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The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of a 49 win regular season, but not all NBA teams were trying to win games. The WHAT podcast talks to Rebecca Lawson, Editor-in-Chief of Mavs Moneyball to find out how fans in Dallas endured their race to the bottom.

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Rebecca Lawson is the Editor-in-Chief of Mavs Moneyball, the SB Nation site covering the Dallas Mavericks. She joined the Women’s Hoops And Talks (WHAT) Podcast to talk about a variety of topics including the Mavericks 2011 Championship team, what it is like to cover Dirk Nowitzki, and how to keep everyone’s interest when the team is tanking.

Then we talked about the harassment charges against the Dallas front office and writer Earl K. Sneed, as reported in Sports Illustrated. How did these allegations appear to impact the players, how did she decide if she would still be a fan, and how did she choose to cover the team and the follow the developing story during this time?

Finally, Rebecca has some fun stories about covering the team including breaking news that Monte Ellis’s son had won the Dance Cam contest and what it was like to be face-to-face with a frustrated Mark Cuban right after a bad Dallas loss.

Check out the WHAT podcast to hear Rebecca’s interesting stories and insight about covering an NBA team and being a female fan during a particularly trying year.

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1:30 Intro to Rebecca, following Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State and then following the 2011 Dallas Mavs. What does she think will happen to Kawhi next season?

6:00 Memories of the 2011 Dallas Championship run, a team that always had another comeback with a different hero every night. Brandon Roy’s comeback game in the Portland vs Dallas series.

9:45 How does sports create community for you?

13:30 What is it like having a player like Dirk Nowitzki who has played for the team for his entire (long) career? Would Dirk have stayed if he hadn’t won a championship?

16:50 Unique NBA fan involvement and great writers

19:00 How do you cope when your team is tanking? Finding entertainment in the little things.

23:27 Was she surprised about the front office sexual harassment and Earl Sneed story in Sports Illustrated? How have the players reacted?

31:31 How did she as the editor of Mavs Moneyball handled coverage during this time?

35:55 What is coming up this summer for the Mavs?

38:20 Wesley Matthews update

40:50 Favorite stories from being on the beat: breaking a story about Monte Ellis and catching a heated Mark Cuban in the hallway after a bad loss.

45:10 NBA 101 Basketball for Women, the Dallas Mavericks women only event. What is the real story? Is it a fun event? What did the Mavs do well and what could they have done better?

54:20 Women Rebecca admires: her mom who was always learning and doing something new, and Sarah Melton, Mavericks Director of Communication.

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License