DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
As the old saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils. The Dallas Maverick are enjoying all the things that come with winning a NBA title. An
wonderful parade through the streets of downtown Dallas with a victory rally at the AAC. Appearances on David Letterman and George Lopez. And endorcements that the players will get the chance to do. But it was quickly back to the business of basketball, which started with the NBA draft. The Mavs had the 26 pick, which they used to get Texas Longhorn Hamilton Jordan. He was a Maverick for a few minutes. He got traded to Portland along with the Mavs second pick, for Rudy Fernandez and the rights to a player from Finland. Rudy has a killer 3 point shot, he can drive the lane as well. He needs to beef up a bit, but he is a quality shooting guard the Mavs need off the bench. General Manager Donnie Nelson said that the Mavs are in Championship mode, and they are looking to repeat.
Getting Rudy Fernandez is a good move for the Mavs to help them to repeat.
But the Mavs need to resign the pieces of the Mavericks puzzle that got them the Championship. But other teams want to break them up to have a chance at the title. It has already started with Toronto getting Mavs Assistant Coach Dwayne Casey and making him the Raptors Head Coach. Casey’s defensive moves helped the Mavs win the Title.
Now it’s time to focus on the free agents. Deshawn Stephenson, J.J. Barea, and Caron Butler. All of them are important pieces to the Mavericks championship puzzle. The one player I worry about, and where he could end up is J.J. Barea. Everyone saw what he can do, breaking down defenses and his intense defense makes players look dumb. But he has been a bench player since being with the Mavs, and other teams would love to have him start at point guard. I hate to see J.J. go to Miami, they need a point guard better than what they got. And with his home, Puerto Rico, not that far away from Miami, J.J. would be a instant hit with the Heat. We will see if owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs keep the puzzle together, or look for the loose pieces to replace what is missing. It’s tougher to repeat than battling the uphill climb to get the title for the first time.