ALSO SEEN ON YOUPLUSMEDIA.COM (http://www.youplusdallas.com/cityblog/sports/2012/01/mark-cuban-is-right-again/)
Dallas Mavericks owner and number one fan Mark Cuban keeps reassuring Mavs fans not to worry about the team’s roller coaster 13-8 start to the lockout shortened 2011-2012 NBA season. Despite being the defending world champions, the Mavericks have taken the unorthodox style of rolling out a new look team the following year. With impending free agent superstars in the form of a franchise center in Dwight Howard and a franchise point guard in Deron Williams, the Dallas front office risked the fallout from breaking up their first ever championship squad to position themselves financially to be one of the main players in the 2012 free agency frenzy.
The Mavericks allowed fan favorite and one of the league’s best success stories of the past decade in J.J. Barea to walk, as he cashed in on that success with a payday from the Minnesota Timberwolves who needed a combo guard like the Miami Heat need a superstar.
But the most criticized move of the offseason by Mark Cuban and company was not giving center and the heart of the Mavs defense Tyson Chandler the long term deal he was seeking. With eyes committed to the big picture, Chandler was reportedly offered a one-year contract for a whopping $20 million dollars. But with a history of pesky injuries and the opportunity of his career to cash in for multiple years, Tyson signed with the New York Knicks. You can ask him how that’s going so far@tysonchandler. But I wouldn’t.
Sounds like the Mavericks, fresh off a title, are wasting a season of Dirk Nowitzki’s prime and Jason Kidd’s life to micromanage their personnel thinking about the following season. Two things; that is not the case, and never, ever, doubt Mark Cuban.
Although the team lost multiple key parts of the 2010-2011 squad, this season’s Mavericks are still a favorite to repeat as champions.
Veteran Brendan Haywood returns to a starting role, something he is no stranger to from his days in Washington. After a much criticized year and a half in Dallas, mainly attributed to his hefty contract, the former North Carolina Tarheel looks comfortable beginning the game without his warm-ups on. Ian Mahinmi’s emergence has solidified the backup role that Haywood previously occupied.
The wise and savvy Mavericks front office turned to the free agent pool to fill the gaps that the roster needed. Brought in were veteran guards Delonte West and Vince Carter for cheap value. Former top 10 draft picks Brandan Wright and Yi Jianlian were also signed to supply front court depth. In the midst of all these well under the radar transactions, the Mavericks took advantage of an awkward situation in Hollywood and stole reigning 6th Man of the Year Lamar Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Can Dirk return to his Jedi ways?
Through a little over a month this season, the defending champions have been through a tumultuous stretch that has featured two separate injuries to Jason Kidd, a week long hiatus for Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, and ups and downs from Lamar Odom that take a new turn every game.
But all set aside, the Dallas Mavericks have a one game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division. But it doesn’t matter; just make the playoffs like Cuban says.
So easy to love, and so easy to hate loving. After a heroic game one performance by the Big German and enthusiastic play from the supporting cast, the Mavericks had all the reason the feel good about the first round series. But on night after about half a week off, the Spurs brought their "A" game and the Mavericks flunked the report card.
The Spurs acquired Richard Jefferson from the Milwuakee Bucks in the off-season to assist their big three of Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili. After basically missing the bus to Game One, the second quarter when the Mavericks were trying to cut into the San Antonio lead. Tim Duncan poured in 25 points and 17 rebounds in another stellar performance. Despite shooting 3-7 from the charity stripe, "The Big Fundamental" went 11-19 from Richard Jefferson had 19 points in Game Two and made shot after shot in the field.
After missing just two shots in Game One, Dirk Nowitzki came back down to earth, and was playing with fire all night as…
I admire Dez Bryant. He was drafted just 9 days ago and I already see maturity in the young man. in the past 9 days there have been many reports about Dez Bryant and his "off the field issues" This term has such a negative term, but for Dez, I really wouldn't call what he has gone through issues. His mother gave birth to Bryant when she was just 15 years old, and not too many years later was arrested for use and distribution of crack cocaine. Then I believe when he wasn't playing football Bryant was living in his car just trying to make it day to day not to end up like his mother. Does he hate his mother? By all means no. Dez feels very strongly for his mother and it is more then likely she will be moving in with Dez when that lofty signing bonus from the Dallas Cowboys is put in his bank account. What other "off field issues" has Bryant had in his life? He was suspended for most of his last season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. How did he get suspended? …
The 2012 NBA Finals features the match-up that everyone has been waiting for since last year’s NBA Finals. The ink was still wet on the papers across the nation of the 2011 NBA Finals depicting how the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, and analysts were already salivating over the possible match-up of the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. After the possibility of having no season at all and going through a shortened season of 66 games, everyone got the match-up they were waiting for, Kevin Durant, the scoring champion of the past three years, and LeBron James, the MVP three of the last four seasons. It is definitely a dream match-up, and so far it has been very entertaining. The Durant v. LeBron match-up has been riveting all series, but there are other key things going on in this series you should really start to pay attention to.
Let’s start with the play of Shane Battier. Shane Battier is best known for being a great collegiate basketball player at Duke University. Battier …