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Mavericks fan hopes his wife is pregnant with Dirk Nowitzki’s baby

Dirk Nowitzki MavericksI’ve always found it somewhat creepy when grown men get tattoos of their favorite athletes’ faces on their bodies. That type of worship just weirds me out. But the dude who was holding the sign on Monday night about Dirk Nowitzki getting his wife pregnant helped give me some serious perspective.

Getting a soccer player’s face tattooed on your neck or a tattoo of an NBA player covering your arm is one thing — joking that you hope a player had sex with your wife takes creepiness to an entirely new level. And that’s assuming this guy is joking. We can only hope.

As SB Nation pointed out, the fan holding the sign is the one who tweeted it. He even included Nowitzki’s handle, so he really, really wanted Dirk to see it. I don’t know if it’s weirder that the guy is cool with it or that his wife thinks it’s funny. Either way, I’d be avoiding them if I was Dirk.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Mark Cuban says he is proud of Mavericks fans for booing Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom returned to the American Airlines Arena for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, and he got the reception he was likely expecting. The fans were all over Odom from the start, booing him as he was removing his warm-up attire and every time he touched the ball after that.

Mark Cuban, who watched the game from his family vacation spot in the Cayman Islands, was quite pleased with the result of the 109-102 overtime victory. He was also happy with the way the fans treated Odom.

“Absolutely,” Cuban said before Thursday’s game against the Pacers when asked if he was proud of the fans, via ESPNDallas.com. “I was proud of the way everybody received Jet. Proud of the energy the crowd had [Tuesday night]. You could feel it through the TV. We felt it in the Caymans.”

Cuban was referring to the warm reception that Mavericks fans gave Jason Terry when the Boston Celtics visited. He thought Terry deserved an ovation, just as he thought Odom deserved to have boos rained down on him for the way things turned out last season.

Earlier this week, Odom admitted that he would probably apologize to Cuban if he had a conversation with him, but also said he feels no guilt over what transpired. He used a bizarre metaphor about people being married for 40 years to describe his stance, which Cuban had some fun with.

“You might be married to somebody for 40 years and then go to the Caymans,” Cuban joked. “You might just go the Caymans one time and just move there and live there for 100 years. That’s just a thing a man has to figure out.”

It’s quite obvious that Cuban has really grown to hate Lamar. However, he did say he would be willing to speak with Odom and that he is never one to hold grudges.

“Look, there’s only one person, two maybe that I still hold grudges against and neither are basketball related,” Cuban said. “You guys thought the same thing about [Don Nelson]. Nellie and I get along great. So …”

That should be interesting.

Mark Cuban, Mavericks fans boo Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher ThunderDerek Fisher was booed in his first game back in Dallas since signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder last month.

The Associated Press says Fisher was booed by Mavs fans when he entered Sunday’s game with 1:45 left in the first quarter. Mavs fans also cheered when Fisher was called for a foul about 10 seconds later, according to the AP.

Even Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined Mavs fans in the boos. Before the game, which OKC won 107-101, Cuban said he was going to boo Fisher.

“I’ll just boo him like hopefully everybody else,” Cuban said, via ESPN Dallas.

Cuban is still upset with Fisher for the way he handled their business dealings. Cuban says Fisher, then unemployed, repeatedly called him before the season asking for a chance to play. After an injury in November, the Mavericks owner signed the veteran point guard. But after Fisher got hurt, he asked the Mavs to release him supposedly so that he could rehab from a knee strain closer to his family. Dallas obliged in good faith, only to see Fisher later sign with the Thunder.

“It’s not so much what he did. It’s how he did it,” said Cuban before the game.

No surprise, OKC won the game. If it’s any consolation to Dallas fans, Fisher had three fouls, two points, and one assist in 12 minutes.

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Young Mavs fan takes picture of his hand after Dirk Nowitzki high fives it

Dirk Nowitzki was pretty pumped after making a sweet baseline jumper from behind the basket against the Knicks Tuesday. After nailing the shot to put the Mavs up 88-78 with 2:27 left, Dirk celebrated by high-fiving some of the fans sitting courtside. Dirk was seriously stoked and went a bit overboard on his high fiving, to the point where he nearly took a young fan’s arm off. The young boy managed to recover and was so proud to have exchanged contact with the Mavs superstar, he used his camera phone to take a picture of his hand:

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