It’s now not precisely the NBA an identical of a quarterback controversy.
In truth, primarily based on the previous few days, it’s extra like a mutual-admiration society between JaVale McGee and Christian Wood, the 2 giant males who’re penciled in for a time-share at middle this season.
Jason Kidd has made it transparent that the whole lot is fluid in the case of taking part in time, beginning, the rotation and near to the whole lot else.
But enthusiasts are intrigued, it sort of feels, by way of the verdict (for now) to begin McGee and carry Wood off the bench.
As a 6th guy, Wood nonetheless may just log extra taking part in time than McGee. But that’s to be decided, Kidd mentioned Saturday after a vigorous apply.
As for Wood, he’s figuring it out as he is going and appears to be simply wonderful with the best way issues are going. After racking up 23 issues in 19 mins towards Orlando on Friday, he appeared like any person who is worked up to be the place he’s at.
“I’m just embracing it,” Wood mentioned. “I could pout about it. I could do a whole bunch of different things and pout. But I’m just here to try to win games and that’s what I care about the most. So I’m just coming into the game and playing 110 percent.”
As for McGee, he’s been more or less a 15-minute participant for the closing a number of seasons. Often, he’s performed in the back of facilities who have been going to begin and play giant mins, similar to Deandre Ayton closing 12 months in Phoenix.
But one of the most causes McGee is here’s as a result of taking part in time, he mentioned after Saturday’s exercise. And he’s in a position to take on extra tasks if that’s what Kidd desires.
“Whatever you throw at me, I’m ready,” McGee mentioned. “This is why I got here right here. I had a number of alternatives to be a bench participant, however he (Kidd) gave me a possibility to be a starter. I take that whole-heartedly.
“It’s the same as before Jason Kidd came to the Lakers and I had to leave Golden State and went to the Lakers. I had my best season yet, as a starter. I take the starting role extremely seriously, to a whole other level that you’re held up to.”
Kidd mentioned the jobs will paintings themselves out through the years. There is one preseason sport left on Friday. But the real analysis will start when the common season opens on Oct. 19.
“We’re deep at that position,” Kidd mentioned. “I always ask the guys to play as hard as they can and when they get tired, they’ll have a sub. For me to put a cap on 15, 16 (minutes) that’s not fair to him and not fair to us because he could be going (great). We’ll see how it plays out.”
The that means of ink: One of probably the most attention-grabbing tattoos within the NBA belongs to McGee. It’s a image of Mr. Monopoly (Uncle Pennybags) passing the “GO” sq. on a Monopoly board.
As you almost certainly suspected, there’s a tale in the back of it. It begins with Monopoly being considered one of McGee’s favourite video games ever since he was once a child.
“I always loved it, like serious – like I want to fight if you want to quit type of Monopoly player,” McGee mentioned. “I all the time performed it and I by no means discovered Monopoly was once seeking to let us know how we’re meant to are living our lifestyles.
“We’re now not meant to be customers. We’re meant to move out, get some actual property and are living our lifestyles like that. Don’t simply stay passing cross and getting a paycheck. So I took that to middle.
“And it was good art, too.”
Indeed it’s. Unique, to mention the least.
Long ball is alive and neatly: Through two preseason video games, the Mavericks have introduced 88 3-pointers.
Last season, they hurled 37.4 3-pointers in line with sport.
That rose to 41.5 triples within the playoffs.
And Jason Kidd mentioned the prime quantity was once by way of necessity. It gave the Mavericks their best possible likelihood to win.
He doesn’t be expecting this workforce to be as 3-point dependent, however to this point, they have got embraced the lengthy ball, to mention the least.
“We’re a little bit different,” Kidd mentioned. “But if we’re going to shoot 50, let’s get to 50, not 47. We came up three short.”
After that chortle, Kidd persevered, noting that Orlando on Friday needed to cross to their zone protection after the Mavericks rolled up a 33-15 lead within the first quarter.
“But if that’s the case, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Kidd mentioned. “If teams are going to zone us, we’re going to have to make them. It’s a great sign that we’re doing something right when a team goes zone because they couldn’t guard you and we saw that tonight.”
Briefly: Davis Bertans has been sitting out the closing week with soreness in his proper knee. “He’s doing better,” Kidd mentioned. “Preseason, you don’t have to rush anybody back. He did some court work today and we’ll see how he is Monday. Just some soreness. There’s no reason to play hero now.” The Mavericks are taking a relaxation day on Sunday . . . Luka Dončić performed nearly 18 mins on Friday, then went thru all of apply on Saturday, Kidd mentioned. “He was great at practice today,” he mentioned. “He did an incredible job, especially this being the first time we played a game and then came and had a really good practice.” . . . McGee was once requested if he’s getting extra ok with the 3-point shot out of the nook. He’s most effective made 12 3-pointers in his 14 earlier NBA seasons. “I’ve always been comfortable with the 3-ball,” he mentioned. “But I’ve been elite at rolling, blocking and dunking, so they just kept me in that role.” Kidd mentioned it might be OK – to a level – if McGee dabbles within the 3-point shot. “As you know, all bigs want to be able to show they can shoot,” he mentioned. “And all smalls want to be in the post. JaVale does an incredible job of rolling, putting pressure on the rim, creating shots. I know he works on the corner three a lot. So there could be a chance to shoot a couple of those.”