DALLAS -- As they are each combo guards taken late in the first rounds of their drafts and yet to show more than glimpses of their promise, DoJo and Roddy B are often mentioned in the same breath. But they are rarely present in the same backcourt, as was the case in Sunday's preseason opener, a 106-92 home loss to OKC in which the Mavs didn't bother playing KIDDIRK but did let the kids shine.
"Roddy and Dominique did a good job penetrating,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said, "and making things happen.''
Nowitzki and Kidd never removed their stylish new Mavericks warm-ups and Jet only played nine minutes. That left substantial burn for Carlisle to give to important newcomers Delonte West (projected as Kidd's backup at the point but the 1-of-7-shooting starter here),Vince Carter (with nine points and plenty of "wow"-worthy offensive moves) and Lamar Odom (fitting in nicely as a Swiss Army knife with 14 points and seven rebounds).
"Odom," Carlisle said, "will be a fan favorite here. ...