Brian Cardinal took one look at Dirk Nowitzki's injured finger, turned to the Dallas Mavericks' trainer and recommended his treatment plan.
He was a prolific producer of rebounds and record albums. And nicknames, too, as if at 7-foot-1 and 350 pounds he was too big for the simple "Shaq" that made him an instantly recognizable, one-name star in all of his endeavors.
Game 1 of the Miami-Dallas matchup in the NBA finals generated a 10.7 overnight rating on ABC, the most for an opening game in the league's title series since 2004.
David Stern has added another negotiating session to the two already scheduled with NBA players next week, and says there will be more beyond those.
The NBA's Board of Governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Detroit Pistons to California investor Tom Gores.
As if losing the opener of the NBA finals wasn't bad enough for the Dallas Mavericks, now they have to deal with an injured Dirk Nowitzki.
There's a disconnect when David Stern starts talking about the state of the NBA.
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points in a span of three possessions during a surge by the Dallas Mavericks late in the first half Tuesday night, and they rallied to lead the Miami Heat 44-43 at halftime of Game 1 in the NBA finals.
LeBron James is at the NBA finals. Jack Nicklaus is hosting the Memorial.