Mavericks acquire draft rights to third-overall pick Luka Doncic

Mavs Draft Luka Doncic!

With the fifth pick, we mean third pick, the Dallas Mavericks select Luka Doncic!

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced that they have acquired the draft rights to third overall pick Luka Doncic (LOO-kuh DON-chitch) from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first round draft pick.

Doncic (6-7, 218) is the reigning EuroLeague Most Valuable Player and EuroLeague Final 4 Most Valuable Player after leading Real Madrid to the 2017-18 EuroLeague title. He was the youngest player ever to garner both awards. In 33 games with Real Madrid last season, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting .443 from the field, .329 from behind-the-arc and .816 from the foul line.

The versatile guard was the youngest ever to debut with Real Madrid in 2014 when he was 16 years and 61 days old. He was twice awarded the EuroLeague Rising Star and was named the Spanish ACB Best Young Player in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The Ljubljana, Slovenia native is a member of the Slovenian National Team that went undefeated on its way to winning the country’s first gold medal at EuroBasket 2017. In that tournament, Doncic was named to the All-Tournament Team and won EuroBasket 2017 Most Valuable Player.

2018 Dirk’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

Dallas Mavericks and Lympo app announce multi-year partnership to promote health and fitness tech

Lympo x Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks and Lympo are announcing a partnership that includes a practice jersey patch and the renaming of all Mavs practice facilities.

DALLAS, TX (MAY 31, 2018) – The Dallas Mavericks and Lympo, a blockchain app which motivates people to exercise and be healthy, are announcing today a multi-faceted partnership that includes a practice jersey patch and the renaming of all Mavs practice facilities. Later this year, the Mavericks and Lympo will unveil the rebranded Lympo Training Facility and the Lympo Training Court, as well as new practice jerseys featuring the Lympo logo. In this three-year deal, the partnership will also include the creation of a new Mavericks Fitness Team and future integration of Lympo cryptocurrency tokens in Mavericks blockchain initiatives, including an option to purchase tickets.

Lympo was founded in 2016 as a platform to encourage and incentivize healthy lifestyles across the globe. Lympo is developing a blockchain-based ecosystem that will integrate a community of users, personal trainers, gyms, fitness apps, wellness businesses and health insurers. Lympo also leverages the exploding popularity of wearable fitness devices to record activity and enables users to earn tokens for staying active.

“The Mavericks found clear alignment with Lympo’s mission to create a healthier world by utilizing the latest technology to encourage fitness and healthy living in a whole new way,” said Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “Through the platform, fans will be able to earn free tickets and merchandise by completing Mavericks fitness challenges on the Lympo app. We are eager to launch this fall.”

The Mavericks will also work with Lympo in the future to integrate Lympo’s blockchain technology and cryptocurrency with the Mavericks ongoing blockchain initiatives. The Mavs will be one of the first teams in the NBA to accept various forms of cryptocurrency for tickets and merchandise beginning in the 2018-19 season.

Lympo is also eager to become a part of the Mavericks’ greater community. As a result of their partnership with the Mavs, the company has decided to set up their US headquarters in Dallas and to launch the Lympo app locally. With the combination of the Lympo Training Facility and main offices, Dallas will become a home base for Lympo’s US community and operations.

“The Dallas Mavericks is a team with a strong vision. Together, we will inspire people around the world to be healthier using the groundbreaking blockchain technology. Lympo is very proud to become the Mavericks’ partner for the team training facilities and the new Mavericks Fitness Team,” said Ada Jonuse, CEO of Lympo.

Under the partnership, the Mavericks and Lympo will work together to form the Mavericks Fitness Team, a group of fitness ambassadors who will host fitness events and activities for Mavs fans throughout the year. Lympo will also be the presenting sponsor of Mavs Fit Night, which will be held during a 2018-2019 season home game.

ABOUT LYMPO
Lympo is a health and wellness ecosystem, with a wallet that rewards users with Lympo tokens (LYM) for sharing and achieving their health goals, including all industry players: personal trainers, gyms, sports and wellness businesses and health insurance. By tracking health-related data on smartphones and wearables, Lympo aims to build healthy lifestyles and grow the Lympo community. Tokens earned by users can be used to pay for fitness, wellness and other health-enhancing products and services.
More information about the partnership, Mavericks Fitness Team and Mavs Fit Night will be released this fall.

Mavs to host fantastic finale

The Dallas Mavericks will host a FANtastic Finale tomorrow night during the Mavs vs. Suns game at American Airlines Center. Doors open at 6:00pm and tipoff is at 7:30pm. This special final game will salute the MFFLs who cheer on the Mavs all season long with an exclusive pregame event for Season Ticket Holders. Giveaways and plenty of fun!

MFFL FANTASTIC FINALE EVENTS AND EXCLUSIVES:

  • Mavs Full Season Ticket Holders are invited for an exclusive pre-game happy hour at 6:00pm in the EIGHTEEN|76 Bar at American Airlines Center. Mavs will showcase the new Ripples Beer Foam Printer for the first time in Dallas. Each Season Ticket Holder in attendance will receive a free Budweiser Mavs Hat and One (1) Free 12oz Budweiser draft with choice of Mavs logo on the top of each beer. Media is invited to attend—RSVP is required. Limited availability – first-come, first-served.
  • Join the Mavs for Mavs Q, the first live and in-app trivia game in the NBA. FOX Sports Southwest Analyst Jeff “Skin” Wade will shell out 12 questions in arena for a chance to win upgraded seats for the game, autographed merch and floor seats for a game during the 2018-2019 Season. To play, fans should download the Mavs app. Trivia starts promptly at 6:30pm.
  • All fans in attendance will receive a FREE Mavs cap courtesy of Sprite upon entry.
  • All fans in attendance will receive a SPECIAL EDITION T-SHIRT featuring “Dallas For Dirk” courtesy of 5miles. The t-shirt was designed by local artists Reid Glaze and Hance Talpin in honor of Dirk’s 20th Season with the Dallas Mavericks. Find more of their designs at thanksdirk.com.
  • 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mavs Team Poster courtesy of Century 21 Mike Bowman.
  • 1 lucky Season Ticket Holder and 1 lucky fan will have a chance to win a 2018 Ford Escape Titanium (Estimated MSRP $32,140) by participating in a half-court shot contest during half-time. To register to win, visit mavs.com/winaford before 3pm today.
  • 1 Lucky Mavs fan will take to the Mavs Hangar with 1 minute to grab as much gear as they can in the Mavs Hangar Super Market Sweep Presented by NIKE. The winner will be selected from a pool of fans that have connected to their Nike Mavs Jerseys via the Nike Connect app.
  • Panini will give away 20K Mavs Trading Card Packs at doors and Chris Arnold will give away (2) Framed Autographed Pictures of Dennis Smith Jr. during the pre-game show and the game.
  • WhichWich will give away 10K special edition Dirk Nowitzki cups in honor of the DirkWich promotion. Each cup with have a coupon for a FREE 32oz drink with purchase of a DirkWich at participating stores.

Statement from Dallas Mavericks on Sports Illustrated article

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks issue the following statement on an upcoming Sports Illustrated article:

The Dallas Mavericks have received information about behavior in our workplace that appears to have violated the organization’s standards of conduct. It has been alleged that a former officer of the organization engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years. This individual left the employment of the Mavericks nearly three years ago and the Mavericks have only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days.

The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.

In a separate matter, we have also learned that an employee misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident. This employee was not candid about the situation and has been terminated.

There is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks’ workplace — or any workplace.

The Mavericks will provide all necessary resources to ensure that every current and former employee receives appropriate support. We will also conduct comprehensive training through experts and take the necessary steps to ensure that our workplace is a safe, respectful and productive one for all Dallas Mavericks employees.

We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks.

We will not make any further comments until after the completion of the investigation.

Dallas Mavericks Dancers Set to Perform in China

How do you say “Go Mavs” in Chinese? Six jet-setting Dallas Mavericks Dancers preparing for a week-long journey to Guangzhou, China are about to find out. The DMDs have accepted the NBAs invitation to represent the Mavericks at the 2017 NBA Finals Celebration in China’s third-most populous city and the home of some of the Mavs’ most passionate international fans.

The Mavericks have launched new initiatives to reach fans in China over the last two years, boosting the team’s presence on Chinese social media and inviting Chinese fans to visit Dallas for a first-hand MFFL experience. Following the success of these programs, the DMDs will be bringing the energy of the AAC directly to Guangzhou for a unique fan experience.

The DMDs are set to depart Wednesday, June 7th and will arrive in Guangzhou after more than 14 hours of travel. After a little time to adjust to the new time zone, they’ll be performing on stage at the NBA Finals Celebration Party for hundreds of fans. Their itinerary also includes meet and greets, autograph signings, and photo sessions, all with the goal of making the 8,000 miles between Dallas and Guangzhou feel just a little shorter for local fans.

The six DMDs traveling to Guangzhou are: Ashley, Bebe, Brooke, Janae, Maggie, and Taylor.

Crossroads: The Conclusion of Charlie Villanueva’s webisode

So it’s the All-Star break and let me tell you it is more than welcomed. We, as a team, are a little beat up, so we need some time to rest and get healthier. I really enjoyed my first half of the season with this team…I love our organization, my coaches, my teammates. It has truly been a positive experience. Tough win shorthanded last night against the Jazz…we had to fight for that one.

This halfway period of the season had me thinking of how it all started and how I got here. The video webisode series “Crossroads” that we aired here on Sportsblog.com, during my free agency period, captured the off-season journey…BUT…we never showed how the story ended. Obviously, I’m a Maverick and we all know how the story ends, but I wanted to share this BONUS webisode, which concludes my story (so click on the video below after you read this).

Shouts to the team at Tivity Social for helping me put together the whole series from Day 1. I still don’t know how you guys managed to do all this on Samsung smartphones.

Watch the video on Charlie’s blog »

Why Monta Ellis is on Charlie Villanueva’s all-star ballot

Que pasa mi gente!

Getting back into the groove of writing and since last week they announced the All-Star starters and we are less than a week away from hearing who the reserves will be. I want to throw something out there: Monta Ellis deserves to be in New York City!

It is an honor to be in the All-Star game and although I have never played in the actual NBA All-Star game, in the past, I have participated in the Rookie/Sophmore game. To be recognized for your craft, for your passion, and in this case your job is a tremendous honor. And honestly every year I feel like a few guys get “snubbed”. And I didn’t even realize until I started thinking about this post, about how Monta has never been elected to the All-Star game…SMH.

The beauty of our team is that it isn’t one guy, it is truly a team effort, a fine balance. Our team, from management to the coaching staff to the players, are crazy hype about how good we are, how much we can improve, and what that means come April, May and June.

This isn’t about me (I still have a long way to go) but this is my first real chance in my entire pro career to:

Read the full post on Charlie’s blog »