The Dallas Mavericks have world class. Period. I will break down how they have both world and class that comprises their world class as a whole.
First of all, Dallas has several international players on their roster. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki from Germany has been with the Mavs during his entire 15-year career playing in the USA. Joining him in the starting lineup this season is Spanish point guard Jose Calderon, who, aside from his native country, has spent several seasons with the Toronto Raptors and a brief stint with the Detroit Pistons.
Nowitzki likes the Mavs mix, in which he attributes to the players’ wide range of experience. Yet, this combo also flows into their cultural backgrounds.
Other teammates from around the globe include Gal Makel, who has played professionally in Israel and Europe. Makel started as PG during the preseason, until Calderon healed from his hamstring injury and made his Mavs debut when Dallas visited the Charlotte Bobcats.
For a whole minute, the Mavs also had Puerto Rican Renaldo Balkman on their preseason roster, who also played in the Philippines, my native country. Honestly, I am glad he was not guaranteed a spot on the regular season squad due to his anger management issues, which actually got him kicked off the PBA in the first place.
This brings me to my next point: the Mavericks are one of the classiest teams in the NBA. Look at Dallas when they won their very first NBA Finals championship in 2011. We could call the Mavs modest because they were humble, to an extent.
Of course, the Mavericks also were justifiably proud for scoring the ultimate title and the much coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. Owner Mark Cuban, who recently had his own victory from an insider trading case, hosted the championship parade in Dallas. Now he is giving the Mavs Can Car that he had customized on Fast N’ Loud to a lucky fan.
Just compare the Mavs to the team they beat: the Miami Heat (the three-peat Eastern Conference champions and twice in-a-row Finals champs). The Big D, Dallas, does not even amount to as much drama as the drama kings who led Miami to their two consecutive titles and let their spotlight and superstar status get to their heads: “King” LeBron James and his trusty sidekick, Dwyane Wade.
James has been known to have bad sportsmanship during adversity, and talked up a big game against the 2013 Western Conference champions, the San Antonio Spurs. Divo D-Wade also used his fame in the game to be flashy and floral, literally, with his fashion-forward fashion-fail jacket choice at a playoffs game press conference this past postseason. And don’t get me started on his offense to Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant‘s bash when he gave props to his former OKC teammate, Houston Rockets‘ James Harden.
Do we see our Mavs selling their souls to the hoop hype like the Heat, who cannot stand defeat? Negative. These positive ballers in Dallas can do that D-Town Boogie on the court with enough swag that does not turn them into emotional hags. Many of them are family men, such as new Proud Papa Nowitzki, and we seldom see them portrayed in a negative light.
When I say this, I mean the current players. Recently, former forward Lamar Odom/Mr. Khloe Kardashian has been circulating the headlines with his marriage mess and substance abuse. Devin Ebanks also was suspended from the NBA and did not keep his forward spot on the squad.
Mavericks, please make this your season. Bring your world class onto the court, rep your world class off the court, and achieve World Championship status with that same world class again.
to a lucky fan