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Art museums in Dallas and Fort Worth team up for first exhibition together

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Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (Spanish, 1838-1874), Beach at Portici, 1874. Oil on canvas.
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Idle Hours, 1894. Oil on canvas.

For the first time, Dallas’ Meadows Museum and Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art will pair their paintings together in one exhibition, doubling the summer fun for art lovers.

Meadows will present the focused exhibit, pairing its recent acquisition Beach at Portici (1874), by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874), with a loan from the Carter, Idle Hours (1894), by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916).

"At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase" will explore Chase’s admiration of Fortuny, through the two paintings — one by the American artist and one by his Spanish predecessor — going on display together June 24-September 23, 2018.

The pairing makes sense. Although the artists were separated by time and geography and never actually met, museum officials say, their paintings represent a dialogue that speaks eloquently of a bond between them. In both paintings, the artists each use beach scenes to showcase their skill at rendering light, for example. Also, both artists portray their respective families in fashionable white garments lounging near a curving coastline— Fortuny’s in southern Italy and Chase’s on Long Island, New York.

Finally, the paintings share similar compositions, the organizers say — defined by strong diagonals and a balance of land, sky and figures — as well as loose, fluid brushstrokes that capture the effects bright summer sunlight on earth, sea, sky and skin.

“Chase said of Fortuny, ‘Everything he did was interesting.’ And he was not alone in his admiration for the Spanish painter, who was extremely popular in America at the turn of the century," says Amanda W. Dotseth, co-curator of the exhibition with Mark A. Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, in a release. "But while Chase never knew Fortuny the man, he certainly knew Fortuny’s paintings, including Beach at Portici, which Chase would have had ample opportunity to see in America — most notably at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, the year before he painted Idle Hours."

Adds Roglán, "Despite their differing career trajectories, each artist achieved fame as a cosmopolitan painter. They were celebrated for these canvases, which present painterly beach scenes with scintillating summer light while celebrating the extraordinary beauty to be found in everyday moments with family."

The museums have not announced if the companion works will go on display at the Fort Worth museum in the future.

Meadows in January announced the acqusition of Beach at Portici, the final painting of the famed 19th century Spanish artist, for an undisclosed amount. The recent acquisition complements the only oil painting by the artist currently in the museum’s collection: a small study composition of the same stretch of beach at Portici.

The following public programs will complement the summer exhibition:

Three Thursdays, May 31, June 7, and 14, 6-7:30 pm
Lecture series: "Light, Camera, Landscape: The Rise of International Impressionism" by Nancy Cohen Israel, art historian and owner of Art à la Carte
This series will trace the rise of Impressionism in France, the offshoots of painters in Spain and Italy, and the aftershocks sent throughout the West. $40 for the 3-part series; free for Museum members and SMU faculty, staff, and students; registration required at 214-768-8587.

Saturday, June 23, 10 am-1 pm
Community Day: A Day at the Beach
Spend the day at the beach and take in the light of late 19th century masters Mariano Fortuny y Marsal of Spain and William Merritt Chase of the United States. This dedicated community day will include art making, gallery talks, a storyteller, refreshments, and more. Free.

Thursday, June 28, 6-7 pm
Lecture: "At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase" by Mark A. Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, and Andrew Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
This special double lecture will examine the creation of Beach at Portici and Idle Hours. The two painters turned to more private and personal scenes in their later work, which will be the subject of this special program held in conjunction with the summer installation. Free; reservations required at 214-768-8587.

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Amazon’s battle in Seattle over homeless tax highlights Dallas’ growing problem as HQ2 decision looms – Dallas Business Journal

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Amazon’s spat with the city of Seattle over a job tax on big employers to raise money to purportedly ease homelessness raises questions about the ramifications if the e-commerce goliath were to choose Dallas for its HQ2.

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) had halted plans to build a 17-story tower at its headquarters after the Seattle City Council seemed set on imposing a $500-per-employee tax on the city’s biggest employers. Construction resumed on the tower last week after Seattle reached a compromise for a tax of about $275 per full-time employee.

By that time, however, tempers had flared by people on both sides of the tax, calling attention to the relationship between Amazon and its hometown, and raising questions about what responsibility, if any, Amazon bears for Seattle’s homeless problem.

Dallas, which has a growing homeless problem of its own, is one of 20 metro areas that Amazon shortlisted for what it’s calling its second headquarters, or HQ2. Amazon has said the $5 billion second headquarters will be as big or bigger than its first, employing 50,000 in jobs that pay $100,000 and up.

While most folks in the Dallas business community would consider landing the massive project to be a godsend, others caution that downsides of the deal would include rising traffic congestion and housing costs, among other negatives.

An influx of high-paying jobs creates demand for luxury housing, which encourages developers to build high-cost units instead of affordable units that are required for people experiencing homelessness to recover, said David Woody, president and CEO of The Bridge, a Dallas shelter and homeless assistance center. The center serves about 8,500 people annually.

“Seattle’s problem is worse than ours, but we are catching up to them quickly because of the extreme poverty and lack of affordable housing in Dallas,” Woody said in an email response to questions from the Dallas Business Journal.

The DBJ focused on poverty, homelessness and a growing income gap in this week’s cover story.

Some 4,140 homeless people were counted in Dallas and Collin counties on Jan. 25, 2018, according to data collected by Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. That’s up from 3,789 in 2017.

In Seattle, the most recent homeless census available was 11,643 people in 2017.

To address the homelessness crisis in Seattle, the city government formed a task force that recommended that employers with annual revenue in excess of $20 million per year be taxed to generate additional revenue to provide affordable housing.

Several companies, including Microsoft and Boeing, criticized the tax. Amazon went so far as to halt construction on a downtown Seattle building that would add about a million square feet of office space and support up to 8,000 new jobs.

Amazon and other large companies should not be viewed as a socially insensitive for their opposition to the tax, said Mike Davis, economist and business strategy professor at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas.

Davis called the tactic of taxing employers based on the number of employees and their salaries “economic illiteracy on the part of Seattle.”

“Money is fungible,” Davis said in an interview with the DBJ. “Seattle can take tax money from any source and apply it to anything they want. So to say that somehow you should be happy about this tax because it’s a tax for homeless people is nonsense.”

Davis said he doubts that a tax like the one being imposed in Seattle would fly in Dallas.

“The stereotypical Texas conservative view is, hey, this isn’t a government problem at all, and we should have low taxes because we shouldn’t have to be spending money to do these kind of things,” he said.

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25-year-old man arrested after posing as Dallas ISD high schooler, officials say

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A 25-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly posed as a Hurricane Harvey refugee and enrolled at Dallas ISD schools.

Rashun Richardson

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested early Saturday and booked into the Dallas County Jail.

He faces charges of tampering with government records. He has since posted bond and been released from jail.

Gilstrap-Portley had enrolled under the name Rashun Richardson in August at Skyline High School at a time when the district had opened its doors to hurricane evacuees. It was not immediately clear why he decided to enroll in the high school.

"He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools," Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris said.

He unenrolled then re-enrolled in October at Hillcrest High School.

The school learned that Gilstrap-Portley may not have been the student he said he was when a former coach from North Mesquite High School saw him playing basketball at the end of April at an AAU basketball tournament, Harris said.

At that point, the Mesquite coach alerted the Hillcrest coach to say that "one of my former players who graduated a time ago is playing for you," Harris said.

Gilstrap-Portley graduated from North Mesquite High School in 2011.

District administrators began an investigation and an alert was put in place in case Gilstrap-Portley showed up at school, but he didn’t return to class after his last day April 25.

Police took him into custody Saturday at his apartment

Hillcrest Principal Chris Bayer said in a letter to students and parents Tuesday that the school immediately notified the district and local authorities once it "became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim."

"We believe it is absolutely essential that every young person, especially in times of great difficulty, feels safe and secure, and that was the guiding principle when we were welcoming students displaced by the hurricane," Bayer said. "This is a unique situation that shows us areas that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need. "

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Which one of Dallas downtown’s landmark skyscrapers is up for grabs?

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One of downtown Dallas’ most recognizable skyscrapers is up for sale.

It’s hard to miss the 37-story Whitacre Tower with its huge blue AT&T emblems and new nightly light shows.

The Akard Street high-rise since 2008 has been owned by a unit of New York investor Carl Icahn’s property firm.

The almost 1 million square foot tower is the largest building in AT&T’s 4-building downtown headquarters campus.

Icahn Enterprises has hired commercial property firm CBRE to market the office high-rise to potential buyers. The office building has been listed on CBRE’s international property sales website.

AT&T’s global headquarters lease in the property runs through 2030. The sale is expected to bring in at least $250 million.

The telecom giant recently announced plans to spend more than $100 million to upgrade the 4-block area it occupies on the south side of downtown. The company owns the other three large buildings on the property.

Icahn bought the Dallas tower 10 years ago along with other AT&T properties in Atlanta and other markets.

Built in 1982, the Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas was originally occupied by regional offices for Southwestern Bell.

In 2008 AT&T moved its headquarters from San Antonio to the downtown Dallas campus where it now has more than 6,000 workers.

After looking at several options — including a move to the suburbs — AT&T in 2016 decided to keep its global base downtown and make significant improvements to the campus.

Construction is now underway along Commerce and Akard streets to enhance public and pedestrian areas and add amenities for workers in the complex.

CBRE is advertising the AT&T tower for sale to investors on its marketing website.

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University School and Western Kentucky QB Mike White taken by Dallas Cowboys in NFL draft

Former University School quarterback Mike White, pictured during the 2012 Class 3A state championship game against Madison County, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. (Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel)

For the second NFL draft in three years, a Broward County quarterback to go through Western Kentucky was selected.

Former University School signal caller Mike White was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round with pick No. 171 on Saturday.

He follows in the footsteps of former North Broward Prep standout QB Brandon Doughty, who also went through WKU and was selected by the Miami Dolphins in 2016.

White, who was the eighth quarterback taken and will be behind starter Dak Prescott in Dallas, was the championship-winning quarterback for the Suns (they now go by the Sharks) in 2012 as they came away with the Class 3A title.

“Although blessed with the innate athletic talent, he’s a product of great parenting with love and outstanding family support,” said former University School coach Roger Harriott, who now leads St. Thomas Aquinas and was even White’s elementary school physical education teacher. “To witness his growth from youth to adult and running around the P.E. court to being drafted into the NFL is God’s grace at work.

“This next chapter of his story will be even better. Stay tuned.”

He transferred to the Hilltoppers from USF and started after Doughty left the program. In 2016, White threw for 4,363 yards, 37 touchdowns to seven interceptions and completed 67.3 percent of his passes.

Last fall, he had a 65.7 completion percentage, 4,177 yards and 26 touchdowns to eight interceptions dealing with troubles in pass protection.

With a baseball background as a pitcher who threw a fastball in the 90s (mph), White is scouted as a pocket passer who possesses plus arm strength.

White’s teammate at U-School, cornerback Quincy Wilson out of Florida, was drafted in the second round last year by the Indianapolis Colts.

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Live The Beach Life In Arlington’s Viridian Neighborhood

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ARLINGTON, TX — Live the Viridian Life in Arlington’s premier beach-side resort neighborhood. Centered in a perfect area between Fort Worth and Dallas, you’re sure to love your new community. See other listings just like these on Realtor.com.

Price: $356,473 Square Feet: 2135 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Full and 1 Half Baths Built: 2018 Features: Located a mere 20 minutes from both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth, work and fun are within easy reach. Residents benefit from being part of the state and nationally recognized H-E-B School Districct, with Viridian Elementary located within the community itself. Enjoy the Lake Club, tennis courts, beach volleyball, 20+miles of hike and bike trails and 9 major parks. This gorgeous home offers 3 beds, 2.5 baths, an open concept kitchen-dining-family area with huge island perfect for entertaining. Designer touches include wood flooring, granite counters, stainless appliances, and so much more! Ask about our 1-2-10 Year Warranty and save big with the EnergySaver Program.

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Dallas Unveils Plan to Meet Fair Housing Obligations

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Dallas City Hall. (Photo by dcaloren via flickr)

Early next month, the Dallas city council is expected to vote on a new housing plan that aims to produce 20,000 homes for low- and moderate-income families over the next three years. The plan is intended not only to overcome a shortage of affordable housing in the city, but to chip away at patterns of racial and economic segregation that have developed in the city over the course of decades.

For Dallas, a new approach to housing has been a long time coming, officials say. In 2014, the city entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development related to complaints that it had distributed federal housing money in ways that reinforced segregation, rather than working against it, as required by the Fair Housing Act. The following year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a case brought against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs by a Dallas nonprofit group, that policies which create disparate outcomes in housing violate the Fair Housing Act, even if they aren’t driven by intentional discrimination.

“The idea of the Fair Housing Act is to give people access to more upwardly mobile communities,” says Raquel Favela, chief of economic development and neighborhood services for the city. “And that’s exactly what this plan seeks to do.”

The city’s new plan, which was unveiled in March, is the work of a new cohort of housing officials brought on by city manager T.C. Broadnax last year, including Favela. It’s based on a deep dive into the city’s housing data called a Market Value Analysis, as Next City previously reported.

The proposal recommends different types of investments in three target areas identified using the Market Value Analysis: Stabilization Areas, where the housing market is gaining strength and there’s a risk of displacement; Redevelopment Areas, where projects with potential to transform a market are already underway; and Emerging Market Areas, where there is a very weak housing market and problems with public safety and code enforcement. It calls for a mix of public and private investment to help fund 20,000 new homes over the next three years, with slightly more than half of the homes reserved for homeownership and the rest for rental. New affordable housing production would be focused in areas with stronger markets, through zoning for increased density and loans to fill financing gaps.

Map showing the Dallas housing plan target areas layered with the Market Value Analysis areas. (Credit: City of Dallas Department of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization)

The plan seeks to build on market strengths by helping residents access homes built for market-rate tenancy, rather than subsidizing developers to build low-income housing in low-income areas. In the “emerging market” areas, the city would focus on strengthening neighborhood groups and investing in infrastructure and code enforcement. The idea is to make stronger markets more accessible for low-income residents, rather than providing low-income housing only in the most distressed areas.

“It doesn’t make sense for us to build housing in areas where those things are a big concern,” Favela says of the emerging market areas. “It really isn’t a housing choice if people feel like that’s the only option they have.”

But that aspect of the plan doesn’t sit right with some groups that have been involved in providing affordable housing in Dallas for decades. After the plan was released, representatives of the city’s Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs, pronounced “chodos”) complained that they were being left behind by the plan—and so were the parts of the city that were struggling the most.

Annie Evans, executive director of SouthFair Community Development Corporation, a CHDO that works in South Dallas, says groups like hers have been working to provide housing in areas where private developers won’t build for years. The CHDOs are committed to improving the city’s most-distressed areas, Evans says. And she questions the housing plan’s emphasis on areas of market strength.

“Why would you wait 3-5 years to address these type of areas when the need is now?” Evans says. “The CHDOs, we’re working in these areas now.”

Together, the CHDOs were seeking an investment of $50 million to support their low-income housing development work, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. (Representatives of other CHDOs did not respond to requests for an interview.)

But the CHDOs have been too slow to produce housing, and haven’t shown the financial or organizational capacity to complete projects on a reliable timeline, Favela says. Their opposition to the plan wasn’t a surprise to her.

“The practices that have been in place in Dallas have been in place a long time,” says Favela. “And the only change that’s welcomed is the change that we create, so by virtue of this not being a change that they were initiating, I expected that they would not embrace it.”

Besides, the whole point of the housing plan is to produce affordable housing in a more integrated way than the city has in the past. It’s more effective for the city to do that by serving low-income residents in neighborhoods with stronger markets than it is to try to build mixed-income housing in areas with weak markets, Favela says. Nothing in the plan prevents the city’s CHDOs from continuing to work in their selected areas, but providing incentives to target low-income housing in low-income neighborhoods is the very practice that runs afoul of federal policy, she says.

“The plan is about providing housing choice and mobility, which is at the crux of the Fair Housing Act,” Favela says. “This is about providing mobility for low-to-moderate income families.”

Favela says she plans to present the plan to a city council committee again on May 2, incorporating public comments that her office has gathered over the last few weeks. The council is expected to vote on the plan on May 9. So far, Favela says she’s met one-on-one with all but two city councilmembers to discuss the housing plan. She expects the majority will support it.

Some councilmembers, like Tennell Atkins, who represents the 8th District in South Dallas, have been expressed doubt about approving the plan, at least in its current form, according to news reports. (Atkins’ office did not respond to requests for an interview.) But other councilmembers are openly supportive of the new approach.

“Our housing department and our housing policy has just been such a disaster,” says Lee Kleinman, the 11th District councilman who describes himself as a “fiscal conservative” on Twitter. “I just don’t think that anybody wants to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

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Looking back at the Best Real Estate Deals Awards in photos – Dallas Business Journal

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Here’s your chance to relive some of the highlights from the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals Awards.

The 26th annual event was hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas on April 11, and showcased the results from our judges’ picks for the top transactions and developments in North Texas for 2017.

Click through the attached gallery for a look at winners and other events from the evening’s awards celebration. If you’re interested in seeing even more photos from the event, check out dbjphotos.com.

For a full report on the winners and details around the finalists in each category, click here.

You can learn more about nominating for Dallas Business Journal awards programs by visiting this link.

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First Ever Dallas Housing Policy Faces Opposition

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After years of discussion, the new housing policy heading for approval by the City Council next month is attracting opposition from people who have been building affordable housing in Dallas for years, Thursday April 5, 2018.

Dallas has never had a housing policy for developers and non-profits seeking city support for their projects, according to City Council Members.

After years of discussion, the new housing policy heading for approval by the City Council next month is attracting opposition from people who have been building affordable housing in Dallas for years.

Sherman Roberts is President of City Wide Community Development Corporation, a non-profit focused on the South Lancaster Road area of Dallas.

“I’m doing the things that I thought you say that you want. And now we’re going to change again. And we’re going to do studies for the next 3 years,” Roberts said. “We’ve got tons and tons of studies that we have done and they all say the same thing.”

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The proposed new policy uses circles to designate reinvestment areas where the city wants housing development to occur. Roberts’ area is outside the circles.

City Council Member Scott Griggs said the new policy is intended to make better use of limited city resources by directing private and non-profit projects to areas where they are most likely to succeed and hopefully attract more private investment in the future without city support.

“We’re going to pick particular areas to emphasize and prioritize for redevelopment. These areas are going to be adjacent to areas that have already seen large investment of private capital,” Griggs said.

In the new housing policy map, Red circles are Redevelopment Areas where projects are already slated to occur within a year. Green circles are Stabilization Areas with strong potential but also immediate risk of decline. Blue Emerging Market Areas require intense code and crime enforcement and other city services to support current planned improvements.

All of the background colors on the map are based on a Market Value Analysis of real estate in Dallas. City officials believe the MVA provides metrics on which to justify the housing policy.

“This is more community driven. We’re picking communities and areas of town to prioritize for investment. The old way of doing things is essentially the Bank of Dallas,” Griggs said.

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In the old practice without a clear policy, Griggs said private and non-profit groups would approach the city for investments in a project based on how much money they were lacking from other sources to accomplish the goal. City staff would evaluate projects and City Council would approve them on more subjective standards.

“It’s going to be constantly updated. And we’ll do big strategic changes at 18 months and 3 years to see how the market is changing,” Griggs said.

Roberts said the new approach with studies required for areas outside the circles may reduce progress that was already underway in other areas that need more help, too.

City Wide CDC has built two large mixed use developments in the South Lancaster Road corridor that has been a Dallas Target neighborhood in the recent past. The projects have access to the adjacent DART rail line, near the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center. Roberts’ agency has vacant land ready for another mixed use development on Lancaster and a single family home subdivision in the neighborhood.

“We’re talking about major projects,” Roberts said. “We need a lot of infrastructure here so why not keep doing that and not say we’re going to study because we’ll be falling behind as we do that.”

Griggs said Community Development Corporations will not be cut out of the new policy.

“The product he does, he can move over to one of these circles and he’s still welcome to do business here in the City of Dallas,” Griggs said. “We have such limited resources. We cannot put our resources in every single block of the city of Dallas.”

The Dallas City Council Economic Development and Housing Committee held a special meeting on the new policy Thursday to hear comments from the public and from Community Development Housing Organizations.

Roberts spoke for CDHO’s along with Diane Ragsdale, a former City Council Member who now leads Innercity Community Development Corporation. Her CDHO is focused on areas near Dallas Fair Park that are also outside the new housing policy circles.

“People should not have to move to upper class neighborhoods to enjoy a decent standard of living,” Ragsdale said. “There is responsibility to the neighborhoods where you have a concentration of poor people.”

Committee members said the housing policy will not remove basic city services to all parts of Dallas but it will direct the use of additional resources that developers have been able to access in the past.

“We need a policy that’s going to be good for all of Dallas,” Committee Chairman Tennell Atkins said.

Ismail Aghdam, whose daughter Nasim Aghdam was identified as the shooter who attacked employees at YouTube’s headquarters before killing herself, spoke briefly to reporters outside his Southern California home.

Atkins said he hopes to have the full City Council approve the new housing policy in May, but future amendments may be added for technical details that are not yet completed.

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Monday Dallas Mavs Donuts: A Day Away And More Noel Arguments

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DONUT 1: YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY

Monday Dallas Mavericks Donuts are about getting away from Mavs basketball for a moment.

Them. Not us.

“We just looked at the last 90 seconds (on video) with the team,” said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle immediately following Saturday’s late-game-breakdown loss to Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker and the Hornets. (Game coverage here). “This break, (Sunday) and Monday, is our last two-day break of the season so we’re going to be off … I want our guys to clear their heads and get rest. They’re going to look at the film of tonight’s end of game and just move on from there. We looked at the last 90 seconds. … In a season like this, where wins have been hard to come by and we’re out of the playoffs, these experiences are extremely valuable. Everyone learns from the end of the game. We had some mistakes and we had some really good plays.

“We’ve got to re-enforce the good and correct the stuff that needs correcting.”

But first? No practice Sunday. And originally, I thought Rick meant that there’d be no practice today. Instead, the fellas are back at it this morning.

End of non-basketball contemplation.

DONUT 2: CONTEMPLATING NOEL

Besides, what would our brains do while we got away? Think peaceful thoughts? Place ourselves in sweet environs? Dream of a day at the beach?

Nah.

They’ll worm their way right back to the Mavs. You know they will.

And they’ll consider the odd case of Nerlens Noel. You know they will.

In Noel’s last three games in which he’s been active, he’s played about 24 minutes per. Against Toronto, he was good for six rebounds, six points, three assists, five steals and three blocks. Against New Orleans, six rebounds, six points, two assists, two blocks and two steals. In battling Dwight on Saturday, he challenged Charlotte with a double-double – 12 rebounds, 10 points, two assists, four steals and a block.

Said Nerlens: “I’m ready to take care of business. The guys are playing well … Everything is looking good, everybody is finding everybody’s niche — even myself. I’m getting more familiar with everybody game after game, so I’m feeling good about it.”

What’s next for Noel?

“Just continuing the momentum, doing what I’m doing, just staying efficient, keeping everything simple,” he said. “I know my game and how I can affect it. I’m just going on top of that, changing the game in any way possible.”

There is a lot to unpack there.

Everything of course is not “looking good.” This has been a wasted season in many ways, including in ways that began when Noel declined Dallas’ July 1 contract offer of $17 mil a year, as we reported at the time. There is not much to “feel good about,” as Noel is about to move from his QO salary and into free agency, which certainly wasn’t anybody’s plan when he was acquired via trade from Philly 13 months ago to serve as Dallas’ “Tyson Chandler Starter Kit.”

And “I’m ready to take care of business”? Neither side has really done this very “efficiently” at all.

That Toronto game, in which Noel played well? The Mavs played the Nets the next night and Nerlens didn’t play at all. And the Pelicans game in which he played well? The Mavs played the Jazz two nights later and he didn’t play at all, again.

All of this has led to some outrageous theories; some writer from New York offers the drive-by opinions that Dallas “didn’t want to pay Noel” and uses the word “doghouse” in conjunction with Carlisle’s dealings with the player.

If you read DBcom, you know that Noel declined the $17-mil-a-year offer.

If you follow Carlisle’s Mavs with any intensity at all, you know that the word “doghouse” is never, ever used here.

I’ve written thousands and thousands of words on the Noel/Mavs disaster — and yes, it is that and likely will end up being that. It is therefore difficult to boil it down into a soundbite or a tweet or a single sentence. But, here goes:

“Nerlens Noel’s sincere definition of ‘hard work’ is different than the Mavs’ definition of it.”

That’s it. We’ve had a contract declined and a thumb operated on and a bunch of DNP-CD’s and a hot dog eaten during a game.

But that’s it.

“I’m just playing basketball and having fun if that means ‘showcase’ then that’s fine, but I think I’m going out there just doing what I love to do and having fun at the same time,” Nerlens said this weekend. “I’ll let the wings spread a little bit and I go out there and have fun and play the game.”

Yeah, this really hasn’t been “fun.” It’s been “odd.”

DONUT 3: THE COVER-UP AND THE CRIME

“Growing up,” writes our Steven Kilpatrick, “when I got caught doing something wrong, I was often told something along the lines of,”This will go easier for you if you’re honest about what you did. If I have to find out from someone else, the punishment will be worse.”

As The NBA Season – And The #Mavs Tanking – Winds Down: Is The Cover-Up Worse Than The Crime? https://t.co/ZBxfIRrEz3 pic.twitter.com/j0XO0JvH3p

— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) March 24, 2018

But in regard to the Mavs and NBA tanking … “the 76ers have a collection of some of the best young talent in the league thanks to their infamous-turned-famous ‘Trusting the Process.’ They didn’t call it “tanking,” but they were blatant about doing it, and they even found a way to make a cute, marketable slogan about it. They found a sneaky way to say “the F-word” in front of their parents.”

So, we wonder, again as it relates to the Mavs: “Is The Cover-Up Worse Than The Crime?”

DONUT 4: THE KEEPERS (OF MORE THAN THE FLAME)

The Dallas Mavericks being what they are — a 22-51 team — it’s understandable for us to wish to look ahead, to push the fast-forward button and to want it all to be about youth and promise.

But wait. Be kind. Rewind.

One Mavs’ loss last week was about milestones that recognize the past. And they were accomplished by two vets who we believe are still part of Dallas’ future. “Dirk and JJB as Keepers – Of More Than Just The Milestone Flame” here in DBcom Mavs Premium.

DONUT 5: POWELL PRAISE

The biggest “knock” I’ve ever personally heard on Dwight Powell really isn’t a “knock” at all: “He’s almost too conscientious,” a staffer told me a couple of years ago. Meaning? The guy actually takes it hard when he misses a shot in practice, and let’s him dwell on the “failure” for a tick too long.

Increasingly, though, the right amount of confidence can override the wrong amount of conscientiousness. A DBcom report on Dwight’s Development is coming up.

DONUT 6: THE CADDIE

We noted at the start of the season that while the “development stuff” this year needed to be mostly about Dennis Smith Jr., the development of his young caddie, Yogi Ferrell, could piggy-back right there with it.

Mission: Accomplished, we think. (Speaking of the aforementioned “confidence” …)

“He’s getting better all the time,” said Rick of Yogi. “His level of confidence gets higher and higher, but guys that work that hard are generally confident guys because they’ve put the work in. … He always does a good job battling guys like (Kemba) using his quickness and strength. I just see him continuing to improve.”

DONUT 7: BY THE NUMBERS

The Mavs’ record in clutch-time games (defined as the final five minutes and the game within five points) is … 10-35.

That’s your season, really.

DONUT 8: LEGENDS TO THE PLAYOFFS

The Mavs’ G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, are playoff-bound for just the second time in franchise history, and for the first time since their inaugural season.

There are some wonderful storylines to follow here, as I have for the last half-decade working the telecasts. Those storylines are probably topped by Jameel Warney, who retains his Mavs connection as he and coach Bob MacKinnon lead the Legends into the postseason. It’s a one-game first-round meeting between the Legends and the Rio Grande Vipers (the Rockets affiliate) this week. For more info, go to the Legends website, here.

DONUT 9: TANKATHON

The Tankathon update is here, placing the 22-51 Mavs in the four slot as we enter the week. We’ve made clear our thoughts on the Mavs, and Ayton as the No. 1 overall pick. (Read here). But as was the case last year, you can drop from No. 1 and land Doncic, Porter, Carter, Bagley, Bamba.

I still can’t understand how people see this depth as a reason to not prefer the No. 1 slot over the No. 6 slot. But without question, the No. 6 slot (or somewhere in there) can be wildly productive for rebuilding Dallas.

Little wonder Dennis Smith Jr. tells us, “”Yeah, you can find a gem in the draft. I’m not sure where we’re going to be picking at, but you know, that’s not up to me. I believe that we’ll do a good job in the draft, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m looking forward to it.”

DONUT 10: QUOTABLE

“Yeah, I want to try to get into the playoffs, as soon as possible. So, that’s next year. Obviously, we’re not going to make it this year, no surprise. But next year I would definitely like to be in the playoffs.” – Dennis Smith Jr.

DONUT 11: JUNIOR Q-&-A

Those above quotes come from Quotable come from the brain of Junior and from the pen of DBcom’s Dalton Trigg,

Click here for the full Q-and-A with Dennis Smith Jr.

DONUT 12: THE FINAL WORD

“I don’t want people thinking we don’t believe these women who come forward. We need to know these things and it will all fold into the plan. It’s sad that people went through this. And if people have something to say, tell it to us or the investigators or the newspaper. We absolutely are going to come out of this a better organization. But it will take some time.” – Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall.

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