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2018 Schedule
18-40, 5th in Southwest
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10hBaxter Holmes

Dirk on Mavericks allegations: 'Truly disgusting'

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said the allegations in a Sports Illustrated report that the franchise has a hostile workplace for women came as "heartbreaking" and "truly disgusting" news.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the team's owner Mark Cuban saying the Mavericks should tank the rest of the season, "I've talked to the team about that. I've talked to Mark in great detail about it last night. He apologized profusely for those comments. I think he's embarrassed by it. The circumstances are important, but what is important are a couple things -- I know that the $600,000 fine [levied by the NBA on Wednesday], he is going to match that fine and donate the money to a charity. It's going to be an important charity; I'm not sure which one. As far as our team, we've played with a lot of fight all year long. We'll continue to do that and that's how we're going to proceed."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the Sports Illustrated investigation into the Mavericks: "First of all, I'm grateful we live in a place in time where people have the courage to speak up about things like this. I also have a 13-year-old daughter and I want her to know that it's both brave and safe to speak out and that's very important to me and it should be important to everybody. What I can tell you is there is going to be a thorough investigation into this from an outside group led by two people at the top of their profession." He added, "These people are the best of the best. Their findings are going to go directly to [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban and [NBA Comissioner] Adam Silver and the Mavericks will abide by whatever recommendations are made. I'll tell you that when it comes to anything involving the Mavericks, Mark Cuban is a believer in extreme ownership, extreme accountability and he is highly motivated to get this resolved in an expeditious but thorough fashion. No steps will be skipped here." Said Carlisle, "Things happen for a reason. Any problem or crisis presents an opportunity and this is an opportunity for us to get something fixed."

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Nowitzki is 'disappointed' by allegations against Mavs' organization (1:26)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying his team should tank the rest of the season: "I think you cannot really play to lose in this league. I've been around too long. We're all competitors. I think the young guys, when you're out there, you've got to compete. If you don't, you lose market value. You might get hurt. There are all these things that can happen if you don't play your minutes hard. That's my advice to all the young guys -- play your minutes hard, get better and whatever happens, happens. I think players never play to lose in this league. It might happen, but we don't play for it. I still love to compete. That's one big reason why I'm still out here -- because I enjoy being out there and playing against some of these guys that are half my age and trying to be out there and help the guys win or help the guys get better or improve and use my experience. I'll never stand for losing on purpose. That's not who I am."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on the Sports Illustrated report of about a culture of misogyny and predatory sexual behavior within the Mavericks organization: "It's tough. It's very disappointing. It's heartbreaking. I'm glad it's all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked about some of the stuff. So really, really disappointed that our franchise, that my franchise, that stuff like that was going on. It's very sad and disappointing. But I think [Mavericks owner Mark Cuban] is trying to step up and lead this franchise to the right direction and that is hiring investigators, finding out all the little details that we have to know as a franchise what really was going on. I think Mark is going to step up here...As a franchise, obviously, we feel bad for the victims and for what happened to some of these ladies. Like I said, it's truly, truly disgusting. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with some of these victims."

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Nichols: Mavericks need to take responsibility (2:08)
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Did Cuban cross a line with tanking comments? (1:09)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Article 35A of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws gives the Commissioner broad power to enforce discipline in either a fine or suspension. Any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball or of the Association or of a Member of its Team, shall be liable for a fine up to $1M. Mark Cuban will now have 10 days to pay his $600K fine to the NBA for his statements regarding tanking.

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19hTim MacMahon

Cuban: 'Horrible mistake' to keep ex-employee

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN that he regrets keeping former employee Earl K. Sneed on staff after two separate domestic violence incidents. "I made the decision ... in hindsight, I would probably do it differently," Cuban said.

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Is it time to focus more on Cuban? (2:01)
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Mavericks investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct (1:50)
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Stephen A.: Openly tanking a bad look for NBA owners (1:45)

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Mark Cuban has declined ESPN's request for an interview on the sexual harassment scandal in the Mavericks organization. "We are sticking with the statement exclusively."

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Report: Ex-Mavs CEO accused of misconduct

The Mavericks notified the NBA about misconduct allegations against former team president Terdema Ussery and said they have hired outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into the claims.

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Cuban's tanking comments an issue for NBA? (2:18)
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Should Cuban be transparent about Mavs tanking? (2:17)
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Mini-pod: All-Star Day 2

Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Dave McMenamin give a quick take on Day 2 of All-Star Weekend.

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Smith changes hands on 360 dunk (0:47)
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Mitchell lobs near half-court alley-oop to Smith (0:15)
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Smith feeds Collins on alley-oop (0:19)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Don Carter, the Mavericks' co-founder and original owner who died this week at the age of 84: "Visionary, philanthropist, father figure, gentleman, kind soul, reluctant icon and trusted friend. Of course, there are many other appropriate adjectives to describe this giant of a humble man who so positively impacted the lives of so many of us in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For me, Don Carter became a close friend, trusted advisor and surrogate father over the past several years. Mr. Carter would text me after virtually every game with constant words of hope, fact and encouragement. Even after west coast games that ended far into the night Dallas time, he was a constant -- ‘Boys fought hard tonight.' ‘Referees weren't very good to us tonight.' ‘Couldn't see the game tonight, but looked like we were in it.' ‘Great overtime win for you and the boys congrats!' ‘I listened to the game tonight! We didn't come out on top, but Mavs fans saw some good basketball.' ‘Not bad for short-handed!' ‘Welcome home.' And on and on. Mr. Carter was the rarest of rare gems. The Carlisle family is eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Don and Linda Jo Carter. Our hearts go out to Linda and the entire Carter family during this most difficult time. It would be impossible to put into words how much we will miss him."

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.126th
Rebounds Per Game40.627th
Assists Per Game22.518th
Points Allowed104.410th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-181840.310
2016-173349.402
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610
2013-144933.598