The back-and-forth game with guard Ricky Ledo has started.
The Dallas Mavericks recalled Ledo from the Texas Legends of the National Basketball Development League on Monday, a mere four days after they assigned him to the D-League. It’s a back-and-forth process Ledo experienced several times last season, but this year a twist has been added.
“Last year was challenging for him because it’s such a massive change in procedure going from college to an NBA life,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “And then he was going back-and-forth in the D-League last year.
“He was traveling on a lot of the trips last year. This year we’re going to try to keep it so he plays home games and doesn’t have to go out on some of those long road trips to some of those obscure places as a reward for everything that he’s done.”
The Mavs signed Ledo to a four-year, $3.2 million contract after he was a second-round draft pick out of Providence in 2013. Ledo never played for Providence after the NCAA ruled he was academically ineligible.
The Mavericks are guarding Ledo’s future because they believe his potential has barely been tapped.
“I know he’s got amazing talent, otherwise we wouldn’t keep him,” owner Mark Cuban said. “He’s really become a good shooter.
“He’s still really talented and has a great upside. Otherwise he wouldn’t be here.”
Ledo averaged 12.5 points in two games for the Legends this past weekend.
The sports world, of course, is still buzzing about the incredible catch New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made during Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
“It was a nice catch,” center/forward Brandan Wright said. “They didn’t win the game, so it probably doesn’t matter.
“It’s good to tell the grandkids one day, but they didn’t win, so it’s irrelevant. Props, though. Props to him.”
Wright was accustomed to Beckham pulling off the dramatic play that had Twitter abuzz.
“I watched him a lot in college so I saw him do a lot of stuff like that,” Wright said. “So it wasn’t a surprise to me he made a circus catch like that.”
Cuban’s daddy points
Cuban was back in town to attend Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers after taking one of his daughters on a journey she’ll never forget.
Cuban and his 11-year old daughter, Alyssa, attended Sunday night’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was on stage to present the Favorite Country Album, which Brantley Gilbert won, and Cuban’s daughter soaked in all the fun.
“She got to see J-Lo and Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande up close,” Cuban said. “Yeah, she was happy.
“I was a good dad. I got my daddy points.”
For all the hype about Raymond Felton finally being healthy enough to play and off the NBA’s suspension list, the Mavs placed the 10-year veteran point guard on the inactive list for Monday’s game.
Carlisle said Felton is behind the other players after recovering from an injured back sustained in the preseason.
“But he’s watched everything and he’s a smart guy and he’s been able to do a lot more since he’s been healthy on the court,” Carlisle said. “He’ll be ready.’’