As the Clock Runs Down on Dirk Nowitzki’s Career…Mav Possibilities

July 11th, 2010 by Tobi Writes Leave a reply »
In the aftermath of the Miami deals, a number of NBA teams who put their eggs in the "landing a superstar" basket find themselves hastily redrawing their plans. That group, sadly, includes my beloved Dallas Mavericks. And the Mavs had problems before that. Dirk Nowitzki has probably four years or less of top play left. Jason Kidd's days as a top starter ended two years ago. That's trouble when that is your list of star players who can carry a team to a title game. Now GM Donnie Nelson has built a deep, talented team of good starter-caliber veterans which had the Mavs looking like a title contender going into the playoffs. But the players were betrayed. The last time we saw the Mavs, they were again suffering through an epic playoff schooling of their head coach, every bit as bad as the "shame your dead ancestors" whipping Don Nelson put on Avery Johnson a few years back. Just like Avery Johnson inexplicably benched key performers of the league's best regular season team that year, Carlisle glued three of the five best players on the roster to the bench for most of the series. Goodbye Brendan Haywood, Roddy Beaubois, and Caron Butler. Hello Eric Dampier, JJ. Berea, an ...

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