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训练营新援

(2007-09-28 14:19:45)
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体育/竞技

分类: 达拉斯小牛消息

本周的NBA,每个人都是无敌和防弹的。

 

如果希望在棒球界是永恒的,恐惧对每年这个时候的小牛和NBA其他每个人都是暂时的。

 

小牛带着乐观回到了工作中。他们本周末会进行体检,(当地时间)下周二开始训练营。第一轮不敌勇士的“壮举”之后漫长淡季的苦恼让步于积极态度和新的使命。

 

有很好的理由,小牛的一位新人说。Eddie Jones在联盟待得足够久了,见过世面。小牛,在他看来,有些本事。

 

这名13年球龄的老将将是本赛季阵容中少数没有经历过金州蒙羞的球员之一。但他足够了解这支球队,部分由于2006年季后赛,当时Jones在灰熊,而小牛在第一轮只用了4场就横扫灰熊。

 

Jones说,那之后发生在小牛身上的——2006年总决赛的失败和2007年第一轮的垮台——将有助于坚强他们的意志。

 

“我觉得球队那年也有意志。”Jones说起2006年,“不幸的是,他们没有完成。那就是为什么这支球队在成长。每年都在前进一个台阶。第一年,他们走到了半路。却让机会跑掉了。第二年,你知道当你遇到一支对你心中有数的球队时会发生什么。就是会那样。今年,我认为他们充满渴望。连续两年有最好的战绩,进入总决赛然后失利……现在你必须有足够的渴望去达到它。”

 

渴望应该是小牛最不担心的。可能是更有用的资源的是韧性。少有人怀疑勇士野兽般的作风和他们的运动能力注定了小牛在第一轮的命运。勇士是一帮坚韧的家伙,而小牛不是。

 

小牛可以找一个Nick Van Exel。他是他们拥有过的最后一个让对手摸不准他会做什么的“疯子”。

 

Jerry Stackhouse拥有相似的名声。但他不能独自一人去做。一个严肃的竞争者需要严酷的个性,即使是遗支主要以巧取胜的球队。

 

下个月就将36岁的Jones是个严肃的球员。虽然他最好的年华已经过去,但他的丰富的经历应该可以很好地帮助小牛。而且在Jones的头脑中,毫无疑问这就是为什么他着陆达拉斯。

 

“第一,我来这儿是防守的。”Jones说,“第二,我来这儿是适时放冷箭的。第三,帮助年轻球员成长。按这个顺序。”

 

每个人都知道Jones是个奇妙的更衣室存在。他在效力过的每个地方都是强势领袖,包括在湖人、黄蜂、热队(两次)和灰熊的逗留。

 

Jones相信小牛处于赢得大场面的可靠位置。今夏他们没有重大引援或减员,但他们也不需要那么做。Jones和大前锋Nick Fazekas、Brandon Bass将是惟一的显著变化,Austin Croshere则是主要的人员流失。

 

“有一段时间,一支球队会强上四、五年,但那扇窗已经关上了。”他说,“你永远不会知道你何时会再有机会。以他们拥有的天赋,机会就在这儿。我认为这是我的时机。这支球队准备好了。”

 

那时小牛上赛季所想的。以及前一个赛季。

 

现在时机再次到来。

 

训练营受邀者:由于Erick Dampier和D.J. Mbenga的伤病,小牛在训练营临近时担心他们的中锋缺乏深度,所以将签下前掘金Jamal Sampson。

 

篮球事务总裁Donnie Nelson说Dampier在常规赛开始时有可能缺阵。24岁的Sampson身高6-11,在NBA的2个赛季上场时间有限,尽管在上赛季最后一场比赛中对马刺得到13篮板。

 

小牛还将签下6-5的摇摆人、近两年在德国打球的DeAngelo Newsom,或许还有NBA老将Darvin Ham。

 

(每队训练营最多20人。)

 

Jones says Mavs are 'hungry'

Veteran free agent sees a team ready to take the final step to a title

11:51 PM CDT on Thursday, September 27, 2007

By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News

This week in the NBA, everybody is unbeaten and bulletproof.

If hope springs eternal in baseball, fear falls briefly for the Mavericks and everybody else in the NBA at this time of year.

The Mavericks are back in business with oodles of optimism. They will have physical exams this weekend and open training camp on Tuesday. The worries and agony of a long off-season after the epic first-round loss to Golden State will give way to positive vibes and a new commitment.

With good reason, says one of the newest Mavericks. Eddie Jones has been around long enough to know when he sees the goods. The Mavericks, in his opinion, have the goods.

The 13-year veteran will be one of the few players on the roster this season who did not go through the Golden State humiliation. But he knows plenty about this team, partly from the 2006 playoffs, when Jones was with Memphis and the Mavericks beat the Grizzlies in four games in the first round.

What's happened to the Mavericks since then – a failed trip to the Finals in 2006 and a total meltdown in the first round in '07 – will help steel their will, Jones says.

"I felt like the team had it that year," Jones said of '06. "Unfortunately, they didn't finish it. That's why this team is growing. It's a steppingstone every year. The first year, they were halfway there. And it was sort of ripped out of their grasp.

"And then the next year, you know what happens when you face a team that has your number. That's just the way it goes.

"This year, I think they're hungry. Two years in a row with the best record, make it to the Finals and lose ... you've got to be hungry enough to try to attain it now."

Hunger should be the least of the Mavericks' worries. What might be a more useful resource is toughness. There was little doubt that Golden State's brutish style, combined with their athleticism, was what doomed the Mavs in the first round. The Warriors were tough guys and the Mavericks weren't.

The Mavericks could use a Nick Van Exel. He was one of the last players they had who possessed the trait that opponents weren't always sure what he would do.

Jerry Stackhouse owns a similar reputation. But he can't do it alone. A serious contender needs a rugged personality, even if it is primarily a finesse team.

Jones, who turns 36 next month, is a no-nonsense player. While his best years are behind him, his salty edge should serve the Mavericks well. And there is no doubt in Jones' mind why he has landed in Dallas.

"No. 1, I'm here to defend," Jones said. "No. 2, I'm here to make timely shots. And third, to help the young players grow. In that order."

Everybody knows Jones is a wonderful locker-room presence. He has been a strong leader everywhere he's played, and that's covering some territory with stops at the Lakers, Hornets, Heat (twice) and Grizzlies.

It is Jones' belief that the Mavericks are in solid position to win big. They didn't make big roster additions or subtractions this summer, but they didn't need to. Jones and power forwards Nick Fazekas and Brandon Bass will be the only significant changes, with Austin Croshere the primary departure.

"There's a time period where a team is going to be good for four or five years, and that window closes," he said. "You never know when you're going to have that opportunity again. And with the type of talent they have here, the opportunity is here to do it.

"I think it's my time. This team is ready."

That's what the Mavericks thought last season. And the season before.

Now it's that time again.

Camp invitees: The Mavericks, concerned about their lack of depth at center as training camp nears because of injuries to Erick Dampier and D.J. Mbenga, will sign former Denver Nugget Jamal Sampson to a make-good contract.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said there is a chance Dampier will not be available at the start of the regular season. Sampson is a 6-11 24-year-old who has played sparingly in two NBA seasons, though he did have 13 rebounds in a season-ending game against San Antonio last season.

The Mavericks also will sign 6-5 swingman DeAngelo Newsom, who has played in Germany the last two years, and, perhaps, NBA veteran Darvin Ham.

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