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

Monday Dallas Mavs Donuts

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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How a Pastor With an $825k Housing Fund Built a Nightmare For Dallas Homeowners

City of Dallas employee Carl Wagner, left, is a longtime friend and business associate of home builder Kenneth Williams, right. (Facebook)

Under a program to rebuild houses for people with low-income, the city of Dallas awarded $825,000 in federal funds to Kenneth Williams, a Fort Worth pastor and home-builder, in 2015. But the homeowners, which included mostly older and disabled residents, now say they have been victimized with houses that have leaks, lack rain gutters, and a host of other problems. The program, originally created to provide a better quality of life with housing for these residents, has been shelved.

According to The Dallas Morning News, a simple background check would have revealed that Williams misstated his financial history on his application and had been barred from doing similar work in Fort Worth.

The story of how Williams, the senior pastor at New Spirit of Prayer church in Fort Worth, came to work for the city is emblematic of problems that have dogged the Dallas housing department. Officials there have a history of being sloppy with federal money and failing to vet whom they do business with, even though providing housing that’s affordable for poor and working-class families is one of Dallas’ most pressing needs.

Connections May Have Played a Role

According to the Morning News, Williams may have been awarded the funds through the help of his childhood friend, Carl Wagner, a city of Dallas employee.

Public records show that in the late 1980s, the men were involved in a Fort Worth real estate deal and opened a Christian ministry, according to the Morning News. The paper also states that the pair later worked together at Williams’ construction company, according to Wagner’s resumé.

According to the paper, the two are reported to be best friends with Williams ex-wife, Denice Williams, stating, “Carl knows everything about Kenneth and Kenneth knows everything about Carl. They’re best friends.”

A Troubled Housing History

By the 1990s, Williams was struggling financially, but after Wagner landed a job in the city of Fort Worth’s housing department in 2000, Williams suddenly found steady work and funds for his housing program. Williams said he got the jobs on his own, with no help from Wagner.

By 2015, Williams had founded a new construction company. Coincidentally, Wagner started working for the city of Dallas, helping to manage a program to demolish and rebuild rundown homes. Williams submitted an application to the city on which he listed work on an in-law’s house as a reference. The application also omitted his seven previous bankruptcies. The Dallas Morning News also reports that Williams had paid Wagner for training on how to safely work with lead paint. Despite these issues, the city of Dallas listed Williams’ company the city offered Williams as one of a handful to families that qualified for the house-rebuilding program. Eight families chose him to rebuild their homes, some reporting they did so because Williams was a pastor.

Victims Are Living In A Nightmare

For those families, the decision to choose Williams’ company has proven to be a mistake. Take Jimmy Isbell, 75, and his wife Deborah Isbell, 58. Jimmy says, “The house is brand new, but water leaks through a wall, soaking the bedroom carpet. Rain gutters are missing along the edges of the roof. A blank spot in the bathroom marks where a walk-in shower was supposed to be.”

At age 75, he is afraid he’ll hurt himself stepping in and out of the bathtub. He and his wife have had to sleep on a mattress in the living room. “I’ve actually called this a demon house,” he said.

Other clients report lights that flicker when the vacuum is turned on, non-flushing toilets and gaps in the foundation. In order to get new houses, the families had to agree to live in them for 20 years. Some fear the houses won’t last that long.

Explanations and Excuses

The Dallas Morning News reports that Wagner has not yet responded to their requests for comment.Williams, however, responded by acknowledging what he says was an error in judgment, telling the paper that he fell deep into debt trying to finish the houses and help people in need. “I let my heart overrule better judgment,” he said, adding “I was trying to help these old people and it was going sour for me.”

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Catching up With Dallas Players at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Harrison played soccer as a kid. But he can still swing a stick.

Dallas was well represented at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this past weekend, and not just by defending champ Jordan Spieth and longtime sponsor AT&T. The popular four-day tournament, which matches up PGA Tour professionals with celebrity amateurs, is played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula in California: Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, and, the prime jewel, Pebble Beach Golf Links, the No. 1 ranked public course in the United States.

Snagging invites this year were 13 amateurs from Dallas, including business execs Doug Parker of American Airlines, Rich Templeton of Texas Instruments, and Bob Rowling of TRT Holdings. Also in the field were Chris Harrison (Lake Highlands High School grad and host of The Bachelor) and Tony Romo, who next month will make his PGA Tour debut at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

Spieth, who on Saturday was nearly nailed in the head by an errant bunker shot by actor Ray Romano, was paired with country music singer Jake Owen, along with Dustin Johnson and hockey great Wayne Gretzky. He ended up shooting an unremarkable -8 to tie for 20th. Spieth’s fiancée, Annie Verret, was in Pebble Beach to cheer him on. They plan to marry “around the fall,” she told me, and it will be a small, friends-and-family affair. “I don’t want to be introduced to someone at our wedding,” she said.

Jordan Spieth contemplates either his tee shot or his impending nuptials.

I caught up with Tom Dundon as he walked up to the eighth tee box on Saturday, right after he had played Pebble Beach’s No. 7, one of the most iconic holes in golf. The Dallas billionaire has played the Pro-Am 13 or 14 times, he said, and always with good friend Hunter Mahan. Dundon has been busy lately with his new NHL team, the Carolina Hurricanes, and his Trinity Forest Golf Club, which will host the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in May. “AT&T wanted a world-class course for the tournament, and we gave it to them,” he said.

Tom Dundon owns a hockey team.

Rounding out the Dundon-Mahan foursome were Romo and Will Zalatoris. “I play a lot with them at home [in Dallas],” Romo said. “Tom is a close friend, and I always enjoy being around him and Hunter.” The former QB thinks people will be impressed when the Nelson makes its Trinity Forest debut. “They’ve put together a great field, and I think it’s going to be a great tournament,” he said. “The course is fantastic.”

Look at those dimples!

Fin Ewing III, whose Plano-based Ewing Automotive Group sponsors PGA Tour player Cody Gribble, first played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in the 1990s, when he was paired with Justin Leonard as a fill-in for his ill father. After bringing The Carmel Cup (a college tournament with teams from the SEC and Big 12) to Pebble Beach in 2011, he earned his own invite and has played every year since. The Ewing family has owned a home in Pebble Beach since 1985. “We like to go to the aquarium and to the beach with the dogs,” Ewing said. “It’s just so beautiful out here. My dad used to say, ‘God spends more time out here than he does in Midland-Odessa.’ And that’s the truth.”

By Sunday, Harrison was the only Dallas amateur to have made the cut. We spoke after his final round, and he was still giddy. “To be here your first year and make the cut — it’s like making the Super Bowl your rookie year of playing football,” he said. “I think it has a lot to do with the pony I was riding this week; Jason Day was pretty phenomenal for a partner. But I did my part, and hopefully I represented Big D well.”

Despite his love for the game, Harrison didn’t play much golf when he was young. “I grew up in the shadows of Royal Oaks, but they didn’t let me in the gates there,” he said. “I was over at Moss Park playing soccer. I went to school with Justin Leonard and some other guys. They took a left and went to Royal Oaks; I took a right and went over to Moss Park to play soccer, and that’s where I spent my Saturdays.”

November through March, while The Bachelor is on the air, is his “golf season,” said Harrison, who loved to watch the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on TV as a child. “It seemed like this magical Shangri-La, watching Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and Clint Eastwood and the biggest stars in golf play here. I thought as a kid, ‘Man, if I could ever be there …’ So, to actually play in the tournament and to make the cut is one of those pinch-me moments. It doesn’t seem real.”

Harrison ended up tied for 10th among amateurs. The winner was Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who teamed with Kevin Streelman to finish with a score of 41-under par, including a 12-under for their final round. Among the pros, under-the-radar Ted Potter Jr. bested the world’s No. 1 ranked Dustin Johnson by three strokes to win.

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Fort Worth-based Crescent Real Estate, Platinum Homes ready final phase of residences at The Ritz-Carlton in Uptown Dallas – Dallas Business Journal

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Dallas-based Crescent Real Estate Equities LLC and luxury home builder Platinum Homes recently formed a partnership to complete the final phase of Regency Row at The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

Construction on the Robert A.M. Stern-designed brownstone-inspired homes is slated to begin this spring.

Platinum Homes, led by CEO Mark Molthan, was selected to complete Crescent’s vision for Regency Row based off the firm’s design aesthetic, attention to detail and talent in creating custom-tailored homes, said Crescent Real Estate Chairman John Goff.

Goff added it was an easy decision to have Platinum Homes complete the remaining Regency Row homes, which range in size from 5,300 square feet to 6,300 square feet.

Each of the homes facing Olive Street at Cedar Springs Road have private garages, fully-landscaped courtyard entrances and personal elevators from the garages to a rooftop terrace.

The builder, which has been working in the Park Cities for nearly two decades, will oversee the interior construction of the remaining homes. Laura Kirar and Allen Kirsch are the interior designers on the town homes.

One of the homes will feature a translucent wine cellar to give off a warm glow of light in the first three levels of the home. Another house has a floating stairwell.

Molthan said the residences give would-be buyers the ability to create a dream house in a prominent neighborhood with little available supply.

Crescent Real Estate recently completed a $33 million renovation to The Crescent, a mixed-use development in Uptown. Crescent and its affiliates are also nearing completion on a $30 million renovation to Hotel Crescent Court.

Goff said these amenities will help support the ultra-luxury brownstone residences upon completion.

“The bottom line is that the value of Regency Row is now fully realized,” he said, adding buyers will be able to take advantage of the neighborhood and all the amenities located between Crescent Court and The Ritz-Carlton, including the McKinney & Olive tower.

Kyle Crews of Dallas-based Allie Beth Allman & Associates is the listing agent for The Tower Residences and Regency Row. The new homes could be priced from $5.5 million to $6.5 million upon completion.

Construction on the homes is slated for completion by this fall.

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Dallas developer sells W South Beach PH to plastics exec

Penthouse 2 at 2201 Collins Avenue (Credit: Zillow)

Dallas developer Joe Beard just sold his penthouse at the W South Beach to a plastics executive, property records show.

Westdale W LLC, a company managed by Westdale Real Estate Investment Management’s CEO Beard, sold penthouse 2 to David Berges, former head of Hexcel, a multibillion-dollar plastics company, for $8.7 million.

The 2,647-square-foot, three-bedroom unit at 2201 Collins Avenue features a 2,700-square-foot rooftop terrace, five balconies, an outdoor theater, pool, marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and smart home technology, according to a Zillow listing. The hotel condo unit is also listed on Zillow for rent, asking $40,000 a month. Engel & Völkers is the listing brokerage.

The Westdale affiliate paid $7.25 million for the unit in 2009, when the building was completed. It hit the market in 2015 for $12.5 million and was re-listed in August for $9.3 million. This latest sale marks a 30 percent difference in price from the original ask. A unit owned by the late Zaha Hadid at the W was recently reduced in price from $10 million to $6.5 million, marking a 35 percent price cut.

Lisa Van Wagenen of Brown Harris Stevens Miami represented the buyer, according to a spokesperson. Engel & Völkers’ Luis Gonell represented the seller.

In South Florida, Westdale is looking to build Westdale Wynwood, a 202-unit apartment complex with some office and commercial space in Wynwood.

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