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Mavericks to retire Derek Harper’s No. 12

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said more than three years ago they’d retire Derek Harper’s No. 12.

They’re finally getting around to it.

Arya Ahmadi of Mavs.com:

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 ranks first in assists, first in steals, fourth in points, third in games and third in win shares (behind only Dirk Nowitzki and Blackman) in Mavericks history. They never made the playoffs without him until Nowitzki arrived.

It’s fitting the ceremony will come against the Knicks, with whom Harper reached the 1994 NBA Finals between stints in Dallas. Harper further endeared himself to Dallas in retirement with his work on Mavericks telecasts.

But those two factors are noise. This honor is definitely deserved for what Harper did on the court alone.

Ricky Rubio blows wide-open standstill layup (video)

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Focus on Ricky Rubio‘s poor 3-point shooting has distracted from the fact that he struggles to score inside the arc, too.

Case in point from the Jazz’s 107-79 loss to the Thunder last night.

Ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting extradition

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities’ attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him in 2010.

Sherra Wright made a very brief appearance Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court. A judge explained that the only issue in her extradition is whether or not she’s the person named in the arrest warrant out of Memphis.

She was told to return for a hearing Jan. 8.

Her attorney told the Desert Sun newspaper after the hearing that Wright is simply “exercising a right to go through the process.”

Sherra Wright was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA.

Paul George slams massive dunk right over Derrick Favors (video)

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As Paul George dunked on him, did Derrick Favors silently wonder when Rudy Gobert will return from injury?

The Thunder rolled the Jazz, 107-79.