For the second training camp in a row, the Mavericks had a marquee visitor.
After Reggie Miller stopped by to speak to the team last fall, legendary big man Kevin McHale spoke at the team dinner Monday night and was at practice this morning.
He's going to stick around all week to lend his expertise.
"For the first day of practice, I was very impressed,'' McHale said of the Mavericks. "They're a veteran team. It should be a very exciting year down here.
"They have the ability to play big, play small and (Drew) Gooden and (Shawn) Marion give them a whole different look.''
McHale, who somehow was let go by the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being a native son and doing a solid job building that team (and coaching it, too, at times). For now, he's just wanting to impart as much as he can to the Mavericks.
"He gave a good speech (at the dinner) and talked about the old days and what they're mindset was,'' Dirk Nowitzki said of the hall of famer who won three titles with the Boston Celtics. "I'm going to try to pick his brain while he's here. To me, he's probably the greatest low-post player the league has ever seen. He had every move in the book. It's good to have him and hopefully he can bring us to the next level.''