DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks held their annual Fan Jam known as Mavstoberfest on Friday night at American Airlines Center. The event is similar to the Dallas Cowboys Silver & Blue Debut with fans getting their first glimpse of this season's team during what amounts to a glorified practice.
Doors opened to the free event at 4 p.m. with Mavs fans lined up around the side of the building for the chance get inside and grab one of the seats in the arena's lower bowl that goes for premium prices during the games. Prior to the Mavs taking the court at 6:30, fans walked the concourse to get autographs and take pictures with the Mavs Dancers, Mavs Maniaacs and Mavs legends including Derek Harper and Brad Davis. Several lucky fans who had won VIP passes also had a private autograph session with the current players up on the platinum level.
Head coach Rick Carlisle took the floor to introduce all of the players and explain the evening's format to the thousands of fans in attendance. They went through some shooting drills, did a game called 'Cutthroat' that involved three teams on the floor at once going on five-on-five at either end of the court with the group that either scores or makes a defensive stop advancing to the other end of the court and wrapped up with a Blue-White scrimmage. As with every Mavs home game, there is nary a moment without entertainment, so in between all of the basketball action, all 22 of this year's Dallas Mavericks Dancers took the floor to perform two new routines for the fans.
The highlight of the evening came as the Mavs welcomed 17-year old Jalen Houchins from the Washington D.C. area who, as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, had his wish of being the coach of the Dallas Mavericks come true. As any smart kid would, he chose the team with Dirk and joined Carlisle on the bench to coach during the scrimmage.
The star of the scrimmage turned out to be the Mavs big free agent acquisition this off-season, Monta Ellis. The Blue team was victorious 31-15 and the players gave the fans one final treat by autographing basketballs and throwing them into the crowd along with towels and other memorabilia that ensured these fans would be MFFLs.
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