Sometimes, over the course of a long season, you have to take what you can get. The Dallas Mavericks were never going to win their second NBA championship this season–we all knew that. As the season wore on, expectations were adjusted, and fans, coaches, and players simply hoped to make the playoffs. Sadly, for the first time since the 1989-1990 season, the Mavericks fell short of that goal as well. Nevertheless, there is one thing the Mavs were finally able to do: Shave their beards.
Back in February, several of the Mavericks players vowed to one another that they would not shave until they pulled back to .500. It took awhile, but with their win today over the New Orleans Hornets, the team was finally able to break out the shaving cream and razors.
In fact, by the time Dirk took the stand at the post-game press conference, he was clean-shaven once again.
The last time this Mavericks team was at .500 was when they held an 11-11 record back in November. Five months later, they’ve slowly and painfully pulled back up there with an overall record of 40-40. And just in the nick of time.
The best part of the win however, is not the fact that we no longer have to look at their ridiculously long facial hair, but the fact that Dirk Nowitzki became just the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points.
While this season certainly didn’t go the way the Mavericks had hoped, they can now focus on the future. It’s been a long time since the team had a lottery pick, since the year Mark Cuban bought the team in fact, but with a little bit of luck in this year’s NBA Draft, they can finally find a new, young talent to build the future team around.