DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks television play-by-play announcer Mark Followill was injured during a bike ride at White Rock Lake on Saturday morning and will not call the home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. The broadcaster fell and doesn't have any broken bones, but did injure his face, according to club officials.
Chuck Cooperstein will call the game on television with Victor Villalba moving to ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM for tonight's game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center. He's expected to miss Monday's game as well and could miss others going forward. On Monday night, Mike Peasley will handle play-by-play on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
Sellout streak should continue: Mark Cuban tweeted earlier Saturday that there were some good tickets remaining for tonight's game with the Bobcats. But the owner said those were tickets that the Bobcats didn't need and include some suite seats.
"We always have a bunch of singles that we make available for $5 upstairs and $30 downstairs and I just wanted to remind people of that," Cuban said. "We get tickets from the other team or a group that you might sell for 600 and they say they've sold 550. I don't want those to go to waste."
The club has a 432-game sellout streak dating back to December 2001. That leads the league.
Roddy B still game-time decision: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Roddy Beaubois' status remains a game-time decision. Beaubois twisted his left ankle during Friday's practice.
Cuban donates $1 million to relief efforts: Cuban sent $1 million to help with the victims of superstorm Sandy. He said he felt the best way he could help was by donating money and having the folks in the areas impacted in New Jersey and New York choose how best to utilize the funds.
“I’m not looking to get camera time,” Cuban said when asked if he’d try to tour some of the devastation. “I’ll just write the checks. I don’t even know if we’ll announce who we’re giving the money to. The one thing I will do is it will be split up. There are so many smaller areas that don’t have the resources because this was something of greater proportion than anybody anticipated. So I want to be able to try to help those folks.”
Cuban said he felt it was the “right thing to do” to give some of his money to help.
“Things like this, whenever there’s a natural disaster that people couldn’t expect, I’m always going to try to step up and help in some way. You never take things for granted. I want to contribute what I can.”