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Mavs cut rookie Ndour to get roster set for regular season

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DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have waived rookie forward Maurice Ndour to get their roster down to 15 for the regular season.

The 6-foot-9 Ndour signed with Dallas on July 22 and averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23 minutes per game in four preseason games. He was a target for the final cut Monday after missing the final three exhibition games with a stress reaction in his left leg.

The Mavericks went with experience in the frontcourt over the young Ndour, who averaged 16 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior last season at Ohio. Dallas kept a third center in JaVale McGee even though the eighth-year player won’t be ready for several weeks because of a leg injury.

Dallas opens at Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Report: Rick Carlisle, Dallas close to contract extension

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Rick Carlisle is as good an NBA tactician as there is. Look at it this way, in the annual GM survey this year, the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich was voted to make the best in-game adjustments and he got 37.9 percent of the vote, Carlisle was second at 31 percent.

Combine that with the facts he’s won a title and owner Mark Cuban is comfortable with him, and you understand why the Dallas Mavericks want to keep him around. The two sides are negotiating a contract extension for Carlisle, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that Carlisle and the Mavericks are nearing an agreement on a five-year extension that will extend Carlisle’s stay in Dallas well beyond a decade….

The coming season is the last on Carlisle’s second four-year contract with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. But the Mavs’ desire to keep him in place with another long-term deal has been an open secret around the league, with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson memorably announcing in April that he and Mavs owner Mark Cuban regard Carlisle as “our Jerry Sloan.”

 

Expect this deal to get done relatively soon (although they have no timetable and no pressure, Carlisle isn’t looking to move on).

It also means that Carlisle will not be under any “win now” pressure this season with a Mavericks’ roster that could compete for one of the bottom playoff seeds in the West but has a lot of questions to answer. As usual, I expect he’ll get as much out of this roster as any coach could, but that may not be enough in the West.

Thabo Sefolosha makes it official, will sue NYPD over injuries

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Last April, Hawks’ swingman Thabo Sefolosha had a late-night run-in with the New York Police Department outside a Chelsea Club on the night Chris Copeland was stabbed outside said club. Sefolosha was arrested for misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest — but in the process of the arrest suffered a broken leg that kept him out of the playoffs last season.

Rather than accept a “let’s just make this go away” plea deal Sefolosha fought the charges in court and won.

As expected, Sefolosha confirmed will now sue the City of New York and the NYPD over the injuries, something he confirmed to ESPN Monday.

In an interview Monday with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Sefolosha said he hasn’t fully healed from the injuries, which also included severe ligament damage.

“There’s a lot of unknown about how this will affect me two years from now, five years from now, 10 years from now,” Sefolosha said. “Also because I think it’s the right approach to put lights in a situation like this and to … fight back in a legal way and in a way that can empower, hopefully, more people.”

In his previously filed “notice of claim” (a precursor to a lawsuit against a municipality) he said he would ask for $50 million. What makes Sefolosha a dangerous defendant is that he is not just going to settle for some quick cash, he’s already wealthy, he’s doing this on principle.

However, to receive a large award he will need to show some permanent damage, and plays like this from the preseason are not going to help his cause.

In case you’re curious, Sefolosha and the Hawks will be back in New York to take on the Knicks this Thursday.

Russell Westbrook’s new “Powerstance” Mountain Dew ad is… powerful?

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You know Mountain Dew would love for this “powerstance” to be the next Tebowing. Or planking. Or owling. Or whatever comes after that.

Not sure about that, but Russell Westbrook is pretty awesome in this ad. And he would totally wear that suit.

Glen Rice Jr. shot in leg outside Atlanta restaurant Sunday

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Sunday was a rough day for former Washington Wizard Glen Rice Jr.

First, he was shot in the leg outside an Atlanta area restaurant partially owned by rapper T.I. Later, at the hospital, he was arrested because he was carrying half a pound of marijuana on him, according to a police report quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Atlanta police report from Sunday night says that officers met with a restaurant employee upon responding to the scene, on Ivan Allen Boulevard. The employee said that a group of men who had been at the restaurant began quarreling and were asked to leave.

The squabbling continued outside, and a shot rang out. The report does not indicate who is suspected of doing the shooting, which injured Rice in the leg. A Smith and Wesson revolver was later recovered at the scene, and may be stolen, the police report said.

There is video of the incident, but police have yet to name the shooter. That video also shows Rice throwing a gun into the stairwell of the restaurant, which police found and believe was stolen in Tennesee recently. Rice tried to leave the scene in a black Porche with one of his group, went to a couple different hospitals, and there had a conversations with a couple police officers, according to the report.

This next part is from the police report itself.

“I noticed a black book bag that was abandoned on the parking lot next to the Porsche. I opened the bag and found 240.4 Grams of marijuana and a US Passport that belongs to Mr. Rice. ID took pictures of the bag and its contents, and the bag was handed over to Investigator Fowler along with $5,953 in cash that was in Mr. Rice’s possession when he was shot and they were left inside the vehicle to be taken to property as evidence. Mr. Rice was charged with reckless conduct and possession of marijuana (240.4 Grams).”

Rice, the son of former three-time All-Star and NBA champion Glen Rice Sr., was the No. 35 pick in the 2013 NBA draft but he never stuck with the Wizards (despite being the 2014 NBA Summer League MVP). While he showed a decent shot, he struggled against NBA level defenses, and displayed a challenging attitude that caused Wizards coaches to cut bait mid-season (and no other team to pick him up).

He was off the NBA radar — notice he didn’t even have a training camp invite this season — and this is not going to help matters.