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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Recovered from bike wreck, play-by-play man Mark Followill returns

By Tim MacMahon

Mavericks play-by-play man Mark Followill is back in the saddle, ready to play hurt after missing the last two games due to injuries suffered in a bicycle accident.

Followill was riding his bike at White Rock Lake on Saturday morning when his tire hit an uneven part of the pavement, sending him flying over the handlebars.

"The first thing that hit the pavement was my face," said Followill, who feels fortunate that he was wearing a helmet.

Followill spent six hours in the emergency room Saturday and two and a half hours in a dentist's chair Tuesday. He had one chipped tooth fixed and needed a root canal and temporary crown to replace a tooth that got knocked out.

Followill, a proud North Texas alum who had never before missed a game he was scheduled to work during his 12-year tenure with the Mavs, also need stitches between his nose and lip. He has a scrape on his chin that looks "much, much better than it was four days ago" and bruising on his forehead and nose that is almost gone.

Followill's face won't be as pretty as usual, but he'll be back at the broadcast table next to color commentator Derek Harper and analyst Jeff "Skin" Wade for Wednesday's broadcast of the Mavs-Raptors game.

"I don’t think I can even do makeup tonight, honestly," Followill said. "There’s no point in even wasting the time with it tonight. It would probably cause more harm than good."

Followill wanted to return for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers, but he said he would have "sounded ridiculous" with the lisp caused by his missing front tooth. He's still in some pain, but Followill is thrilled to be back on the job.

"I hate missing games because I love doing what I do," Followill said.