His statement won the “Geico Quote of the Game.”
“I think we’ll find a mix of youth, experience, some drivers, some shot makers… I think we’ve got a good mix, got a good bench.”
Let us break down this Mavs mix that Nowitzki is talking about.
First, he mentions the youth, who include league rookies: point guards Gal Makel, who previously played professionally in Israel and Europe, Shane Larkin from the University of Miami and shooting guard Ricky Ledo, who steps on the court without playing college ball competitively.
Of course, those with experience include my Tipoff Trio that consists of Nowitzki, small forward Shawn Marion and guard forward Vince Carter, who all return for going on over 15 seasons apiece in the league. Carter clearly is the “inVinceable” Sixth Man of the Year, after training hardcore during the offseason and bringing on his “V” – as in “victory” – game off the bench during preseason.
On Media Day, Marion pointed out the Mavs’ advantage of having “veteran leadership”, which can come from SG Jose Calderon and PG Monta Ellis, who is part of my Nowellis Dynamic Duo with Nowitzki. Calderon, who made his Dallas debut midway through the preseason, comes from the Detroit Pistons, and Ellis comes from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Center/PF DeJuan Blair brings his experience with playing for another Western Conference Championship team, the San Antonio Spurs. Wouldn’t we MFFL (Mavs Fans for Life) love for Dallas to bring the Western Conference title back to Texas? Actually, let’s shoot to go all the way.
Many of you already may have seen the viral video of Nowitzki hyping up Mavericks offices about game day. Now that the season officially has tipped off, he is right on target with pumping up everyone around when the Mavs are ready to play and giving props to the wide range of roster members.
Calderon spoke about his desire for team “chemistry” on Media Day, and Carter said it depends on how the players “gel.” They surely had chemistry on the court and gelled on the floor on Wednesday night.
That was when this variety of Dallas players opened their season with a bang, and they can look forward to working well together again on the Houston Rockets’ hardwood on Friday.