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Mavs sign Derek Fisher

After last night’s loss to Chicago, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle announced the signing of point guard Derek Fisher.

Darren Collison

Lately the Mavs have been in a slump that is not looking good. The Mavericks have lost their last two games putting them below .500, and sadly Dallas lost yet another game last night against Chicago now making the team’s win-loss record 7-9. This year the team is full of new faces both young and old, but in the point guard position there are only young players. 25-year-old Darren Collison joined Dallas this past summer with 3 years experience. Collison has started as point guard for 14 games this season, while 24-year-old Dominique Jones with just 2 years experience started the other 2. So far this season Collison has been great with the team. On the court Collison is competitive, strong, fast, and has a good eye for open players. Jones has also shown a lot of promise this season. Jones seems like a whole new player and has really grown since last year. I am a big fan of DoJo and Collison is a good player but teams need more than just two point guards that do not have much experience. A team also needs a player with experience.

Tuesday night in the game against Philadelphia, Collison sprained his right middle finger, which caused him to miss last night’s game. Coach Carlisle said, “We need help at point guard. I found out on the way over here that Collison would be out, and we were fortunate to get (Jared) Cunningham active.” 21-year-old Jared Cunningham is another point guard on the Dallas Mavericks but is just starting his rookie season so he has no pro experience.

That is where Derek Fisher comes in. After hearing about Collison’s injury the Mavs realized they do not have much depth in the point guard position. Dallas signed Derek Fisher to come in and help add depth to the point guard position, add some consistency, and be a mentor to Collison and Jones. Carlisle said, “We feel (Fisher) can help us. It’s not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help.” Fisher is 38-years-old and has played in the NBA for 16 seasons, this being his 17th. Fisher has played on great teams like the L.A. Lakers with 5 NBA titles, and the Oklahoma City Thunder who went all the way to the Finals last summer. The Dallas Mavericks are excited to add such an experienced point guard to the team. Mavs center Chris Kaman said, “We’re just struggling a little bit right now. Having Fisher come in tomorrow could help. Having a vet come in like that is great, who can help some of our young guys.”

I believe Derek Fisher will help the Mavs in the way they are expecting him to. I am happy with this decision because it will help the young point guards to grow and will add some experience to the team. With Dirk out for a few more weeks the Mavs really need someone to step up and lead the team. Fisher is a great leader on the court and off. He is the president of the NBA Players Association and led all NBA players during the 2011 lockout. Yes I know Fisher’s age is getting up there but he is a year younger than Kidd and who knows.. it may even be like Dallas never lost Kidd. The Mavs have today and tomorrow off, which will give Fisher enough time to get in a few practices with the team before they play Detroit on Saturday.

Now that the Mavs have added Fisher they must make a cut because they already had 15 guaranteed contracts. Rumors are the Mavs will let go Troy Murphy sometime today, which is ok by me. Though Murphy seems to be an alright player he just looks very lost and confused on the court.

Let’s Go Mavs!

Update: Mavs waive Troy Murphy to make room on the roster for Derek Fisher.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8688182/derek-fisher-agrees-deal-dallas-mavericks

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/11/28/mavericks-sign-fisher.ap/?ls=iref:nbahpts

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8690111

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Delonte West Suspended Again!

News spread today that the Dallas Mavericks suspended Delonte West indefinitely for detrimental conduct. This is the second time in less than two weeks that West has been suspended from the team.

On October 15, 2012 the Mavericks suspended West for conduct detrimental to the team. That day the Dallas Mavericks played their first preseason game in Dallas beating the Houston Rockets 123-104. After the game, due to an outburst in the locker-room, West was suspended. The suspension only lasted less than 24 hours because West meet with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle and they worked it out. Coach Carlisle said, “There was an outstanding issue, and we needed to talk about it.” West was there to play in the next preseason game on October 17 against the Phoenix Suns.

The Mavs seemed to be sure that whatever it was had been worked out and was in the process of being fixed. Carlisle said, “He needed to refocus, and he’s in the process of doing that. It’s going to be work. It’s going to be daily work for him to do that, and I’ve got to help him and our organization is going to help him, too. It’s not that big a deal.” Turns out he was wrong, or maybe this time it was something completely different, or didn’t have to do with West at all. Either way, West was suspended again.

West explained to ESPNDallas.com that he is being blamed for something he did not do. West said there was an argument between two teammates last night after the Mavs lost to the OKC 76-88, and the Mavs believed he had something to do with it. West said, “There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me. Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.” Then this morning West got a text telling him not to come to practice today. West turned to tweeter to tweet his thoughts.

In the past Delonte West has had run-ins with the law. In 2009 West was arrested for having multiple weapons on board a three-wheel motorcycle while driving. In result West was suspended by the NBA for 10 games, and was sentenced to house arrest for 8 months. Later that year it was revealed that West suffers from bipolar disorder. I do not know what it is like to be bipolar, but with all the negative attention his name gets all the time I can’t imagine it is easy for him while being in the NBA. But this issue has nothing to do with that.

Regardless of whatever West is going through off the court he is, in my opinion, an outstanding NBA player. I have seen West play, and every time he is on that court he gives it his all. West is not afraid to drive to the basket and can get the ball to the teammate that is open. He is great to watch. West has played on some of the best teams with some of the best players including LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Dirk Nowitzki. West averages 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. If West was not involved in the argument then I hope the Mavs will figure that out and reinstate West before the season starts.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8550354/delonte-west-dallas-mavericks-suspended

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2012/10/25/mavericks-suspend-delonte-west-indefinitely-again/

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Mavericks vs. Nets for Deron Williams

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 Deron Williams turned 28 years old. Williams played for the New Jersey, now the Brooklyn, Nets for the 2011-2012 season. On July 1, 2012 Williams will become a free agent. On that day Brooklyn can make their offer for William’s contract extension. If Williams accepts the offer he will continue to stay in Brooklyn for however many years the team offers. If Williams does not accept, he has two choices: 1.) He can choose to stay and play for Brooklyn for one more year, or 2.) He can opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. If Williams does not accept the offer and opts out of his contract he will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight on July 1st. Deron Williams is considering between two teams, the Brooklyn Nets, his current team, and the Dallas Mavericks, the team of his hometown.

Both teams are working hard to recruit the talented point guard.

On Tuesday the Nets sent a truck over to Williams’s house with a sign on it wishing Deron a “Happy Birthday”. Williams’s wife took a picture of it and posted it on her twitter. That night Deron Williams had a small party at a New York restaurant inviting only a small number of people. It was said that Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets head coach, was one of the few invited. Coach Johnson was there with Williams and his family, and Williams’s agent Jeff Schwartz. Also in a news conference, Brooklyn’s general manager, Billy King said that he was also invited but was unable to attend. King also said he was pretty confident that Deron Williams will resign with Brooklyn. King said, “I’m not overconfident, I’m not any less confident, I just feel pretty good.” These acts show that Williams has a strong relationship with his teammates and coaching staff in Brooklyn.

On Tuesday night the Texas Rangers decided to help the Dallas Mavericks recruit Williams by posting a message on their scoreboard during Tuesday night’s game wishing Williams a “happy birthday” and suggested him to “Be A Maverick!”

Delonte West also put in his part for the Mavericks last night on Wednesday June 27, 2012. West, @charleeredz13, posted a series of tweets saying:

“A Dwill…u need to come to Dallas mane man…we got a chance to win a championship here dog….dirk be the best playa u ever played with..”

“Real talk…I know it’s a Lil more mOney over der but u home here…fam support here… Town gon love ya…plus u got a team that can do it”

“And u got d best owner in all sports…nest practice facility…and a coach that UNDERSTANDS…real dude like urself…trust me homie…”

“I wouldn’t lie to ya…let’s get it…..we can win the western conference no problem..u 20+.. Dirk20+…when u need a breather…I gotcha”

Also yesterday in a radio interview on the Ticket, Dirk Nowitzki said, “[…] We’d love to have him run the show here. We’ll see what he decides. I hope we have a good shot. He’s from here. His mom lives here. He likes it here. He loves golf, and we have great golf courses. We have a great organization, great fans, and a great owner that makes stuff happen all the time. I really think we have as good a shot as Brooklyn has.”

Both teams are doing their part in recruiting the free agent. It will be interesting to see which team Williams decides to play for. Being a Mavs fan I hope it is Dallas and am very happy to see the Rangers, West, and Nowitzki helping with the recruiting process. But on the other hand Deron Williams has made a home with the Brooklyn Nets and seems to really like his teammates and the coaching staff there. Williams does not plan to drag this decision on for a long time, so I am sure we will find our within the first week of July.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8097500/brooklyn-nets-get-creative-wish-deron-williams-happy-birthday

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8101059/deron-williams-invites-brooklyn-nets-coach-avery-johnson-party-sources-say

https://twitter.com/#!/CharleeRedz13

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/dirk-nowitzki-wants-deron-williams-run-show-dallas-143336039–nba.html

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4690115/donnie-nelson-thanks-rangers-for-d-will-wish

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GOODBYE ODOM!

The Dallas Mavericks have finally sent Lamar Odom on his way. After months of Odom playing as if he couldn’t care less, the Mavs have parted ways with him. The Mavericks meet with Odom on Easter Sunday April 9, 2012 and decided on a parting plan. Odom said, “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.” Dallas decided not to released Odom but he will not be allowed to practice or play with the Mavericks. For the rest of the season the Mavs will list Odom as “inactive”.  By not releasing Odom, Dallas will get the chance to possibly trade Lamar Odom at the end of the season. Cuban is still resbonsible for the rest of Lamar Odom’s salary this year. If Dallas still has Lamar Odom on their roster on June 29th they will have to pay him another $2.4 million to buy out his contract. If the Mavs buy out Odom’s contract he will no longer be with the team.

When asked about Odom, Jason Terry, Maverick #31, said “It’s a tough situation. It’s always tough to adjust to a new situation. And for whatever reason it didn’t work out for him. We wish him the best. He’s a great dude.”

Now the Dallas Mavericks are ready to move forward. The president of operations for the Mavericks, Donnie Nelson said, “He’s (Lamar) dealt with a lot of personal issues. At this point, we need to be able to count on some things. It’s never easy to do these things. We just need to move on.” Coach Carlisle said, “I really feel that we have other guys that are ready to step up. So that’s what we’ll do.”

This is the best decision the Dallas Mavericks have made all year. Lamar Odom has had a season low and did not play to his best ability for the Mavs. Donnie Nelson said, “Lamar hasn’t performed like he wants to perform and is capable of performing.” Many stood up for Lamar when they would refer to the 0-7 record of games he missed. Even coach Carlisle would talk about how the Dallas Mavericks have lost every game that Lamar did not play in. But Tim McMahon with ESPNDallas.com pointed out the fact that in all 7 of those games either Kidd or West were missing as well. Odom just never played with any heart. He pouted and just went through the motions the whole time he was on the court. I maybe saw him play with effort only 1 or 2 games out of the 50 he played in.  I also feel that there was just no connection with this Dallas team and a lot of miss trust amongst them. I believe that Lamar Odom had a lot to do with those negative vibes. I think the Mavs will be a lot better now that he is gone. The team can now start working with each other and build a trust with the whole team. I am very excited to see where the Mavs will go from here, so Goodbye Lamar.

UPDATE: Rumors have spread that Lamar Odom and Dirk had a fight during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday night. This rumor is untrue and even grew to not only a verbal fight but a fist fight as well. But all of this was made up. Later today the truth came out. There was a verbal confrontation during that game but it was not against Dirk and Odom, it was between the owner Mark Cuban and Lamar Odom. During half time Cuban approached Odom and asked him “in or out?” Sources say that Lamar got mad about this and then did not return to the bench until after the third quarter started. This was probably the last straw for the Dallas Mavericks, and that is why the decision was made on Sunday.

Lamar Odom left Dallas yesterday to head back to LA. At DFW Airport he was seen wearing an LA Lakers championship t-shirt and his LA Lakers championship ring. This says a lot about how much he really cared to be in Dallas. What a PUNK!

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7791431/dallas-mavericks-lamar-odom-sever-ties-immediately

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7793017/lamar-odom-tired-dallas-mavericks-act-had-end

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7796599/sources-lamar-odom-argued-dallas-mavericks-owner-mark-cuban

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Lamar Odom Takes Time Off

On Wednesday February 22, 2012 Lamar Odom, #7 on the Dallas Mavericks,  took some time off before the Mavs played the LA Lakers that night in Dallas which the Mavs had lost. Many that work for ESPN wrote in their blogs that a source stated that Lamar took the absence to attend to his father who was ill. Some say he was only expected to miss that night’s game and report back to the Mavs for their practice on Monday February 27, 2012 after the All-Star Weekend.  But Lamar did not report back to the Mavs that Monday, and that few days away turned into a week.

The Mavs played the New Jersey Nets Tuesday February 28th and the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday February 29th losing both of those games. During this time Carlisle said he hoped to hear from Lamar on Thursday with an update. Also rumors began to circulate that Lamar was looking for a buyout or wanting to retire. A buyout is when the Mavs pay Lamar some or all of the money left on his contract. The Lamar would leave the team and after a few days could talk to other teams about joining their team. Mark Cuban said, “We’re not going to do that (buyout). That’s not the way we work. We try to find what the problem is and fix it.”

Finally on Wednesday March 1, 2012, while the Mavericks were in Memphis for their game, Mark Cuban met with Lamar Odom and his agent Jeff Schwartz in Dallas. During the meeting Lamar and his agent asked Mark if Lamar could go to the D-League and play during Saturday’s game and then return to the Mavs on Sunday. They believed this would help him get back into shape and then return to the Mavericks. Mark agreed.

Friday March 2, 2012 the Coach finally spoke his mind. While speaking on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas Radio on “Galloway and Company.” Coach Carlisle said, “I’m disappointed with the way the whole thing’s gone,” talking about the whole situation. He continued, “We’ve worked hard with this kid. I’m a patient guy, Mark is a patient guy, Donnie is a patient guy, our team is a patient team, but patience has worn thin here.” Rick also says, “When he comes back, we’re going to find out very quickly where things are at. He’s going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he’s in.” Coach talks about how Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, is a great owner. Rick says, “Mark asks a fundamental question of anybody that’s involved with our franchise: Are they in or are they not in?” Coach Rick Carlisle says, “Our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire, and we haven’t seen that so far. And that’s got to change.” From this interview I got the impression that Coach Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks are ready to see Lamar start playing like he wants to be a part of the team.

To listen to Rick Carlisle on Galloway and Company click here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/dallas/play?id=7639481

Also that Friday after morning shoot around in New Orleans Jason Kidd, #2 for the Dallas Mavericks, talked to Tim McMahon with ESPNDallas.com. Kidd said, “Trust factor is always big,” when asked about the situation with Lamar. Kidd continues, “For that, he’s going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play.” After this, Friday night the Mavs lost their 4th game in a row, and headed back to Dallas to get ready to play again Saturday night.

Saturday March 3, 2012 before Lamar was going to attend the Maverick’s D-League shoot around to practice before the game, but was recalled back up to play with the Mavericks that night. It is said that the Mavs called Lamar back up because they need him. That night before the game Lamar Odom apologized to the team. He did not explain the personal issue that took him away from the team for so long, but Lamar did say, “Mark Cuban is a great owner for understanding. Sometimes we have to fix whatever’s going on off the court in order for us to fix what’s going on on the court.” Then Lamar Odom expressed how he needed his teammates.

The Mavs played the Utah Jazz that night in Dallas. The Mavs finally got a win. When Lamar was announced to enter the game the crowed was divided with boos and cheers, maybe even more cheers than boos. I was surprised by this, because I thought that his actions would have upset more fans. Lamar was not good in the first only playing 8 minutes and made 2 points and got one rebound. Then in the second half he did a lot better making 7 more points, 4 more rebounds, and even had 3 assists.

When the game was over Coach Carlisle described Odom’s game as “awesome” and said, “This is by far the most energy he’s played with the entire year and I don’t think it’s close.” Carlisle added, “He was into it. But now that he’s done it, he’s got to do it again and again and again. He’s got to do it 28 times before the playoffs, and he can do it. I’m fully convinced that he can do it.”

I hope the Coach is right and Lamar has figured things out and can stay focused on the court and play to his best ability again. With all that has happened he does not seem trustworthy. I don’t believe he will consistently play well for the Dallas Mavericks.  I feel that with what has happened it just shows everyone how much he really cares about this team. I feel that if you really wanted to be a part of a team you would not just leave for so long and would keep everyone posted about what is going on. I do not think it is right that he is being so secretive about his “personal issues.” Yes it is ok to keep it a secret from fans and media but not from your teammates, coach, and owner. The team has a right to not trust Lamar. Though I highly doubt it, maybe this time off helped Lamar and he is now going to be able to focus and play like he cares.

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Mavs get their Rings!

On January 25, 2012 the Dallas Maverick Champs finally got their rings. It was truly a night to remember. The Mavericks were  playing the Minnesota Timberwolves in Dallas that night which allowed Jose Juan Barea the chance to be apart of the ceremony. Also the newly retired, Peja Stojakovic came to be apart of the ceremony. All that was missing was Corey Brewer, Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, and DeShawn Stevenson who will all be presented with their rings in the near future.

Mark Cuban announced each individual player as they approached the table to receive their Championship Ring. The ring is truly spectacular, and was made by Jonstens. Mark Cuban is said to have spent 1.4 million on the Mavericks first ever title rings for the 2010-2011 Championship. The rings contain 250 diamonds and is 10 karats weighing 92 grams. The top of the ring says “World Champions” and contains the current Mavs logo made with many diamonds that include, as Jonstens states “31 princess-cut diamonds — one for each year the Dallas Mavericks have been in Dallas and the NBA.” The team motto, “The Time is Now,” team name, the Larry O’Brien trophy, and year 2011 is on one side of the ring. On the other side the player’s last name and their jersey number. The Mavs wanted to honor their first owner Don Carter so inside the ring you will see the Dallas Mavericks first logo, along with the record of each series in the playoffs and the opponent’s name. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry did an amazing job with helping design this ring along with Mark Cuban and Jonstens.

Resources:

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2012/jan/25/dallas-mavericks-championship-ring-250-diamonds/

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JET is getting TWO Rings!

Jason Terry is getting two Championship Rings! What does he want two for?

JET purchased two rings and plans on keeping one for himself and will raffle off the duplicate. Each raffle ticket is said to be $10.00 and the raffle will be open for 1 month. Mr. Terry said that all the money will go to his foundation and he is interested in raising money so he can send the Lady Jets to China this year. The Lady Jets is an Amateur Athletic Union (AAC) basketball team that one of Jason’s daughters plays for and is coached by the JET himself.

Terry and the rest of the team will be receiving their rings at tonight’s game. Then Terry will release more information about where people can purchase a raffle ticket on his foundation website.

UPDATE: You can buy tickets to the raffle by going to http://jasonterryfoundation.org/. Tickets are $2 each with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets. If you buy between 50-99 they are $1 each, or if you buy 100 or more they are $0.75 each. They will be drawing a name on March 26th. He will be presenting the ring himself to the winner along with two tickets to the Lakers game, a personal locker room tour with Terry, and hotel accommodations.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4684005/jason-terry-sizes-up-a-second-championship-ring

http://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffle/jason-terrys-championship-ring-raffle/

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Rick Carlisle on Galloway and Company

First of all let me fill you in on a little history to help you better understand this blog: Last season (2010-2011) Rodrique Beaubois, #3 on the Dallas Mavericks started the season off being hurt. When announced later in the season that he was getting better and will play again soon, fans and media got excited. People believed Beaubois, also known as Roddy B., would be everything the Mavs have been waiting for. The Roddy bandwagon had started. Even after his rough start coming back fans still believed, until playoffs were here and Roddy did not turn out to be what they expected.

On January 19th Rodrigue Beaubois had a pretty good game against the Utah Jazz making a total of 17 points. Roddy was the second highest scorer for the Mavs that night, the first being Sean Marion with 22 points. Roddy’s one great game got his fans excited again. The next day on ESPN Dallas radio 103.3 during ‘Galloway and Company’ Randy Galloway and Matt Mosley got the chance to talk to Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle. In the conversation Randy and Matt started talking about the hype and excitement that fans and media had again for Roddy B. after the game. Rick said, “That’s one of the issues with Roddy is that you know the perception of him as an entertainer vs. the reality of him as a competitor. What we need is Roddy the competitor and what you guys love is Roddy the entertainer. And look I mean what wins is Roddy the competitor.” The coach continues with talking about Roddy’s great game last night, and how he played as the player they want and need him to be. Rick states that he believes Roddy can do it and is on track to be more consistent. He said Roddy’s teammates are helping him with this by praising him when he earns it and by holding him accountable for his actions on the court. When Randy and Matt bring back the bandwagon talk, coach Carlisle response, “Hold on let me just say one thing about this though, If you are really going to be a responsible Roddy B. fan, if you really want this guy to be everything you want him to be you gotta be talking about it on the air, in your broadcasting, about how the guy needs to compete and not just do some spectacular things every once in a while. Your giving him bad reinforcement by only reinforcing the spectacular plays and not getting on him when he doesn’t play hard enough.”

This really makes me happy that coach Carlisle says this because I am not a fan of Roddy B’s spectacular moves on the court during games. When Roddy tries to put on a show with his moves it seems to get him and the team into trouble with turnovers and costing the Mavericks points. I have always felt that hRoddy B was not a good player because of his need to show off. Maybe if Roddy focuses more and tries to be more of a competitor he will be more consistent and prove me wrong. So although it is all up to Roddy to do this, I agree with what the coach says, and I hope his fans start getting more excited about his competitiveness and less enthused about his amazing moves.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/radio/show?showId=gac

http://www.nba.com/games/20120119/DALUTA/gameinfo.html

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The Dallas Mavericks New Comers

After the lockout was over, the Dallas Mavericks did not make much of an offer to their own free agents. With the Mavs trying not to go over the salary cap with the new CBA terms this year, Mark Cuban only offered a 1-year contract to Tyson Chandler and Jose Juan Barea, but they were looking for a long-term contract. Tyson and JJ declined the offer from the Mavs and went to different teams. Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson also went to new teams. Then came the news of Peja Stojakovic’s retirement. Also, the Mavs traded Rudy Frenandez and Corey Brewer for a second round draft pick in 2016. The Dallas Mavericks were only able to sign back one player from last year to a one year contract and that was Brian Cardinal.

Between the departure Tyson, JJ, DeShawn, Caron, and Cory and the 6 new players that the Mavericks have signed (Lamar Odom, Delonte West, Vince Carter, Sean Williams, Brandon Write, and Yi Jianlian) there is a lot of adjustment to be made for this new team. After watching the Dallas Mavericks play the first 16 games of the season, I have developed my own opinion on each new player.

Delonte West – I believe he is a great addition to this Mavericks team, and a great replacement for JJ. This guy can shoot, steal, drive to the basket, make assists, and so much more. I love how hard and energetic he plays on the court. He is fast and aggressive. Delonte West came to Dallas jumping right into this team and is doing great! West did outstanding as a starter while filling in for Kidd when he was hurt. I would really like to see the Mavs sign West to a longer contract if he keeps out of trouble off the court.

Vince Carter – I have also been impressed with Carter. He has a great shot and plays hard. Vince Carter came to Dallas and just fit right in as well. He is not afraid to pull up and take risky shots. Carter also looks to be a good addition to the team.

Brandon Wright – I think Wright seems to be a good player as well. He gets into the game and gets rebounds, dunks, and does not have a bad shot either. I look forward to seeing what else Wright can do and brings to this team for the rest of this season.

Sean Williams – I have only seen Williams play a few minutes in a few games, but over all, I like what I saw. Coming off the bench, he is energetic, aggressive, and focused. Williams comes into the game and blocks, dunks, and gets the offensive and defensive rebounds. He really plays hard when the coach puts him in. The only thing Williams needs is to be coached and helped to not make so many silly fouls. That will come in time, I am sure!

Lamar Odom – I have not liked Odom thus far. I was really hoping to see a lot more from him, and have been really disappointed. About the first 10 games as a Maverick and getting minutes in all of them, Lamar Odom just has this “I don’t really care, I am too good for this, and don’t even want to be here” look on his face and his actions also reflected it. I still see that look and attitude, but have also seen glimpses of Odom trying a little more to be part of the team in the last maybe 6 games. Even with every teammate trying to include Odom, I just don’t see him making much of an effort for this team. I know he has been through a lot, but I feel that if he really was trying it would show a lot more. West has been through a lot too, but you don’t see him pouting and letting things affect his game. I hope this changes but I guess we will see as the season goes on.

Yi Jianlian– I have only seen Yi play in the last few games – getting very little minutes if any, so I have not yet formed an opinion about Yi. I do, however, like that he has said he is excited to be in Dallas.

Maybe The Dallas Mavericks don’t have the same team from last year, but I still believe the Mavs have a fighting chance at another title.

 

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