The Dallas Mavericks . . . . ah, they love to break my heart. It's like a drug, I know I'm going to be slightly disappointed because they're never as good as I think they're going to be, and yet I can't get enough of them. (Well, at least I assume that's what drugs are like.)
Except there was no disappointment last season. The Mavs just took every other team to the cleaners last year. It was beautiful. They had the perfect mix of players and personalities. Then the lockout happened and everything hit the fan. Of course, every team finally realized how amazing the Mavs players were (not that I'm biased or anything), and the trading started like wildfire. So the team lost a bunch of good players. Tyson (swoon) Chandler didn't get a good enough contract and went to the Knicks as a free agent . . . Cuban and Donnie's biggest mistake ever. JJ, DeShawn, and Caron were either free agents or got traded. 4 major players went to other teams. That's a lot to lose in one season, especially when they're your starters or even the first guys to come off the bench. There were others that got traded or retired, so really it's closer to 6 or 7. That's half the entire team. HALF. So, was anyone really expecting to have another championship team? Yup, some were. I had held a hope, but I knew better.
It's heartbreaking, but a team has gone from a Champion season to a rebuild season. Currently the Mavs are in the playoffs, but the team could fall out. What would happen if the current reigning champs couldn't make it to the post season? Would they be branded as a fluke? Probably. Would people say it was a mistake? Most likely. However, no one has taken into account that half of the team went elsewhere.
It's a shame. I want more than anything for the Mavs to be a multi-champion team. Dirk got one ring, but I want him to have more. He deserves it. I just don't see it happening. I don't see this team getting past the 2nd round of the playoffs. At the end of the day (or season) that's okay, because I know why they're not what they were last year. I know it wasn't a fluke. It just hurts to watch. This veteran team is hurting from the condensed season. But, we got a ring. I can live off that for quite some time.