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  • 1980 - The Dick Motta "Tiger Incident" - Dick Motta: "We were at Golden State in 1980, my first year here. They had a halftime act with a huge Bengal tiger and a monkey. The monkey would shoot basketballs and the tiger would go retrieve them. I watched the act for awhile and then I asked the trainer if she would do me a favor and let me borrow her tiger. I said, 'Is it a nice tiger?' and she said it was. I said, 'Will it bite me?' and she said no. I had her knock on the door when her act was over. We were still in the dressing room at halftime. She knocked on the door, and I reached out and got that tiger by its leash and collar and walked it in. The players all scattered. I said, 'If you guys don't start rebounding, I'm going to let this tiger eat.' At the time, the players didn't think it was funny. They didn't laugh. But it was funny. It was great." Dallas actually led 36-33 at halftime.
  • 2002 - Released Derek Hood.
  • 2012 - The Mavericks suspended guard Delonte West indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
  • 2014 - In the final round of training camp cuts Dallas released two-year veteran center Bernard James and free agents Ivan Johnson and Doron Lamb.

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