Dallas Mavericks

Shootaround shortcut unlikely to catch on

BOOSIER CITY, La. – Don’t look for what the Dallas Mavericks did today to become a sweeping trend in the NBA.

The Mavs had a shootaround in Dallas at American Airlines Center on Thursday morning, then hopped on a plane at 3 p.m. and took a short 30-minute flight to Shreveport, La. At 7 tonight the Mavs will play the New Orleans Pelicans at CenturyLink Center in Boosier City, La., which is located right next door to Shreveport.

After the game, the Mavs will get back on their charter and fly to Orlando, where they’ll face the Magic at 7 p.m. Friday.

Cities such as San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City are less than an hour away from Dallas via airplane. So, could the Mavs conceivably have a shootaround at home before flying to those destinations during the regular seaosn?

"I don’t think that’ll ever happen,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said before the Mavs-Pelicans game. "There’s too much risk of travel.

"You’ve got to get there the night before if you can.’’

But the Mavs could have gotten to Louisiana on Wednesday night, but chose not to.

"Exhibition season is a little different because travel tends to be a little more eclectic,’’ Carlisle said. "You get some real close venues, and your long-term scheduling of training camp and games can send you that direction.

"I don’t know what will happen in the future. If it does, it does. But if you’re asking my opinion, its probably doubtful."