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Charles Rhodes Debuts In Latvia

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 17, 2008

Last Friday, Charles Rhodes arrived in Riga, Latvia to join his new team, Barons LMT, and on Saturday he was thrown into the fire, appearing in his first Baltic Basketball League game.

In just under 10 minutes of action, Rhodes scored four points, connecting on two of his four attempts, snagged two rebounds, and turned the ball over once. It’s evident that Charles must do some adapting to his new environment as he managed to foul out of the game (the limit in Latvia is five), and even received a technical.

Nonetheless, Barons Riga defeated ASK Riga 90-68 and Rhodes left a fair impression on his new coach. Click to view the game box score. Stay turned for more on Charles Rhodes’ Latvian adventure.

Click for video highlights of the game via eSports.lv.

Charles Rhodes and the Latvian Rick Stansbury.

Charles Rhodes suiting up for Barons LMT in Latvia.

Charles Rhodes suiting up for Barons LMT in Latvia.

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Charles Rhodes to Sign with Barons LMT Basketball Club in Latvia

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 11, 2008

I don’t know much about Latvia. I know it’s in Europe (but yes, I did have to ‘Google Map’ the exact location of Latvia). I also remember a Seinfeld episode where George tried to convert to Latvian Orthodoxy for a girl, until his mother got involved…and Kramer found out that he had the Kavorka, or “lure of the animal.”

Ok….I digress. Yesterday, on a post I had about Rhodes being absent from the NBDL draft list, someone (with a Latvian-based email address) left a comment that Rhodes had signed with Barons LMT, a team based in Riga, Latvia.

Searches and Google translates of the team site yesterday did not yield any results.  However, today, several sites are reporting that Rhodes signing with Barons is very close to happening, if not already official.

You could get the Spanish translation of this report on BasketCentral.it, but the two sentences it contains basically say that an official announcement of Rhodes signing with Barons could come within hours (the report came across the wires around 8:40 am est time). This Lithuanian site is also posting videos of Rhodes at Mississippi State, in addition to reporting the signing.

Of course, the best bet for the latest word would probably be the official team site, www.barons.lv. This release on the Barons LMT site indicates that the team is bringing in three Americans: Corey Smith, Todd Abernethy (former Ole Miss Rebel), and Charles Rhodes.

You can go to Google Translate and get the Latvian translation, but the gist is that Rhodes is the only American who has signed a “treaty” (the other two have been invited on a probational basis), but Charles is still waiting for official clearance (whether it be passing a physical or passport issues, I’m not sure). Rhodes’ contract does stipulate that the team can rescind the contract should Rhodes’ performance be “unsatisfactory.” Of course, we all know that won’t happen.

Check back with Bulldog Maroon & White for more information on the excursions of Charles Rhodes in Latvia, the heart of the Baltics.

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Charles Rhodes Conspicuously Absent From NBDL Draft List

Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 7, 2008

After Charles Rhodes was cut by the Dallas Mavericks, I assumed he might make himself eligible for the November 7th NBDL draft, also factoring into my assumption that most European leagues had already begun season play. However, Ridiculous Upside posted the final list for tonight’s NBDL draft and Rhodes is nowhere to be found. Interesting.

I did some brief web searching to see if I could find the 411 on C-Rhodes, but all I came up with was a 40-year old Charles Rhodes who was arrested in Lake County, FL for running a meth lab, another Charles Rhodes who won some sort of local election somewhere, and yet another Charles Rhodes who plays college basketball for the Chowan Hawks.

So why would Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes decline an NBDL opportunity? Draft Express has some good background on the NBDL draft:

To become eligible for the D-League draft, a player must contact the league office, and sign a general player contract with the league. The league determines if the player receives an A, B, or C level contract. Every team is only allowed a select number of A and B players, so they must use those spots wisely. D-League salaries have increased slightly this year. The C contract will be worth $15,000 this season, up from $12,000 last season. The B level contract pays $20,000 this season (up from 18k), and the A contract will be worth $25,000 (up from 24k). These contracts become voided if a team gets a call-up from an NBA team, but are signed for one year otherwise. If a D-League player wants to leave for Europe, they must first arrange a buyout for their contract. The buyout is $30,000.00 from December 31st to the end of the Season in April 2008, $15,000.00 if you get out the contract before the Draft on November 1, 2007, and $20,000.00 from November 2, 2007 to December 30, 2007.

As you can see by the dates, this info is actually from November 2007, prior to last year’s NBDL season, but I don’t think the fact that D-League contracts don’t pay much has changed. And that’s the Catch-22 faced by a lot of players. Do you play in the confines of your home country, and closer to an NBA call-up? Or do you head overseas to a foreign league that pays much more (such as those in Italy, Spain, Russia, and Greece)?

Stay tuned for more information……

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Charles Rhodes Cut by Dallas Mavericks

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 20, 2008

Judging by his meager playing time with the Mavs in the preseason, the writing was already on the wall for former Mississippi State Bulldog, Charles Rhodes.

On Tuesday evening, the Dallas Morning News reported that Rhodes was the first player to be waived by the Mavericks before the upcoming 08-09 NBA season.

In late September, Rhodes was being considered by a top professional team in Spain. However, as previously reported blogged, most European leagues are already entrenched in season play. The Spanish league started in the first week of October, and Jamont Gordon obviously already has several games for his Italian team under his belt.

Rhodes’ best bet might be trying to make a name for himself in the NBDL. The 2008 D-League draft will take place on Friday November 7th and will be broadcast live on NBA TV.  Should Rhodes hold the NBDL as an option, keep an eye on the blog Ridiculous Upside, which provides excellent coverage of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Stay tuned…..

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Should Charles Rhodes Start Packing His Bags?

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 16, 2008

As previously reported, Charles Rhodes is not getting a lot of time on the court in Dallas Maverick preseason games. In his first three outings, he saw around 20 total minutes of action and missed all five shots he took.

Last night, the Mavs went up against the Indiana Pacers in their fourth preseason game. Knowing that Jason Kidd, Erick Dampier, Devin George and Jerry Stackhouse would be sitting out beforehand, I’d hoped that Rhodes would see more time on the court (even though three of those veterans are guards/wings).

Well, Rhodes only got off the bench for six minutes, just long enough to snag two rebounds, block a shot, and make a single free-throw. Normally, this would not necessarily indicate that Rhodes’ days with the Mavs are numbered. However, the player believed to be competing with Rhodes for a roster spot at power forward, John Singleton, played 27 minutes, scored 11 points, got nine rebounds, and blocked four shots. Singleton is also signed to a guaranteed contract with Dallas, Rhodes is not.

Rhodes has no doubt made a good impression on the Mavs brass, especially with his summer league play. Now, will that impression, also noticed by scouts league-wide, be enough to keep Rhodes stateside, perhaps playing in the NBDL and hoping to get noticed for a 10-day contract down the road? Or would Rhodes head overseas for a more lucrative opportunity? The main problem with foreign play at this point is that most leagues have already started.

Rhodes making the final cut in Dallas is not a complete improbability, but the signs are pointing in a ‘less than likely’ direction.

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Charles Rhodes Not Getting Much of A Chance With Mavs

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 12, 2008

I’ve only been able to watch one of Charles Rhodes’ preseason outings with the Dallas Mavericks, his first against the Washington Wizards. He didn’t show much. On one possession, he got fouled on a post up, but missed both free throws. On another, Rhodes dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds. On another, he threw up a lazy jumper that was blocked and recovered for a fast break by Wizards rookie, JaVale McGee. Charles did play some hustling defense on a couple chances.

One problem, as evidenced by Rhodes’ game-by-game stat lines below, is that he’s not getting a ton of minutes. However, in the early going, new Mavericks coach, Rick Carlisle, might desire to play his starters, more than would be the norm for the preseason, so that he can put his system in place.

Carlisle has been complimentary of Rhodes’ effort, “Rhodes is a real tenacious guy thats got some skill and he puts the ball in the basket from mid-range and he’s really, he’s real tenacious the way he goes after the ball at both ends…”

Dallas still has five preseason games left on their slate. Hopefully in the coming games, Rhodes will see more action on the court to increase his already slim chances of making an NBA roster.

Charles Rhodes Preseason Stats (so far):

Game 1 Washington Wizards:
4:34 minutes, 0-1 FG, 0-2 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 fouls, a steal, and a turnover

Game 2 Chicago Bulls:
10:18 minutes, 0-4 FG, 4-4 FT, 6 rebounds (4 offensive), 3 fouls, 3 blocks

Game 3 Milwaukee Bucks:
5:32 minutes, no shots attempted, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 foul

Suggested Reading:
“Rhodes bids to earn spot in the NBA,” The Commercial Dispatch by Adam Minichino

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Charles Rhodes Signed To Dallas Mavericks Training Camp Roster

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 1, 2008

Former Mississippi State Bulldog Charles Rhodes was one of four additions the Dallas Mavericks made to their training camp roster on Tuesday. The Mavericks also signed Reyshawn Terry, Cheyne Gadson, and former Tennessee Vol, JuJuan Smith. Dallas’ training camp roster now stands at 19. NBA teams are allowed to keep 15 players, 12 max can dress for games, during the regular season.

It was last reported that Rhodes was being courted by one of Spain’s top professional teams, Regal FC Barcelona, after being drafted by the Continental Basketball Association. However, having suited up for the Mavericks in both the Las Vegas and Rocky Mountain Revue NBA Summer Leagues, Rhodes has opted to take his chances with a try-out for an NBA team.

By most accounts, Rhodes impressed the Dallas brass enough with his summer league play to earn a spot at camp. Most likely, he will be competing with other big forwards, Terry and James Singleton, who is currently signed to a guaranteed contract, for the last roster spot.

Rhodes will join former Bulldog Erick Dampier in training camp, which will held at Southern Methodist University. Good luck to Chuck and check back with Bulldog Maroon & White for updates on his progression with the Mavs.

Continued Reading: MSU Bulldogs & Mavericks: an interview with Dallas Dedicated – August 7, 2008 [Dallas Dedicated is a blog dedicated to, obviously, the Dallas sports scene.]

[Update] Marcus Campbell, who didn’t really play for the Miami Heat during the summer, is evidently in training camp with the Houston Rockets.

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Charles Rhodes Being Considered By Regal FC Barcelona

Posted by Kyle Weidie on September 25, 2008

Fresh off being drafted in the third round of the CBA draft, there is news out of Spain that Charles Rhodes is being considered by Regal FC Barcelona. Sport.es, a Spanish-Catalan publication, is reporting that former Mississippi State Bulldog, Rhodes, is one of several players being considered as a replacement for a departing post player.

Going off Google’s Translation, and my limited knowledge of Spanish, I’ve gathered that El Barça (one of the team nicknames) is looking for a big man to take the place of 7’1″ Croatian center, Mario Kasun. Kasun, taken 41st overall in the 2002 NBA draft, and having previously spent two seasons (’04-05 and ’05-06) with the Orlando Magic. has moved on to play in Turkey. The Spanish team is also looking at Jake Voskuhl (Milwaukee Bucks), DJ Mbenga (Los Angeles Lakers), Kyrylo Fesenko (Utah Jazz), and Darien Townes (Arkansas Razorbacks).

Regal FC Barcelona, playing in the top Spanish professional basketball league (ACB), has historically been one of the best teams in Spain, and Europe. Regal FC has won 14 ACB league titles and the Euroleague in 2003. NBA players, and Spanish greats, Pau Gasol, his brother Marc, and Juan Carlos Navarro have suited up for Regal FC Barcelona. Rony Seikaly, Anderson Varejão, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Tony Massenburg, Ed Cota, Gregor Fucka, Pepe Sanchez, Romain Sato (who played against Mississippi State twice while at Xavier – in a game at Madison Square Garden in December 2002, and in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament in March 2004), and Shammond Williams are other prominent players who have played for El Barça.

With the season beginning the weekend of October 4-5, Regal FC Barcelona has a sense of urgency in signing a new post player. Stay tuned to see if Spain is a valid option for Charles Rhodes.

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Charles Rhodes Drafted!

Posted by Kyle Weidie on September 24, 2008

Still wondering about the professional basketball prospects of Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes? Yea, me too.

Last I heard about Rhodes, he went from showing he belonged in the NBA, to mulling over European offers (vs. training camp with the Dallas Mavericks), to possibly joining forces with Jamont Gordon in Italy.

Well, last night, Charles Rhodes finally got drafted….by someone. The Continental Basketball Association held their draft on Tuesday evening and Rhodes was selected in the 3rd round (12th overall) by the East Kentucky Miners.

The CBA….it’s not doing so well. Dubbed as the “World’s Oldest League,” the CBA stuck around for several decades…until Isiah Thomas came along in 1999. Under the watch of Thomas, the CBA went bankrupt and ceased operations by 2001. That fall, some remaining CBA teams merged with teams from the International Basketball League (IBL), but continued to be called the CBA.

Since, the league has struggled, mostly due to the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) and its official association with the NBA.  The CBA website currently lists 11 teams, however, Wikipedia lists only six teams, and only five participated in the draft.

So, while the CBA would be considered the last of the last options for Charles Rhodes, at least someone is showing him some love.

[UPDATE: The CBA Draft Party for the East Kentucky Miners was held at Applebee’s — Go America!]

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Jamont Gordon Says Arrivederci America, Ciao to Italy – Charles Rhodes Too?

Posted by Kyle Weidie on August 27, 2008

Jamont Gordon is headed to Basket City, otherwise known as Bologna, Italy, to pursue his hoop dreams. As first reported on the Clarion-Ledger’s MSU blog, via an August 23rd team press release (you might need the Google Translator), Gordon will be suiting up for Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna, also known as UPIM Bologna after its chain department store sponsor.

While Bologna will be vastly different than Starkville, Gordon will still be apart of an intense rivalry à la Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Fortitudo, known for attracting top American talent, has a traditional rivalry with Virtus, also based in Bologna. Both teams consistently compete for the Italian Cup, and the Euroleague title. Hence, the enthusiasm denizens of Bologna are known for gives the city its moniker of Basket City.

Currently Qyntel Woods, of Northeast Mississippi Community College and pit-bull fighting/NBA trouble fame, is on the roster of Fortitudo. Joe Forte, of infamous NBA bust fame, and the poster child for not leaving college early (hey, at least Forte was drafted when he mistakenly left North Carolina after two years), is also on the team.

Notable Fortitudo alumni include Auburn’s Moochie Norris, UCLA’s Tyus Edney, current Chicago Bulls coach, Vinny Del Negro, and Dominique Wilkins, among dozens of other players who are either currently in the NBA or have spent time playing college or professional ball in the United States.

But What About Charles Rhodes?

The latest report from the Clarion-Ledger’s Kyle Veazey is that neither reaching out to Rhodes’ agent, nor text messaging Charles himself, has provided any newsworthy results.

However, another site, tuttobasket.net, which offers a hodgepodge of coverage for European/Italian basketball, cites an August 18th article from La Repubblica, Italy’s largest circulation newspaper, which insinuates that Rhodes is in negotiations to team up with Jamont Gordon on Fortitudo. (Once again, you’ll need the Google Translator.)

The most interesting quote about Jamont Gordon from the translation: “In any case, an element can create from scratch game well, although to date the first for himself and later for others.”

So while it looks like Jamont Gordon has gotten himself an Italian job, Charles Rhodes is in a wait-and-see situation. Stay tuned……

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Bulldog Basketballers, Ravern Johnson and Elgin Bailey, Kick It In The Dominican Republic

Posted by Kyle Weidie on August 12, 2008

Mississippi State Bulldog basketball fans may remember that last summer Jarvis Varnado and Phil Turner took a week long tour playing basketball in Argentina with Score International. Well, this summer, Ravern Johnson and Elgin Bailey made a similar trip with Score to the Dominican Republic.

Hopefully, Johnson and Bailey will follow in the footsteps of Varnado, who led the nation in blocked shots this past season and upped his summer competition to the likes of Chris Paul and LeBron James, but hopefully not in the footsteps of Phil Turner, who was recently arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to the Score International site, the American team faced off against the Dominican national squad, featuring Al Horford (former Florida Gator and current Atlanta Hawk),  Francisco Garcia (former Louisville Cardinal and current Sacramento King), and Larry Turner (former Tennessee State Tiger and current Los Angeles Laker). The game was broadcast on Dominican national television, and even though the Score team lost 77-49, MSU’s Ravern Johnson led his team with 17 points.

In game two, the Score team won in the capital city of San Domingo 67-65. Johnson scored 13 points, while Bailey put in some work in the paint with eight rebounds.

Game three brought another match-up against tough competition as Score faced the Dominican National “B” team. They were once again defeated, but put up a better fight, losing 73-68. You could actually say that the Score team got gypped. Evidently down three points with 12 seconds left, and the ball, a whistle blew from the stands, causing confusion, and thus a turnover. Guess you really can’t play until you hear the whistle.

In the end, great experience on the court and off for these two young Bulldogs which will hopefully carry over into the upcoming season and further down the road in their lives.

Speaking of Varnado…..

Storming the Court recently wondered who would play if the US Men’s Basketball Olympic Committee reverted to sending college players to compete instead of NBA players. Jarvis Varnado was dubbed among those who would be apart of the front court.

In my opinion, this sounds great and all…..but let’s never send college players to the Olympics again. With the days of one-and-done and early entries, how on earth would you be able to truly get the best college age players?  Other countries will continue to send their best, let’s continue to send our best.

Charles Rhodes

Nothing much happening since the interview with Dallas Dedicated. But, I wanted to recap what some outlets (and Mavericks personnel) have said about Rhodes:

Mavs Courtside View

Charles Rhodes isn’t a training camp lock. The rugged forward is mulling over various European offers and hasn’t committed to a tryout with the Mavs yet.

But the Mississippi State product has impressed everyone so far.

“We see Rhodes as an athletic, tenacious 4-5 type that can shoot the mid-range shot and is a very good rebounder,” Rick Carlisle said.

Rhodes (6-8, 245) averaged nearly 10 points and 5 boards during summer league, and shot 62 percent. Rhodes has been compared favorably to Brandon Bass, last year’s summer league find.

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – “Mavericks have two roster spots available”

Nelson said Charles Rhodes, a bruising 6-8, 245-pound forward from Mississippi State, and JaJuan Smith, a 6-2 guard from Tennessee, will likely be invited to fall training camp.

“Rhodes is real athletic and showed really good promise,” Nelson said. “Smith is a guy we have our eye on. The rest are open for discussion.”

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MSU Bulldogs & Mavericks: an interview with Dallas Dedicated

Posted by Kyle Weidie on August 7, 2008

Dallas Dedicated is a blog which is, well, dedicated to Dallas sports. We’ve been following some of their excellent coverage of Charles Rhodes, who, as you should be well aware, was apart of the Mavs summer league squad, and by most accounts, impressed the Dallas brass with his ability. It remains to be seen if Rhodes will make the Mavericks squad, much less get a training camp invite. In any case, the guys at Dallas Dedicated agreed to be the latter part of a Q&A session about Rhodes, and another former Bulldog, and current Mav, Erick Dampier.

Erick Dampier

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I’ve read where Charles Rhodes is likely to be invited to training camp, but is not a lock. What do you think?
I think that as long as he does not decide to go to Europe, he is a lock for camp. Hopefully he doesn’t chase that very enticing Euro. He has gone from being a forgotten and un-drafted rookie to a guy with a legitimate shot at being in the rotation on a title contending Dallas Mavericks team.

Does the presence of Brandon Bass (an SEC product out of LSU) hurt Rhodes’ chances? The Mavericks offered Bass and Jerry Stackhouse to Sacramento for Ron Artest, but the Kings chose to send Ronnie to another team in Texas, which will lead to my next question……
Bass and Rhodes are very similar, which in the long run could end up hurting one or the other–obviously at this point most likely Rhodes. But last season, the front line was very thin and another Bass-like player could do nothing but help. One thing that critics say hurts the Mavs team is that they do not have enough tough inside presence, which Charles Rhodes can definitely help provide.

What’s Bass’ trade value and are you willing to give him up? If it’s your opinion that the Mavs must make a move to get back to the NBA Finals, what would be a reasonably hypothetical dream trade scenario?
Obviously, if the right deal came about, we would have to part ways with Bass. He still has a lot of potential and could develop into a very good player, but he still will play behind Dirk. A strong two-guard with nice range would be about the only offer for Bass that could improve the team…especially if Rhodes proved he could take Bass’ spot.

Jason Kidd should be much better under Rick Carlisle–freedom to do what he does best: run the break. That should cover the one, three (Howard) and four (Dirk) spots. A move like Terry/Stackhouse and a reserve for someone like Corey Maggette or Monta Ellis would be solid. Ideally, an upcoming free agent after this season (LeBron, Wade, etc.) would be a finals-clinching pick up. Then the only weakness would be at the five. Good centers are a rare commodity, and if Diop and Damp can play strong together, then that would be an ideal squad. But, the fact alone that we offered Bass in a trade for Artest shows that the Mavericks organization thinks of him as expendable.

From watching Rhodes, what’s your opinion of his NBA-level strengths and weaknesses?
He shoots a very high percentage, and even has a pretty decent mid range jumper. Though he is relatively short for a power forward, he rebounds adequately, similar to Bass. His post defense has been impressive, but he is not a big shot blocker and can get in foul trouble quickly. His biggest improvement will need to be overall basketball IQ, which many rookies need work with. He is a very raw scorer, and can easily be molded into a power force. He has nothing but potential, which I know Rick Carlisle and the Mavs assistants could turn into more strengths.

James Singleton or Charles Rhodes: who do you pick? (factoring in Singleton’s guaranteed contract)
Charles Rhodes and James Singleton are too much alike to give both contracts too, especially when factoring in that Brandon Bass will already consume most of the backup power forward minutes. While Singleton’s contract is guaranteed, GM Donnie Nelson has already made it clear that buying out a player’s contract that is guaranteed is not out of the question. Also, Singleton is coming off major knee surgery and has had multiple shots at the NBA-level. Rhodes over Singleton easily.

The Mavs have another Mississippi State product in Erick Dampier, who led the Bulldogs to the Final Four in 1996. What do you like, and dislike about his game? Was signing him to a 7-year, $63 million contract in ’04 a mistake? Is Erick Dampier a center the Mavs can win a championship with? And, are we looking at a time-share at center between Big Damp and the returned DeSagana Diop?
Dampier is an up and down player. He doesn’t have to score a lot of points, and gets a lot of buckets from working the offensive glass. When he wants to be, Damp is one of the best rebounders in the league, especially on the offensive end. Also, his scoring has improved since Jason Kidd’s arrival. However, he tends to get into early foul trouble too often and sometimes plays soft. While Dallas let Steve Nash go and used the money saved to sign Erick Dampier, his contract in ’04 was not a mistake. He was coming off of a career year of (12 points and 12 rebounds per game in ’03) and the Mavs had been lacking a good center for many years (see Shawn Bradley).

The way Dallas is most effective is a split between Damp and Diop. This eliminates the worry of foul trouble and they are able to play tougher defense. Together, when on their games, they can rival many centers in the league, and proved it in the ’06 Finals run. Damp did not have any competition for minutes after Diop was traded, and having Diop back will motivate Damp to play and practice hard or else Diop becomes the starter. Not many teams have two legitimate centers, and I believe the Mavericks have that again with the signing of Diop.

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And there it is….many thanks to the guys at Dallas Dedicated.

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