Thursday Night the Dallas Mavericks finalized a trade where they will acquire Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics, in a surprising move which seemed to come out of nowhere and built steam throughout the day. While getting the talent of a Rondo will be a benefit to the team, there will also be some loss with having to trade-off Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick in 2015, second round pick in 2016, and a 12.9 million trade exception. In this case, the positive outweighs the negative for his talent. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
Dirk Nowitzki is a fan favorite in Dallas, but he really doesn’t get a whole lot of respect nationally because he plays a more European style in the NBA. But Tuesday night in Utah, he passed Oscar Robinson on the All-Time scoring list and is now one of the top 10. Will this grab more respect for Dirk? Probably not, it will take a lot more for most NBA fans to really give Dirk his due. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
Do the Dallas Mavericks have a realistic shot to make the playoffs?
We have made it in the home stretch of the NBA season and with less than 15 games remaining the Dallas Mavericks are in position to sneak into the playoffs when many people within the area thought they wouldn’t even be close. As of right now the Mavs are sitting in the 8th spot just a game and a half over the Phoenix Suns. But the upcoming schedule for the Mavericks is anything but a cake walk.
Josh Hamilton became public enemy number one when he came out in the media just after leaving the Rangers to play for the Angels, saying Dallas was not a “Baseball town”. This lead to a whole campaign to prove him wrong and show him it is in fact a baseball town. But now things have died down from that statement, I started thinking about it and it really made me wonder, what is Dallas-Fort Worth?
In the true sense of the term, DFW is not a “Baseball town”. Now, before you jump my rear end, please continue reading. The Rangers have been in the metroplex since 1972 and just now having their longest run of success, which has fans flocking to the ballpark in record numbers. For the most part, the Rangers have not been on the forefront of sports fans minds in the area. It doesn’t mean fans didn’t follow them or support them, just didn’t go to the ballpark like they are now.
So, if DFW is not a “Baseball town”, then what is it? This is where it really gets hard to pin point one sport to define Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cowboys are the main team which seem to be on everyone’s minds and dominate media coverage day in and day out. But they haven’t had any sustained success in well over a decade.
The Mavericks and Stars have been able to fill up American Airlines arena when they were winning. With that being said, DFW is more of a Winning town than one particular sport or team. The Cowboys will be the primary team, just because Texas is a football hot bed. So, yes, Dallas-Fort Worth is not a “Baseball” town. It is a winner’s town, as long as the Rangers continue to win; they will carry the average or bandwagon fan.
As free agency has gotten into full swing, it has become apparent that the Mavericks are going to come up on the short end of the stick this year. Deron Williams has chosen to stay put into New Jersey, and other free agents that the Mavs were looking at have all recently signed with other teams. Which begs the question, what do they do now?
There isn’t really a “big fish” for the Mavs to land in free agency to excite the fan base. And it has become apparent that Mark Cuban is more interested in dismantling the Championship team and filming his show “Shark Tank”. The fans were already on high alert after the Williams tweeted that he was staying in Brooklyn, then couple the fact that Nash and Dragic both have completed deals to sign with other teams.
In some ways it almost seems like the front office is doing a complete tear down, but doing it so slow and painfully that the fans are still clinging to hope of another championship run. In one way, it seems that the Mavs are admitting that the window is closing on them for another Championship, but they will come out and say they will put “key pieces” around Dirk to make another run. Didn’t the main 3 pieces that you want just get deals done to go play elsewhere?
This has to be very troubling to Dirk, because he isn’t getting any younger. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him stand up and demand he be sent elsewhere. If the Mavs are tearing it down to start over, then they should go ahead and put Dirk up for trade and try to get something in return for him. Either way…the team needs to decide what it is doing. Are you rebuilding or patching it together for another run.
Until the front office can commit to one course of action, fans will be stuck asking what are the Mavs going to do now.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook