Do this kind of job long enough and you pretty much know right away when members of our local jock kingdom are flat lying, or to be more polite, refusing to tell the truth.

It's not their job to tell us the truth. It's our job to detect the lying, then attempt to find out the truth.

But this week it didn't exactly require a CSI: Maverick unit to know immediately that the lazy Lam Lam wasn't suddenly removed from our basketball world simply because it had finally come time for the Mavs to move on and Lamar Odom to move out.

Maverick voices initially asked us to believe that. I would hope no one did.