NEITHER! Inquired as to my whereabouts, Dereck Lively thereafter declared his resignation.


Against the Detroit Pistons in the Dallas Mavericks’ preseason finale, Dereck Lively II had one of his best games ever. In 24 minutes of play, Lively finished with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block as Dallas defeated Detroit 114-104. He had a career high in the preseason with 14 points. In addition, it was the most points he had in a game since finishing high school. Regretfully, none of it matters.

Soon enough, Lively will have an opportunity to show himself and compile significant stats during the regular season. In Summer League and the preseason, he has started every game for the Mavericks. If he is selected to start on Wednesday, he will become the first rookie to start for the Mavericks on Opening Day since Luka Doncic in 2018.
“Whether it’s Luka or not, those are big shoes to fill as a starter,” Lively remarked following Friday’s match. “Yet knowing that they are putting their trust in me just makes me want to work even harder and have everyone’s back.”

When the Mavericks play the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, the anticipated starting center for Dallas will face fellow rookie Victor Wembanyama, providing a challenging early test. Lively claims he’s prepared for the opening night challenge despite it.

He’s an excellent player, according to Lively. “I’m eager for the battle that lies ahead.”

Lively was unusual in that he scored 14 points in a game versus the Pistons. Throughout his prior three

“Lively listens really, especially considering his age. He becomes aware of things. Josh Green praised him as a terrific teammate on Friday. “During practice, he is noisy. He handles everything. He puts forth a lot of effort in his work. He’s done a fantastic job, in my opinion, as has O-Max [Olivier-Maxence Prosper]. O-Max performed a fantastic job. They had both performed like great pros. You witnessed it tonight. D-Live will be of great assistance to us; he has been working on all of that.

In order to help him develop and get used to the NBA, Lively has been working closely off the court with NBA Champion and former Mavericks center Tyson Chandler. Alongside him, Mavericks assistant coach Sean Sweeney has been watching footage. His efforts in

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