Dallas Mavericks: Jason Kidd

Darren Collison won't wear No. 2

September, 10, 2012
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DALLAS -- Mark Cuban might have beef with Jason Kidd, but the Mavs’ new point guard has nothing but respect for the man he is replacing.

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In fact, Darren Collison has so much respect for Kidd that he chose not to wear No. 2 in Dallas.

“I don’t feel like it’s necessary for me to wear No. 2,” said Collison, who wore No. 2 for UCLA, the New Orleans Hornets and the Indiana Pacers. “I just want to give that respect to him. I respect him as a player. Any young player looking up to Jason Kidd will tell you that he’s been helpful. And you know Jason Kidd has definitely been good to this organization, as well.”

The number was certainly available for Collison. Cuban said recently on ESPN Dallas 103.3’s “Ben and Skin Show” that there was “no chance” the Mavs would ever retire Kidd’s number after he had an 11th-hour change of heart, rescinding his verbal commitment to re-sign with the Mavs to take the same offer from the New York Knicks.

That left the Mavs, who were unsuccessful in their early July bid to bring Deron Williams to Dallas despite Kidd’s recruiting assistance with his golf buddy, scrambling to find a starting point guard. They recovered rather well, acquiring Collison along with defensive-minded wing Dahntay Jones in backup center Ian Mahinmi’s sign-and-trade deal with the Pacers.

Collison, who has career averages of 12.1 points and 5.2 assists, chose No. 4. He has no attachment to the number that Michael Finley wore so well for the Mavs … yet.

“I’m going to make it a good number,” Collison said. “Right now, it doesn’t look too well because everybody is so accustomed to seeing me wear 2, but I’m going to make it look like it’s a good number.”


Mark Cuban is so bitter about Jason Kidd’s departure from Dallas that the Mavericks’ owner says there is “no chance” of ever raising the point guard’s No. 2 to the American Airlines Center rafter.

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That was Cuban’s initial comment about Kidd during his hour-plus-long appearance Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Cuban quickly left himself a little wiggle room, but he’s clearly perturbed about Kidd signing with the New York Knicks after committing to return to the Mavs.

“I was more than upset,” Cuban said. “I thought he was coming. I was pissed. …

“J. Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J. Kidd’s number in the rafters.”

Kidd, whose second stint in Dallas was highlighted by him playing a key role in the franchise’s only NBA championship, agreed to sign a three-year, $9.5 million deal to stay with the Mavs, informing Cuban of his plans the morning of July 5. Those plans changed that afternoon.

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Kidd called Cuban, but Cuban did not take the call because he was in a Washington, D.C. museum with his family. Cuban learned later that Kidd had changed his mind and agreed to go to the Knicks for the same money.

Cuban admitted that Kidd’s decision “hurt my feelings” because he thought they had developed a strong relationship and that the 39-year-old point guard was committed to the organization.

“He’s a good guy, but I just thought that was wrong,” Cuban said. “You can’t put a guy’s number in the rafters when he decides he doesn’t want to be there.”

On the other hand, Cuban said he would consider retiring the No. 31 worn by Jason Terry, who signed with the Boston Celtics this summer after the Mavs declined to match a three-year, midlevel-exception offer. Cuban praised Terry for being “honest” and “straightforward” throughout the free agency period.

“Putting somebody up in the rafters, that’s something sacred in my mind,” Cuban said. “You don’t just do it just to do it, to have a big ceremony, to sell tickets. You haven’t seen me decide yet. I go back and forth on Derek Harper all the time, but Harp will be up there before J. Kidd will.

“I’ve always said my prerequisite was that you played on a championship team for the Mavs. I’d say Jet’s got a shot, Dirk’s an obvious, but as of right now I wouldn’t put J. Kidd up there.”

It's possible, perhaps even probable, that the Mavs could issue Kidd's No. 2 this season. Darren Collison, the point guard the Mavs acquired to replace Kidd, wore No. 2 for the Hornets and Pacers.
The Dallas Mavericks wanted to keep Jason Kidd -- and considered it all but a done deal -- but owner Mark Cuban can see the silver lining in the gray-haired point guard getting away.

Darren Collison will never be confused with being one of the all-time great distributors, but he’s at least a point guard capable of attacking off the dribble.

“You can’t replace Jason Kidd,” Cuban said while appearing on NBA TV during the Mavs’ summer league game Friday night. “There’s just no way. But at the same time, there’s going to be a lot of things we couldn’t do. You know, J could take over a game defensively and he could help us get where we needed to go, but he was just a spot-up shooter. Now, we’ve got a lot of people who are going to force people to really defend us.”

Sound like spin control? Sure, but there’s truth to it.

Kidd’s allergic reactions to layups became a source of comic relief. At his advanced age, he doesn’t break down defenders off the dribble often, and when he does he certainly isn’t eager to finish in traffic. According to Hoopdata.com, Kidd attempted only 10 shots at the rim all of last season. By comparison, Collison averaged 2.6 attempts at the rim per game.

The Mavs have failed so far to acquire a co-star to help Dirk Nowitzki carry the scoring load. The hope is that adding scoring threats at point guard and center (Chris Kaman and Elton Brand) can ease the burden on Nowitzki during this dry-powder season.

“That takes a lot of pressure off of Dirk,” Cuban said. “Last year, you didn’t really have to defend our 5 position. You didn’t have to defend our point guard position. Now you’re going to have to defend all five, and that’s going to make life a little bit easier.”

Some other noteworthy comments from Cuban:

On the Mavs’ offseason activity: “We knew with the CBA that there was going to be a little bit of a rush early on, but then there were going to be a lot of really good players falling through the cracks. When there were, we were ready to pounce. And we think we put together a really nice team.”

On the remodeled roster: “We think we’ve positioned ourselves so that we have a young nucleus. We can keep these guys, let them jell and play together, build around Dirk and have room for hopefully someone to come or to trade or whatever happens.”

On O.J. Mayo: “He can play. He knows how to impact a game. We were looking at players and one of the things Michael Finley, who’s now kind of an assistant assistant general manager, said, you want to get somebody that the other team has got to game plan for, that the other team is afraid of at the end of the game, that they can make something happen. We didn’t really have someone who could really just create off the dribble, who we could just give the ball. Jet was a great shooter, Jet did a lot of amazing things, but we needed somebody who could get a lot younger and do a lot of the same things and then some.”

On Elton Brand: “We do a lot of advanced statistics, analytics, and Elton Brand was one of the top 10 defenders in the league in the low post. Overall, from an advanced plus-minus basis, one of the top 10 players in the league. Using that, we think we can really integrate him.”

On Chris Kaman: “Chris, once he got traded, it was an up-and-down season for him. So if you take out last year and go to the season before, there’s no question he’s going to help us. He’s a great shooter from the 10- to 15-foot range. He’ll be able to pick-and-pop and do a lot for us. You put him in a situation for Dirk, I think a lot can happen.”

On Dwight Howard trade rumors: “Every little bit of noise gets amplified. There’s just nothing there. What you’ve really got to ask yourself is, why would Orlando do something that’s not in the best interest of their team?”

Mavs closing in on deal with Jason Kidd

July, 5, 2012
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Jason Kidd appears prepared to end his career where he started it -- with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 39-year-old is closing in on a multiyear deal, a source close to the situation said. The source said the deal is not completed, but barring any snags, Kidd will close out his career alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

The value of the contract was not known.

After a rough few days that saw prized free agent Deron Williams opt to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Terry agree to terms with the Boston Celtics and then another Mavs target Steve Nash stunningly get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavs are finally nearing their first positive move of a so-far frustrating free-agent period by bringing back Kidd.

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Where will Jason Kidd land in free agency?

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Mark Cuban never second-guessed the Jason Kidd deal when it was the popular thing to do. He certainly isn’t going to have any regret about it after Kidd played such a key role in winning a ring.

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However, the pair of picks that the Mavericks included in the package shipped to New Jersey are proof that quality players can be found in the bottom half of the first round, something the Mavs must start doing consistently to build a contender without breaking the bank under the new CBA.

The career paths of those picks also serve as proof that the Nets have been clueless, although they were dealt away before current GM Billy King took over. (Not that King hasn’t provided evidence that his plan is shaky at best. Exhibit A: Trading away the Nets’ lottery pick for rental role player Gerald Wallace.)

A look at what has become of the picks the Mavs parted with in the Kidd deal:

Ryan Anderson: The 21st overall pick in the 2008 draft has developed into one of the best perimeter-shooting power forwards in the NBA. Anderson was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player this season, even though his per-36-minute numbers are nearly identical to last season. He just got more minutes while serving as the second-leading scorer on a playoff team, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 39.3 percent (and taking the majority of his shots) from 3-point range. He was the throw-in with Vince Carter on the deal that sent Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee to New Jersey.

Jordan Crawford: The shooting guard, who became famous for the confiscated-tape dunk on LeBron James during a summer camp while in college, provides scoring punch off the pine for a bad Wizards team. The 27th overall pick of the 2010 draft has averaged 13.5 points in two NBA seasons. The Nets swapped picks with the Hawks on draft day, taking Damion James. Atlanta moved Crawford to Washington midway through his rookie season.


It’s playoff time. In the recent past, that’s often meant Mavericks fans, including their owner, ranting about refereeing.

The Mavericks broke the Curse of Danny Crawford last postseason, winning three of four games officiated by the official many fans held responsible for the Mavs losing 16 of the previous 17 playoff games officiated by him.

Crawford’s assignment to the Game 2 of the Mavs’ first-round series sparked a nationwide controversy. But nobody was talking about Crawford after he worked Game 4 of the West finals, when the Mavs’ rallied from 15 down in the fourth quarter to win in Oklahoma City.

And the Mavs won in Los Angeles with 2006 Finals villain Bennett Salvatore blowing a whistle.

Recent history suggests that there will be some good, ol’ complaining about officiating from the Mavs during this series with the Thunder. Or perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the Mavs’ two most noteworthy outbursts about officiating this season occurred the last two times they played the Thunder.

The NBA office hit the Mavs for a total of $135,000 after those games. Those fines:

*Cuban got hit for $75,000 after ripping the ref crew of Ron Garretson, Michael Smith and Mark Ayotte to ESPNDallas.com after the Mavs’ Feb. 1 home loss to the Thunder.

"Look, I haven't said a whole lot about the officiating in a long, long time, but I haven't seen it this bad in a long, long time," Cuban said. "Guys miss calls; that's part of the game. You're not always going to have a great crew. Officials have got to learn that's part of the game.

"But these were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad. And, if no one ever says anything, nothing ever happens."

*Carlisle got fined $35,000 for kicking the ball in the stands while frustrated by a no-call in that game, drawing his second technical foul of the night.

“That can’t happen,” Carlisle said after opening his postgame press conference by apologizing for the incident. “My intent was not to kick it into the stands, I was trying to kick it to the referee, but I’m not a very good kick. But that can’t happen; the officials made the right call on that one. That’s a regrettable situation.”

*Jason Kidd got fined $25,000 for complaining about the defending champions getting a season-long lack of respect from the referees after the Mavs’ March 5 loss in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder had a 33-10 advantage in free throws attempted with the crew of Tom Washington, Brian Forte and Pat Fraher calling the game. The Mavs were especially upset about a critical, questionable foul call on Ian Mahinmi that sent Serge Ibaka to the line for the go-ahead free throws with 46.2 seconds remaining.

"We don't get the benefit of the whistle," said Kidd, who infamously called a crew that included Washington “the three blind mice” after a one-point loss to the Pistons while playing with the Nets in 2006. "I don't think we're looked upon as champions, but that's a whole other story. Dirk [Nowitzki] should live at the line if they would call it the way it's supposed to be. But he doesn't."

On a related note, the Game 1 officiating crew will be Joey Crawford, Tony Brothers and David Guthrie with Bennie Adams serving as the alternate.
Jason Kidd will rest during the Mavs' regular-season finale, which means that he'll fail to record a triple-double in a season for the first time in his 18-year career.

Kidd came within one point of a triple-double earlier this month, when he had 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a win over the Golden State Warriors. His 107 career triple-doubles rank behind only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson in NBA history and are more than the combined total of the next four active triple-double leaders (LeBron James, Grant Hill, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kidd's 17 consecutive seasons with a triple-double is by far the longest such streak in NBA history. Next on that list: Johnson (12), Robertson (11), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10) and Larry Bird (9).

Jason Kidd gets a night off

April, 13, 2012
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Jason Kidd will not play tonight against the Trail Blazers, coach Rick Carlisle said during his pregame interview on ESPN Dallas 103.3.

This is a scheduled rest for Kidd, not a setback after a four-game layoff due to a strained right groin that had bothered him all season.

The Mavs started a stretch of seven games in 10 days last night against Golden State, when Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The Mavs did not want to risk Kidd playing three games in four nights immediately after his return.

Carlisle said Kidd would play Sunday against the Lakers and a decision would be made afterward after his availability for Monday's game against the Jazz.
Our weekly look at which Mavs' stocks have risen and fallen the most:

Streaking
STOCK UP
Jason Kidd The 39-year-old point guard, who has had a terrible season physically and statistically, has looked like the Kidd the Mavs need in his two games since he returned from a four-game layoff to rest and rehab a strained right groin that had bothered him all season. He’s quicker and more explosive and is playing more aggressively than he has been all season. He put up a seven-point, seven-assist, six-rebound, two-block, one-steal line in 22 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Kings. He followed that with a better performance against the Warriors, coming within one rebound of a triple-double while dishing out 12 assists and getting three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes. The question now: Can Kidd keep it up during a stretch of seven games in 10 days that started last night?

Slumping
STOCK DOWN
Lamar Odom One more time, for old times’ sake. Maybe the most underachieving season in NBA history came to a premature (yet too late) end after Odom’s halftime confrontation with owner Mark Cuban, who finally got sick of Odom’s chronic unprofessionalism and lack of commitment after watching the forward play four lifeless minutes against Memphis, hours after Odom was late to a team meeting. Odom left Dallas on Tuesday wearing a T-shirt from his clothing line that was purple and featured a gold drawing of the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the flight home to L.A. It was classic Khloe’s little Lam Lam: passive-aggressive, self-promoting and Lakers-loving.

Surprise! Jason Kidd comes back strong

April, 10, 2012
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DALLAS -- Jason Kidd sprinted back in transition, jumped and swatted 6-foot-11 Donte Greene and swatted the ball off the backboard.

“I think I surprised both of us,” Kidd said.

What a pleasant surprise it was for the Mavs to see Kidd as spry as he’s been since the playoffs in his return from a four-game layoff to rest and rehab a strained right groin that had been nagging him all season.

Kidd had six points, seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in his 22-minute stint in the win over the Kings. No, really, he had two blocks -- a third of his previous season total.

“For a guy that’s been out 10 days, it’s remarkable how he comes back and plays,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Almost always plays well the first game back and has a real impact. It’s a sight for sore eyes to see him out there and see him moving well, not be in pain.”

There was certainly reason to wonder whether the 39-year-old Kidd would be able to come back and establish himself as an impact player in time to make a difference in the Mavs’ fight for a playoff berth, much less a postseason run.

After all, Kidd has missed 15 games this season while dealing with a variety of geezer ailments: back, calf and groin strains. And he’s averaging career lows in points (5.9), rebounds (4.0) and assists (5.2).

Kidd’s numbers against the Kings were encouraging considering that his minutes were limited, as the plan was to sit him the entire fourth quarter. His relative quickness and explosiveness was especially exciting to the Mavs.

“When somebody comes back off of injury, you don’t really look at the basketball he plays,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “You look at the movement. I thought he moved well. He actually drove a couple of times, he had a spin move going to the cup, he had a blocked shot, which I haven’t seen basically since he’s been here.”

Dirk laughed at that last little jab, but the Mavs certainly aren’t joking about the importance of a fresh, rested, healthy Kidd with the season on the line.

Ideally, Kidd could have gotten some rest down the stretch. However, the Mavs don’t have that luxury while battling for a playoff spot. Carlisle will carefully manage Kidd’s minutes in the upcoming stretch of seven games in 10 nights, but the Mavs need their leader during crunch time.

Kidd feels as ready as he has all season.

“Overall, this is probably the best I’ve felt,” Kidd said. “Saying that, I just wanted to be aggressive, get the ball in the paint, make some things happen and get a win.”

The Mavs need the wins to keep coming. It’s sure help if their gray-haired point guard can continue resembling the Kidd from his golden-haired days.
DALLAS -- Jason Terry has a lot of company in terms of Mavericks in contract years, a group that includes point guard Jason Kidd.

Kidd understands Terry's point about feeling like he's auditioning for 29 other teams every night, but that isn't quite the case for Kidd.

"Nah, I’ve just got a handful of teams," Kidd deadpanned, dropping a pretty strong hint that he'll only consider contenders as a 39-year-old free agent this summer.

The simple fact is that there's only one Maverick who has job security past this summer. That, however, is not a concern to Kidd.

"Just like last year, we had a lot of guys who were free agents and you see the success or reward that they got from other teams," Kidd said. "That goes for everybody. You can probably exclude Dirk from that audition, but everybody’s out here auditioning for other teams because you never know who needs your skills or who’s going to pay you the money that you’re looking for.

"So I agree with Jet, but I’m in a different bracket. I’m in the lower end with the age group. Who needs an older guy?"

Most of the Mavs have to balance their individual business interests with the ultimate team goal of repeating as NBA champions. Kidd points out that those aren't mutually exclusive pursuits.

"You win. You go out there and play hard," Kidd said. "The guys that went out there and played hard for us last year and weren’t playing for themselves got rewarded. That’s the way we have to approach it."
If you think Jason Kidd was surprised by his $25,000 fine, you’re greatly underestimating the savvy of one of the smartest players in NBA history.

Kidd had to anticipate a fine coming when he declared that the Mavs don’t get the respect from the refs that they deserve as defending champions and ripped the officiating crew’s critical foul call on Ian Mahinmi after Monday night’s loss in Oklahoma City.

It was simply a matter of whether the fine would be worth it. The early results indicate that Kidd got a heck of a bargain.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence that the Mavs shot 30 free throws the next night, but it’s hard to believe Kidd’s comments didn’t have some impact on the officials, at least subconsciously.

You could argue that the Mavs attacked more aggressively, but the stats are pretty startling. Playing their fourth game in five nights and sixth game in eight nights, the Mavs attempted their most free throws since a Dec. 30 win over the Raptors. They shot six more free throws than they had in their previous two losses combined. And they shot about 150 percent more free throws than their average.

Mark Cuban, whose measure rant after the Mavs’ previous loss to the Thunder cost him $75,000 (plus a matching charitable donation), has learned to pick his spots to rip the refs over the years.

Rest assured that Cuban still gets heated about missed calls on a regular basis, but he’s become much more cost efficient with his complaints. Plus, by being selective, it’s much more likely for his comments to be listened to and comprehended by the officials and league office instead of just dismissed as white noise.

Now, consider how much more impact those kind of comments have when they’re coming from Kidd, who rarely strays from the politically correct path while talking to the media. He hadn’t been fined by the league for criticizing refs since his classic “three blind mice” rant in 2006.

Kidd made a calculated decision to play the Rodney Dangerfield card with the refs this week. It seemed to pay immediate dividends.

If that continues to be the case, a man who has earned more than $170 million in NBA salary might have just made the smartest $25,000 investment of his life.
DALLAS – It will take extreme circumstances for Jason Kidd to be pushed past the 30-minute limit.

Even more extreme than his two primary backups not being available.

Delonte West will miss several weeks due to a fractured and dislocated right ring finger, and Rodrigue Beaubois is still away from the team while grieving his father’s unexpected death. That means the Mavs must get at least 18 minutes of point guard play per night from the duo of Dominique Jones and Jason Terry.

Jones and Terry aren’t pure point guards by any stretch, but the Mavs are willing to live with their mistakes to save wear and tear on Kidd’s legs.

“We want to be vigilant about this,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “You never say never, but right now we’ve been pretty consistent with it.”

They’ve been extremely consistent with it. Kidd is averaging a career-low 28.3 minutes per game. His minutes totals since returning from a strained right calf: 27, 31, 26, 22, 30 and 28. The 31-minute stint came in the double-overtime win over the Trail Blazers, when Kidd sat out the second OT.

Basketball gods, luck and the stolen inbounds pass

February, 14, 2012
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DALLAS -- The Mavericks came dangerously close Monday to falling victim to a fourth game-ending, buzzer-beating shot -- and second by the Clippers -- after Jason Kidd threw the ball away with less than 10 seconds to play, but Caron Butler's open 3-point attempt skipped off the rim.

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"We got a little lucky at the end," Dirk Nowitzki said. "I think earlier in the season that shot would have gone in for sure. But now, if you’re on a little roll, stuff like that bounces your way."

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle calls it having the basketball gods on your side, and the way to get them on your side, Carlisle has said, is to please them by playing all aspects of the game consistently with a hard-nosed disposition.

Back on Dec. 29 when Kevin Durant threw in the first buzzer-beater from 27 feet away to drop Dallas to 0-3, Carlisle said the basketball gods were not on the Mavs' side. Apparently the gods have enjoyed the team's overall effort and rewarded it during its four-game win streak.

But, what did happen on that near-fatal turnover coming out of the 20-second timeout and Kidd inbounding in the backcourt in front of the Mavs bench?

Chris Paul made a 3-point shot to cut Dallas' lead to 94-92 with 17.8 seconds to go. With the shot clock turned off, the Mavs inbounded and six seconds later called a 20-second timeout in the backcourt with 11.9 seconds to go. Delonte West subbed in for Brendan Haywood and the Mavs set up for the inbounds play.

"We only had two seconds to get [it] across," Nowitzki said. "When the shot clock is turned off, most people don’t see that, but we only had two seconds to get it across because we had a couple dribbles in the backcourt. Plus, we couldn’t advance the ball because we already dribbled so we had to take the ball out in the backcourt and only had two seconds to get it across."

That's why Kidd heaved a pass into the frontcourt in the direction of Shawn Marion and West. Realizing the Mavs had little time to advance the ball, the Clippers had the pass well-defended, deflected it and Paul gained possession. He bounced a one-hopper ahead to Butler on the right wing. Butler had an open look, but he couldn't connect for his sixth 3-pointer of the game.

"Hey, we dodged a bullet there," Carlisle said. "To get on a winning streak of any sort in this league, you’ve got to have a little good fortune. But, you get the good fortune when you’re doing the other things hard and playing hard enough to get luck going your way a little bit."

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Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9