Ever had a good trip to the dentist? Did you wake up and say, “Yes, I have a dentist appointment today.”?
Well, I woke up this morning to the pleasure of knowing that was exactly what I had in store. Except, I thought I could channel this horrible hour into analyzing what all has happened to the Mavericks and all of us in Mavs Nation over the last week.
Deron Williams: Mavericks or Nets? Answer: Nets – New stadium, new team, very boring logo. Hard to pass that up.
Steve Nash: Raptors? Knicks? Mavericks? Answer: Lakers – Complete and utter shock.
Jason Kidd: Mavericks? Knicks? Answer:Mavericks…ooops, Knicks now – The straw that broke the camels back.
Where do we go from here? Mavs Nation is in a state of panic, but after sitting through this dentist’s visit, I’ve come to the realization. As hard as it may be to hear, we shouldn’t panic and start signing players left and right. The worst thing Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson could do is panic and start signing B Level players at A Level money. You’ve seen teams do this before. The results are nothing good. Joe Johnson signing in Atlanta was a horrible contract. You know it’s a bad contract when you trade a player like Joe Johnson to another team, and then celebrate right after.
Jeremy Lin: He is a B Level player that is going to be signed at A Level money. What has he proven? He had an amazing 2 week stretch, that came out of NOWHERE, and then was lost for the rest of the season with an injury.
Goran Dragic:4 years, $34million? Does that seem right? You want the Mavericks to go spend money on a guy that “has upside”?
The bottom line here is that the Mavericks did what they said they were going to do: Try To Reel In A Big Fish. The problem is the bait wasn’t high quality enough. I’ll be honest. I was one of the many Mavs fans that were crucifying Mavericks management on what was going on. However, once I took a seat in that dentist’s chair, reality started to sink in. So Dirk Nowitzki gets another year older. The Mavericks will really struggle this year. Lottery? Probably. In the big scheme of things, is it really such a bad thing? We at Mavs Nation have gotten so used to winning that we forgot what, and who got us here.
We were the laughing stock of the NBA for many years, and a guy by the name of Mark Cuban came a knockin. Mark Cuban is a business man. He knows how to crunch the numbers and get a good quality product in return. He feels that a lot of teams right now don’t fully understand the major impact the new CBA can have on a team long term. Shouldn’t we trust him? He asked us to trust him before. The result was an NBA Championship. Why not trust him again?
I encourage all of Mavs Nation to take a step back for a second. Don’t be so quick to think the worst. It may be a rough year ahead, but there aren’t many teams that have the type of organization/city/fans that the Dallas Mavericks have. If you need to understand more, sit down and relax. Just do it somewhere less painful than a dentist’s chair.
As always, GO MAVS!!!!!