Sports Morning Headlines-Monday, 05/30/11

News from around the Texas Sports Scene for Monday, May 30, 2011.

Mavericks hope their depth will wear down Heat - What to do with Miami's Big 3?  That's the Dallas Mavericks' most pressing question heading into the NBA Finals.  After an inauspicious 9-8 start, Miami's trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have torn through the league unlike practically anyone else in league history. Along the way, they have been a bold, trash-talking unit that America has grown to dislike.  Now, James, Wade and Bosh have become the Mavs' problem. And they are a really big problem.   READ MORE

Heat player: Mark Cuban quiet because he's learned from 2006 - Mark Cuban's quiet time continues.  Now that they've gotten used to it, the Dallas Mavericks kind of like it this way.  "It's fine with me," Dirk Nowitzki said. "It should be all about the players."  The Mavs have roared into the NBA finals with Cuban taking the traditional, low-profile role of most team owners. Of course, Cuban has never been like most team owners, making himself part of the story pretty much from the day he went from buying season tickets to buying the club.  He's racked up more than $1 million in fines over his 11-year tenure, mostly for outspoken comments -- like berating the officials during the 2006 NBA finals in Miami, where his team returns for Game 1 on Monday night.   READ MORE

One Heat player already celebrating before NBA Finals begins - Mike Miller is already celebrating, and the NBA finals have not even started.  The Heat forward and his wife brought home newborn daughter Jaelyn from a South Florida hospital on Saturday afternoon, about two weeks after the baby arrived. Jaelyn had spent some time in the pediatric intensive care unit with four holes in her heart -- the condition is called a ventricular septal defect, Miller said -- and is now doing much better.  At least one of the holes has closed, doctors said.  "Obviously, that's my main concern right now," Miller said. "She's doing a lot better, which is big."   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  More from Parker's upcoming basketball cartoon - Check the full trailer of San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker's upcoming basketball cartoon, "High 5." This time in English and the full trailer.  What do you think Spurs fans? Which Spurs player would you like to see have their own cartoon?   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  Spurs continue player workouts - The 2011 NBA Draft is next month and the San Antonio Spurs continue to look at various players leading up to the draft.  With pick number 29, the Spurs hope to find another late-draft gem as in past drafts.  According to Hoops Report, the Spurs have recently looked at a few more players in the lead up to the draft:  The San Antonio Spurs had a busy week with three draft workouts. First, they hosted Demetri McCamey and Jeremy Tyler on Monday, then they hosted Malcolm Thomas on Wednesday, then they brought in Chandler Parsons and Nikola Vucevic on Friday.   READ MORE

ProjectSpurs:  James looks to 2007 Finals loss to Spurs as motivation - With the final seconds ticking away in game four of the 2007 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA championship by sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Four years later, the four-game sweep by the Spurs still motivates James as he will get his second chance to capture an NBA title this time with the Miami Heat.  "I think about it all the time," James said of the 2007 series. "I even go back and watch some of those games and see how I wasn't that good of a player, especially on both ends of the floor. You just try to use those moments. I feel like there's no way I should be out on the floor and the team that I'm on can't win a game in a series. I use that as motivation.... I've got a lot of motivation."  That title was the last NBA championship for San Antonio and now the Spurs are picking up the pieces from another disappointing playoff run, this time it was an upset first round series loss at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies.   READ MORE

Rockets begin their next search - Joerger lands interview for lead assistant's post.  With one coaching search complete, the Rockets will open another this week.  Seeking a lead assistant to Kevin McHale to run the defense and help with day-to-day preparations, the Rockets will interview Memphis Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger this week, a person familiar with the process said. The interview is not yet scheduled.  The Rockets will also consider New Orleans Hornets assistant Michael Malone and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson, the individual familiar with the process said. Malone is considered a top candidate to join Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers as a lead assistant. He had been on Brown’s staff in Cleveland before joining Monty Williams in New Orleans this season.   READ MORE

Daryl Morey has found his man. He needs to be right on this one. - Kevin McHale is no Rick Adelman. He isn't a Jeff Van Gundy. Or a Rudy Tomjanovich. Or a Don Chaney.  McHale is unlike any coach in Rockets history. Never before have they hired a coach with so little time on the bench.  McHale worked 94 games as coach of the Timberwolves — 31 as an interim head coach in 2005 and 63 as a midseason replacement in 2008-09, a stint that was as much about his being fired as the vice president of basketball operations as being hired as the head coach.  Though four of the nine coaches the Rockets have hired since they moved to Houston 40 years ago had never been a head coach in the NBA when tabbed by the team, all at least had years of experience as assistant coaches.   READ MORE

Why Kevin McHale? - Last week the Houston Rockets announced that they were hiring Kevin McHale as the team’s next head coach.  The hiring of the former Boston Celtic left many fans and analysts wondering one thing—why McHale?  Forget that the team was trying to replace the man with the highest winning percentage in team history. Typically, coaches do not like to be the guy to follow up “the guy,” but in this case whoever they hired would be in a pretty good position to do well quickly.   READ MORE

 

 

 

C.J. Wilson buys Rangers teammates Dallas Mavericks jerseys - C.J. Wilson is a Mavericks fan -- and wants all his Rangers teammates on the bandwagon.  The Rangers' ace bought 25 Dallas Mavericks T-shirt jerseys and gave them to teammates before Saturday's game against Kansas City , the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.  The Mavericks begin the NBA Finals Tuesday against the Miami Heat.  "I was really ticked when I saw a couple of the guys wear Heat jerseys to the game the other day," Wilson said. "I'm from Los Angeles, so the last team I will root for is the Heat.   READ MORE

To win, Rangers manager made tough call: Pull closer Neftali Feliz - The Neftali Feliz problem has come to this for the Rangers.  To win a game Sunday, manager Ron Washington had to get Feliz out of the game.  Feliz, the closer who has fallen on hard times, put the Rangers behind by one run in the ninth inning and was in danger of giving up more when Washington pulled the plug. Feliz left Washington with no choice.  “It didn’t look like he was getting it done,” said Washington, with an air of resignation in his voice.  The move worked.   READ MORE

Here Come the Cubbies - News/Notes: For many Houston fans, the upcoming series against the Cubs will probably be the most exciting one so far in what seems to be a lost season. Highly-touted prospect Jordan Lyles will make his major league debut on Tuesday against Carlos Zambrano at 7:05 pm. Lyles was promoted from AAA Oklahoma City when Wandy Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day DL because of a fluid buildup in his pitching elbow. While his injury is a bit depressing as he was the best pitcher on the staff so far this season, the excitement of seeing the best prospect in the Houston farm system finally come to the big leagues is palpable. Lyles probably won’t throw more than about 80 pitches, especially since he’s likely to be sent back down once W-Rod is healthy, but it should be thrilling nonetheless to see the youngster pitch his first game in the Show.   READ MORE

Astros look to get on track against Cubs - After winning their last two series, the Astros were swept by the D-backs on Sunday after blowing leads in two of three games.  "We've got to make it a point eventually to turn the tide and start winning these kinds of games," starting pitcher J.A. Happ said.  "We don't sit here and look back. We're going to go back and work on some things, talk about some things and go from there," manager Brad Mills said. "We start a new series tomorrow."  On Monday, the Astros travel to Wrigley Field to begin a three-game set with the Cubs, where both teams will try to shed their recent losing ways and climb back into the National League Central picture.   READ MORE

 

 

 

Optimistic Career Projections for Every 2011 Dallas Cowboys Rookie - No time like the present time for speculation. The Dallas Cowboys drafted a number of rookie players this past April. For some that’s the best one can say about who team owner Jerry Jones drafted to take his team to the next level.  Jones failed to address the team’s glaring needs in the defensive backfield but made a mediocre splash in the 1st round by drafting former USC offensive lineman Tyrone Smith.  But I guess regardless of what one thinks of the players Jones chose to draft they are Cowboys now and their football judgment day will arrive soon.   READ MORE

Tony Romo Is Now A Married Man - For those of you who are into this kind of thing, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is now officially off the market. He got married to the 25-year-old Candice Crawford last night at Arlington Hall.  Many of Romo’s teammates were in attendance, along with owner Jerry Jones who got special permission to attend the ceremony. In total, 600 people were at the wedding.  Congratulations to Tony. Now, let’s play some football.   READ MORE

Houston Texans: Connor Barwin and Five Young Players Ready to Break Out - Despite a very disappointing 6-10 season that began with hopes of a franchise-first playoff berth, the Houston Texans have reason to be optimistic this off-season.  After several years of stellar offensive play being canceled out by anemic defensive play, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak took full advantage of the pardon he received from Texans owner Bob McNair by hiring former Cowboys head coach and defensive guru Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.  Although Phillips was an awful head coach by many accounts, his defensive prowess is known throughout the NFL.  Besides, it isn't like the Texans can actually get worse defensively.   READ MORE

Houston Texans & Wade Phillips’ New Defense Are Behind the Eight Ball - At one point late in the season the Houston Texans defense were on pace to break the NFL record for passing yards allowed by a defense in a season. They managed to stave off breaking that record but not by much. An anemic pass rush along with a secondary filled with more wholes than a sea sponge were to blame. Defensive back Kareem Jackson was last years team first round pick and the second DB taken behind Cleveland Browns Joe Haden. It Surprised everyone that the Houston Texans reached for Kareem as early as they had done. Needless to say Jackson looked lost last year and the spotlight will be on Kareem Jackson even more so this year.   READ MORE

 

 


Stars coaching candidate: Glen Gulutzan - The latest in a series on possible head coaching candidates for the Dallas Stars looks at Glen Gulutzan.  Currently: Head coach of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.  The résumé:  Guided the Texas Stars of the AHL to the playoffs in each of their first two seasons, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals their inaugural season (2009-10).  Posted an 87-56-7-10 (.597) record in first two seasons with Texas and a 16-14 record in the playoffs.  Coached the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL for six seasons, compiling a 254-124-55 (.650). The Wranglers put together three straight 100+ point seasons, becoming the first ECHL team to ever accomplish that mark.   READ MORE

Stars coaching candidate: Ken Hitchcock - The latest in a series on possible candidates for the head coaching job of the Dallas Stars looks at Ken Hitchcock, who coached the Stars from 1996-2002.  Currently:  The 59-year-old Hitchcock just completed a stint as head coach of Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship, where his team finished 5th in the tournament.  The résumé:  533-350-158 (.588) record as a coach in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets.  66-55 record in Stanley Cup playoff games.  Won Stanley Cup (Dallas, 1999) and went to Stanley Cup Final (Dallas, 2000).  Led Dallas to five straight division titles.   READ MORE

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