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Unclebuck
10-07-2006, 08:57 AM
http://www.dallasnews.com/cgi-bin/bi/gold_print.cgi


Mavs get a taste of added grit

Anthony Johnson's rugged style is leaving impression on other A.J.


01:57 AM CDT on Saturday, October 7, 2006

By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News

DENTON It took Anthony Johnson exactly one fool's-gold season in the NBA to realize he was not a natural-born superstar.

As a rookie with the Sacramento Kings, circumstances forced the second-round draft pick into the starting lineup for 62 games. He responded by accumulating 7.5 points and 4.3 assists per game and a false sense of security.

It would be seven seasons before he would surpass his rookie numbers.

"I didn't work on my game at all," Johnson says. "My first year, I got to play a lot because of a situation in Sacramento that was to my benefit. After that, I just assumed that's how the NBA was going to be. And I didn't work hard to get better. Then I found myself bouncing from team to team and out of the league for a couple months.

Mavericks / NBA
Mavericks day in camp
"That's when I decided that you get out of it what you put into it. That's when my work ethic got a whole lot better."

It took awhile, but everything fell together and Johnson turned himself into a nice player. He came to the Mavericks in the off-season trade that sent Darrell Armstrong, Josh Powell and Rawle Marshall to the Pacers.

It has not taken Johnson long to make an impression. He is solidly in contention for the open starting spot that is likely to go to either Johnson, Devin Harris, Greg Buckner or, perhaps, Devean George.

Most likely, it will end up being a committee based on matchups that joins Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Jason Terry and DeSagana Diop in the lineup.

Regardless, Johnson has made sure he has given the rest of the Mavericks a strong introduction to his style of play. He opened Friday night's blue-white scrimmage with a jump shot, a steal and a breakaway dunk. It was the tough defense and steal that had coach Avery Johnson gushing.

"He's been Anthony Johnson tough, good passer, posting up small guys, mean," the coach said. "He's done pretty much what we thought he would do. He's a tough, gritty player. And he's a point guard; there's no doubt about that."

Johnson said there were times during the playoffs when the offense stalled, and the thinking is that Anthony Johnson has the skill set to help them out of those situations.

The 6-3, 195-pounder is entering his 10th season in the league. But in many ways, it's a new beginning for him. He took it upon himself to show his rugged edge from the very first practice.

"It's part of me, I guess," he said. "I'm a player that definitely possesses a great deal of toughness. My attitude is, nothing's going to be easy. And it starts with the first day of training camp. It's all about competition. We have a strong team, so it's important to go out and show the coaches what you bring to the table and let them know what kind of player I am."

No problem there. The coach knows all too well how tough the new A.J. is. And vice versa.

"I played against him when I was younger, and he was a tough guy to play against," Anthony Johnson said of Avery. "The way he played was something I admired as far as being tough and being ratty and being a player who is going to lead your team into battle."

Ratty?

"Yeah, you think of A.J., he's not afraid to hit you and get into your face as a player," Anthony Johnson said. "If you have a great deal of toughness throughout your team, that will keep you in most ballgames."

The Mavericks are banking on getting that commodity out of their new point guard.

E-mail esefko@dallasnews.com.

Unclebuck
10-07-2006, 08:57 AM
http://www.dallasnews.com/cgi-bin/bi/gold_print.cgi


Friday in Mavericks camp


11:18 PM CDT on Friday, October 6, 2006

By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News

Full-court press: Austin Croshere
The Mavericks were concerned to hear that former teammate Marquis Daniels was among four Indiana Pacers who were caught in an incident that involved a loaded weapon early Friday morning in Indianapolis. To one of the new Mavericks, former Pacer Austin Croshere, it was a reminder of what he's been through in recent years.

What was the biggest difference in media day in Dallas and Indiana?

The main thing is that all the cameras and writers and everybody here was there with the whole atmosphere being very positive. In Indiana, we had the same amount of cameras and reporters, but they were always there for something negative. We had the brawl and the fallout from that and Ron [Artest] with his deal. It was always something.

It sounds like you were glad to get out of Indiana?

Well, we had a lot of good years there. If you'd have asked me a week before the trade happened, I would have said I didn't want to leave. But as soon as the trade happened and I got down here, I realized it was a good change.

How excited are you about this team?

I think we have a really good team with a legitimate chance [to win a championship]. To be in a position like this is all you can ask for as a player. We have a lot of talent here, and we're probably as deep as any team in the league. I'm really looking forward to the year.

Unclebuck
10-07-2006, 09:04 AM
Here is an article about Freddie Jones. and once again this is not about the incident


http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=1160171411167&call_pageid=969907729483


Happy without shackles
Go-go Raptors sweet for Jones
Felt inhibited by Pacers' slow pace
Oct. 7, 2006. 01:00 AM
DOUG SMITH
SPORTS REPORTER


WATERLOO, Ont.—Like any self-respecting NBA player, Fred Jones isn't going to have to be asked twice to take a shot.

In the first minute of his first scrimmage with his new team, the fifth-year guard found himself open, with the ball and a large chunk of the 24-second clock remaining.

So, what did he do?

Pass, of course. Because that's what was drilled into his head in his four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, that it was always better to pass than shoot because the next guy might be more open and there's nothing better than four or five passes before a shot goes up.

Imagine Jones's surprise, then, when all he got for passing was grief.

"I've got to get in that mind frame," he said yesterday. "I'm going to love it."

None of the new Raptors is likely to benefit more from a faster tempo than Jones, the 27-year-old guard signed away from the Pacers this summer when John Salmons reneged on a deal and left Toronto scrambling to find a backcourt player.

Jones, a former NBA dunk champion, was stifled in the staid Pacers system, unable to unleash his athleticism because that's not the way Indiana coach Rick Carlisle wanted to play.

It might not be go, go, go all the time — like a hybrid of Phoenix and the old Loyola Marymount college teams — but there will be more running and shooting than passing and passing in Raptor games.

Jones described his career as "kind of uneventful" and that perception should change.

"I felt like I could do more, but I wasn't really asked to do more," Jones said. "I felt I was stuck in cruise control and I was never allowed to explode and go the speed limit. Now, this is a new situation and they're expecting more out of me and I expect more than what they're asking me for."

What is going to be asked of the 6-foot-2 native of Oregon is still to be determined, but it will certainly involve more offence than defence. Coach Sam Mitchell still isn't sure whether Jones will start or come off the bench, but his ability to create for others and get out on the break would make him a logical part of a high-octane second unit.

"He can score the basketball," the coach said. Jones averaged 9.6 points with the Pacers last season, shooting 42 per cent from the floor and 34 per cent from three-point range. "He can get to the basket, create fouls, create shots for himself and create shots for his teammates."

While T.J. Ford is ensconced as the starting point guard and Jose Calderon will be the primary backup, Jones's distributing skills and speed could earn him some time running the team on the floor.

Kegboy
10-07-2006, 09:05 AM
"He's been Anthony Johnson – tough, good passer, posting up small guys, mean," the coach said. "He's done pretty much what we thought he would do. He's a tough, gritty player. And he's a point guard; there's no doubt about that."


If it weren't for the fact I haven't changed my sig in a bazillion years, I'd be putting this in.

Kegboy
10-07-2006, 09:09 AM
As for the Freddie article, it does lend credence to the argument that all the minutes he got post-brawl was not a good thing.

!Pacers-Fan!
10-07-2006, 10:23 AM
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grace
10-07-2006, 10:53 AM
If it weren't for the fact I haven't changed my sig in a bazillion years, I'd be putting this in.

Maybe it's time for a change.

grace
10-07-2006, 10:55 AM
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Look at that sweet face.

I MISS YOU ANTHONY! :bawl::bawl::bawl:

Raskolnikov
10-07-2006, 11:26 AM
Strange to see Cro in another jersey.

rexnom
10-07-2006, 03:35 PM
How much crap was that Freddie article? Wow. Have fun Toronto.

Lord Helmet
10-07-2006, 03:41 PM
I find it very depressing how Cro mentioned how everything's just been so negative here.

I'm fed up with all this dumb **** that always happens to us. If they players this year continue to bring this franchise down, get them the hell out of here.

Eindar
10-07-2006, 06:49 PM
Let's see if Avery Johnson is still singing AJ's praises when the offense doesn't start till there's 12 seconds left on the shot clock.

hoopsforlife
10-07-2006, 07:38 PM
Breaking News.........Just in

Anthony Johnson suffered an abdominal strain today while laughing too hard after learning about the Indiana Pacer players strip bar incident last night.


In other news Austin Croshere re-injured his cranium when he fell to the hardwood after watching the early morning news. It seems he was laughing too intensely and could no longer stand up. The fall caused a re-occurance of a concussion he suffered last season while with the Pacers.

There was no word on what caused new Toronto Raptor, Fred Jones to suddenly double up and go into hysterics about 8:31 AM yesterday ...developing

McKeyFan
10-07-2006, 07:43 PM
The Mavs may think they got a great deal with Croshere, but just wait til Cro goes out gangbanging with his best friend's brother..

We all know Cro's character. It's just a matter of time.

ajbry
10-07-2006, 07:48 PM
Cro's character is the 10th man with a huge contract who acted like a leader. He wasn't good for chemistry, as much as y'all would love to believe.

Ragnar
10-07-2006, 08:43 PM
Wow just seeing him in another uniform made my day and gave me hope for the new year. Now if I could just see Rick on another sideline!!!!!


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vapacersfan
10-08-2006, 12:11 AM
Wow just seeing him in another uniform made my day and gave me hope for the new year. Now if I could just see Rick on another sideline!!!!!

If only we could get to see Tinsley to be in another uniform......

vapacersfan
10-08-2006, 12:13 AM
Cro's character is the 10th man with a huge contract who acted like a leader. He wasn't good for chemistry, as much as y'all would love to believe.

:bs2:

At least he brought everything he had every day, stayed out of trouble and out of the news, and I call BS on his not being good for chemistry.

Anthem
10-08-2006, 12:41 AM
If only we could get to see Tinsley to be in another uniform......
I'd settle for Tinsley in any uniform...

SoupIsGood
10-08-2006, 01:18 AM
lol @ toronto thinking Fred has skills as a distributor. I mean, I like Fred and loved his clutchness that he often displayed, but damn