Dallas Mavericks: NBA All-Star Game

DALLAS – Mark Cuban hopes to bring an All-Star Weekend back to Dallas in the not-too-distant future.

That’s Dallas, not Arlington.

Cuban said he wouldn’t try to join forces with Jerry Jones to host an All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium again despite it being a tremendous success in 2010. A crowd of 108,713 packed the $1.2 billion stadium that night, setting a world record for attendance at a basketball game.

“I wouldn’t do it there again,” Cuban said. “That was a one-off. Been there, done that.

“It’s hard to repeat that. It’s hard to get people excited a second time. The second act’s a lot harder.”

For most of his ownership tenure, Cuban balked at the idea of hosting an All-Star Game because many of the Mavs’ season-ticket holders wouldn’t be able to attend the event. He said Friday night that he thought that issue could be addressed if an All-Star Game is played at the American Airlines Center.

The last All-Star Game to be played in Dallas was in 1986 at Reunion Arena.

After the 2010 weekend, Cuban had been enthusiastic about bringing the game back to Cowboys Stadium and holding the Saturday showcase events at the AAC again. However, he has reconsidered, wanting to have all events at the AAC the next time the Mavs are the host team for All-Star Weekend.

“The first one was so successful, you don’t try to top it,” Cuban said of using Cowboys Stadium as a venue. “It’s hard to recreate something like that. It’s just a Marketing 101 type of thing. It would be difficult, and the last thing you would want to do is throw a party and have no one show up.”
It’s a near certainty that Dirk Nowitzki won’t hear his name when the All-Star Game reserves are announced a week from today.

Nowitzki knows he isn’t putting up anything close to All-Star-caliber numbers, averaging 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds after missing the first 27 games while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. After 11 consecutive All-Star appearances, he fully expects to spend that extended weekend at home.

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett (13 each) are the only active players who have been invited to more All-Star games.

“It’s obviously a disappointing streak to end, but it is what it is,” Nowitzki said. “I had fun representing the Mavs all these years, but it was a tough year for me with injuries. I guess those four days I’m going to enjoy and get a good amount of work in as well and get recharged for the second half of the season.

Nowitzki’s streak could have ended last season, when he got off to a slow start and admitted that other power forwards in the West were more deserving, but the coaches voted in him in large part due to their immense respect for his career accomplishments. He ended the season averaging 21.6 points per game, so that All-Star appearance doesn’t look inappropriate.

Nowitzki, a 15-year veteran, has actually participated in every All-Star weekend since he arrived in the league. The NBA didn’t have an All-Star weekend in his lockout-shortened rookie season, and he took part in the 3-point shootouts the next two years before his All-Star streak started.

Of course, there’s always a chance Nowitzki could head to Houston for the 3-point shootout next month. Right, Dirk?

“Uhhhh,” he said with a grin, “no.”

Dallas cops seize 13 counterfeit tickets

February, 13, 2010
2/13/10
12:45
PM CT
In a news release, Dallas police said they issued three citations for scalping of tickets at the Dallas Convention Center on Friday night and seized 13 counterfeit tickets for the various events scheduled.

Down at the American Airlines Center, site of the Rookie-Sophomore game, law enforcement officials seized hundredes of counterfeit basketball jerseys and T-shirts.

Also, cops arrested a 27-year old man for public intoxication at the W Hotel and a 21-year old man was given a citation for simple assault for punching another man.

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