That’s What’s Up: Episode 27

Don’t know what’s up?

NBA champion Shawn Marion’s got you covered. Feast your ears on episode 27 of his podcast, as “The Matrix” chops it up with Danny Bollinger on hoops, life and everything in between.

Dallas Mavericks announce new official Chinese name

Dallas Mavericks Chinese name reveal

The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with help from Chinese basketball fans!

January 3, 2018 (Dallas, Texas, USA) After nearly two decades of the name “Mavericks” being translated into Chinese as “Little Cows,” the Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with much help from Chinese basketball fans. Announced tonight during Tencent’s live broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks home game against the Golden State Warriors, the official Chinese name of the Mavericks has been changed to 独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes.”

The search for the Mavs’ new Chinese name began on September 10, 2017 with an announcement from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban posted a video on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) asking Chinese-speaking fans to submit their ideas for a better translation for the word “Mavericks.” The Mavericks worked closely with Chinese media platform Tencent Sports to ensure this request reached as many Chinese NBA fans as possible.

Two weeks later, the Mavs had received more than 50,000 comments from fans suggesting new monikers. From those submissions, the Mavericks selected the top three names as finalists — 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”) — setting the stage for fans across China to vote for their favorite.

One month and more than 100,000 votes later, the fans have chosen. Announced at halftime during tonight’s live online broadcast in China, the Mavericks will now be known as 达拉斯独行侠 (“Dallas Lone Ranger Heroes”) in all Chinese-speaking regions of the world.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

The Mavericks became the first NBA team to sign a Chinese-born player with the drafting of center Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and have continued to maintain strong ties to Chinese basketball. Most recently, CBA star Ding Yanyuhang played for the Mavericks’ 2017 Summer League teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The Mavericks are among the most active NBA teams in China, engaging Chinese fans through localized social media, content and events. All official Mavericks Chinese-language social media now bears the new name, and over the coming weeks, the new name will be adopted throughout Greater China’s digital, print and broadcast media. The Mavericks can be found on Sina Weibo at http://www.weibo.com/mavsnba and on WeChat @MavsNBA.

The Mavericks would like to thank all of the fans who participated in selecting the new Chinese name.

That’s What’s Up: Episode 26

Don’t know what’s up?

NBA champion Shawn Marion’s got you covered. Feast your ears on episode 26 of his podcast, as “The Matrix” chops it up with Danny Bollinger on hoops, life and everything in between.

Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth to two-way contract

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on guard-forward Antonius Cleveland and center Jeff Withey.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) has spent the past two seasons with the Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. He holds averages of 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 30.1 minutes per game in 54 career G League games (34 starts). In 18 games (all starts) for the Legends in 2017-18, he averaged 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes per game.

After going undrafted in 2016 out of BYU, Collinsworth competed for Dallas at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He spent the 2016 preseason with the Mavericks before being waived by the team on Oct. 22, 2016.

A native of Provo, Utah, Collinsworth played four years at BYU and averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 30.9 minutes per game in 140 games. He was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection (2014-16) and set the NCAA career triple-double record with 12.

As a senior for the Cougars (2015-16), Collinsworth averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 33.8 minutes per game en route to being named the WCC Player of the Year. The 6-6 point guard also tied the NCAA single-season triple-double record (set by himself in 2014-15) with six.

Collinsworth will wear No. 8 for the Mavericks.

Cleveland (6-6, 195) played in 13 games for Dallas in 2017-18, averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game.

Withey (7-0, 230) appeared in 10 games for the Mavericks this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebound in 3.9 minutes per game.

The 2017-18 season marks the first year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.

Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Mavericks to retire Derek Harper’s No. 12 jersey

DALLAS — The Mavericks announced tonight they plan to retire Derek Harper’s #12 jersey on January 7, 2018 vs. the New York Knicks. He joins Brad Davis (#15) and Rolando Blackman (#22) as the only Mavericks to have their jerseys hung in the rafters.

“Like every Mavs fan around the world, we are proud of Derek and everything he has done and continues to do for Mavs fans,” said Owner Mark Cuban. “His contributions can’t be overestimated. We are excited that he will join Ro and Brad in the rafters as we retire number 12 forever.”

Harper played a total of 12 seasons (1983-94, 96-97) with Dallas in his 16 year NBA career. In 872 total games with the Mavs, he started 620 times and averaged 14.4 points, 5.7 assists while .468 shooting (4,899-10,454 FGs) from the field.

Among Mavs franchise leaders, he ranks fourth in points (12,597), first in assists (5,111), fourth in field goals (4,899), fifth in field goal attempts (10,454), fifth in 3-point field goals (705), fifth in 3-point field goal attempts (2,030), fourth in free throws (2,094), fourth in free throw attempts (2,804), first in steals (1,551), third in games played (872), third in starts (620) and third in minutes (27,985).

The jersey ceremony, sponsored by Budweiser, will occur at halftime of the Knicks game. Owner Mark Cuban, former Mavericks Head Coach Dick Motta (1980-87, 1994-96) and several Mavericks greats will speak on Harper’s behalf.

For tickets, please call 214.747.MAVS or visit mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s to host 13th Annual Seats for Soldiers event

Wounded service members to be honored with dinner and courtside seats to Mavs game

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DALLAS, Texas –The Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s are partnering to host the 13th annual Seats for Soldiers, a one-of-a-kind experience for our nation’s military heroes. More than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to enjoy courtside seats at the Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets game on Dec. 4 at American Airlines Center.

“Our annual Seats for Soldiers game is a reminder that we don’t get to enjoy the game we love without the incredible sacrifices our soldiers make,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “This game is one small way for the Dallas Mavericks and our season ticket holders to say thank you and acknowledge the bravery of the men and women in uniform.”

Dallas Mavericks season ticket holder Neal Hawks originated the Seats for Soldiers concept, and he and other front-row season ticket holders have again donated their courtside seats, valued at more than $350,000. After the game, the soldiers will have the opportunity to meet the Mavs Dancers and Mavs ManiAACs, as well as players and coaches from both teams.

“Giving back to the men and women who serve our country is a tremendous honor for the 120,000 team members of American Airlines,” said David Seymour, American’s senior vice president – Integrated Operations and a veteran of the U.S. Army. “American is honored and humbled by the sacrifice these individuals have made and it is our privilege to partner with the Mavs and Nick & Sam’s to give them a much-deserved night of great food and NBA basketball.”

American will provide charter transportation between San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth through Fuel Smart, the airline’s team member-led fuel conservation program that helps provide flights for injured service members, veterans and their families using funds generated through team members’ everyday actions to save fuel. In addition, American’s pilots and flight attendants will volunteer their time for the occasion.

After arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the group will be treated to a four-course dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities prior to attending the Mavericks-Nuggets game. This year’s menu, created by Nick & Sam’s Corporate Chef and Partner Samir Dhurandhar, includes a first course of assorted sushi platters, crab cakes with grain mustard aioli, colossal shrimp cocktail, and wagyu egg rolls with Sriracha aioli. The second course will be mesclun greens with raspberry vinaigrette and pine nuts. The main course will feature Allen Brothers 10 oz. prime filet, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, creamed corn and the famous Nick & Sam’s “Damn Good” fries. Dessert will feature Dallas Mavericks seven-layer cake, vanilla ice cream and petit fours. Beverage service will also be provided, all free of charge to the service members, and the Nick & Sam’s staff will also volunteer their time to host the group.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

About the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and began as an expansion franchise in 1980. The Mavs have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010) two conference championships (2006, 2011) and under the leadership of owner Mark Cuban, Head of Basketball Operations/GM Donnie Nelson and Head Coach Rick Carlisle, the team won its first NBA Championship in 2011. In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through outreach programs and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, please visit mavs.com.

About Nick & Sam’s
Founded in 1999 by restauranteur Phil Romano, Nick & Sam’s Uptown Steakhouse has become one of Dallas’ most popular and attractive dining destinations. Our universal appeal is a result of exceptional prime steaks, chops, seafood, and world class sushi, in addition to the best selections of Japanese Wagyu in the U.S. and paired with a Wine List of 500 labels and outstanding customer service. Nick & Sam’s name stems from the son of a friend (Nick) and Mr. Romano’s son (Sam). This restaurant is the culmination of Mr. Romano’s extensive experience in concepting, designing highly successful and original restaurants throughout the United States. An exceptional management and service staff has been assembled by Co-Owner Joseph Palladino to ensure optimum performance from day one with a goal of maintaining the highest customer service and satisfaction. Corporate Chef/Partner Samir Dhurandhar is constantly and consistently raising the bar with innovated edible conceptions using the highest quality ingredients and his pure passion to offer only the best to our guests. For more information, please visit https://nick-sams.com.

Numbers on the Boards: Episode 1

Numbers on the Boards: Dennis Smith Jr.

Episode 1 of Numbers on the Boards with Jeff "Skin" Wade and Bobby Karalla features Mavs rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.!

Welcome to Numbers on the Boards, a podcast for basketball fans who want to have some fun listening to Mavs TV analyst and 105.3 FM’s Jeff “Skin” Wade and Mavs.com’s Bobby Karalla talk hoops, stats, and life in the NBA with a new guest each week.

On this week’s episode, Skin and Bobby are joined by Mavs point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who dishes on his pregame playlist, adjusting to life in the big city, and arriving to the NBA as a member of a lauded rookie point guard class. Enjoy!

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That’s What’s Up: Episode 25

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NBA champion Shawn Marion’s got you covered. Feast your ears on episode 25 of his podcast, as “The Matrix” chops it up with Danny Bollinger on hoops, life and everything in between.

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