DP does Dallas (Day 2)


DALLAS -- It was a glorious media day today at the American Airlines Center. I've got to give Mark Cuban and the rest of the guys behind this arena all the credit in the world. It is by far the nicest stadium I have ever been in.

But the day started with a quick visit to the Grassy Knoll (after all, we are in Dallas) where we bumped into the Penn team. A CBS cameraman was there following around the team, probably for footage during tomorrow's tournament game. Steve Danley was wearing a mic.

The best open practice of the day belonged to Memphis. Picture this: on one end of the court, every player on the team engages in a slam dunk contest; on the other end, coach John Calipari plays baksetball with bunch of little boys. Looks like their game plan for tomorrow against Oral Roberts involves lots of jams and five-year-olds. Should be interesting.

And the day ended with a bang, as we dined at the only West End establishment that was a) open at 11 p.m., b) not too expensive and c) wasn't Friday's. Of course, we're talking about Hooters.

Without further ado, here's the quick daily recap of how we're doing and a quick scoreboard that will change topic every night. So long, and remember, coyotes wail along the trail (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas.

Quote of the day: "In the paper the other day [Texas coach] Rick Barnes had a quote about how well we dribble and that's when I knew they hadn't started watching our film." -- Steve Danley

Basketball games watched so far on this trip: 21 (All the NCAA Tournament games, and a couple NIT and ESPN Classic matchups to boot)

Nightly scoreboard
Number of Dallas Maverick players that we saw and actually recognized -- 2 (Keith Van Horn and Devin Harris)
Number of Dallas Mavericks we saw but had no idea who they were -- 1

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