The only thing San Antonio Spurs fans want more than to win it all this year is for the Dallas Mavericks to lose their title as reigning NBA champions. It was undoubtedly tough to watch Mark Cuban and his team hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, but as we inch closer to the start of the season, it looks like the chance of a Dallas repeat gets smaller and smaller. The Mavs let some of the key parts of their championship run get away. Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler are all gone, and they brought in two aging veterans in Vince Carter and Lamar Odom to replace them.
Now, their star player is admitting he’s not even ready for the season to start. Dirk Nowitzki said after a 2-for-10 shooting performance in their last preseason game against Oklahoma City that he’s not at 100-percent.
“I’m fine, nothing hurts,” Nowitzki said. “The wind will come back, but it’s definitely better than what it was two weeks ago when we started camp. I actually wasn’t joking about the amnesty thing two weeks ago. That’s how bad I looked. It’s been some hard work the last two weeks, but I’m still obviously not 100 percent.”
I think we can expect the Mavs to have a very slow start. The championship hangover mixed with the new players and some rusty older ones is going to make it hard to get things going. They’ll definitely struggle at first, and even if they can get a good stride going around mid-season, I still don’t see them as a title contender. That’s good news for any Spurs fan who’s tired of their Texas rivals still calling themselves champions.
Once his boys reached the pinnacle Cuban began looking for ways to reinvent the wheel. It's just another case of an owner's boredom ruining the team. Que sera sera.........................
Bryan - stop regurgitating nonsense you hear pundits saying on ESPN
TD did NOT look old all last year, STATS DONT LIE - he averaged 13.5 pts, 9.5 boards, 2 blocks, and 2.7 assists with 50% FGpercentage - and thats with averaging FOUR LESS MINUTES than the previous season where he averaged less blocks and did about the same in boards and assists.
So his decline pretty much came in points alone (which is understandable considering the run n gun offense that Pop opted for last yr)
So considering he touched the ball about 40% less.. I'd say his numbers were pretty damn good.
TD is still top 3 in the league in defending the post and still top 3 in the league in SCORING in the post.
really you are calling the Mavs old look at you old that lost in the first round of the playoffs if any team is tired it would be yours Dirk still has a lot left in the tank Tim don't have any thing left he looked old all last year not getting any younger and neither is your team
Lol. Another clueless Mavs fan. Go troll somewhere else dude and make sure you do more research on basketball before making dumb comments like this one.