As a music lover, I am reminded of the MJ (the one that did music) song “Man in the Mirror” and I like to alter it to “Man in the Middle” when assessing the Dallas Mavericks for this upcoming season.
After all of these years of having no true center that could play both ends of the floor, they go out and acquire Haywood, along with getting Butler, from the Wizards. Hip, hip hooray the GM finally wants to get the piece every legitimate championship team needs to compete for an NBA title, a man in the low post that can play both ends of the floor. However, there still remained the issue of Dampier still being here in DFW as the backup and sometimes starter. Either way, he was not adequate enough!
Now for the 2010-11 season, the Mavs have gotten it completely right! Dampier is gone and in comes Tyson Chandler to be the starter with Haywood playing the role of backup. Finally, two legit low post players that can play both ends of the floor. I have complained since arriving here in DFW back in 1995 about the lack of low post play with the Mavs. Yeah, you can be a good regular season team being a jump shooting squad, because no team is giving you their all when they have 82 games to play. But when everything is on the line in a 7 game series, that style of basketball just doesn’t work. The only team you could try and make a case for would be the championship Bulls teams and they had the greatest player in NBA history that could get to the basket whenever he wanted. That wasn’t a jump shooting team, but I will give it to you that it didn’t have a dominant low post player.
With that said, every other championship team had a legitimate low post threat that played both ends of the floor. The Mavs now have it too. I won’t get into making any number predictions, but let me say it now while it is still early in the season, the Mavs won’t be out in the first round if those two low post guys stay healthy. Welcome to the real NBA Mavs, where teams are built for the post season!!!
About the Author
Written by Alexei Wall
I provide sports/life perspectives to sports fans that are better and unlike any others you will hear or read. I am a "crazy stupid" sports fan, season ticket holder for the Cowboys, fan of my other local teams, Mavs and Rangers, and will even "chop it up" with you about life, religion, and politics. I also co-host a weekly internet sports talk show called "The X Factor" (well before Simon Cowell thought of the name) on LIVE365.com, which started while I was attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Irving, TX years ago. The wife, daughter, grown son, and other family keep me busy when I am not watching or playing sports. So, I value my time and want to share the truth with you about what we love, SPORTS, since most out there are so willing to try and mislead you. Well, not me!