Dallas Mavericks: Out With the Old (Bob), In With the New (Beaubois)

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Coming: Roddy Beaubois.

Going: Bob Ortegel.

While the Dallas Mavericks got a familiar face back at practice yesterday via their athletic French guard, they also said goodbye to the only TV analyst we've heard over the last 23 years. Beaubois, who broke his foot in August and hasn't played this season, should be back on the court February 16. Ortegel isn't returning at all, replaced by a combo of former Mav point guards Derek Harper and Brad Davis.

"Sometimes you've just got to freshen things up and try some different things," owner Mark Cuban said before Monday night's win over Cleveland.

You know how you know a guy's been around forever? When you can't remember his predecessor.

While you try to come up with names like Jim Haller (former Baylor coach), Earl Strom (yep, the legendary referee), Allen Stone and even The Ticket's Norm Hitzges on the list of former Mavericks TV analysts that predated Ortegel, let's take a minute to miss Bob.

You can say that at 70, TV had passed him by. But not basketball. As a beat writer covering the Mavs in the woebegone '90s, when I needed some coaching 101 on head coach Jim Cleamons' triangle offense, I went to Ortegel for an assist. And -- think I'm probably in the minority these days -- I liked him on TV.

He always sounded more coach than homer, but it was apparent he wanted the "good guys" to win. I'm not blaming Cuban for wanting to get more hip and young because that's the smart-money trend. Honestly, I figured Skin would take Ortegel's seat before Harper or Davis. To me, Davis is savvy, but his hushed tones are sometimes hard to decipher. And Harper can be as critical of the Mavs as any media voice in this town. Interesting choices, to say the least.

Says Ortegel, who started calling Mavs games when Dick Motta coached the team way back in the late 1980s: "I'm extremely grateful for the 23 years I've been with the Mavericks. It's been a wonderful experience."

Weird, the Mavs change from Ortegel to Harper because they want to be more hip. And the Texas Rangers change from Josh Lewin to John Rhadigan out of fear they were getting too hip.

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Mary
Mary

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Really is a bad move, Harper and Davis are like warm milk, no lively banter at all. Hope Skin won't be back, what a waste! He brought absolutley no input other than stupid comments. Bob Ortegel taught people about the game, why a play was made, where to watch a certain player make a move that assisted another player. The Mavs are better than that, too bad Cuban is not!

Jo_elle77
Jo_elle77

Bob is a super guy. Sorry to see him go.

pk
pk

Didn't Bill Walton (Yes, that Bill Walton) do color for the Mavs back in the late 80s?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Somehow I think you're right. But only a handful of games. Wow.

Bob
Bob

Hey Mark, I've been a fan way before you came along. When you bought the team I was thrilled 'cause you're a true fan. Don't turn into Jerry "the jerk" Jones. Let it go and bring back Bob.

jerrahs rug
jerrahs rug

Bob Ortegel was here during the crappy seasons in the '90s and watching Mavs games always felt more meaningful with him there since he suffered too in the old days. I think it's really hard to like Cuban sometimes, and basically firing Bob midseason is pretty sorry of him (and it's still a slap in the face, even if he was offered the radio color analyst gig - Bob was right to walk). Then again, the Cuban era has turned this team around and I certainly wouldn't want to go back to the 15 wins a season days. I think this situation still sucks though and Cuban could have handled it better.

Brad Davis is very dull. I like Derek Harper's insights as he's not a kiss ass and will call out players time to time. Skin is a whip. Go Mavs.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Remember, Cuban also kicked Reunion Arena long-time voice Kevin Mccarthy to the curb in favor of Humble Billy Hayes.

Sports Panties
Sports Panties

This is a bad move. Ortegel & Followill are great together. Adding that whip Skin to the mix during home games ruined the chemistry or Ortegel & Followill. Skin offers nothing but bad schtick. He's not funny and he offers nothing as far as analysis to the mix. Never understood that move. If we are treated to nothing but Followill & Skin I'm out. I'll watch the TNT or ESPN tv broadcast or turn down the tv and turn up the radio & listen to Coop.

STAY HARD BOB ORTEGEL!!!!

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Good thoughts. And not a single criticism of me. See, I knew we could do this.

 Just Sayin
Just Sayin

Norm had Bob on today and eluded that the split was due to Skin. If you listened closely to the segment, Bob praised Followill and Cooperstein. Skin was not mentioned until Norm brought up a possible dislike amongst Bob and Skin. After Bob shot that theory down. Norm's next sentence was that Bob is a class act and would never admit to it even if it were true.We all know Norm is a poet and has written a poem or 2 in his day and is a TRUE wordsmith (take offense, Richie) so when he teased the Bob Ortegal segment it was no doubtedly pun intended when he said, "we'll get the straight skinny".not to mention the return music to intro the Ortegal segment was a return song played heavily only on the Ben & Skin show.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

We had Bob on as well and I think he went out of his way to praise Skin. Don't think there's anything fishy there.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I don't care for either switch meself, loved both Bob and Josh for exactly what the brought to their prospective tables. Rads will be fine, and I also gagree with your take on Skin..but I for one will miss the guys that got through many a bad game..and a few great ones..Stay hard Bob and Josh, signed Fan of both

Balonpie
Balonpie

Skin and his stoopid t-shirts are to blame

addisonfan
addisonfan

Why was he let go in January and not after the season?...I agree, pretty disrespectful for a guy that had been with the organization for 23 years....Keith Grant better be heads up.

Robbyo
Robbyo

Bob Ortegel is the best basketball on-tv analyst, knows how to explain the intricacies of the game. I as a Dallas Mavs fan already misses his expert insight during the telecast.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

If Cuban wanted him gone he should have waited until the off season. I think it is flat out disrespectful to let him go mid-season. I'm in my mid 20's and I loved listening to Bob and Mark call the games.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

I am going to miss Coach O. I don't give a rat's ass about hip and with it color analysts. I had rather have the geezer with years of coaching give me an analysis that has absolutely no grasp of popular culture than some idiot with a mic that knows about the last rapper to die. That was actually part of the fun of it; that coach would not get the joke. I think it is a shitty move and not needed.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

The timing is awkward at best, classless at worst.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm young and in the demo and I enjoyed Bob. What I didn't enjoy was Skin being shoehorned into the mix. Is he a yuk monkey, is he color, what is he? Harper is okay but generic, Davis is okay but generic, maybe I was just used to Bob, but this still sucks.

And on a slightly related note, does it seem like to anyone else that this is the least impressive 9 game winning streak the Mavs have ever had? Did they really just kinda skate by 9 times, or did I get too used to seeing them play lights-out in December?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Totally with ya. The win at Boston = impressive. Other than that seems like they've played really shitty teams.

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