Mavericks Media day and Training Camp Information

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks today announced the details for 2016 Mavericks Media Day and Training Camp presented by bedgear.

The Mavericks will open Training Camp by holding its annual Media Day at 12:45 pm on September 26 at American Airlines Center. This yearly event provides the opportunity for credentialed media to shoot photos, video and conduct interviews with Mavericks players and coaches as they tip-off the 2016-17 season.

Please park in the Lexus garage and enter at the employee entrance. We will NOT provide power strips, ladders, extension cords, etc., so please remember to bring all the equipment you need.

Individual press conferences with Head Coach Rick Carlisle, forward Dirk Nowitzki, forward Harrison Barnes, guard Wesley Matthews and center Andrew Bogut will be conducted in Interview Room 1 beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Season credentials will not be ready on media day but will be distributed during training camp. As you know, parking is extremely limited but we will do the best we can to accommodate your needs.

The Mavericks will practice daily beginning on September 27 at 9:30 a.m. Media availability will be offered at the end of each morning session.

The annual open practice (formally Fan Jam) is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28. The event is free to the public and doors open at 11 am. The practice starts at noon.

All practice sessions will be held on the Mavericks practice court located off the event level of American Airlines Center. Those attending media availability can park in the Lexus garage located at the corner of Houston Street and All-Star Way.

The full Training Camp presented by bedgear schedule is listed below and the Mavericks Training Camp roster is attached.

Mavericks Media day and Training Camp Information

Mavericks Media day and Training Camp Information

Mavericks Media day and Training Camp Information

DATE EVENT TIME(S)
Mon. Sept. 26 Media Day 12:45-4pm*
Tue. Sept. 27 Practice 9:30am* & 4:30pm
Wed. Sprt. 28 Open Practice 12pm-1pm*
Thu. Sept. 29 Practice 9:30am* & 4:30pm
Fri. Sept. 30 Practice 10:30am*

*open to media

Dirk Nowitzki looks forward to teaming with new Mavs center Andrew Bogut during ’16-17 season

DALLAS — After competing against each other throughout their NBA careers, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and new Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut figure to make a lethal combination inside together this upcoming season.

Traded from Golden State to Dallas on July 7 along with a future second-round pick in exchange for a future conditional second-round pick, the 31-year-old Bogut will certainly be motivated during the 2016-17 campaign. The 11-year veteran and former Utah standout will also try to lift the Mavericks back to prominence in the Western Conference after helping to lead Golden State to the 2015 title, joining forces with fellow ex-Warrior Harrison Barnes in Dallas following the free-agent migration of Kevin Durant to Oakland from Oklahoma City. And according to Nowitzki, Bogut will immediately help the Mavs compete in the West while sliding into the starting center spot.

“It started slow there on the first couple days in July. All the free agents kind of went quickly. Sometimes you get a little fortunate, and I think with KD going to the Warriors it played in our favor a little bit,” Nowitzki said last week when recapping the Mavs’ moves in free agency. “They had to get rid of Barnes and they couldn’t keep Bogut at that amount of money, so we were able to get those two guys. They’re champions, they’re great players and they’re a part of a championship team, so they know how to play and they know how to win.”

While Barnes is expected to assume a larger role after signing a reported four-year deal worth $94 million, Bogut will also have a chance to fully display his skills at both ends of the floor.

Bogut holds career averages of 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks in 644 games, making 630 starts during his stints with Milwaukee and Golden State. He also garnered All-NBA Third Team honors with the Bucks during the ’09-10 season, earning a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team with the Warriors on their way to the title in 2015. The former No. 1 overall pick of Milwaukee in the 2005 draft was the first Australian ever taken with the top selection as well, averaging a double-double in three consecutive seasons with the Bucks from 2008-11 and posting a career-high 15.9 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds per game during the ’09-10 schedule. But after seeing a dip in his production last season with the Warriors, Bogut will try to build on an impressive run with the Australian national team in the Rio Olympic Games this summer.

Last season, Bogut played in 70 games for the Warriors but averaged a career-low 5.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in just 20.7 minutes an outing. That said, he proved to still be an above-average rim protector in reduced time while equaling his career average with 1.6 blocks per game as the Warriors sprinted to an NBA-record 73 wins and a second straight trip to the Finals. Bogut then suffered a left knee injury in Game 5 of the Finals, forcing him out of the remainder of the series as the Warriors eventually fell to Cleveland in seven games. But after seeing Bogut show no lingering signs of the injury during the Olympics while averaging 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in seven games to lead Australia to a fourth-place finish, Nowitzki says the fellow 7-footer is sure to have a big season in Big D.

“I think Bogut will be a great player for us,” Nowitzki proclaimed while looking forward to teaming with the big man on the Mavs’ front line. “He’s a smart player. He can defend, obviously, and defend the rim. He’s a great passer, and probably one of the best passing big men there is in this league, so it should be fun playing with him.”

Justin Anderson dines with teammates, fans at charity benefit dinner

We know two things for sure about Justin Anderson after one season in the NBA: 1) He’s a world-class athlete, 2) with a world-class appetite.

The next thing we are beginning to learn about the 22-year-old wing is he has a deep appreciation for his teammates. Monday night Anderson hosted most of the new Mavericks at Texas Land & Cattle on Lemmon, also inviting some 80-plus fans and media for a dinner benefiting the C5 Youth Foundation of Texas.

Those of us who either spend a lot of time in the kitchen or watch a lot of cooking shows know that by eating prepared food, you can gather something about the creator. In Anderson’s case, he worked with executive chef John Imbriolo to prepare a six-course meal, each selected by Anderson to combine elements of his Virginia childhood and professional career in the big city.

“I’m just giving an opportunity for Dallas to get to know a country kid from Virginia, and just see how we live, and I guess to bring a taste of Montross to Dallas,” Anderson said.

The second-year pro picked up a penchant for cooking early in his childhood. Montross is a small town of just 384, per the 2010 Census, and Anderson said once the streetlights came on outside, there wasn’t much to do. Life moves at a different pace in the country. But he, along with his siblings, would gather around the kitchen table and watch their parents cook dinner, and Justin and his brother E.J. would occasionally sneak in some seasoning or an extra ingredient to see how it would change the taste.

His experience would prove valuable in college, when he’d often cook for his roommates or teammates, most of whom — as is the case with just about every college student out there, myself included once upon a time — didn’t know which way was up when it came to operating in the kitchen. Anderson said one of his teammates would cook frozen chicken nuggets in the microwave and crinkle-cut french fries in the oven. “You’re doing it all wrong,” he’d bemoan.

“People ask sometimes, ‘What do you do outside of playing basketball?’ My first answer is always cooking,” Anderson said. “I just love it. It’s something that takes the mind away from everything. If you’ve been having a long day, and you make a dish that you love, you almost forget about it.”

Familiarity with Anderson’s roots helps to understand his menu, which began with a crab bisque with “just the right amount of spice,” as the Anderson-autographed menu stated, along with a grilled king crab leg. Imbriolo said crab was the first thing Anderson mentioned as he imagined the courses. Then came a Buffalo chicken dip and a tomato and cucumber salad before the meats came out.

And, my, the meat was good. To say Anderson has been impressed by Texas beef would be an understatement: There simply aren’t enough sources of local beef in his hometown, so his first real introduction to fresh beef, such as the salt block prime tenderloin or chipotle sugar bacon-wrapped ribeye courses, came when he moved to Dallas. That’s one more reason he’s happy to be a Maverick.

The highlight of the meal was “Justin’s ABJ,” his spin on the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, in which he substitutes almond butter in for peanut butter “for health purposes,” served on pan-seared Texas toast, which he has said has always been his preferred choice of bread with any sandwich. But there’s more on it which he won’t divulge. “I’m not gonna say what I do from there, because hopefully one day I can make that mine,” he said, visions of future Executive Chef Justin Anderson in his head. “But it’s ridiculous. It’s so good.” (It is.)

(From Left) Head coach Rick Carlisle, Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Collinsworth, Justin Anderson, C.J. Williams, Keith Hornsby, Nicolas Brussino, and Seth Curry.
(From Left) Head coach Rick Carlisle, Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Collinsworth, Justin Anderson, C.J. Williams, Keith Hornsby, Nicolas Brussino, and Seth Curry.

After the meal, head coach Rick Carlisle introduced each player to those in attendance as this was the first opportunity for many of them to speak to the community. This is a much younger roster than the Mavericks have put together in recent seasons, so it’s important for the young guys to get to know each other, their coach, and their community as soon as possible to ease their transition to the NBA. Assistant coaches Melvin Hunt and Kaleb Canales also attended.

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation of Texas is to change the odds for high-potential youth from risk-filled environments, inspiring them to pursue personal success, and preparing them for leadership roles in college, work, and their communities. Of more than 200 kids to complete the five-year program, each of them has graduated high school and all of have been accepted into colleges, including one at Stanford and one at Dartmouth. Former NHL goalie and Dallas Stars legend Marty Turco is among those spearheading the efforts of the foundation.

Peace Day Dallas event shows basketball has power to bring people together

The theme for this year’s International Day of Peace is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Basketball might not be the first thing that comes to mind when seeing that, or even when considering the complicated global circumstances which necessitated the United Nations implementing Peace Day to begin with. But one afternoon at Dallas City Hall showed that rejecting that notion could prove wise. Basketball has the power to bring people together.

The official International Day of Peace is Wednesday, Sept. 21, but the City of Dallas hosted its own celebration this past Saturday, Sept. 17, right in front of City Hall. In addition to live music performances, face-painting booths, club sports teams and a swath of food trucks, the Mavericks turned out, built a basketball court, and let the games begin. The Mavs Basketball Academy put on a pair of clinics for a few dozen hoopers of all ages, from those old enough to vote to kids so young they couldn’t fit into a small-sized T-shirt.

In between the youth clinics, the floor was open for anyone to play, and that’s when the beauty of the sport is on full display. You have children, high school-aged kids, and even some older people — all complete strangers — coming together on a court to play a game. These are people from different cities, backgrounds, races, genders, and age, yet a ball and hoop unite them as one. That’s what Peace Day, first instituted in 1981, is all about.

The social implications were quite apparent, as well, when a Dallas Police Officer took the floor to shoot around with some children. With all that is going on in this country today, and particularly with the tragic event which happened in Dallas only months ago, tension and emotions are running understandably high. But on Saturday, and on any basketball court around the city, scenes like this can make one forget about all of that and just focus on the rhythm of people putting the ball through the hoop.

This was the first time the city has had such a large public event to observe the day. If you couldn’t make it out to City Hall to take part, I would definitely encourage you to come next year. Whether it was watching a crowd of 100 take a Zumba class on the lawn, an Irish football club team teaching the rules to complete strangers and then putting those skills to the test in a scrimmage, or, of course, playing a game of 3-on-3 on a Mavs court, Peace Day is the type of event that will reinforce the idea that we are all — no matter where we come from or where we’re going — members of the same community, the same city, the same country, and that’s something worth celebrating.

Mavs grow presence in China with exclusive content

Mavs try Moon Cakes

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is here! So today some Mavs players and GM Donnie Nelson get a taste of the moon cakes!

September 20, 2016 (DALLAS, TX) — The Mavs expanded their digital presence in China earlier this year with Mandarin-language coverage of team news and multimedia. Using Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) and other Chinese social media platforms, the Mavs receive an average of 750,000 weekly impressions with an audience of 800,000 Chinese followers, directly connecting with their fans overseas with exclusive digital content.

China is the largest market for the NBA outside of the United States and is home to a growing number of basketball fans. During the 2014-2015 season alone, over 690 million Chinese fans tuned-in to watch games on TV. The Mavs broadcasted 75 games in China during the 2015-2016 season.

“China is an important market for us and is continuing to grow. We are excited that our latest video on Miaopai (a Chinese video sharing platform) reached over 1 million views in 24 hours,” said Mark Cuban.

Last week, the Mavericks released a short video on their Chinese social media channels to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. New Mavericks Harrison Barnes and Jonathan Gibson, as well as Dwight Powell and GM Donnie Nelson tasted the traditional holiday dessert, moon-cakes, and gave their reactions for their Chinese-speaking fans.

The video was featured on multiple prominent Weibo accounts and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The Mavs will continue to produce exclusive content for their Chinese fans throughout the 2016-2017 season. To follow along and participate in the conversation (in Mandarin), visit facebook.com/mavszhongwen or on Weibo at weibo.com/mavsnba.

Dirk, Andy Roddick bring the heat at Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic

Pros and celebs weigh in on Dirk Nowitzki’s Tennis Classic

Hear from John Isner, Ben Stiller, Andy Roddick, and of course Dirk Nowitzki at the Big German's inaugural Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic.

There aren’t many superstar athletes with relationships with their community stronger than the one Dirk Nowitzki shares with Dallas, and that fact was once again front and center Sunday at his inaugural Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic, held at SMU.

Nowitzki was joined by 11 celebrities and professional tennis players — including his teammates J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes, comedy film legend Ben Stiller, and American tennis stars Andy Roddick and John Isner, among others — for the event, which raised money for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

As is the case with any event involving the Big German, there were plenty of laughs all around all day, even as the games grew more competitive toward the end. Roddick, who retired from pro tennis in 2012, joked before the event that he was excited to play some “average tennis,” which by his standard is still world-class compared to the likes of the celebrities. (Roddick’s team eventually won. As the 2003 U.S. Open champion, that’s no surprise.)

Barnes was another to use that term to describe his own play. Put it this way: The Mavs’ new forward is really good at basketball, and that’s what matters most! He still enjoyed his time all the same, though. And now that he’s a Maverick, I’m sure Barnes will spend much more time with Nowitzki, who has a tennis court in his backyard. Barea and several other Mavericks have stopped by over the years to get in a few games, and now Barnes can as well. Mavs fans hope the 24-year-old will pick up on Dirk’s one-legged fade, but the German will probably offer some tips on the serve, too.

Stiller was the star of the day, as his journey to join the roster was as funny as Meet the Parents. The actor follows Nowitzki on Twitter and vice versa, so when the German was searching for some starpower he decided to hit Stiller up with a direct message on Twitter. “It was rather inappropriate, actually,” Stiller joked. As they say, it goes down in the DMs, and before long he committed to play.

While the competition was and comedy both were fierce, there was still room for some cute moments. From top of mind comes watching Barea hit around with his son before the games began. Barea, whose mother was a tennis coach in Puerto Rico, has been playing the sport ever since he was a young child, just like his son is now.

The man of the hour, Nowitzki, also picked up tennis at a very young age, calling the sport his first love. He enjoyed some success as a youngster on the German youth circuit, as well, and it’s easy to see why. A guy with his height and reach could be an imposing tennis player if he develops all the technique. Isner, for example, is one of the top American players in the world right now, and he’s 6-foot-10. Known for his serve, he pummels opponents and then dominates at the net.

No. 41 put his big serve on display, as well.

There was a nice mix of trick shots and real tennis on display, but ultimately everyone was there to just have fun and enjoy the games. Each of the 12 celebrities was matched up with a doubles partner who donated to the foundation. Rounding out the roster of celebs and tennis players in attendance: Boris Kodjoe, Philip Farmer, Benjamin Becker, Mitchell Krueger, Mark Knowles, and David Martin.

Mavericks sign guard C.J. Williams

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard C.J. Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams (6-5, 225) spent the 2015-16 season with JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France, where he averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 34 games. Williams also played for the San Antonio Spurs’ 2016 summer league teams that competed in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Before joining Dijon in 2015-16, Williams played for Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia in Cyprus (2012-13), the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders (2013-14) and Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy (2014-15).

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Williams played four years at North Carolina State (2008-12), where he helped the Wolfpack reach the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 as a senior in 2011-12. In 37 games as a senior, Williams averaged 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.1 minutes. He went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Mavericks’ 2016-17 training camp roster is now set at 20 players.

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