Continuity didn’t quite follow through in the Dallas Mavericks’ offseason. While Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris re-signed, the Mavs watched Vince Carter (Memphis), DeJuan Blair (Washington) and now likely Shawn Marion leave.
Marion, speaking with Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:
“It was memorable, baby,” Marion said. “It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”
The Mavs always knew Nowitzki was coming back, felt strongly about the returns of Harris and Carter before he chose to take a three-year, $12 million contract with the Grizzlies. But a comeback for ‘The Matrix’ always seemed in limbo and more strung on hope.
It appears rather clear now, Marion’s five-year tenure in Dallas is all but officially over.
Dallas has 15 players under contract, including a new starting small forward in Chandler Parsons. The Mavericks also signed forward Richard Jefferson, want Jae Crowder to play more and will soon officially sign 23-year-old Al-Farouq Aminu.
My favorite Marion Dallas story was him teling reporters before Game 6 of Finals “Only brought two pair of socks. Going home tonight.”
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 27, 2014
The Matrix also owns one of the most unique basketball styles ever. While he spent his best statistical seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Marion came to Dallas and anchored the team defense for five seasons.
Marion exemplified team basketball and fit perfectly next to Nowitzki whom he guarded year in and year out as a member of the Suns. Dallas shifted to the Matrix after the falling out with Josh Howard whose off the court antics clouded a mostly successful six-plus year run with the Mavericks.
A combination of tricks and talents, Marion impacted the game in a multitude of areas. He reduced his three-point shooting in favor of a back-to-the-basket game. Stellar, hard-nosed defense always came first for the former UNLV Running Rebel.
Movement without the basketball to create easy scoring opportunities for himself, crashing the boards (led Dallas for two seasons) and contributing with his most baffling unorthodox versatility all made Marion special.
Marion provided us with plenty of ‘No, no, no’ and ‘What was that?!’ moments, but they were easily overshadowed by his relentless motor and drive to be the best teammate possible in a Mavericks uniform.
Shawn Marion, NBA Champion and Dallas Mavericks great.
So if this is goodbye, we will never forget. Thanks for everything Shawn!