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DALLAS – Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thought this was going to be a rough season for his NFL neighbors.

Cuban is glad he was so wrong about the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys, who are 11-4 and have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

“There was nobody, nobody – inside the organization, outside the organization, media, fans – that didn’t think they were going to suck. Nobody. Nobody,” said Cuban, who watched the Cowboys’ Sunday rout of the Indianapolis Colts from his AT&T Stadium suite with several members of the Mavs organization. “And the fact that they’re good, the fact that they’ve come together, proving the point that’s why they play the games, is great not just for the Cowboys and Dallas fans everywhere, but it’s great for sports.

“The Cowboys’ resurrection [came] with a team that nobody predicted – I mean, nobody predicted – to have any success. You could even see it in Jerry’s face that he was resigned to not being that good this season after they lost Sean Lee. It’s great not just for the Cowboys, but for sports in general.”
DALLAS – If his NBA coaching career takes a dramatic turn for the worse, maybe Rick Carlisle can work as an agent for NFL coaches.

He could certainly be useful to Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett during the contract negotiations that are likely to occur after the season.

“Jason Garrett is one of the best coaches I’ve ever seen,” Carlisle said during his weekly show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. “He continues to impress me year in, year out, game in, game out. I’ll remind everybody again how they were positioning – not him, but other people in that organization – were positioning their season as, ‘Eh, you know, this may be a bit of a rebuilder.’ And this guy’s done the best coaching job I’ve ever seen.”

Carlisle, who is the current dean of Dallas pro sports coaches in his seventh season with the Dallas Mavericks, has always made a point to reach out to his colleagues with the Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. He’s developed a particularly close bond with Garrett, visiting Valley Ranch and sitting in on coaches’ meetings several times over the years.

This isn’t the first time that Carlisle has offered strong public support for Garrett, who has been under fire a lot the last few seasons when the Cowboys finished with three straight 8-8 records. But it is the first time that the Cowboys, who are 9-4 after Thursday night’s win over the Chicago Bears, are guaranteed to finish with a winning record during Garrett’s head coaching tenure.

Carlisle wants to make sure that Garrett gets credit for the Cowboys’ success.

“He’s done a phenomenal job just all-around, you name it,” Carlisle said before the Mavs faced the Phoenix Suns. “That team was supposed to be rebuilding and everything else. Their defense was supposed to be the worst. It’s just a really tremendous job.”

Mekel out indefinitely after knee surgery

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Gal Mekel underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday on a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The surgery was performed by TO Souryal at Texas Sports Medicine in Dallas.

No timetable has been set for his return.

Mekel has played in 30 games this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.
IRVING, Texas -- With recently retired NBA star Jason Kidd being named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was asked if an NFL player could leave the field and become a head coach quickly as Kidd did.

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gives his take on the NBA Finals, talks about the Nets decision to hire Jason Kidd, the advice hed give Kidd about being a head coach in the NBA and more.

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"It would be a challenge," Garrett said. "If anybody could do it, Jason Kidd could do it. If anybody watched him play basketball for one minute knows how he sees the game and how he understands the game is as good as anybody who has ever played the game. The success that he's had throughout his career, individually and with the teams he's been on has been remarkable."

Kidd retired from the NBA on June 3, and after a conversation with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, the idea was broached about becoming a head coach.

"I have a lot to learn about coaching," Kidd said at a news conference Thursday. "But when I played the game, I looked at myself as an extension of the coach. And now I look at Deron (Williams) to be that guy."

Garrett, who follows some of the New York-area pro teams, is an admirer of Kidd.

"I'm a true fan of his," Garrett said. "I wish him nothing but the best."

Which team is king of the hill in DFW?

October, 23, 2011
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With the success and popularity of the local sports teams, ESPNDallas.com debates which Dallas-Fort Worth area team is the king of the hill. What do you think?

Who's more clutch: Romo or LeBron?

October, 11, 2011
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Amare Stoudemire and Skip Bayless debate which player is more clutch: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo or Miami Heat star LeBron James.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 4.6 1.7 34.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 8.4
StealsR. Rondo 1.8
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4