As the Dallas Mavericks get set to open the 2013 NBA season at home on October 30th, they have a major problem that has arisen. Since 2001, the Mavericks have sold out every single game, amounting to 477 straight. That streak, amazing as it is, is in danger of coming to an end.
The Mavericks still have roughly 1,000 tickets to sell in order to keep that streak alive — the longest active streak in professional sports, might I add.
This offseason, Mark Cuban tried his best to recruit some talented veterans to Dallas in hopes of getting back into playoff and championship contention. Bringing in Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Samuel Dalembert were his top three signings and all three should be starters when the season starts.
After losing Chris Kaman, the Mavericks didn’t have enough talent to survive at the center position. With Dalembert in town now, the Mavericks will have a savvy veteran presence in the paint that can still provide solid defense and rebounding.
Ellis will undoubtedly score points, but at what cost? Many fans are still worried that he will be “Bad Monta” more often than not, instead of limiting his bad decisions and taking smarter shots.
Calderon was without a doubt the most important signing, as he can help facilitate an offense with the best of them. Having been an underrated point guard for quite some time, Calderon is a great shooter and very good passer.
Hopefully for the Mavericks’ sake, they can get those last 1,000 tickets sold quickly for this new-look team in their first game of the season. Time is running out on them in the quest to keep this impressive streak alive.