Coop in Europe: Time to see what Mavericks have

October, 5, 2012
10/05/12
8:52
AM CT
ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Chuck Cooperstein, aka "The Voice of the Mavericks", is with the Dallas Mavericks on their first European excursion and will blog on the team's events daily for ESPNDallas.com.

Yes, the Mavericks' trip to Berlin is all about the celebration of Dirk Nowitzki, but somewhere in there, there’s a basketball game to be played.

The Mavericks will take the floor for their preseason opener against Alba Berlin, not only with Dirk as their lynchpin, but also with an almost entirely new cast of characters. And it will happen not in some non-descript circumstance, but rather as part of an NBA showcase event.

Chris Kaman was a member of the Clippers when they went to Russia and lost to CSKA Moscow, so there is the matter of pride. There is also the matter of finding out exactly what you have.

"We need to face that. You're going to see back-to backs," Elton Brand said. "You're going to see playoff games. You're going to see rowdy atmospheres. So it's good to get that early as a group and see how we respond to it."

And so they will, in front of a sellout house of better than 17,000 at the O2 World Arena in Berlin.

Notes: Kaman (back) said he went though the entire morning practice without incident, however coach Rick Carlisle again wouldn’t commit to playing him in the game. Said Carlisle: "If Kaman is OK, he starts. If he's not, (Elton) Brand will start.". ... Today is Brandon Wright's 25th birthday. He and Deon Thompson of Alba Berlin were teammates at North Carolina in 2007, when the Tar Heels were both ACC regular-season and tournament champions and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

Galloway & Company: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Mark Cuban talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: The Standoff

Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ramona Shelburne

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Buy or sell

Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2