Mavs GM leaves on eve of opener
Hawks vs. Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
It is always good to be settled at the top before the regular season begins. Or maybe not.
Donnie Nelson remains the head of the Mavericks basketball operations, but one of the team's recent hires is leaving before his first season even begins.
Gersson Rosas, hired from the Rockets this summer, has parted way with the Mavericks ahead of today's opener against the Hawks at American Airlines Center.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, part of the disagreement was Rosas wanted to be the man in charge of the Mavericks decision making. Dallas imagined him providing a new voice to the team's front office staff and scouting department. Nelson though would have final say.
Rosas was added after the bulk of the Mavericks free agent moves this summer. That included signing Monta Ellis to pair with Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas also added Jose Calderon in the offseason. They will make their debut Wednesday night even without Rosas in the front office.
The more foolish thing from Rosas was probably thinking he could take final say away from the long-established Nelson or owner Mark Cuban.
Pelicans, Sixers, Clippers only three with no international players
Pacers vs. Pelicans, 8 p.m.
Heat vs. 76ers, 7 p.m.
If there is one thing that will be forever remembered as part of David Stern's legacy as he enters his final half year as NBA commissioner, it is the influx of international players and the true globalization of the game. The NBA has a record 92 international players on opening day rosters. All but three teams have at least one international player on the roster. The only three are the New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.