JJ Barea nominated as a finalist for the 2017-18 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

April 25, 2018  (Dallas, TX)  The Dallas Mavericks are proud to announce that JJ Barea has been nominated as a finalist for the 2017-18 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award.  The award is open to all players recognizing them for their outstanding efforts in the community during the 2017-18 NBA season.

The recipient of the 2017-18 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award will be determined by an NBA panel of judges and an end-of-season voting platform on social media.  The Seasonlong nominees include the offseason winner, six monthly winners plus three additional candidates voted on by the executive panel from the pool of all 2017-18 monthly nominees.

Using #NBACommunityAssist and #JJBarea, fans can vote for JJ on social media over the course of a ten-day voting period, April 25 – May 6, 2018.

The winner will be announced with a press release and at the NBA Awards Show following the fan vote and will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

JJ Barea is being recognized for his relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Coordinating five trips to the territory where he was born and raised, JJ used the Mavericks’ team plane, with help from Mark Cuban, to personally deliver much-needed supplies in the days after the hurricane. JJ also launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com for families affected by the hurricane that has raised more than $250,000, he also personally raised nearly $500,000 and he worked with the Mavericks to donate 100 percent of all single-game ticket sales from their Oct. 25 game to Puerto Rico, generating an additional $114,000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Please send questions to Erin Finegold, Director of Corporate Communications at erin.finegold@dallasmavs.com or 214.415.9183.

NBA China Games 2018 to Feature Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers

NBA CHINA GAMES 2018 TO FEATURE DALLAS MAVERICKS AND PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Mavericks and 76ers to Visit China for the First Time,
Play in NBA’s 25th and 26th Games in the Country –

NEW YORK AND BEIJING, April 17, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the NBA China Games 2018 will feature two preseason games between the
Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Friday, Oct. 5 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Monday, Oct. 8 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

The announcement was made today at the Shenzhen Universiade Center by NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Hall of Famer and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo.

Following the NBA China Games 2018, which will mark the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

The NBA China Games 2018 will feature a variety of fan activities, including the seventh annual NBA Fan Day on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Shanghai, which will provide thousands of fans with the opportunity to participate in oncourt games and watch the Mavericks and 76ers conduct basketball activities and skills competitions. In addition to the NBA Fan Day, the league and its partners will conduct a series of NBA Cares community outreach events in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The Mavericks’ roster currently features 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, 2015 NBA Champion Harrison Barnes and standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr. The 76ers are led by a young core featuring All-Star center Joel Embiid and Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons. Philadelphia boasts a talented roster that includes the 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, Dario Šarić and Robert Covington.

The games will be supported by promoter iRENA Group and by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners, and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media.

Executive and Player Quotes:

NBA China CEO David Shoemaker:

“We are excited to welcome the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks to China next preseason. The 25th and 26th NBA games in China mark another milestone in our efforts to bring the authentic NBA experience to our passionate Chinese fans.”

Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki:

“When I played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I witnessed China’s enthusiasm for basketball firsthand. It will be a fantastic experience for our franchise to play in China for the first time. We’re also excited about the possibility of reconnecting with two great Chinese players who played for the Mavericks, Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian.”

Dallas Mavericks Forward Harrison Barnes:

“It is such an honor playing internationally. I’ve been fortunate to play in China before and I remember how great the fans were. It’s going to be such a fantastic experience for our team.”

Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid:

“It will be an honor to be the first 76ers team to play in front of the amazing fan base in China in October.”

Philadelphia 76ers Guard/Forward Ben Simmons:

“Getting a chance to play all over the world has always been a dream of mine and I’m excited to play in China in October. I know the fans there are passionate about basketball and I’m really looking forward to the trip to Shanghai and Shenzhen.”

About NBA China
The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s business in China was formed in January 2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992. The NBA currently has relationships with a network of television and digital media outlets in China, including a 31-year partnership with CCTV. The league hosts hundreds of touring basketball events for fans, conducts community enrichment programs, and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.

NBA licensed apparel and footwear are available through retail and authorized online stores on e-commerce and social media platforms, including NBAStore.cn, Tmall.com, JD.com, NBAStore.hk and NBAStore.tw. In 2004, the NBA became the first U.S. professional sports league to play games in China. Following NBA China Games 2018, 17 NBA teams will have played 26 games in China.
enrichment programs, and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.

Mavericks Sign Forward Maxi Kleber

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Maxi Kleber. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kleber (6-11, 220) spent the last eight seasons playing professionally in Germany and Spain, including the most recent two with Germany’s FC Bayern Munich. In 37 Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) games for Bayern Munich last year, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks en route to being named a BBL All-Star, All-BBL Second Team and BBL Most Effective Player.

In 17 EuroCup games for Bayern Munich in 2016-17, Kleber averaged 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while being named All-EuroCup Second Team.

Kleber hails from Wurzburg, Germany, the same hometown as Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. He has played for the German national team in international competition, including the 2014 Eurobasket qualification rounds.

That’s What’s Up: Episode 17

Don’t know what’s up? NBA champion Shawn Marion’s got you covered. Feast your ears on episode 17 of his new podcast, as “The Matrix” chops it up with Danny Bollinger on hoops, life and everything in between.

30K Celebration

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks scored his 30,000th career point on Tuesday night becoming only the 6th player in history to do so. In celebration of the milestone, he said he “had a Bud Light for the first time in a long time.“ (B-Roll footage of the press conference can be found HERE.)

In honor of Dirk’s achievement, and to welcome him to this elite club, Bud Light, the official beer of the NBA, delivered 30,000 Bud Lights – one for every point in his career – to the Mavericks offices so the legend could share a brew with the most loyal of MFFLs. Please find photos and video of the delivery in the links below.

Prior to tonight’s game versus the Brooklyn Nets, Bud Light will purchase a Mavs Team Can for fans (21+, 1 per patron) between 6-8pm in the Eighteen 76 Lounge. (Game tickets are required for entry; while supplies last). DJ Joe Ramirez and Mavs Fans will toast to Dirk’s 30k Milestone at 7:45pm.

Also in celebration of this milestone, 5,000 Dirk Bobble Heads will be given away at doors, and Dirk 30K t-shirts will be available at the Mavs Hangar for $19.99.

The DIRKBURGER is on sale throughout the month of March at all Mavs and Stars games for $18 and comes with a DIRK 30K commemorative cup.

MEDIA CONTACT: For questions or access into the Eighteen 76 Club prior to tonight’s game, media should contact Erin Finegold at erin.finegold@dallasmavs.com.

That’s What’s Up: Episode 5

Don’t know what’s up? NBA champion Shawn Marion’s got you covered. Feast your ears on episode five of his new podcast, as “The Matrix” chops it up with Danny Bollinger on hoops, life and everything in between.

The Post Up: Episode 7

Post up with Matt Mosley and Bobby “The BK Brawler” Karalla as they dry humor and stat nerd you to oblivion with all the Mavs news you never knew you needed!

In Episode Seven Matt and Bobby talk about building around Harrison Barnes, the upcoming draft, and the Mavs taking on the Phoenix Suns down in Mexico City.

The Post Up: Episode 3

Post up with Matt Mosley and Bobby “The BK Brawler” Karalla as they dry humor and stat nerd you to oblivion with all the Mavs news you never knew you needed!

Episode three features Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

Mavericks and ESPN Release Statements Regarding Coverage

Dallas—The following statements were released today by the Mavericks and ESPN regarding NBA coverage.

Statement from Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban:
“We are appreciative that ESPN will now commit to Mavs fans and all NBA fans with links to local and team provided coverage of every NBA game. This will assure all NBA fans that they will find team specific game reporting for every game of their favorite teams on ESPN. I am very appreciative for all the support, help and consideration that John Skipper of ESPN and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver provided towards this agreement.”

Statement from ESPN President John Skipper:
“There have been several conversations relative to the concerns Mark has raised. Mark and I both agree that content written by individuals on site is much better. To be clear, ESPN has never contemplated automated reporting for our NBA coverage. We remain committed to first-person reporting on the NBA. As we did last year, we plan to continue to be present at most Dallas Mavericks home games. When we are not in the building, our game recaps going forward will continue to utilize AP first-person reports. In all cases, in order for fans to be able to access more game coverage of their favorite team, we will now link to team sites, such as Mavs.com, in our game recaps. I appreciate the role Commissioner Silver played in reaching this resolution.”