The Scoop:Carlisle was at least half-kidding and he might use Parsons as a backup PF for stretches, in addition to his starting SF job, so a bit of bulk may be a good thing. The Mavs have enough depth that owner Mark Cuban doesn't expect anyone (including Dirk Nowitzki) to average 20 points per game this season, but Parsons' versatility makes him a safe fantasy pick in the 35-50 range.
The Scoop:"We've got a great staff that really emphasizes defense," Parsons said. "Where I'm coming from, offense was always our main goal. Now we've got to win games and championships on the defensive side. I'm totally locked in and dialed in to do that." Parsons has been spending time this offseason with Jeremy Holsopple, the Mavs athletic performance director with the specific goal of improving his strength and quickness with an emphasis on defensive functionality. Parsons is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection come draft day.
Sure, LeBron James went home , Kevin Durant received $350 million to wear a brand of shoes he might've worn anyway and DeMarcus Cousins represented his country with honor , but Dirk Nowitzki is quietly enjoying the best summer, and we better start enjoying it with him before it's over. His Dallas Mavericks replaced three important but aging contributors to a team that took the San Antonio Spurs deeper into a series this past spring than anybody else — Jose Calderon, Vince Carter and Shawn Marion — by reacquiring old friend Tyson Chandler, swiping Chandler Parsons from the division rival Rockets and adding a couple capable point guards in Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton. Is that group better than the one that took the Spurs to seven games in the first round this past season? Time will tell, obviously, but Nowitzki sure seems pleased as he makes the German media rounds. After all, one doesn't sing David Hasselhoff songs on national television without a certain degree of comfort. Hasselhoff's "Looking for Freedom" spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the German charts in 1989, when Nowitzki was an 11-year-old boy sporting lederhosen and clogs on the courts of Würzburg, and he later joked about humming the tune as part of his free throw shooting routine during the 2006 NBA playoffs. Soon afterwards, the former Baywatch star, seeking the spotlight like only the Hoff knows how, showed up on the sidelines of a Mavericks-Suns matchup in the Western Conference finals, and Nowitzki ultimately reached the finals as Miami Heat fans rained "Dav-id Hass-el-hoff" chants down upon him. This is Dirk's jam, so it's no wonder he pulls it off wonderfully on the set of Stefan Raab's German version of "The Tonight Show." But this isn't the only good news Nowitzki has offered in recent days. The 12-time All-Star has touched on topics ranging from his interest in returning to the German national team ( he will ) to his flatulence etiquette during interviews ( he will not ). Good news for Stefan Raab, apparently. Why so much fun with Dirk this summer? Well, he's promoting a documentary about his life entitled, " Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf " ("Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot"), perhaps in an effort to make up for all that money he passed up by signing a three-year, $25 million deal to stay in Dallas this past July. Dirk Nowitzki. Not about the money. All about the Hoff. What a summer.