Dallas fans willing to watch basketball from far away


Playing a basketball game in a massive new football stadium means some people are going to have worse seats than Bob Uecker.

The people in Dallas don’t seem to care. With the All-Star Game this weekend at Cowboys Stadium, the good people of Big D are still buying seats at a crazy pace.

Mavericks president Terdema Ussery said Monday that ticket sales for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game have “officially passed 90,000 — and we’re close to 92 (thousand).”

Ussery said the Mavericks, the NBA and the Cowboys are still talking to Arlington public safety officials about what Cowboys Stadium’s capacity should be on Sunday.
Either way, the game will break basketball’s attendance record of 78,129, set by Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field in 2003.

As Charles Barkley said, some people are going to have to sit so far away he’s going to look skinny.

Despite the size, if it works it will be one hell of a party. Mark Cuban was right — the Super Bowl is corporate and button down, the NBA All Star weekend is like being backstage at a Lil Wayne show. It is a party. And at a party, who cares where your seats are, especially if you can see the world’s largest television.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.