Found December 26, 2011 on The Real Athlete Blog:
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Time still on Mavericks' side for turnaround, Delonte West says

DALLAS -- One of the Dallas Mavericks' new players, guard Delonte West, can understand the fans' frustrations with the team's 0-2 start.

My Thoughts On The Western Conference…

Dallas Mavericks: It seems that fans and analysts only want to talk about what the Dallas Mavericks lost this offseason.  What about the players they’ve added?  Obviously I’m talking about Lamar Odom and Vince Carter, who bring with them a level of skill that easily makes this team more talented than the one that took home the trophy in June.  I’m not sure why everyone...

Stephen Jackson admits he checked out after Wallace trade

Bobcats fans are going to just read this nod in agreement. Bobcats front office members, too. Stephen Jackson admitted last season when Charlotte traded Gerald Wallace to Portland he pretty much mentally checked out from the Bobcats. Here are the quotes, via Rock Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer. “When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson…

Jackson Checked Out On Bobcats Following Wallace Trade

Stephen Jackson's desire to play for the Bobcats waned when the team traded Gerald Wallace last February.

LeBron's 37 helps Heat over Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) -- LeBron James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Miami Heat got a measure of payback for the NBA finals by opening this season with a 105-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks that wasn't as close as the score suggests. Maybe the pregame banner-raising ceremony left the Mavs emotionally drained or -- more likely -- the overhaul of their roster is...

Postups: Mavs in balancing act of 'defend now, upgrade later'

The Mavs' mission? Fit Lamar Odom into a revamped roster, defend their title and set up for a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Ken Berger says Rick Carlisle's task is to make Mark Cuban's gamble pay off.

Mavericks look to repeat title, solidify NBA legacy

DALLAS -- Legacies are recognized in sports once a franchise wins multiple world championships. The Dallas Mavericks...

Mavs raise banner before facing Heat (AP)

With a tug from Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and others, the Dallas Mavericks unveiled their championship banner minutes before opening this season against the team they knocked off in the NBA finals, LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The ceremony was supposed to have been held Nov. 1, but the lockout pushed it back.

HEAT 105 - Mavericks 94 Recap

The Miami HEAT beat the Dallas Mavericks, 105-94, on the NBA's opening day, but that was after the typical, and expected, late surge once most starters had been removed from the game. Through three quarters, the score was 97-65, with the HEAT using fewer than 80 possessions to get there. Those numbers are indicative enough of what happened on Christmas Day.

Sacramento Kings (1-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (1-0), 10 p.m. (ET)

A pair of early unbeatens collide tonight in the Rose City, as the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Sacramento Kings.

Kings visit Trail Blazers in hoops battle

Dec 27, 10:00 PM | Rose Garden Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds 1-0TEAM RECORD1-0 Rose Garden will feature Trail Blazers vs. Kings action on Tuesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action. Portland will face the 1-0 Kings, who own a 1-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 1-0 favoring the UNDER so far this season...
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