Odds & Ends: Virginia Beach, West, Mavs, Maynor

Links as Tuesday turns into Wednesday..

  • Voters in Virginia Beach, Virginia are largely against the idea of building an NBA arena in their city, according to a poll released earlier today, writes Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee.  The poll showed that voters oppose the proposed arena by a 45-38 margin and oppose public funding for it by a margin of 58-32.  It already seemed unlikely that an NBA team would move to the area, but the lack of public support further hurts the odds.
  • Delonte West's suspension for conduct detrimental to the Mavericks didn't last long as he was reinstated this evening, writes Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com.  Sources said that West's suspension stemmed from an outburst in the locker room after the Mavs' 123-104 preseason win Monday over the Rockets
  • Eddie Sefko of the The Dallas Morning News writes that Mark Cuban should have been in attendance for Deron Williams' meeting with the Mavericks this summer, but the owner shouldn't be blamed for the point guard's decision to stay with the Nets.  Recently, Williams indicated that his decision to pass on Dallas was influenced by Cuban's decision to attend a taping of his television show rather than meet with him.
  • Point guard Eric Maynor's return from injury is as good as any free agent pickup the Thunder could have hoped for this summer, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.  The former VCU star is entering his walk year after missing the bulk of the 2011/12 season.
  • Kevin Garnett gave a strong endorsement of the new look Nets following their preseason game against the Celtics.  “They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with. They’re nothing like last year. They’re gonna be strong," said Garnett, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).

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