There was a time when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was thought of as a great basketball mind, but those days are long gone. It’s as if his franchise’s only NBA championship completely took his ability to think logically when it comes to personnel decisions regarding his team. For the first time in over a decade, the Mavericks will be a sub-50-win team this year and Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki can’t stay healthy. However, that’s not something that’s uncontrollable; the Mavericks are preventing him from getting healthy.
Before the 2010 NBA season, the Mavericks were a one-man show. They made the playoffs every year and one year even compiled a 67-win season, but were always bounced early in the postseason. That lone season saw them play as a team beyond the regular season, but they’ve gone right back to ride-the-heck-out-of-Dirk basketball since then. The result? An awful team and an aging Nowitzki. Things can’t get much worse…or can they?
Nowitzki has sat out the Mavs’ last two games with a strained muscle in his right thigh, but said he’s ready to play on Monday. He says if he’s tight, he can deal with it and Dallas fans don’t expect any less from the player who’s been through more than his share of tough breaks in his professional athletic career. However, Nowitzki isn’t 25 anymore and he can’t keep doing this to his body. As a player, he’s naturally going to keep doing it until someone tells him to stop and if Cuban doesn’t wise up soon, he’s going to have an awful team like the one he purchased, except this time it’ll be without the German star.