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Nash and Dampier come to mind. But I wrote extensively about why the championship team should have been allowed to try and repeat. That, in and of itself, was also taking a chance.
There are reasons why letting so many key pieces of a champion walk is unprecedented in sports history and much of it, other than loyalty and faith, is found in old adages we often take for granted.
Hey Mark, awesome blog post. I remember at the time you guys signed Ellis and Calderon I was a little underwhelmed but I have to admit I like your roster. Shawn and Vince are also at least average, probably more.
Calderon and Ellington look like nice, legit floor spacers. And Devin should be better if he gets back to attacking the basket. Thank you for your take on things…. Give them a chance to defend thier title. It was obvious that things had changed with Tyson.. You still had Derk and Jason, albeit one yr older. I get what you were thinking but you were WRONG, rather than try and rationalize your decision making process and the results.
Why not just admit you were wrong and made bad decisions. No use in trying to justify things. You said it was a throw away season in your mind. But when you purchased the team.. In closing… im a huge Mark Cuban fan… I have much respect for this guy… and I think his knowledge and understanding of the game is far above and beyond most of the owners in the NBA. Let it go Mark, you guessed wrong… focus on Put that great basketball mind to use and show us winning the championship in was a fluke.
Comment by theindustryinc - August 4, at NBA Info - August Not just the team that won the title, they were a good enough group that Dirk could carry them to the title. Remember the team when Caron Butler was healthy, that went on a run? We gave them their first loss. The Spurs had only lost to that Hornets team and were We gave them their second loss. Then after we beat the Heat the first time they went on to win 12 in a row. The team that beat them? We played 4 games in five days, the Pistons and Oklahoma City back to back, a day of rest then the Spurs and Heat back to back.
We beat them all, by 4, 8, 9 and The fact that your free agent quest was such a catastrophic failure in back to back years is bad, but not bringing back the best team in Mavs history for a second go round is the real problem. Comment by Nick Preece - August 4, at But what both have in common in hubris.
It can be used to motivate, but it can also lead to delusion. Ironically both crapped out in the FA sweepstakes this year — and if both teams crap out on Melo and Lebron next year, they will have to do some serious soul searching on their franchise players…. Comment by Nash Ten - August 4, at Mark FYI handwriting analysis is the team-building tool of champions.
I am ceo of graphologyconsulting. Comment by Sheila Kurtz - August 4, at These are all the whys and hows I kept telling people in the forums for months. Keep up the excellent work. Your approach is the reason I am a Mavs fan. Comment by pompelmo cemnurgun - August 4, at Hi Mark — I think it is this kind of thing that sets you apart as an owner.
You make me believe that you care more, and this is probably something you should use to attract players. People want to work for a boss who is passionate, can be found in the trenches and gives their employees the feeling that everybody is in this together.
That being said, what the hell do I know? I do know about people, though. I bet it is eating you up inside to know that the road back to a championship is so steep right now. You got this, Mark! Comment by suemeagain7 - August 4, at I certainly understand your abhorrence to tanking and I also respect it; however, at the same time you still do not want a Mavs team just spinning its wheels going nowhere, Sometimes you have to tear things down in order to come back stronger.
It certainly has not been the easiest for you guys on the free agent market losing out on both Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, but you got two solid gems in Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon. Monta is excellent player that will give that Mavs ppg easily and certainly will bring the relieve the burden of an aging Dirk Nowitzki. Jose is also by far one of the most underrated point guards in the game and II am glad he will spend the end of his career on a team of players that know what to do and when to do it on the court.
Hope all the best for you and your team, but it certainly is not looking good. I invite you to see what else I have to say about the Mavs on my blog, http: Thank you for your time and all the best to you. Comment by Jeffrey Thompson slapdoghoops - August 4, at Mark Cuban releases recruiting video he created for Dwight Howard [video]. No regrets for Mavs' rebuilding plan - The Prevailing Ethos.
We trust you all, and I think the model you explained is a great plan. And, with Dirk only having 2 to 3 years left, it makes sense. My one complaint is that I would love to see a commitment from Rick to play the younger players a bit more, which would help add bargaining chips or to simply get younger. Which will entice other players to come, or add trade chips that we need to trade for the missing piece s.
Anyway, thanks for everything and Shark Tank is my favorite show. Comment by Erick Barnett - August 4, at No regrets for Mavs' rebuilding plan - Channels. The Dallas Mavericks made a comic-book themed video for Dwight Howard. Forget the implications for basketball for a minute. Thank you so much.. PS…this would make a great Harvard Business School case study!!! Comment by Don Fronzaglia - August 4, at Mark Cuban writes lengthy blog post explaining Mavericks' decisions - iSports News.
I have been a dedicated fan since before you bought the team. If I owned the Mavs I imagine I would do very little differently. With Calderon feeding Dirk the ball and Ellis keeping the opposing D honest, Dirk is going to have a monster year and the summer of 14 could get interesting.
I honestly like all 15 players that will be on the roster. Comment by Henauder Titzhoff - August 4, at 9: Mark, thanks for the write up, Very few owners do what you do in connecting with the fans. I appreciate it and will always be a MFFL. However I see your approach and want to point out asset management.
Best center in Mavs history and he was let go. Same thing with J J, I believe those 2 players fit our culture and could have been assets for future trades for a big FA.
It has been clear that Big FA do not come to Dallas, unless there is a young superstars or the final piece of the puzzle.. I hope this is the lesson learnt as we move forward. I trust in the you Donnie, and the new GM and coach Carlisle.
Comment by VDN27 xecor27 - August 4, at 8: How much revenue is brought in from jersey sales? The relationship between Mr. Comment by Scott Lamberson - August 4, at 6: Mark, I wish other owners were as accessible as you are to the fans. I applaud your openness and willingness to share. People often try to evaluate your decisions as if they are playing NBA 2k14 even though the real world is far more complex because you are dealing with personalities, etc.
They have a younger star who has been healthier that last few seasons and can potentially have cap space in to add yet another strong player. Frankly, I am not sure I agree with some of your offseason moves this year. But committing long term money to Calderon and Ellis seems problematic. Then again if they were the only options left then you have to do right by Dirk. Did you ever consider trading Dirk for his own good and starting over? Are there any conditions apart from Dirk asking for a trade which he never will that would need to exist for you to decide trading him is the best thing for him and the Mavs?
Comment by Doug Bailey - August 4, at 5: Comment by nickduddy - August 4, at 5: And yes fans and foes alike, Mark needed to do this for so many reasons. For him not to speak on the Mavs current State of the Union would be disingenuous at best. Like great restaurants, I honestly believe that he values his customers opinions, which in practice makes the overall experience consistent and personable. I digress, I read a comment that also provided a teachable moment to yours truly, and I say also because I have no doubt that it will resonate with Mark.
Tyson Chandler is water under a bridge, but Steve Nash still sticks in a few crawls speaking in my native Texas drawl. Your experiences have made it so.
Comment by worldbfree4me - August 4, at 5: Comment by jasonjamaljimmy - August 4, at 5: Great insight about your strategy around culture and signing tradable players. Great anti-fragile strategy to sign fallen angels and wait for fallen superstars to become available via trade.
Comment by Steven Moody - August 4, at 4: Thanks for the inside. I really that by adding solid starters and rotation players this year, the Mavs will be much more attractive to free agents next year because both deron and Dwight went to other teams because they had more pieces in place. Comment by Alex alexandros89 - August 4, at 4: I appreciate the insight. I do believe you have upgraded the team at point guard and shooting guard. I think that we may have lost a little offense and the post, but traded it for a more defense there.
I am expecting a better team this year. I expect us to make the playoffs, but a championship is probably not likely this year. However, I thought the same thing in and what a great ride that was. I had a little personal adversity in the spring of as I was laid off at my job. If I had continued at that job, I would have only been able to see about half of the games. The excitement of that playoff run is an experience that I will remember the rest of my life.
Barea in a otherwise awesome Game 4 of the Lakers series. Regardless of what happens this year, I will always be a Dallas Mavericks fan as I have been since Best wishes for a great season, I will be watching! Comment by Andy Tarkington - August 4, at 3: NBA - Pagina Comment by Tony Garza 9thface - August 4, at 2: I applaud you last year for at least signing the 1 year deals and trying to put something together, but, although you acknowledged it with regards to Dirk, you seem to be missing the very huge point that teams win championships.
The 3 headed superstar model does not work. Comment by Fred McTweeter tweetinomglol - August 4, at 1: So keep rolling the dice. Comment by Johnnie Goode - August 4, at 1: I like others take pride in being a Mavs fan. No one wants to come here. I cannot understand that. Biggest concern is Dirk, he deserves to compete on a winning team.
Mark, Nice long explanation, but I wish you would just come clean and admit you screwed it up. We will always cherish the championship and we know how special and awesome that team was, but you, Donnie, and the rest of your brain trust dropped the ball. You need to admit to us that you have essentially wasted the tail end of dirks prime chasing a free agent dream that never was better than a slim chance.
You just let everyone leave and thought a bunch of mercenaries would buy you time. And all this talk about the importance of the draft? Please, this team has never treated the draft as anything other than something to trade. I think you got fat and happy after the title and deided to play for the future rather than taking another real shot. Comment by millerbug - August 4, at 1: Well, I sent you one in with nary a response.
Comment by Jim Rassinier - August 4, at 1: Mark,I am very proud to be a Mavericks fan. Since , the culture changed. The decision you speak of when you first bought the team to try to win instead of going for a high draft pick was a major, epic turning point in the Mavericks history. In business, and when I was playing 20 years of soccer, I tried to instill a belief that succeeding was possible in every circumstance.
When you are not striving to be your best with the hand that was dealt to you, THEN…you are spinning your wheels. I have never felt that the Mavs are spinning their wheels. Comment by Dave Conrad dcDheavy - August 4, at Your always active in the trade market and free agents, trying to bring the best talent to the organization and we appreciate your efforts.
Thanks a true fan! Comment by djcurious35 - August 4, at There is no question that you work as hard as any owner out there, look at every angle possible to build a championship team, and will stop at nothing- spending or otherwise- to build the best team you and your staff thinks it takes to win.
That said, Go Spurs Go. Comment by rcammon85 - August 4, at As a MFFL, I appreciate you taking the time to address the fans and give us some insight as to what happens in the front office and an idea of what your thought processes are.
Comment by Steven snrussell09 - August 3, at You gave us two Finals and a Championship. We all thank you. However, two words… free agents. While your execs were meeting with free agent players, you were out filming TV shows. I see a trend of good players leaving our team, restricted FAs get our offers matched and unrestricted FAs signing elsewhere.
Maybe things work out… I hope they do. Recently, its getting hard to buy into what your selling even though we just won a title not so long ago. I will always be MFFL. We trust you Mark… we trust you know what your doing. Comment by Shaun Merritt - August 3, at I see a genuine system of values at work. I appreciate your confidence in the players we have they need to hear that without making wild claims about another imediate championship.
He and Dirk would have been the perfect combination to build around. Why let the best defensive center in the league go on a pipe dream to get someone such as Dwight or Deron? Both of them had never won a ring anyhow. Deron has never come close. Comment by Lance Price - August 3, at Comment by Carl Rannaberg carlrannaberg - August 3, at Great way to always take risks.
Its the sole reason why you are a great Entrepreneur. Comment by lincolnparks lincolnparks - August 3, at Comment by ed walmsley powerinquestion - August 3, at Greatest owner in the history of NBA.
A lot of people are not grateful to the number of good years the franchise have had. Comment by Anas Siraj imbondbaby - August 3, at Love the Mavs…but I think chasing the big free agents is a waste of time. I think young signings and building thru the the draft and building a young core is the only way to build. I respect Dirk, and he can help the young players grow. But — 2 or 3 more years is it. Comment by Paul Graham - August 3, at I am much appreciative of this insight from your point of view as Owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
The last two seasons were indeed a big disappointment. In fact, I had great season tickets, but did not renew for upcoming season. Maybe I will return as a season ticket holder in the future. Not the case for me anymore. I have my theories, but will buy into yours — except for one.
This scares AND disappoints me. I respectfully chalk it up to your youth and envision that you will indeed learn and apply a lot in future seasons that you learned post our glorious championship season but do not currently realize or do not want to confess. I wish it all could have been different. I will always root for the Mavs and love the culture you have built. I feel like I could right a best selling book on it as a model team system. Comment by leahdbox - August 3, at Never give up, never surrender.
So you let go of the best center in Mavs history because you wanted someone to come in and be a cornerstone of the future? He was 28 years old at the time. His contract would be expiring when he turned By my count, 0.
Comment by Jonathan TrowbridgePl - August 3, at Comment by Marshall Kirkpatrick marshallk - August 3, at Thanks for sharing your thought process Mark, I appreciated reading this. You make a great point in that when many teams are trying to become successful using the same method, it makes it more difficult to succeed using that method.
Can you give more insights into how the Mavs have been able to help players like Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Wright, and Tyson Chandler contribute in new ways that were greater than expectations? Comment by Tim Chan - August 3, at Maybe its that one championship and smaller media or not being on a coast is the reason, but what can you do to alter this reality? I certainly believe in Coach Carlisle and in Dirk, but what makes the Mavs a less sexy destination?
Thanks for your candor. Comment by Tom infogovernor - August 3, at 9: The adjustments made in certain areas have been good as far as the long run. It merely emphasizes on teamwork and dedication. Comment by ji - August 3, at 9: I always believe in every decisions you make in the Mavs even if the media thinks it is awful. I think they will be stronger this coming season and very hopeful that the team will have a very good chemistry and back to the playoffs.
I may not able to support them live but I will always support them no matter what. Mavs fan for life! Comment by thedoublejay - August 3, at 9: Mark Cuban discusses his philosophy and approach for re-building the Mavs Basketball Intelligence.
I saw the ups and downs of the team. The Mavs fans really saw your effort in finding ways to get the team back on track. I hope this year we could go back in the playoffs and go as deep as it can. Just so you know, I tried posting under my wordpress account but the post would not go through.
Comment by Alessandro Machi - August 3, at 9: I like the way you think.