The Dallas Mavericks were very busy this summer. They re-acquired Tyson Chandler in a trade with the Knicks, and were able to get Chandler Parsons to sign a three-year offer sheet that the Rockets declined to match. Where exactly they stand in the Western Conference is an interesting question. Owner Mark Cuban is confident that they’ve added enough basketball IQ to take them to the next level.
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/ Apr 24, 2014 / 1:45 pm
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle won a title in 2011 with Dallas after leading some — in our opinion — underrated Pistons teams after Larry Brown left early in the millennia. His Mavs also put a dent in the Spurs’ seemingly impenetrable “force” in Game 2 Wed. night with a dominating 113-92 win on San Antonio’s home court. But he still says Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is, “The greatest coach in NBA history.” Read More »
/ Apr 11, 2014 / 1:01 am
Earlier this week, Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki dropped in yet another mid-range jumper and passed Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the all-time scoring list. In an interview with ESPN radio on the Thursday before the Spurs played in Dallas, Dirk’s coach, Rick Carlisle, made the case that Nowitzki — now in his 16th season — was one of the 12 best players of all time. Read More »
/ Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.
Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »
/ Nov 26, 2013 / 2:45 pm
There have been a lot of surprises so far this season even though we’re still in the first month. One of them is the play of Monta Ellis, especially in tandem with franchise star Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk finally has a complimentary scorer to ease his offensive burden, and a terrific pick-and-roll partner. Read More »
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has turned into the hardest sideline interview in the business, able to scoff and snark his way out of answering any question regardless of the discomfort coming from reporters just trying to do their jobs. Tonight, down double-digits entering the fourth quarter, Rick Carlisle did a fair impression. Read More »
There was a back-and-forth between former Mavs center Chris Kaman and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle before the Mavs-Lakers game on Tuesday night. Kaman went on the record about his time with the Mavs, calling Carlisle “uptight” after claiming his coach played head games. After a blowout Mavs win, Carlisle, shrouded in irony, said he was shocked Kaman didn’t get more minutes in the Lakers’ blowout loss. Read More »
/ Oct 28, 2013 / 1:00 pm
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, an aging Mavs team with two new additions to buttress star Dirk Nowitzki in the twilight of his career. Read More »
/ Sep 25, 2013 / 5:30 pm
There is a wide belief among sports fans that basketball would be the easiest sport to coach as a player. The assumption that a player could play major minutes on a professional basketball team while playing productively and controlling the ego of million dollar players does not seem like an easy thing for a person to do. This becomes incredibly important when you remember the amount of video that coaches watch to reinvigorate stagnant offenses and to keep defenses strengthened. Read More »
The Mavericks lost out on free agent Dwight Howard to their in-state rivals, Houston, this summer. But they did refurbish a backcourt that was trotting out journeyman Mike James as a starter towards the end of last season. The three guards the Mavs signed this summer as a result, Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris, were formally introduced in Dallas today. Read More »