Dallas Mavericks: Landry Fields

If Mark Cuban yelling at a player was always headline news, we’d never have time to write about anything else around these parts.

As Cuban told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Ben Rogers via text: “I yell at all of our guys. From top to bottom when I think they need to hear it.”

No, Cuban yelling at Lamar Odom during Tuesday night’s win over the Knicks isn’t a huge story, and Cuban points out that Odom wasn’t the only player who was the target of his raised voice that night.

Odom took to Twitter to do his part in putting out this mini-firestorm, which was sparked by a series of tweets by New York Daily News scribe Frank Isola.

“Me and Marc Cuban are cool! Frank u can't lie 4 a story. Unethical Bro,” Odom tweeted.

A misspelling can be forgiven in the NBA, even if it’s the name of the man who signs the checks. Loafing shouldn’t be so easily overlooked.

And that’s the real story here. Who cares that Cuban yelled at a player? Let’s focus on why he yelled at Khloe’s little Lam Lam.

Cuban’s little outburst came after one of Odom’s least energetic sequences of the season, and that’s really saying something. Odom failed to get past midcourt on a Mavs transition possession and still allowed Landry Fields to run right by him for an uncontested layup.

A few games back from a bizarre 10-day hiatus, less than a week after coach Rick Carlisle publicly demanded that Odom play like his "pants are on fire," and Odom doesn't even bother running the floor in either direction?

Cuban has been yelling at players since he was an anonymous fan. That’s not going to change.

Odom has been loafing all season. That has to change.

Five of final 11 prospects work out today

June, 21, 2010
The Dallas Mavericks worked out 20 draft prospects last week and 11 more are slated for Monday and Tuesday.

The Mavericks pick 50th in Thursday's draft. Five more prospects hit the American Airlines Center practice gym today:

Marquis Gilstrap, 6-7, 215, Iowa State
Notes: Averaged 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior. His potential remains untapped because he's played just two full seasons in the last four years. He suffered a broken leg at Palm Springs CC, moved on to Gulf Coast CC and finally to Iowa State. He played mostly power forward for the Cyclones, but his size likely will be an issue at that spot at the next level.

Landry Fields, 6-7, 210, Stanford
Notes: In first year to really showcase his full arsenal, the senior averaged 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds, plus 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior. He was an inside/outside mismatch in college. He has excellent length which scouts assert could help him defensively, but his size makes him a classic 'tweener in the NBA. His perimeter game is strong and he could make his mark as a small forward.

Tyler Smith, 6-7, 210, Tennessee
Notes: Averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in a shortened senior year after deciding to return to Tennessee instead of turning pro overseas. He is long and quick at small forward and could be a pesky defender in the NBA. He's hoping to overcome an awful decision on New Year's Day when he and three teammates were pulled over speeding. He was charged with possession of a firearm. All four players were suspended from the team following their arrests, and only Smith, a preseason All-American, was dismissed from the team.

Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Gonzaga
Notes: The West Coast Conference player of the year averaged 15.6 points and 4.0 assists as a senior. He started all 33 games last year and 118 in four seasons. He has excellent size to go with his court vision and was just the latest terrific point guard to come through Gonazaga, but the jury is out whether he'll make it at the next level.

Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, 195, Villanova
Notes: Averaged 18.2 points and 3.2 assists and shot 38.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc as a senior. The Wildcats plummeted at the end of the season and his leadership ability took some knocks. The same concerns that that kept his draft stock low a year ago remain: His low assists totals scare teams as a point guard and he's undersized to play shooting guard in the NBA.



Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9