ending procedure, noting that the tendon is stable rather than dislocated. That gives the player hope that it will heal on its own in a couple of months.
“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know there’s a whole bunch of season left, and the time that really matters is the playoffs.”
Teixeira suffered the injury while hitting off a tee during a practice with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban still is upset that Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder last month, two months after the veteran guard received his release from the Mavs because he said he missed his family. Before the Thunder visited Dallas for a Sunday game, Cuban told The Dallas Morning News: “I’ll make a point not to see him. I’ll just boo him hopefully like everybody else.”
Cuban said he offered Fisher advice when he was out of the league, eventually adding him to the Mavs roster, and Fisher betrayed him in return.
“I really tried to help him out,” Cuban said. “And then to have him pull this stuff. … But it wasn’t his first time. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, you know, I’m an idiot.”
Added Cuban: “It’s not that he used me. Look, my personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about. It didn’t turn out to be that way. I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually, when you help somebody, you expect some semblance of loyalty back. So when you don’t get it, it’s more disappointing.
“His history, I shouldn’t have been surprised what happened. I thought I offered him some positive encouragement and advice. And then we signed him. I expected a little different turnout than what happened. That’s just how it goes. I have my big-boy pants on.”
Responded Fisher: “I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and does in terms of this team. … I don’t have any issues with Mark, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.”
♦ With the NCAA tournament set to begin this week, Forbes magazine takes a look at the absurdly high salaries being paid to coaches and has a list of the most overpaid.
Missouri coach Frank Haith is No. 1, followed by Kentucky’s John Calipari. Other notables names include Michigan’s John Beilein (4), Louisville’s Rick Pitino (5) and Indiana’s Tom Crean (9).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 18, 1953, the National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. Who was the Braves owner?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant gets last laugh vs. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban||02.25.13 at 7:55 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Marquette, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Stars at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Mets, 6:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday during a radio interview that the Lakers might consider releasing Kobe Bryant on the amnesty provision because of the harsh penalties the team would face for being over the salary cap. Cuban later insisted he was speaking hypothetically, but the damage was done.
First, the Lakers called the remark inappropriate, although they implied they have no plans to file a formal complaint. Then, Bryant went out and recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday’s 103-99 victory over the Mavs in Dallas, hitting all five of his shots in the fourth quarter.
Tweeted Bryant after the game: Amnesty THAT.
Responded Cuban: Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say. … But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.
♦ It was revealed over the weekend that Oscar Pistorius is not the only member of his family facing charges for the death of a woman. Older brother Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident near Johannesburg in 2008. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated, the family’s lawyer said Sunday.
Lawyer Kenneth Oldwage said that Carl “deeply regrets the accident” and noted that a blood a test showed Carl was not drunk at the time.
Oscar Pistorius, who was released on bail Friday, must report to the police station Monday and sign in as part of his bail conditions.
♦ The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was sold for $657,250 at an auction Saturday, while the stick he used to score the winning goal in that game went for $262,900. Combined with the sale of some other Olympic memorabilia, the total haul was more $1.3 million, which Eruzione said he will use to establish a “nest egg” for his children and grandson and benefit his Winthrop-based charity.
Eruzione was at the auction in New York and congratulate winners who were in attendance. The 58-year-old Boston University product, who works as BU’s director of special outreach, has insisted that he’s not struggling financially. He also said there’s one piece of Olympic memorabilia he won’t part with: “As long as I’m alive, the gold medal won’t be sold,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: New-look Lakers preach patience after falling to 0-2||11.01.12 at 7:59 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.
“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said with a laugh.
Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.
A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
“We’ve got to learn how to play together,” said Dwight Howard, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds. “You’ve got to be good before you can be great.”
Added Howard: “We didn’t expect to just come together and be awesome. It’s always a process. We’ve got to stick with it so that at the end of the year we can have a trophy.”
Coach Mike Brown is being criticized for his restrictive offense that doesn’t give Nash enough time with the ball in his hands, but the team is preaching patience.
“We’re not sharp,” Nash said. “I think the guys are trying, we just didn’t live up to what we’re trying to do.”
♦ Reggie Bush and the Dolphins appeared to get in the last word vs. the Jets with Sunday’s 30-9 beatdown, but the feuding between the teams is not over.
On Wednesday, Bush responded to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling him a “punk,” apparently referring to a play on which Bush stiff-armed Cromartie, leading to a retaliatory shove and a head-butt that cost Cromartie a 15-yard penalty.
“I’ve been called a lot of things, but not a punk,” Bush said with a laugh. “I don’t feel like I did anything illegal. I didn’t try to hurt him. I didn’t talk about hurting him or ending his career or anything like that. What I did was perfectly within the rules, and if he didn’t like it, it’s tough. That’s football. I’ve been on the side of some ugly stuff. The last thing I’m going to do is cry about it and call somebody a punk.”
Added Bush: “If they don’t like me, I guess, tough.”
♦ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overruled the NBA on Wednesday, announcing that Thursday’s season-opener between the Knicks and Nets at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center will be postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The league had said a day earlier that the game would be played, but Bloomberg decided that the city needed more time to recover from the damage. Many of the subway lines in the area have been suspended.
“We are disappointed that we can’t play, but there are a lot more important things going on right now,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “A lot of people lost homes, a lot of people lost loved ones, so a basketball game doesn’t mean much right now.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?
|Cuban: Kobe nearly a Maverick||08.22.12 at 3:30 pm ET|
In the summer of 2007, Kobe Bryant nearly became a Maverick. This, according to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, on KESN’s Ben and Skin Show Tuesday morning.
“When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,” Cuban said. “Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.”
While Cuban wouldn’t say which other players were involved in the trade talks, he said Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was not in the deal.
|David Stern might push for Olympic basketball age limit in 2016||05.31.12 at 9:42 am ET|
On Wednesday, NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said they are looking into the possibility of only sending elite NBA players to the FIBA World Championship and transforming the Olympics into a 23-and-under event.
A more lengthy discussion with FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, will happen in the future. As for now, the best the NBA has to offer will play in the 2012 Olympics in London, but these discussed changes could potentially come about for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. NBA players were first given the opportunity to play in the Olympics in 1992.
A move to a 23-and-under Olympics could mimic the system that international soccer has in place.
“We think international soccer has an excellent model and in the case of soccer, of course, there’s the World Cup of football, which is the biggest sporting event in the world every four years, and then in the off years, for the World Cup, they play, in essence, with some exceptions, a 23-and-under competition at the Olympics,” Silver said.
Silver added: “So what we have told FIBA and what David has announced several times is that we are all in through the London Olympics, and then post-London Olympics we want to step back together with USA Basketball, led by Jerry Colangelo and Patrick Baumann in FIBA, and the same way David talked about the new commission being a deliberate body, and I think together with the competition committee a committee of owners, we need to take a long-term view of what makes sense both for the NBA and for the game.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has mentioned that the NBA is making a major mistake by allowing players to play in international competitions.
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox tickets remain most expensive in MLB||04.11.12 at 7:47 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hawks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Bucks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Canucks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Marlins at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Despite the Red Sox’ decision to freeze ticket prices following last season’s collapse, the team’s ticket prices remain the highest in Major League Baseball for the second year in a row, according to information compiled by Team Marketing Report. Sox tickets average $53.38 per non-premium seat, and the cost to take a family of four to Fenway — including two adults tickets, two children’s tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two baseball caps — is a league-high $336.99.
Overall, MLB ticket prices increased only 1 percent from last season, the smallest increase in the survey’s two-decade history. The average ticket price is $26.92.
♦ Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said Tuesday that he has talked to point guard Deron Williams about re-signing after he becomes a free agent this offseason. As for Mavericks owner Mark Cuban trying to lure Williams back to his hometown of Dallas?
“Let the best man win,” Prokhorov said, joking: “If he wins, I will crush him with the kickboxing throwdown.”
Meanwhile, Cuban confirmed Tuesday night that he had a confrontation at halftime of a recent game with forward Lamar Odom, leading to the team placing Odom on the inactive list for the remainder of the season. The argument came during Saturday’s loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis.
“I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not. Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end,” Cuban said. “This was a big game for us, and he wasn’t connecting to that. And if you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.”
♦ Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium at last year’s opener, will not accept an invitation from the Giants to appear at AT&T Park for the home opener. “We’re concerned it might tire him out too much and set back his recovery,” his mother, Ann Stow, told the San Jose Mercury News, which has an update on Stow’s recovery process.
♦ Reebok agreed to remove thousands of pieces of Jets apparel it produced with Tim Tebow‘s name after a settlement with Nike that was disclosed Tuesday. Nike is set to take over the league’s apparel licensing deal from Reebok, and it sued the Canton company to stop it from trying to get in a last-minute money grab.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout?
|Mavericks’ Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle fined by NBA||02.03.12 at 1:38 pm ET|
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle were fined by the NBA for their actions Wednesday night during and after a 95-86 loss to the Thunder. The fines were announced Friday by NBA executive Stu Jackson.
Carlisle was fined $35,000 for kicking a ball into the seats. He apologized after the game, saying, “The incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that can’t happen.”
Cuban, no stranger to league punishment, was fined $75,000 for criticizing the officials.
|Mark Cuban reflects on finals: We beat ‘Evil Empire’||08.30.11 at 3:13 pm ET|
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was remarkably quiet throughout his team’s impressive playoff run, but with a Larry O’Brien trophy finally under his belt, Cuban has become more outspoken about his finals experience in recent days.
“The playoffs run 57 days,” he told CNN. “I really didn’t start to enjoy it until there were about 30 seconds left in the game … and it finally dawned on me that we had finally beaten the Evil Empire and all those doubts.”
Cuban said the turning point of the finals actually came when Dallas fell behind 2-1 in the series, and said coach Rick Carlisle was able to outmaneuver Erik Spoelstra.
“I’ll tell you the interesting thing,” he said. “After Game 3 of the Miami series, our guys said, ‘They aren’t making any adjustments. We got ‘em.’ And so the confidence was through the roof.”
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