Dallas Mavericks: All-Star weekend

Cuban: No points, no technicals, no injuries

February, 12, 2010
2/12/10
8:48
PM CT


DALLAS – Mark Cuban didn’t mind finishing the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game with no points.

No technical fouls? Now that really bummed the Dallas Mavericks’ billionaire owner.

Cuban had promised on Twitter earlier in the day to get T’d up at least once. His efforts failed in his West team’s 41-37 victory in a display of pretty painful-to-watch basketball at the Dallas Convention Center.

“I tried so hard to get a technical and they wouldn’t give me one,” Cuban said. “They must have read my tweets. I was trying so hard. But I couldn’t get anything done right today, so that just kind of explains the whole thing.”

Cuban did manage to grab a couple of rebounds and snare a steal or two. He was pretty proud of his defensive effort and taunted ex-Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens for being a cherry-picker who couldn’t do anything but go right in a halfcourt situation.

Oh, and Cuban showed off a vertical leap that might be able to clear one of his unlimited credit cards when he tied up actor Chris Tucker.

Cuban’s shooting stats: 0-of-6. At least his only airball came on a 40-foot desperation heave at the halftime buzzer. (T.O. managed to miss iron on four of his shots.)

All in all, Cuban fared better than most 51-year-olds who didn’t play varsity basketball and have had hip replacement surgery.

“Hey, I survived,” Cuban said with a smile. “I got through it. I survived and we won.”

Previewing the Mavs' All-Star party scene

February, 8, 2010
2/08/10
11:00
AM CT
Josh Howard hasn't performed like an All-Star, but he will party like one in Dallas this weekend.

Howard will host an event to benefit his foundation each night from Thursday to Sunday. His list of co-hosts includes ex-teammates Devin Harris and Greg Buckner, rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and unemployed NFL receiver Terrell Owens.

I have yet to receive an inviation to any of Howard's shindigs. It sounds like these events will be quite an experience.

"Bad Boy’s in the Building, Dirty Money in the building, you know how I do, there’s no party like a Diddy party," Diddy said in a press release to promote the parties.

Jason Terry is going all-out on Friday night, recruiting Dirk Nowitzki, Mary J. Blige and Common to co-host. JET rented out the Jet Aviation Hangar at Love Field for his party, which will benefit multiple charities.

The press release for this party vows that the event will "re-define All-Star weekend ... in grandiose fashion."

Mary J. Blige is booked Thursday night, too. She'll perform at the official NBA All-Star opening night party, which will be held at the Majestic Theatre and benefits the Mavs Foundation.

Some of the Mavs have no interest in taking part in the All-Star party scene. Jason Kidd will catch a plane to Arizona after Tuesday night's game in Denver. Shawn Marion is taking off for a beach in Mexico. Erick Dampier was suprised to learn that he's being promoted as a guest at a party, saying his only plans for the weekend are to spend time in the Mavs' weight room to try to strengthen the knee that's been bothering him.

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POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9