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All-Access Pre-Game Pass With Higgins

by Greg Higgins on March 25, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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I’m not sure why, but I still get nervous before Mavericks games in which I’m attending as a part of the media. As I was headed towards the AAC on 75, I was trying to figure out what I needed to do when I got to the stadium. After three games like this, you would think I would have it figured out by now, that is far from the case. I still get nervous and jittery.

Sunday, when I got to the arena, I grabbed my media pass from the lady at the table, had my laptop bag inspected and then I hit the elevator. I made my way to the basement of the AAC and found someone in a maroon coat. They always know what’s going on.

I asked the gentleman sitting at a table where I could find Rick Carlisle’s pre-game press conference. He looked at me and told me he had no idea but to ask this other gentleman. He would know. So much for my theory on maroon coats knowing everything.

The second guy told me to head to Interview Room 1. I know where that is. It’s the same room he does his postgame press conference in. I asked if that’s where Jason Kidd would do his as well. He told me it was the same room.

I walked to the interview room and there were two guys in there setting it up. Just to make sure I was in the right spot I asked one more time if this was where Carlisle would be talking and they said it was. I then asked if it was where Jason Kidd would be doing his and they said no. They explained that he would be down the hall a little ways. It was at that moment I decided maybe I shouldn’t trust the maroon coats anymore.

Carlisle came in and it was quite a different sight. Carlisle was sporting a Mavericks T-shirt and gray sweat pants. It was quite different from the suit and tie look we are accustomed too. He started off by praising the work of Jason Kidd as a coach. He also talked about how the Brooklyn Nets were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. He didn’t speak long.

As soon as he was gone, we all left the room and made our way towards J-Kidd. He already had a group of reporters around him. I could barely hear what he was saying because he speaks so softly. I listened and tried to hear what he was saying but I could only make out a few words.

After he was done I walked towards the Mavs locker room. There were several of us that walked in and went straight for a stepper machine in which Mark Cuban was utilizing. He had been on it for a while as he was pouring sweat.

I had a few questions I wanted to ask Cuban but I was watching the professionals do the asking. He was asked questions about Jason Collison and retiring Derick Harper’s number this year.

ForbescoverPretty sure all 6 of us standing there got “wide-eyed” when Cuban made the announcement that the NFL would implode within 10 years. We all looked around and tried figuring out what he meant. One of the other reporters asked him what he meant so he explained himself.

“When the pigs get fat, the hogs get slaughtered,” he said. “And they’re getting hoggy.”

In my mind, when a multi-billionaire speaks his mind about business, someone should listen.  His reasoning was because the NFL is getting greedy. The idea that they have a great product right now and it’s working good. The problem Cuban sees is they want to expand the television market to take over more days a week and he said that’s going to cause the implosion. People will lose interest in the product on the field because their team may be playing on a Tuesday this week or a Friday next week.

By this time, Cuban is down on the ground with us and he’s talking face to face. He’s still dripping with sweat from his time on the exercise machine.

He wraps up the interview and we all head towards the exit of the locker room. Brandan Wright is sitting there by the locker and he says hello as I walk by. Somehow this still doesn’t get old I think to myself as I walk towards the elevator to get to the press box.

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Trade Deadline: Mavs Player Value – Jose Calderon

by Albert Luna on February 17, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The week of the trade deadline has arrived, and we will continue our look at each Mavericks player and their value on the trade market with other teams. Be sure to check back every day as we count down towards the trade deadline.

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What’s the market value of this savvy, veteran shooting point guard who’s on the wrong side of 30?

Salary:

$6,791,570

Age:

32 years, 5 months

Season Stats:

11.6 PPG – 4.8 APG – 2.3 RPG

Potential: 

His best days are behind him but you could plug him in to any system in the league and he would contribute; could be a great bench presence for a Championship contender.

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Trade Value:

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Signed to a four-year, $29 million contract. Calderon will be paid $6,791,570 in 2013-14. There is neither a player nor team option in his deal. The Mavs likely outbid the market on Calderon, but they needed a pure point guard in the worst way based on how last season played out at the position (Darren Collison, Mike James among others.). Calderon, who led the league in 3-point percentage (46.1) last season, is shooting a slightly less yet still impressive clip of 44.5% (good for 6th in the league this season). This gives Calderon significant value for the Mavs as a floor-spacer to help create room for scoring threats (such as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis) to work.  Although having a low assist average this year (4.8), Calderon is having one of his better campaigns efficiency-wise, having a career low in turnovers (1.2) (which is the best clip among starting point guards in the entire league). Calderon rarely threads the needle and looks to make the simple pass more often than not which is a main reason the Spaniard has been able to guide the Mavs to 6th in the league in assists. The Mavs consider the ability to get the ball in the right spot at the right time a critical element that they lacked last season, which contributed mightily to their crunch-time woes.  The numbers might not be there, but Jose has brought the culture. Defensively however is an entirely different matter, as Calderon and Ellis (as expected) have formed one of the worst starting defensive backcourts in the league. Calderon simply doesn’t have the lateral footwork to keep up with some of the quicker guards in the conference (such as Lillard, Westbrook and Curry).  Devin Harris off the bench does provide some solid defensive presence on the exterior but as long as Calderon and Ellis are together, they’ll continue to be elite offensively, but a liability on the other end.

There is a concern based on the fact that all four years of Calderon’s deal are guaranteed. Age may be a problem as Calderon will be 35 in the final year of his deal, but he still has the ability to facilitate on offense and shoot the lights out.

If Calderon can stay healthy, he could play a similar role to that of Jason Kidd in his later Dallas days. If Calderon does show signs of decline, (which there is no evidence to point to as of now) the Mavs will likely have to go other directions with the starting point spot. This is likely the only way the Mavs would be willing to shop Calderon, presently however it’s highly unlikely the Mavs would be willing to deal a point guard that fits so well in their system. Calderon also would have a hard time yielding any trade value as he’s 32 and on a long term deal, eliminating contending playoff and championship teams as potential suitors. Calderon realistically probably will never be an attractive trade value again, unless of course he maintains his level of play for 4 more years and the Mavs were to deal him on his then-expiring contract. That is all speculation at this point since the Mavs will have a completely different landscape to their team by then.

Although it seems as if the Calderon signing was a bad deal that locked the Mavs hands for 4 years on a 32 point guard, it is actually turning out as a fair bargain given his intangibles and fit in Coach Carlisle’s system. Trade value wise, he has little to no value but that could work as an advantage for the Mavs as it gives them 4 years of stability, planning, and hopefully winning.

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Days until trade deadline: 3 days

Stay tuned!

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Trade Deadline Series: Mavs Player Value – Harris & Carter

by Albert Luna on February 16, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Now only 4 days away, we continue are look each Mavericks player and their value on the trade market with other teams. Be sure to check back every day as we count down towards the trade deadline.

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Players: Devin Harris and Vince Carter

What is the trade value for these 2 seasoned veterans that bring scoring, leadership among others on expiring contracts?

Salaries:

Harris- $884,293- Carter- $ 3,180,000

Age:

Harris – 30 years, 11 months, Carter – 37 years, 1 month

Season Stats:

Harris: 8.9 PPG – 3.8 APG – 1.3 RPG

Carter: 11.3 PPG – 2.8 APG – 3.3 RPG

Potential: 

Harris - His best days are most likely behind him. His current role is probably his best usage, good savvy scoring reserve off the bench. Could start for some of the non-playoff teams in this league at his age still.

Carter - For his age is exceeding expectations. Potential has clearly been reached in solid, scoring presence off bench for playoff caliber team.

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Trade Value:

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Signed to a guaranteed one-year, $884,293 contract. Much like DeJuan Blair, the Mavs were able to take advantage of acquiring Harris as a veteran minimum signing. Harris, who was traded away from the Mavs 6 years ago for Jason Kidd, comes back to Dallas as a more polished defensive player but has no doubt been on the downswing offensively (he was averaging 21.3 PPG his first full year with the Nets but is averaging just 10 points in his last 3 seasons. However that is not to underestimate him as a player that is constantly on the lookout for a nice 15 point game on any given night. Defensively, his progression in Atlanta (his lone season last year with the team where he played alongside point guard Jeff Teague) provided some unique flexibility as he defended the shooting guard position with moderate success. Injuries have plagued Harris throughout career. Taking out the 66-game lockout season of 2012-13, Harris averaged 65.2 games played in a five-year span leading up to this season. This season he seems poised to compete in about 40 games, essentially missing half the season. Harris and teammate DeJuan Blair are in the same boat as they signed a one year deal in hopes of proving their worth to guarantee a longer contract this summer (similar to OJ Mayo). Trade Value wise, Harris is a big asset for the Mavs. He can only be looked to be realistically dealt to a contender since anyone else could simply sign him outright this summer. Although the Mavs plan to entertain him with offers of their own this summer, it would be wise to at least make calls and find out what his value would be in a trade. Teams that are looking for scoring punch from guards off the bench (such as Portland, Oklahoma City, or even Brooklyn) as they make their descent into a long playoff run could look at Harris as a great 3-4 month loaner. If the Mavs have decided that Harris most likely isn’t in their future plans they should at least look to get a 2nd round pick and a player in return (such as Alan Anderson from Brooklyn or Thomas Robinson from Portland).

Although has been injured, he has proven that he can still be a nice scoring option off the bench for any team in this league. His defensive improvement has also allowed him to be a bigger asset than most for the Mavs. If the team does hold on to him, look for them to almost certainly pursue him in the off-season, if not they would lose him for nothing.

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Carter is in the last year of his deal that is worth just a shade over $ 3 million for this season. Carter has shown that age is just a number (Carter recently turned 37 years old) and has been providing the Mavs instant offense and underrated defense in his third consecutive season as the Mavs’ sixth man. Most of all, Carter has been able to stay healthy and drive a Mavs bench that has under preformed since the 2011 championship bench. Carter’s health can be attributed to Coach Rick Carlisle keeping his minutes in the mid-20s per game, putting a priority on keeping the 17-year vet. Carter remains an outstanding one-on-one and pick-and-roll creator and offensive focal point for the second unit. He also is a floor-spacing complement, knocking down 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season. Trade value wise, owner Mark Cuban went on the record late last season saying he hopes to retain Carter’s services after his contract expires this summer. Carter said he hasn’t considered retirement, adding that his body will tell him when it’s time. He certainly looks capable of continuing to be an NBA contributor beyond 2014. Carter’s shooting, and leadership along with his expiring deal makes him that much more attractive to contending teams. Teams in need of a shooter (such as the Trailblazers, or injury-ridden Spurs). These caliber-type teams are likely the only ones that would be interested in someone like Carter at his age. The Mavs would likely only be able to yield a draft pick, however they could reasonably ask for that pick to be a first rounder given Carter’s high value.

The bottom line is that both Harris and Carter are both in the final months of expiring contracts and given their scoring punch and leadership, they could help out any team from a reserve role. If the Mavs decide to hang on to them both, expect them to likely look to resign them this summer as they will have run the risk of losing high caliber talent for nothing. Time will tell if their decision pays off or could come to haunt them in the future.

Days until trade deadline: 4 days

Stay tuned!

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Wrap Up: Mavs Can’t Stop Teletovic, Nets In Loss

by Greg Higgins on January 29, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (25-20) happened to catch the Brooklyn Nets (19-22) at the wrong time.  Brooklyn has been the hottest team in the NBA in the new year. Coming into Friday night’s contest with the Mavs, the Nets are 8-1 in 2014. This included wins against the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. After Friday night, you can make it 9-1 for Brooklyn as they defeated the Mavs 107-106.

How it went down:

Dallas, finishing up a stretch of games in which they played six games in six different cities in ten different games, were facing Jason Kidd for the first time as a head coach. Not only was it a reunion with Jason Kidd, but the Mavs were also facing Jason Terry for the first time in a Nets uniform.

Terry, however, wasn’t the person that beat the Mavs though. Actually, the Mavs were defeated by the most unlikely of heroes. Reserve Mirza Teletovic drained seven three-pointers for Brooklyn as he scored 34 points in 27 minutes of action.

Teletovic scored 24 points in the second quarter on six of seven from three-point land. His 24 points was almost as much as the Mavs scored for the whole quarter (25). Brooklyn outscored the Mavs 39-25 in the quarter and built an 11-point lead at the break. Dallas’ guard Vince Carter did his best to keep the Mavs close as he scored 10 points in the half, including two from beyond the arc.

Dallas tried to inch back into the game but the Nets kept answering every run. The Mavs, trailing by 11 in the final period kept coming back but in the end, they ran out of time.

Inside the Numbers: 

The 34 points by Teletovic is a career high for him.

Devin Harris had his best game since returning to Dallas. Devin finished with 14 points on 4-6 shooting. He did foul out, however, in only 16 minutes of action.

Impact Play of the Game:  Trailing by three (105-102), Jason Kidd chose to intentionally foul Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk knocked down the first shot and purposefully missed the second one. The Nets got the rebound and were able to hold onto the lead.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Vince Carter, playing with a little extra motivation, led all the Mavs in scoring with 19 points. Carter and Kidd were teammates for the Nets and Vince seemed motivated playing against his former team.

Quotes:

“We didn’t get the job done. But the great thing about it is we can bounce back and take care of business at home and get a little home cooking,” – Vince Carter

 

“We were just poor defensively as a team. [Teletovic] hit his first couple of shots and we just let him keep going. You just can’t do that with professional shooters. He had a great night, but we contributed to it. He took advantage of it, but the second quarter was our downfall.” – Rick Carlisle

On Deck: Dallas will return home on Sunday to face the Detroit Pistons at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on FSSW locally.

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Game Night: Mavs Face Former Teammate, Now Head Coach

by Terence Huie on January 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Mavs finish a mini two-game road trip tonight as they look to walk in Barclays Center to get a win against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Game At Hand

JkiddWednesday night, the Mavs suffered an embarrassing defeat to the Raptors. The Mavs blew a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks to an 40-point outstanding performance from Raptors’ guard DeMar DeRozan. Dallas looks to rebound with a win tonight against Coach Jason Kidd and the Nets.

The Nets led by former Mavs floor general Jason Kidd has been on a tear in mid-January. Brooklyn is currently on a 4-game winning streak, including an overtime win against the Miami Heat.

Keys To The Game

1. Advantage in the Transition Game

Brooklyn is one of the oldest teams in the league this season. The Mavs should take advantage in the transition game and run fastbreaks when granted the opportunity. The Nets are ranked 28th in transition defense this season.

2. Maintain The Momentum

Part of the reason for the Mavs losing games is losing momentum after a huge run. Just like the blown 21-point lead against the Raptors, the team made too many careless turnovers and not executing the offense. Dallas has to be more careful on offense and avoid taking contested shots.

Matchup of the Night: Kevin Garnett vs. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk and KG are two of the greatest NBA power forwards of this era. These two big men may be past their prime, but can still get it done with their phenomenal mid-range game. It’ll be fun to see these two guys matchup against each other in the post. Dirk also returns tonight from a 1-game rest, so it’s good to know that he has fresh legs.

Quotes:

“You know, we’ve been watching [Kidd] all year and he’s doing a great job. They’ve been the best team in the league since Jan. 1, so everyone has their hands full with them right now.” - Rick Carlisle

 

“Hopefully my legs feel a little fresher tonight and I’ll be able to help the guys. It was tough watching that game. They started off so well, Toronto was sharing the ball, and then unfortunately we fell a little short down the stretch. That was definitely a tough one to watch.” - Dirk Nowitzki

When and Where:

The game starts at 6:30 CST and airs on Fox Sports Southwest.

GO MAVS!

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Mavs Pre-Season 1 Day Away – A Look At Dirk Nowitzki

by Ryan Wilson on October 6, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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One day Mavericks fans. One day remains until pre-season tip-off. While the number #41 has been engraved into Mavericks fans brains forever, he will always be the best Maverick of all time. He has stuck with this franchise through the good times and bad. He came from overseas a young boy, and has turned himself into a legend, a Champion, and a future Hall of Famer. He has arguably the most un-guardable shot in the history of the NBA, and work ethic that can’t be beat. Ladies and gentlmen, Mavs fans everywhere, I give you Dirk Werner Nowitzki.

Nowitzki was born in Wurzburg, Germany. He came from a very athletic family, and despite having in interest in tennis and handball, his height caught the attention of a former German basketball player, Holger Geschwinder.  He took Nowitzki under his wing, and put him through a very different type of training regimen.

Nowitzki played for multiple German basketball squads. He was an impact player for a couple of years, but never really caught any attention back in the States. That was until 1997, when he played in a Nike event with NBA Legends, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen. He sure caught Barkley’s attention, which you can see in the video below.

The summer of 1998 would bring new life to the Dallas Mavericks and begin the legendary career for Nowitzki. The Mavericks were highly interested in acquiring Nowitzki, so they worked out a deal with Milwaukee Bucks. The Mavericks drafted Robert “Tractor” Traylor(Desired by Milwaukee) and traded him to the Bucks for the rights to the 8th pick, Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks would also land Steve Nash in that summer, and would now piece together the new “Big Three” in Dallas, made up of Nowitzki, Nash, and Michael Finley.

While the hopes of a revitalized franchise was in the near future, it wouldn’t be the 1998-1999 season. Nowitzki struggled with the faster and more physical NBA league, and was often called Irk, instead of Dirk, because players thought he lacked the defense in his game.

“I was so frustrated I even contemplated going back to Germany”

After the nightmarish rookie season, the 1999-2000 season brought a new sheriff to town. Mark Cuban purchased the Mavericks franchise for $280 million. Cuban brought to the Mavericks an energy that would quickly be displayed in their effort on the hard wood. Nowitzki’s second season was a major improvement over his first. He was runner up in the NBA Most Improved Player Award, and averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. Despite the successful individual accolades, the Mavericks failed to reach the playoffs yet again. The Mavericks front office knew they had the right ingredients, so it was only a matter of time.

Dirk_6The 2000-2001 season was the year that marked the Mavericks new found relevance in the NBA elite. Nowitzki continued his stellar play along with Finley, but it was Dirk’s best buddy Steve Nash who began to find his niche with the team. The new “Big Three” in Dallas led the Mavericks to a 53-29 regular season record, and their first playoff appearance since 1990. The Mavericks would defeat the Utah Jazz in the opening round, but would eventually lose to the San Antonio Spurs. One thing was for sure. The Dallas Mavericks weren’t going to be going anywhere. They were legit and would be around for a long time.

Dirk and the “Big Three” would spend a couple more seasons together, but could never get over the proverbial hump. They would continue to win but would fall short each and every season. In the summer of 2004, Steve Nash signed with the Phoenix Suns. A year later, the Mavericks had to waive Finley to avoid luxury taxes. Dirk was now the lone member left of the “Big Three”.

The 2005-2006 season would be historic for the Mavericks. Dirk continued his All-Star play and led the team to 60 wins and the longest playoff run in the history of the franchise. They stormed through the Western Conference, and found themselves facing Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, and the Miami Heat. The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, and would never win another game, falling to the Heat in 6 games. For a competitor like Nowitzki, it was a crushing blow that many feared he would never overcome.

The 2006-2007 season would bring both good and bad to Nowitzki and the Mavericks. They would win a franchise best 67 games, and cruise to the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Unfortunately, those playoffs would be cut short, because Dallas would become the first #1 seed to lose to an #8 seed(Golden State Warriors) in the history of the NBA. Dirk would still be honored with the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but it paled in comparison to what had just happened in the playoffs.

The Mavericks would tinker around with their roster for a few more years. Leading up the 2010-2011 season, the Mavericks had now acquired some pieces that could make a run. With guys like Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks seemed poised to prove doubters wrong. They finished the season the #3 seed in the Western Conference, where many NBA analysts picked them to lose in the 1st round to the Portland Trail Blazers. That would never happen. Nowitzki was playing at a Hall of Fame level, and led the Mavericks past Portland, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference Finals. They would once again find themselves in the NBA Finals taking on the much hated Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade would still be a member, but this time was teamed up with Chris Bosh and Lebron James.

DirkNowitzki and the Mavericks found themselves in a 1-0 hole in Game 2, and were trailing by 15 points in the 4th. The Mavericks stormed back and won, capitalized with a Nowitzki drive by finger roll to close the game out. The Mavericks would eventually take out the Heat in Miami in Game 6, and win their 1st ever NBA Championship. Nowitzki was crowned the Finals MVP. He had now established himself a true NBA Legend in every sense of the word.

Following the historic season was the NBA lockout. The Mavericks had to retool and get rid of some of the players that made up the championship roster. They would make the playoffs, but get bounced by Oklahoma City in the 1st round.

Last season, the Mavericks once again found themselves with a completely new roster. Dirk had to get off-season surgery, which forced him to miss 27 games. The Mavericks battled throughout the season, but finished 42-42, and missed the playoffs for the 1st time since 2000.

The Dallas Mavericks head into the 2013-2014 season with fresh faces, but it should be a team that compliments Nowitzki quite well. What is in store for the remainder of Nowitzki’s career is unknown, but one thing is for sure…he’s a rare breed of NBA player. He doesn’t look to join the super teams, or try to market himself. He’s a man who plays for his city, his country, and does it with dignity and grace. He’s a true legend in every sense of the word. He is Dirk Nowitzki. All Star. Champion. Hall of Famer.

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Mavs Pre-Season 2 Days Away – A Look Back at Jason Kidd

by Damian Jackson on October 5, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Two days until Mavericks preseason basketball. Two also the number of retired Mavs jerseys in the American Airlines Center rafters. Two NBA Finals appearances in the last eight seasons.

We’re on the home stretch of our countdown and brings us to future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.

Most fans know Kidd spent two stints of his career with Dallas. He was drafted second overall by the Mavericks in 1994 and went on to win Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill.

Traded to Phoenix Suns in 1996 and then to the New Jersey Nets in 2001, it wouldn’t be until 2008 that Kidd would make his second tour of duty in the Metroplex. Dallas would send young, water-bug point guard Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Mo Ager, Keith Van Horn, $3 million cash and first round picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright.

The trade divided the Mavericks fan base. While there were those who thought adding the veteran point was the right move to appease a star in Dirk Nowitzki, others believed that Dallas gave away too much in the deal and traded away their point guard of the future.

It took 3 1/2 seasons for the debate to be settled once Kidd and the 2010-2011 Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to win the franchise’s first ever NBA championship.

Kidd was never the nightly triple double monster in Dallas that he was in the prime of his career with the Suns and Nets, but it was the small things that made the greatest impact. Kidd’s extensively high basketball IQ was a weapon itself for the Mavs in all situations throughout a game.

Defensively Kidd was an animal for his age. His ability to cover shooting guards and even some small forwards provided Mavs teams with versatility on that end of the floor. This bode well for Dallas’ implemented three-guard lineup that most prominently included Kidd, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea.

It’s still shocking to realize the player once named “Ason Kidd” due to his lack of a “Jumpshot”, now ranks third in 3-point field goals made in NBA history only trailing Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. Kidd’s dead eye shooting became a major part of his impact on the offensive end. No longer could Kidd blow by defenders and create for himself or his teammates by penetrating the lane. He worked on his shot diligently and it more than paid off.

Kidd chose to leave Dallas in the summer of 2012 and play for the New York Knicks in a move his thought more beneficial for his playing career. It would be his last season in the league and he now is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

The list of accolades for this man is lengthy, but here are the highlights:

  • He’s a 10-time All-Star and 5-time All-NBA First Team member.
  • Champion with the Mavs in 2011 after two failed trips with the Nets in 2002 & 2003.
  • 2nd All-Time in both assists and steals (John Stockton in both).
  • 3rd All-Time with 107 career triple doubles (Oscar Roberson & Magic Johnson).
  • 2 Gold Medals in the Olympics 2004 & 2008

 

Kidd will go down as one of the association’s greatest players ever and certainly one of the greatest Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban wasn’t happy with the way Kidd left Dallas in 2012 and initially said there is no way his jersey will be in the rafters. However, they’ve mended those wounds and it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if one day Kidd hangs in those AAC skies.

 

 

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Mavs Pre-Season 4 Days Away – A Look Back At Michael Finley

by Ryan Wilson on October 3, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Can you feel it Mavs fans? We are only 4 days away from the pre-season tip-off. Who else to represent that number than one of the greatest Mavericks ever to play, Michael Finley.

Finley was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 21st overall pick in 1995. He played for the University of Wisconsin, where he had quite a bit of success, and even held the all-time scoring record for over 10 years. His 1st season with Phoenix landed him on the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team, averaging 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.

Despite his successful season with Phoenix, the Suns decided to trade Finley, Sam Cassell, A.C. Green, and a 2nd Round pick to Dallas for Jason Kidd, Loren Meyer, and Tony Dumas.

FinleyGroupFinley immediately became the leader of the Mavericks, and along with Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, they would become the “Big Three” in Big D, turning the Mavericks franchise contender for many years to come.

Finley would be selected to two All-Star games(2000,2001) and would even play for the US National Team in 2002. The group of Nash, Finley, and Nowitzki would entertain Mavericks fans everywhere for many years, but as much fun as the Mavericks were to watch, they could never ultimately get over the hump with that group.

In 2005, the Mavericks had to waive Finley in order to avoid luxury taxes. He was courted by many teams, but ultimately decided to choose the Mavericks long time rival, the San Antonio Spurs. This didn’t exactly resonate well with Mavericks fans, but even today he remains a fan favorite in Dallas.

In 2007, he went on to win his first and only NBA Championship with San Antonio. Steve Nash now remains the only one of the “Big Three” not to win a Championship. Finley would later sign with the Boston Celtics in 2010, and would eventually announce his retirement at the end of that season.

MichaelFinleyIn the end, Finley was an integral part of turning a franchise full of mediocrity into a championship contender. Today, you can still find Finley getting involved with activities within the organization. Despite winning a ring with the rival Spurs, he is and always will be a Maverick.

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Mavs Pre-Season 6 Days Away – A Look Back At Tyson Chandler

by Ryan Wilson on October 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Your Dallas Mavericks are now only 6 days away until the start of the pre-season. Today marks the opening day of training camp. To continue along with our pre-season countdown, who else can you really place at #6, other than the man who made a lasting impression on the Mavericks franchise in only one season. Yes, we are talking about the man in the middle for your 2011 NBA Champions, Tyson Chandler.

ChandlerThe Mavericks’ history at the Center position has never really been a strong point, or anything to be that proud of. On July 13, 2010, that would all change. The Charlotte Bobcats and the Dallas Mavericks organized a trade that would send Alex Ajinca and Chandler to the Mavericks, and Eduardo Najera, Erick Dampier, and Matt Carrol to the Bobcats.

This was a move that expected great reward, IF and only IF he could find a way to remain healthy. This would be Chandler’s 10th season in the NBA, and in three of those seasons, he failed to play at least 52 games. In the two years prior to his arrival in Dallas, he had missed 68 games due to back issues and a stress fracture in his foot. It was a small risk by the Mavericks that would pay huge dividends.

Chandler would quickly show just how big those dividends were. His hustle on both ends of the floor, and his presence in the paint would provide Dallas the kind of “edge” that analysts said had been missing for quite some time. He fit in perfectly with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, and finally gave the Mavericks a guy who could finish at the rim. He averaged nearly a double double that season(10.1 pts, 9.4 rebs) to go along with 65% from the field.

Chandler 1The Mavericks finished that season with 57 wins and headed into the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference. They would go on to take down Portland, the L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Miami Heat en route to their first ever NBA Championship.

The Mavericks then had the unfortunate task of dealing with the new Collective Bargaining Act, which lead to multiple players from that championship roster going to different teams. Chandler would head to Madison Square Garden and play for the New York Knicks. He has thrived in New York, and even won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in his first year. However, despite his success in New York, he has always believed that the Mavericks could have had even more success had they kept a few of the players from that team.

“I’m very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up”

Through it all, it must be said that no player in Mavericks history has ever made such an impact on a team in only one season. Tyson Chandler did it with hustle, energy, and an overall will to win. That is exactly how he went out as a Maverick, a winner.

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Games To Mark Down On That Calendar

by Ryan Wilson on August 8, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Okay, I know we are 83 days away from the Mavs embarking on the 2013-2014 season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our big games marked on the schedule. Here’s a look at our top games for the upcoming season.

vs. Atlanta Hawks, Oct. 30: This will be our first look at the new look Mavericks at the AAC. It’s been back to back seasons full of many new faces, and this year will be no different. You will be able to see our new starting lineup, one that figures to feature newcomers Jose CalderonMonta Ellis, and Samuel Dalembert.

WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder, Nov. 6: Our first chance to show national television the new look Mavericks against a big time Western Conference contender. The Thunder will be fully healthy, following the return of Russell Westbrook, but will they overlook these Mavericks? Anytime these two teams hook up, it’s bound to be a delight. 

Miami Heat, Nov. 15: Forgive me I get stuck in the past a little bit, but I feel like the Mavericks have made Miami (American Airlines Arena) their second home ever since they clinched Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2011. Hate them all you want, but the Miami Heat are always must see television, and this is one you won’t want to miss.

vs. Houston Rockets, Nov. 20: The Mavericks entered the 2013 summer of free agency with huge goals. One of them was to land Dwight Howard. All of Mavs Nation waited for an answer from Dwight, only to be let down when he chose the Houston Rockets instead. Is he now a hated villain in Big D? This will be our second look at Howard in a Rockets jersey, but the first one in Dallas. It shouldn’t take long to see how Mavericks fans feel about it either.

act_jj_redickvs. Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 3: Chris Paul came into this summer the Mavericks’ #1 target in free agency, which quickly went out the window when Doc Rivers became new head coach, and Paul signed his 5-year, $107 million contract. The Clippers loaded up on new talent in J.J. RedickJared Dudley, and former Maverick Darren Collison. They figure to once again be one of the more entertaining teams, so it figures to be a heck of a ball game in Big D.

vs. Miami Heat, Feb. 18: Just like the Mavericks made Miami their second home, this must be gut wrenching anytime King James comes to Dallas. Each and every time he walks into the AAC, he will be reminded of the 2011 defeat by a banner high up in the rafters and have to deal with the fact that the only team to beat the Miami Heat in a playoff series is our Dallas Mavericks.

timthumbvs. Brooklyn Nets, March 23: Did you ever think you would have a chance to watch a team that featured Deron WilliamsJason TerryKevin GarnettPaul Pierce, and Joe Johnson? How about Hall of Fame point guard and former Dallas Maverick NBA Champion Jason Kidd coaching the squad? Not satisfied yet? Don’t know what else to tell ya. Must see. 

Los Angeles Lakers, April 4: The Mavericks figure to be battling for playoff position, and the Lakers could as well, depending on how Kobe Bryant responds to his achilles surgery. The Lakers will no longer have the burden of the Dwight Howard drama, and should be able to focus solely on basketball. This game could be of little meaning, but it figures to be just the opposite. I expect this to be a pivotal matchup in Hollywood..one that the Mavericks and Lakers tend do so well.

 

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