Too old and too late

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Too old and too late

Last season we watched as Dirk Nowitzki and The Dallas Mavericks hoist the NBA Championship banner to the rafters of the American Airlines Center.  In defeating the Miami heat 4 games to 2, the Mavs finally brought Owner Mark Cuban his most sought after possession…an NBA Championship Trophy.

Fast forward almost 1 years time and the Mavs find themselves in an unusual spot…Out of the Playoffs and home watching.  Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Mavs and completed a 4 game sweep of Dallas that saw the Mavericks weaknesses get further exposed and age finally catch up with them. 

During this past off-season, the Mavs lost the heart and soul of their Championship winning team.  Some would say it’s Superstar Forward Dirk Nowitzki, but now that they are officially ousted from the Playoffs it’s evident that Tyson Chandler drove them through the Playoffs last year.  His defensive tenacity and effort was the driving force behind a defense led by Assistant Coach Dwayne Casey (Head Coach of the Raptors) that easily stopped the “Big 3″ in Miami.  The Mavs and Cuban chose not to re-sign Chandler to a new contract and let him go to another club.  Having taken his services for granted, one would assume that Cuban regrets letting the current Defensive Player of the Year award winner go in a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks.

With a roster with an average age of 30.2 (oldest in the NBA), it is blatantly obvious that changes are desperately needed in Dallas if they are to compete in this ‘new’ NBA.  The Thunder exposed the Mavs age and made quick work of the helpless Mavericks.  In the post game interview with Dirk, he himself made reference to not being able to keep up with the younger Thunder team and the need to have 2 or even 3 go-to superstars on your team.  Looking at the Mavs roster, aside from Nowitzki there really isn’t a true 2nd superstar, thus further building the case for the need for reinfocements.

With the Mavs off-season upon them, smarter decisions must be made if they are to compete next season.  Between the Lamar Odom fiasco, Jason Kidd’s multitude of injuries and obvious age issue, Jason Terry’s free agency and their obvious need for a true Starting Center, General Manager Donnie Nelson will have his hands full.

Making the Playoffs the year after winning the NBA title is not easy.  Every team is gunning for you and will stop at nothing to defeat you.  The Mavs were successful in making the Playoffs, but after getting trounced by the younger less experienced Thunder the Mavs should seriously ask themselves whether or this past year was an NBA Title Hangover or age finally creeping up on them at the worst possible time.

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