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Offseason, Strike 3: Dallas Mavericks Season Preview

Starting Five: PG Jose Calderon, SG Monta Ellis, SF Shawn Marion, PF Dirk Nowitzki, C Sam Dalembert
 
Key Bench Players: G/F Vince Carter, G/F Wayne Ellington, F Brandan Wright
 
Offseason Additions: Additions: Ellis, Calderon, Dalembert, PG Shane Larkin, G Ricky Ledo
 
Offseason Subtractions: SG Ovinton J’Anthony Mayo, C Chris Kaman, PG Darren Collison, PF Elton Brand
 
FACT OR FICTION: The Mavericks are a playoff team.
 
FACT, barely. Honest admission? I actually wrote “Fiction” before seeing that not only the MAMBINO aggregate has Cuban’s boys in the 8-slot, but your boy BK himself slid them in at 7.
 
But a closer look has made me realize that the West, by virtue of various reasons, has become very top heavy this year. Unlike years past, there isn’t going to be a solid 9-seed this season. Dallas will sneak by with guile, with heart, and under the tutelage of the most underrated coach in basketball: Alvy, a one-time contributor to the MAMBINO team.… Read more...

Does "anyone but Frank McCourt" include Mark Cuban?

I’ve used the words “tyranny”, “despot” and “oppression” to describe the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. We’ve endured 7 years of terrible decision making, mismanaged dollars and broken promises. The franchise has seemed directionless and adrift, with every season ending with yet another pennant-less finish. Dodger Stadium seemed less family friendly than ever before. If only another person could come in and save us from these people who seem to have no idea how to own a Major League Baseball franchise.

Now take a look at what I’ve just written – was that from 2011…or from 2003?

I remember 7 years ago when everyone was calling for the end of the Fox Sports era of the Los Angeles Dodgers. We wanted nothing more than to free our underachieving team from the clutches of a soulless corporate entity that led the team to no more playoff victories in its 6 year reign than the 10 years before it. There was a certain sterility to Dodger Stadium that seemed to emanate with a lack of a human touch from a place that once was the heart of the vibrant Los Angeleno pulse. Fans criticized how the team made poor moves in free agency by paying the wrong guys and refusing to pay the right ones. It was Fox Sports that had traded already-legendary Dodger Mike Piazza to the disbelief of the entire fanbase (still to this day!) and signed Darren Dreifort to a 5-year deal. Kevin Malone and Dan Evans were both named GM to the delight of no one and their moves were met with similar reaction. Bill Plaschke begged for them to sell, talk radio wanted them gone and most Dodger fans longed for the day they’d finally be free.

Sound familiar at all?

We’ve been here before. We’ve done this dance and longed for “anything but…”. This time, I’m not hoping for anything but Frank McCourt. I’m hoping for someone better than Frank McCourt. I’m hoping for the best. Not just anyone. Does one of those Anyones include Mark Cuban?

Cubes is on a long list of suitors lining up by the day to place their bids on the soon-to-be for sale Los Angeles Dodgers. Rumored to be in on the sale is a group headed by former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, ex-Dodgers executive Dennis Mannion and even Peter O’Malley, the man who sold the Dodgers to Fox Sports in 1998 in the first place.

Obviously the sexiest and most exciting name here is Mark Cuban, a dot.com multi-billionaire whose most prominent and best known asset is the Dallas Mavericks, your reigning 2011 NBA champions.

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The Mavericks’ title win this year wraps up one of the most incredible turn around stories in sports history. For the first 20 years of the Mavericks now 31 year history, the Mavericks made the playoffs a scant 6 times, never advancing past the second round. After being swept by the Trail Blazers in the 1989-1990 season, the Mavericks went on to be one of the worst teams of the 1990s, never winning more than 36 games which equated to zero postseason appearances. To say that they were a joke is an understatement. For that 10-year stretch, I would argue they were the worst team in basketball. I know this partially from memory, and also because on NBA JAM for Sega Genesis, I never EVER selected the Dallas Mavericks, because that meant either a) an automatic loss or b) that you were so good that you could beat all comers despite playing as the worst team in the game. I was obviously not the latter.

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Team Cuban

There’s a certain amount of love out there for Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. But some people actually find time to spit hate at the guy. Oh he’s so bad for the game! He talks too much! He gets into trouble with the league!

Shove it. Cuban is so good for the league that I get excited whenever he’s mentioned in rumors to buy other sports franchises. It’d be easy to give you the “it’s like if a fan owned an NBA team” line, so other than just spelling that spiel out for you already, I’ll go beyond that. Mark Cuban is a man for the people. E-mail him and say that the seat you sat in last night is broken; he’ll have it fixed for the next game. (Seriously.) Ask him for some insight for the article you’re writing; he’ll give you more than what you need. (Please don’t think I did that here; the biggest reason I’m writing this post at all is because KOBEsh is dominating the posting game right now and I need to pull my weight.)

And who cares whether he gets fined from time to time for useless crap? Don’t tell me that you’ve never spent money on something you knew beforehand was useless. Come on. I spend a few hundo just for the cool logo on the back pocket of my jeans.

Every casual NBA fan that unnecessarily puts emotion into their LeBron hatred can look no further: it’s acceptable to root for Mark Cuban.
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