Dallas Mavs notebook: teaching by Luka Doncic Lip and Tyson Chandler

WHITT’S END: 10.8.21

Whether you are at the end of your coffee, your day, your week or even your rope, welcome to Whitt’s End …

*Luka Doncic’s first glimpse this season was a comic reminder that he’s not perfect. I mean, sure, in the Dallas Mavericks’ opener of the preseason this week, he was back to maneuver where and when he wanted. But at the end of the first half, the Utah Jazz shot a half-short that took off from the edge.

Pretending to be a soccer star, Luka attempted to juggle the rebound on his leg. The ball, however, rebounded violently from his right knee to his face.

Maybe a bloody lip. Definitely a humble reminder to remain an MVP candidate in basketball.

*The moving? Nope. The moment? Sort. If you’ve been careful, you weren’t shocked by the Dallas Cowboys sweeping left linebacker Jaylon Smith to the left. For years it has been an inspiring story becoming an average player.

In the end, his lack of a bang was no longer worth his luxurious money.

More than anything, his outing this week was about the team that envisioned a 2022 in which Smith would have been the fifth-best linebacker (behind Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Keanu Neal and Jabril Cox) with a $ 9 million injury guarantee. . Admittedly, the timing is uncomfortable, considering that last Sunday Smith was captain of a team on a three-game winning streak. But he only played 16 snaps in the season opener and was less and less a part of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s game plans.

There’s never a bad time to do the right thing, and Smith – one way or another – wouldn’t have been on Dallas’ 2022 roster.

We can criticize him for his untimely ‘swipe’ celebrations and bizarre game that included diving – in an attempt to reverse a pass, we can only assume – to balls a good ten yards away from him, and for having gently ushered in the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Lamar Jackson went out of bounds, then shared a laugh with him in a resounding loss last December.

He also seemed consumed with his ‘brand’, paying around $ 500,000 last spring to go from No. 54 to 9 uniforms. But we absolutely have to thank Smith for his remarkable recovery from the nasty knee injury during a bowl game and its tireless off-screen. philanthropy. The irony of Smith’s story in Dallas: his durability was ultimately not a factor. He had an early Pro Bowl. He has played 68 consecutive games and 97% of defensive snaps in 2020.

The real problem was – stop me if you’ve heard this one before – owner Jerry Jones paid him too much and too soon. After the linebacker made the Pro Bowl (as an injury replacement) in 2019, he got a five-year, $ 64 million contract extension, with $ 35 million guaranteed. It wasn’t worth it. Now one of Dallas’ most talented and unsettling puzzles will play this season in Green Bay for a windfall of $ 770,000.

*“Defense wins championships” has taken one on the chin this season, thanks to your Texas Rangers.

I was watching the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday as announcers praised the St. Louis Cardinals fielding. It turns out that the Cards defense saved 82 points in 2021, second in baseball behind only the… Rangers. Somehow, a team whose extraordinary defense saved 88 points also managed to lose 100 games.

*I mean, I guess we’re supposed to praise law enforcement for to broadcast this week’s shoot at Timberview High School in Mansfield and to have several agencies arrive on the scene. But – at the risk of being hyper-critical – the first three minutes of the on-site press conference was devoted to many flashbacks to displaying “unified support” from various local and federal first responders. Great. But it was only after that that we obtained an identification of the “armed and dangerous” shooter still at large. In my job, this is called burying lead. Let’s arrest the suspect before we take the time to congratulate ourselves on arresting the suspect. OK?

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*Call them the September Sprinters. The Cowboys have scored 77 combined points in their first two home games. Thinking it was a bunch, I dug in some research.

Turns out, NFL teams rarely enjoyed visiting Dallas outside the gate. The 41-36 scoring start this year is only the fifth-highest in franchise history. The 1968 team amassed 87 points. Last year’s offense – before Dak Prescott’s injury – scored 40, 38 and 37 points in their first three home games.

*The most promising news from Mavs training camp isn’t trainer Jason Kidd or newcomer Reggie Bullock or a supposedly happy Kristaps Porzingis. It is because Moses Brown, former All-American High School at McDonald’s 7-foot-2, is flanked by none other than Tyson Chandler.

*In the history of the Rangers, there is only one player who will be named rookie of the year and team player of the year in the same season: Adolis Garcia, 2021.

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Who will support Luka and KP?

Currently on a three-game losing streak, the Dallas Mavericks desperately need someone other than Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson to help.

*Although it has been available since early 2021, only 52% of Texans aged 18 and over have received the COVID vaccine. Surprised-not-surprised.

*The most amazing thing about the Texas-OU weekend is that the Cotton Bowl – in 2021 – remains empty of a corporate name sponsor. It’s still just the Cotton Bowl. Well done.



*In a 2016 NFL overhaul, how far would Prescott go?

*I love myself some NBA. It’s just that – after a COVID-confusing schedule the past two seasons – I’m not sure I want the NBA. Looks like just yesterday the Mavs had a 2-0, 3-2 lead in their playoff loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And just 10 weeks ago, the Milwaukee Bucks won their first title. A launch on Christmas day makes more sense.

*We’ll believe it when we see it: The Rangers promise to spend big on free agency.

*The College’s new NIL rule can work for all the right reasons, inasmuch as EMS football player helps sick mother pay medical bills.

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*I went to the State Fair of Texas last weekend and remembered two things: 1. Fried PB&J is delicious; 2. No one on this side of Steph Curry can win those basketball games at Midway. Combine over-inflated bullets with tiny taut rims and prepare to be humiliated, even humiliated. On regular ground, I could make seven of 10 free throws right now. But in this rigged game, I would have the chance to make one in 50. I would like to see the combined shooting percentage on this game at the end of the fair. I predict shooters earn less than five percent.

*Cowboys fans are the most loyal in the NFL, so says this new study. But these discoveries I find it hard to swallow: The Carolina Panthers fan base is # 4? And 43% of NFL fans would turn down a job offer if it involved moving to the city / state of a rival team? No. Truly?

*Step aside Stephen A. Smith, ESPN has a new leader who hates the Cowboys in the clubhouse.

*Texas raised $ 54 million in private donations to build a physical wall along the Rio Grande because, of course, the citizens are tired of here with America’s so-called open borders. I predict any of those donors would be shocked to learn that the United States admitted 11,411 refugees in fiscal year 2021 – the lowest number in 40 years.

*Some Mad Cowboys stats: Only seven players in the past 25 years – most recently Terence Newman in 2010 – have had more than 5 interceptions in a season. Trevon Diggs has five in four games. … Prescott had four passing touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott 140 rushing yards in the win over the Panthers. The last duo to produce these garish numbers were Roger Staubach / Tony Dorsett in 1978.

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*Facebook whistleblower testified this week Capitol Hill that the company knowingly incites political violence by spreading disinformation. This is where the whole “fake news” tale dangerously ends. Are people actually getting their news from Facebook? (face palm emoji)

*RANGER RISK: The bad news is the Rangers were as bad as we expected. Good news, as expected, we made some money. But not as much as you might think. $ 100 bet versus Texas in all 162 games this season – regardless of the odds – would have earned you a profit. But, despite winning 38 times more than losing, your grand total would only be $ 772. That means the Rangers have been big underdogs for most of the season. When we won, we won $ 100. But when we lost, it cost us an average of $ 150. FINAL RECORD: 62-100 FINAL TOTAL: + $ 772.

*Even in the aftermath of another school shooting, there are those who will vigorously protest children wearing masks at school, but will just shrug their shoulders to children who bring guns to school.

*Lots to do and see at AT&T Stadium. And this season there is still more to drink. The good people of Granbury’s Revolver brewery have teamed up with the Cowboys for three limited edition beers: Watermelon-Hi, Barrel Aged Dem Berries and 2 Beers in a Barrel. Yes please.

*Smith wore the numbers 54 and 9 with the Cowboys. But instead of Randy White and Tony Romo, in the end he reminded us more of Bobby Carpenter and Jon Hilbert.

*This weekend? On Friday, let’s hike to College Station for a tailgating weekend with friends before A&M-Alabama. Hopefully on Sunday we’ll be back in one piece in time for the Cowboys-Giants. As always, don’t be a stranger.

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