If Andre Miller Can Drop 50+ On Your A-s What Does That Say About You As A Team ? Answer The Dallas Mavericks Aren’t A Team ………….!
As much I love the NBA , I do love to see a competitive game that shows me every facet of the game.Now don’t get me wrong it’s not that I feel that there’s anything inherently wrong with the ‘game’ on the whole. It’s just that, when I watch a game, wherein , there’s only ‘one team’ on the court capable playing a ‘lick of defense’. Then I’ve got to question the tenacity of the opposing team and their lack of a will to play with zeal. I’ll continue to maintain this and that is that the Dallas Mavericks in whatever guise they take ‘will never win’ an NBA championship ! Not as a ‘team’ in their present format and certainly not under Rick Carlisle as their coach !
Granted, the Mavericks play great during the regular season and they’ll no doubt blowout the teams that they’re meant to blow out. I mean the ‘lesser lights’ of the Eastern Conference and crabs at the bottom of the barrel of the Western Conference have essentially become everyone’s bitch nowadays and it’ll continue to be that way for the foreseeable future. To see this point how is that the NBA’s hierarchy hasn’t yet seen fit to put the New Jersey Nets out of their misery by either contracting the team or placing them within the NBA ‘D League’ for all of the good that might do ?
At this juncture I’ve got to question not only the business acumen of team owner , Mark Cuban, but also too the front office of the organization and how they’ve gone about assembling this roster. Money might appear to be no object and the NBA mandated salary cap ($71.2 million) won’t stop the likes of Cuban or James Dolan of the New York Knicks from making complete asses of themselves, in the pursuit of an NBA title. But since when did stupidity become the mantra for sound business judgment ? Both of these owners have been hell bent on spending money to assemble a roster that in large part has about as much unison and cohesion as bucket of water mixed with oil. You simply know that two substances don’t mix and cannot co-exist side by side. But yet somehow they’re intent on proving us wrong.
The Mavericks had the pleasure of taking on their conference rivals , the Portland Trailblazers in an agerly anticipated matchup. The Trailblazers were without their best player in Brandon Roy, who missed the game due to a hamstring injury. Never mind the fact that they were also missing both Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla, who’ve been lost to the team for the rest of the season, due to injury. But what this makes lacks in terms of personnel , they more than makeup for in competitive spirit. And that’s something that has been taught to them by their coach, Nate McMillan. And as a coach, McMillan has never really been given his due. He works well with young players and teaches them the intrinsic values that’s needed to make them better players. And there aren’t too many coaches in the NBA of whom that can be said about today.
Now last night’s game if anything , taught me that the Mavericks as a team are very good during the regular season, when there’s not really much to play for other than jockeying for a position in terms of a playoff berth. All well and good but if as a team or should I say as a unit, you don’t even show any cohesion , much less leadership coming from anyone. Then how can you believe that as ‘a team’ you’re destined for success ? That’s something that neither Carlisle and Cuban have been able to answer. Much less players such as ‘seasoned’ veterans Dirk Nowitzski, Jason Kidd or Jason Terry and Josh Howard on this Mavericks’ team. They simply go through the motions of playing as if they are team. But in reality nothing could be further from the truth. They’re soft ‘physically’ , as well as ‘mentality’ and furthermore in terms of there being a ‘leader’ on this team , there’s no one to be found who will willingly accept the role !
Portland for their part are proving that they are indeed a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference . And though no one could ever have imagined that this team would now be at a point that many believe them to be potential future NBA champions. They’re now making a case that , that particular scenario could be reached sooner , rather than later. In Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez and Steve Blake. The Trailblazers possess the nucleus and the core of ‘a team’ that if they remain together could quite possibly challenge for and win multiple NBA titles in the future. Such is the belief of a number of analysts and pundits around the league. And that bodes well for the fans of the organization. Who if anything have had to put up with and live the days when there simply known as the ‘Jailblazers’. Such was the proclivity of the squad at the time, that David Stern and the NBA hierarchy couldn’t be sure if a ‘team’ would be suited up on any given night to meet their scheduled obligations on an NBA court. If a no more than two names were part of a police blotter then more likely than not then a team would be suited up and ready to play.
When Andre’ Miller was brought into the fold as part of the Trailblazers , it was done to add that veteran leadership experience and to provide their starting point guard , Steve Blake, with some guide as to what it would take to improve his all-round game. Miller is a wily veteran with years of experience from playing in the league, having played for the 76ers’ and Nuggets over the course of his career. And though he may well have questioned his role on the team and the authority of Nate McMillan. He was willing to accept the role of a player who if anything would be coming off the bench to provide a spark as and when needed. Last night for Miller in a starting role , he simply exploded and laid a barrage on the Mavericks’ ass that wasn’t even over with , even when the game went into overtime. Such was the explosiveness and virtuosity shown by Miller , that you could’ve easily mistaken him for either ‘Kareem’ or ‘Magic’ with the repertoire shown last night. His was a display that the Mavericks simply had no answer for, all night long.
To cap it all off, in summation the resultant 114-112 win for the Trailblazers was nowhere as close as the score might suggest. In fact that the Mavericks should consider themselves lucky that in large part that this Blazers’ team wasn’t at full strength , otherwise the margin of victory would’ve been considerably wider. Especially when given the fact that Miller simply torched them for 52 points on the night. It could well have been a great deal more, had Miller not tried to push the pace at times when going for some of his shots.
The self promoting and narcissist known as Mark Cuban, seen here at the Blog-world Expo.
So I’ll ask this of you all now , how good are the Portland Trailblazers ? And more to the point do the Dallas Mavericks have any hope of ever winning an NBA championship in their present guise ? It’s becoming obviously clear that despite the vast financial resources at Mark Cuban’s disposal. He’s very much become the ‘Jerry Jones’ of the NBA. He just simply doesn’t know enough about the game to know when to let go and let someone else do the job that they’re being paid for. OK , so Cuban isn’t the de-facto General Manager of the organization. But at present you tell me, could Sarah Palin be doing a better job than the present occupant in the position ? For all sense and purpose Donnie Nelson might as well be selling sand to the Saudi’s for all of the good he’s done for this organization !
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