Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mavs moving to New Mexico

No, not the team. But the Mavs’ D-League affiliate is on the move once again. After a year with Tulsa and two in Fort Worth, the Albuquerque Thunderbirds will be the new training stop for those Mavs not quite ready for prime time.

Talk about strange bedfellows, the other NBA team sharing the New Mexico outpost, somewhat noteworthy in these parts, is the Miami Heat. For the first time since the D-League’s inception seven years ago, each team is affiliated with a maximum of two NBA teams.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Year abroad serves Reyshawn Terry well

The opportunity is sitting out there for him to grab. Reyshawn Terry knows this summer and fall are crucial to sustaining his NBA dream.

“If anything, I just want to be consistent,” Terry said recently from the Mavericks locker room lounge. “That’s my main focus. Whatever I do from Day 1, I want to do that until the end. Whether that’s to lock a man down for 48 minutes or hit a big shot, whatever I do, I want to be consistent.

“That’s very important to me. I’ve been fighting that my whole career. I definitely feel this is a turning point for me in my career. Starting with summer league, this will determine what happens this year for me. Whatever I do, I just want to be consistent.”

The strapping 6-foot-8 small forward is looking to officially enter his rookie season, even though he’s got a year as a pro under his belt. A season spent overseas in one of Europe’s premier leagues served the 2007 second-round pick well.

The Mavs front office and Terry’s agent worked together to place the North Carolina product with Aris BC in Greek A1 League. The traditional power is based in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia.

“It was difficult for me going to another part of the world that I’ve never been to by myself,” Terry said. “It was a maturing time for me, but most of all, the whole time over there was a great experience. It opened my eyes to another aspect of basketball. It was my first year as a professional. A learned a lot of things from the mental aspect of it.”

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