1998-99 Misc News
- Dirk Nowitzki underwent minor nasal surgery to clear up sinus
- Gary Trent finished 3rd in the Most Improved Player voting. Trent
received 15 of the possible 118 media votes. [Darrell Armstrong (Orl)
received 54 votes, Eric Snow (Phi) received 16 votes, Joe Smith (Min)
received 8 votes, Danny Fortson (Den) received 7 votes, and 13 others
- NBA.com has a Q&A with Gary Trent at
- 5/7 An Ace has reappeared. The Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the
USBL signed former Mav Ace Custis.
- 5/4 Dallas finished the 1998-99 season with a record of 19-31.
They were 15-10 at home and 4-21 on the road.
- 5/4 Gary Trent (pulled left hamstring) and Steve Nash (strained
lower back) did not play in the Lakers or Seattles games.
- 5/1 Gary Trent left the Golden State game in the 3rd quarter with a
pulled left hamstring.
- 5/1 Steve Nash did not play in the Golden State game due to a
strained lower back.
- 4/29 Samaki Walker (flu) and Steve Nash (strained lower back) did
not play in the Chicago, Vancouver, or Houston games. Nash has a stress
fracture in a vertebra in his back and may not play the rest of the season.
He does not need surgery - the injury should heal with time.
- Robert Pack will undergo surgery on his left shoulder to repair
torn ligaments. His rehab is expected to take about 2 months.
- 4/24 With the loss to Sacramento, Dallas was officially eliminated
from the playoffs.
- 4/24 Steve Nash did not play in the Houston, San Antonio, or
Sacramento games due to a strained lower back.
- 4/20 Gary Trent (bruised right thigh) and Steve Nash (back spasms)
did not play in the Phoenix game. Trent is probable for the Houston game
tonight and Nash is doubtful. His back spasms were described as severe
and he may not travel with the team to Houston or San Antonio.
- 4/17 Dallas placed Robert Pack on IR with a torn ligaments in his
left shoulder and activated Bruno Sundov. Pack's injury occurred during
the Phoenix game. He will be out for the rest of the season (only three
weeks left) and may have to undergo surgery.
- 4/16 Shawn Bradley did not play in the Phoenix game due to coach's
decision. Nelson sited the poor matchups (Longley was injured, so
Clifford Robinson and Danny Manning played center) as the main reason
Bradley didn't play.
- KESS AM (1270) will be broadcasting the following games in Spanish:
April 17 vs Portland, April 20 vs Phoenix, April 26 vs Chicago, and May 1
vs Golden State.
- Dirk Nowitzki was the chat guest on NBA.com 4/15. Read the
- 4/10 A.C. Green played in the Golden State game despite suffering
from a hyperextended right knee.
- 4/10 Robert Pack has been cleared to play and played in the Golden
- Former Mav update: rebounding maniac and off season Dallas resident
Popeye Jones underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove
loose bodies and will miss the rest of the season.
- 3/30 Erick Strickland left the game at the end of the 2nd quarter
of the Minnesota game with back spasms after Tom Hammonds ran into him.
Don Nelson was ejected for complaining about the non-call.
- 3/29 Mavs Man, the team's mascot, suffered a torn right ACL after
landing wrong on a completed trampoline dunk.
- 3/29 and 3/30 John Williams did not play in the Seattle and
Minnesota games due to the stomach flu.
- 3/29 Dallas activated Robert Pack and signed Bruno Sundov to a 2
year, $603,750 contract and placed him on IR with an injured wrist. Pack,
who has a slightly torn right hamstring will not play for at least two
more weeks. Sundov is a project and likely will not be activated this
- 3/27 Gary Trent did not play in the San Antonio game due to
suffering from the stomach flu.
- Congratulations to the Wheelchair Mavericks for their tripeat in
the national tournament. They defeated the Arkansas Rollin Razorbacks
78-60 in the finals.
- 3/27 Turns out that Robert Pack will be out longer than expected.
The diagnosis is that he will now be out 5 weeks with his partially torn
- 3/27 As a result (teams have a maximum time they can carry less
than 12 active players), the Mavs are looking to sign 2nd round draft pick
Bruno Sundov to a contract. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that it
will be a 2 year contract. Sundov is 19 years old, 7-3, and a skinny 230
and had been playing for a prep school in Massachusetts (whose season has
ended). He is a project.
- 3/26 Gary Trent is still playing with the stomach flu.
- 3/19 Gary Trent played in the Detroit game despite suffering from
the stomach flu.
- The Arena Group has announced that they have signed a contract with
American Airlines for the naming rights to the new arena. The new arena
will be called American Airlines Center and will contain numerous ads for
American Airlines both inside and outside the arena. American is paying
$195 million over 30 years. $150 million is for the naming rights which
includes the name of the arena, exterior signs (including on the roof),
interior signs (including on the court/ice and scoreboard), a luxury
suite, and tickets. $45 million is for marketing opportunities which
includes being the official airline of both the Mavs and Stars, TV and
radio ad time, and logo on game programs and other promotional material.
- 3/15 Dallas placed Robert Pack on IR with a slightly torn right
- 3/14 Robert Pack will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a slightly torn
- 3/13 Bad news again for the Mavs. Robert Pack suffered a torn
right hamstring early in the 2nd quarter of the Dallas-Vancouver game. He
will undergo an MRI today or tomorrow to determine how serious it is and
how long he will be out.
- 3/11 Samaki Walker was limited to 3 minutes in the Dallas-Orlando
game due to suffering from the stomach flu.
- 3/9 Oh what a fun night of sitting and waiting. The Dallas-Phoenix
game was delayed for 70 minutes while the maintainance crew tried to clean
off an unknown slippery substance that was on the court. The game finally
started at 8:50. Due to the floor condition, Don Nelson gave his players
the option of not playing - and Robert Pack, who has been injured for
significant parts of the past 4 seasons, took him up on the offer and did
not play. [I saw a couple of slippages in the 1st quarter on Phoenix's
end of the court.] The Mavs are offering two free tickets to the Phoenix
game on April 20 (while available) for a ticket stub from this game
[whether you did not use the ticket, left early, or stayed for the whole
game]. The tickets can be redeemed by bringing your ticket stub from the
game to the Reunion Arena boxoffice through March 31.
- 3/1 Cedric Ceballos under went surgery on both his wrist to have
screws inserted to repair fractures. He will miss the rest of the
- 2/26 Dallas placed Cedric Ceballos on IR with a fractured right
wrist and activated Erick Strickland. Ceballos will be out 6 to 8 weeks.
He also has a slight sprain in the left wrist.
- 2/26 The NBA fined Loren Meyer (Den) $5,000 and suspended him for 1
game for his flagrant foul on Cedric Ceballos during Thursday's Dal-Den
- 2/25 Really bad news. Cedric Ceballos will be out at least 6 to 8
weeks with a fractured right wrist. He will undergo more tests today [he
said last night that he felt there was something broken in his left hand
as well, but it is not known yet if that is that case]. The injury
occurred when Loren Meyer took Ced down hard as Ced went up for a dunk on
a break. Ced landed very hard (it was _very_ scary to see). Meyer was
assessed a flagrant foul (Michael Finley was hit with a tecnical for
getting in Meyer's face and asking what the heck he was thinking with the
way he hit Ceballos). He went to the locker room after hitting the free
throws, the Mavs scoring, and Ced then intentionally fouled a Denver
player so he could sub out. He did return to the game in the 2nd quarter
and played the rest of the night.
[Denver also suffered a loss during the game. Rookie Raef LaFrentz
suffered a torn left ACL in the first quarter and is out for the season.
His knee just buckled as he drove hard to the basket.]
- The transcript for Chris Anstey's talk on NBA.com is at
- 2/23 Steve Nash played in the Atlanta game despite suffering from
- 2/22 Steve Nash played in the Phoenix game despite suffering from
the flu. [Jason Kidd also played with the flu.]
- The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Mavs will not be making
a contract extension offer to Samaki Walker and will try to re-sign him
when he becomes a free agent this summer (if the price is not to
ridiculous). The last offers the sides exchanged were $20 million apart
(4 years, $20 mill from the Mavs and 4 years, $40 mill from Walker's
agent). Teams have until March 13 sign first round draft picks who are in
their 3rd season to contract extensions.
- 2/18 Dallas released Khalid Reeves and placed Erick Strickland on
IR with a strained right groin.
- 2/17 Shawn Bradley sprained his right ankle in the 4th quarter of
the LA Lakers game.
- 2/17 The Mavs are expected to release Khalid Reeves (and eat his $2
million salary - he's in the last year of his contract) before Friday and
another Mav will come up with an "injury" and go on IR. Teams have to reduce
their rosters to 12 active with up to 3 on IR by 5 pm Friday. The Mavs
currently have 14 active players with 1 on IR (Ansu Sesay).
- 2/11 Steve Nash had his nose broken in the first minute of the
Houston game, but he returned in the 2nd quarter.
- 2/7 Turns out that AEK Athens reneged on their verbal agreement to
sign Ace Custis and they signed Lloyd Daniels instead. No word as to
where Custis is.
- 2/4 Dallas placed Ansu Sesay on IR with a broken right foot. Sesay
is out for the season due to the injury.
- 2/3 Dallas signed team president and CEO Terdema Ussery to a 3 year
- 2/2 Dallas released Greg Buckner.
- Dirk Nowtizki was named as Player of the Year for the Bundesliga
league of German. Dirk averaged 22.4 points (led the league) and 8.1
rebounds while playing for DJK Wurzburg.
- 1/27 Dallas signed Cedric Ceballos to a 1 year, $725,000 contract.
- 1/25 Dallas released Ace Custis so that he could sign with AEK
Athens of the Greek league.
- 1/25 Dallas signed Steve Nash to a 6 year contract extension with a
player opt-out clause after the 5th year.
- 1/23 Dallas signed Gary Trent to a 1 year, $1 million contract.
- Individual tickets will go on sale starting Saturday, January 30 at
- 1/21 Ansu Sesay suffered a broken right foot during Thursday's
- 1/21 Dallas signed free agent John (Hot Rod) Williams to a 3 year,
$5,775,000 contract (the Mavs' average excemption).
- 1/21 Dallas signed rookie Dirk Nowitzki to a 3 year contract with a
4th year at the team's option. Dirk will receive $1.23 million for this
season and the total contract (including the 4th year) is worth $5.56
- 1/21 Dallas signed Ansu Sesay, Greg Buckner, and Ace Custis to
- 1/21 So much for verbal agreements. Kurt Thomas got a better offer
from New York (2 years, $3,675,000) and is headed to New York tonight to
sign a contract.
- 1/21 Ansu Sesay has changed his mind and will attend the Mavs'
training camp without a guaranteed contract.
- 1/20 The lawyers have finally finished with the new collective
bargaining agreement and it will be signed tonight. The NBA says that
training camps and player signings can start at 1 pm CT tomorrow.
- 1/19 Besides the 10 players under contract, Kurt Thomas, and Dirk
Nowitzki, Ace Custis and 2nd round draft pick Greg Buckner received
invites to the Mavs' training camp. 2nd round draft pick Ansu Sesay is
asking for a guaranteed contract before he will attend the Mavs' training
camp and the Mavs are not interested in offering him such a contract.
- 1/18 The Mavs and Kurt Thomas have agreed to a 1 year contract.
The contract can not officially be signed until after the new collective
bargaining agreement is finallized.
- 1/18 Cedric Ceballos turned down the Mavs' offer of a 3 year
- 1/13 Dirk Nowitzki is currently suffering from bronchitis and is
not practicing with the local players due to his illness. He is expected
to be healthy by the time training camp starts.
- The Mavs have announce the two pre-season games they will play.
Phoenix will be in town Saturday, January 30 at 7 pm and the Mavs will
play in Phoenix Monday, February 1 at 8 pm.
- 1/13 There are reports that, due to delays in getting the new CBA
written, training camp will now start Tuesday, January 19 and the regular
season will start Sunday, February 7.
- 1/12 Dirk Nowitzki has arrived in Dallas.
- 1/8 The NBA and the Players Association has reached an agreement on
a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Thus, there will be a 98-99 season
(but much shorter). A new schedule for all the teams is begin created and
will be released sometime next week. It will be a 50 game season starting
February 5 and the playoffs starting in May. Training camps and free agent
signings start January 18. There will be two (one home, one away)
- 1/4 It seems that despite earlier speculation Dirk Nowitzki is staying
with the Wurzburg X-Rays in the German league as he played in games for them
on January 1 and 3. Talk had been that he would change teams and join a
more talented team either in the German league or for another country in
Europe, but the deadline for teams to sign players that could be included on
their playoff rosters was December 31.
- 12/22 Former Mav update: former Mavs head coach Jim Cleamons is
again out of a job. Cleamons had been hired last summer as head coach for
the Chicago Condors in the ABL and the ABL declared bankruptcy today.
- 12/9 Former Mav update: The New York Liberty of the WNBA named
Richie Adubato has head coach. Adubato was an assistant coach for Dallas
from 86-87 to early in the 89-90 season when he replaced fired John
MacLeod as the head coach 11 games into the season. His Mavs' head
coaching career ended when he was fired 29 games into the 92-93 season.
- 12/7 Despite the fact that his team, DJK Wurzburg, played on
Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki left Germany to visit Dallas for a week. He plans
on practicing with the players who are in town and to do some house
hunting during his visit. He worked out Sunday night with Mavs Steve Nash
and Chris Anstey [aside, rumoredly Nash and Anstey have become good
friends]. Dirk is excited about playing in the NBA, but if the season is
cancelled, he will return to Germany and will likely switch teams (the
Berlin team has been mentioned) as he feels he needs to be in a more
competitive and talented environment to continue his development. His
visit and the idea of switching teams in Germany seems to have been
spurred by his two strong performances for the German team in the
Qualification for the European Championships tournament last week (see
below). Dirk is currently leading the German league (Bundesliga) in
scoring and is second in rebounding. 12/10 Dirk returned to Germany on
Derek Harper, who practiced with Dirk during his visit to Dallas: "He can
shoot the hell out of the ball, and he has some unique skills for a player
of his size. It's going to take time for him to be a star in this league.
But I think he has the potential to be very, very good."
- Dirk Nowitzki's performances in
- Dallas' last 2nd round draft pick Greg Buckner (#53) is playing for
the Grand Rapid Hoops in the CBA. Buckner's
performances in the games.
- 12/4 In a charity game played in Miami, Michael Finley scored 41
points to help the Supreme Crossovers beat the Grand Slam Penguins 166-163.
Finley hit his first 16 shots including 7 3-pointers.
- The NBA has cancelled the double-header that was scheduled for
Christmas day and I'm assuming that means all games through December 25
have been cancelled. If an agreement is ever reached between the league
and the Players Association, they will likely make a new schedule.
- Don Nelson has decided not to renew the contract of Mark Aguirre as
a scout and big-man coach.
- The Dallas Arena Group has put up a web page regarding the new
They have a survey for the public to give their input regarding the
- 11/3 Mavs vice president of communications Kevin Sullivan resigned
in order to join Dallas 2012 - the group trying to bring the 2012 Olympics
to DFW. He is the committee's first hire and will be in charge of
communications and a variety of other areas. Sully, one of the best in
the business, has been with the Mavs from the start and will be sorely
missed. He joined the team in 1980 as a public relations assistant. Tony
Fay (Director of Media Services) will assume Sully's responsibilities.
- 10/28 Due to the labor conflict, the NBA has cancelled the rest of
the November games (Nov 17 - 30).
- 10/13 Due to the labor conflict, the NBA has cancelled the first
two weeks of the season (Nov 3 - 16).
- 10/5 Due to the labor conflict, the NBA has cancelled all of the
pre-season games. Unless a miracle happens and a labor agreement is
reached in the next week or two, the league will soon start cancelling
regular season games.
- 9/30 Former Mav update: Gar Heard, who has been an assistant coach
for Larry Brown for a number of years, signed a 2 year contract to be an
assistant coach for Detroit. Heard was a Mavs assistant coach 87-88 - 92-93
and was interim head coach for 53 games in 92-93 after Richie Adubato was
- 9/24 Due to the labor conflict, the NBA has suspended the start of
training camp (was scheduled to start October 6) and canceled all 24
pre-season games scheduled through October 16 - including October 14
Dallas at Indiana and October 16 San Antonio at Dallas.
- Michael Finley was the high scorer for the Veterans team with 26 points
as the Veterans won 142-140 over a team of rookies and free agents in Magic
Johnson's Midsummer Night charity game.
- Chris Anstey played for the Australian team in the World Championship
games this summer. Anstey's stats from the
World Championship games, the Goodwill games, and exhibition games.
- Dirk Nowitzki played for the German team in the European Basket
Championship 22 and Under tournament July 14 - 23.
Dirk's stats from the tournament.
- Steve Nash is suffering from plantar fascitis, a tissue inflammation
in the heel. He simply needs to stay off his feet for a little while to
let it heal.
- 6/30 The Mavs held press conference to announce that Dirk Nowitzki
decided that he will join the team for the 98-99 season.
Don Nelson: "We have our small forward now."
Nowitzki: "The decision was easy this morning."
- 6/26 Negotiations with Dirk Nowitzki are reportedly going well and
the Nelsons are optimistic that he will come to America for next season.
Apparently, one of Nowitzki's biggest concerns was that he wants to play
for Germany in the 2000 Olympics and Germany will first need to qualify
for the Olympics in a tournament in February, 1999. The Mavs have agreed
to let him take the time needed off during the NBA season to go help
Germany in the seasons. IMHO, better to lose him for just a month than
for the entire season. Even if an agreement is reached
with Nowitzki, the Mavs won't be able to sign him until after July 1 or,
more likely, after the lockout ends.
- Dallas signed TV color man Bob Ortegael to a 3 year contract
- 6/24 It was a very busy night for the Mavs on draft night. It
started off with the unexpected drafting of Robert Traylor at #6. It was
later announced that the Mavs had traded #6 to Milwaukee for the rights to
#9 pick Dirk Nowitzki and #19 Pat Garrity. That trade was not a surprise,
but the next one was. The Mavs then traded the rights to #19 Pat Garrity,
Bubba Wells, Martin Muursepp, and an _unprotected_ 1999 1st round draft
pick to Phoenix for Steve Nash. The Mavs kept the rest of their picks and
drafted Ansu Sesay at #30, Bruno Sundov (who will likely stay in Europe
for a while) at #35, and Greg Buckner at #53.
- There is a rumor floating around that the Mavs will not re-sign
Cedric Ceballos. The rumor is that Ceballos is asking for a long term,
big money contract and the Mavs are offering a short term, medium money
contract. It might just be a negotiating ploy from one or both sides, but
it might not.
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