With the Dallas Mavericks‘ 2012-13 season falling down in a deep hole it looks like it’s time to start looking into the future for this team. If the Mavs fall so far behind in the standings that not even Dirk Nowitzki can help the team recover, then Mark Cuban needs to listen and read this article.
First off, do not get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Rick Carlisle. He is one of the best coaches in the NBA and has been for a long time. However, it may be time to look else where for a new head coach.
There is one person on my mind and should be on the minds of Mavs Nation. That person is Phil Jackson. Carlisle did his job here and that’s coach the Mavs to their first NBA Championship. However, when there is a guy out there who has 11 championship rings, then I am sorry. The Mavericks need to go after Mr. Jackson.
I still believe that Carlisle can get the job done. However, the way the young players are playing and acting it seems like that they are not responding to his style of coaching. Trust me, if a guy who has coached greats like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant then anybody, young or old, is going to respond to that guy.
The last time the NBA saw Jackson was during the 2011 playoffs. He was swept for the first time in his coaching career by the Mavericks.
Jackson almost came off the market when the Los Angeles Lakers were looking for a new coach early November. For some reason the Lakers decide to go elsewhere and sign Mike D’Antoni, a guy who has no rings.
If Jackson was willing to coach again then he may be looking for a team in the near future. This would be the perfect opportunity to bring Jackson to Dallas. Bringing him to the team will be a start of a chain reaction.
Bring Jackson in and then a player like Dwight Howard, who is a free agent this summer, might want to join a Phil Jackson team. Players want to go to a person who knows how to get it done.
Again, do not get me wrong. Carlisle is a guy that is able to get it done. However, his past coaching is showing right now. When he took over the Indiana Pacers team in 2003 he took them to a 61-21 record. However, they were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The next year they go 44-38 and lose in the second round of the postseason. Following that they go 41-41 then 35-47 the following year.
His later years with the Pacers showed that his team stopped responding to his coaching style. It’s almost the same pattern with Dallas.
He came to a team after they had fired Avery Johnson. It took Carlisle three years before winning the NBA Championship. Last year they get swept in the first round of the playoffs and then this year the Mavs are on the path to miss the postseason.
Well, you can say that the Mavs need to give it another year since Nowitzki is out right now. Okay, let’s say the Mavs do that, then next season they are a seventh, an eighth seed or worse. Then it keeps going downhill from there. By that time Jackson would have found another team and the Mavs would have missed their chance.
That is why the Mavs need to take a chance with signing Jackson this offseason. Lets face it, this Mavs team is nowhere close in being a top playoff contender. Even if Nowitzki returns this month, the other guys on the team are clueless.
Yes, I know that Carlisle just signed a four year deal and the Mavs would have to pay him regardless even if he gets fired. Is that not worth a shot in getting the best coach of our time?
Bring in a guy that has eleven championships and probably one of the best coaches of all time. What can it hurt? Jackson was able to get six titles with the Chicago Bulls and five titles with Los Angeles. If Cuban brings him to the team then let’s see how may titles Jackson can bring to Dallas.