I’m Not Stylin’ I’m Just Wild About My Team …..
Is it appropriate that an owner ought to be calling his team out in public ? Even if they’re playing well or not ? I was always under the impression that sort of things is best left to the coaching staff. Or if anything the right course of action to be taken is for the owner to speak with the coach and his staff and relate to them his concerns.
My reasons for asking the questions pertain to the actions of Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. In doing so once again he embarrasses himself and the organization. OK so they lost a game where their performance was less than adequate. And he may well have a right to be perturbed. As too have the fans but in all honesty denigrating his players whilst not apportioning any of the blame on the coaching staff does rather smack of stupidity and a great deal of immaturity as well. One statement that can be attributed to Cuban directly was that “ if the team continued to play in such a similar vein then he’d go ahead and gut the whole roster rather than have the fans endure anymore of the same”.
The lingering doubt that has always concerned the Dallas Mavericks is their lack of heart. They’re often viewed as one of the more softer teams within the NBA. And it certainly hasn’t been lost on many who’ve witnessed their play over the years. They’re gifted in the fact that they may well possess two of the more marquee players within the NBA in Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. However the team as a whole though not physically imposing can play with a great deal of aplomb when they set their minds to it. However the fact of the matter is that much of the time they’re all too inconsistent in their play. And it certainly hasn’t helped their cause as of late that they’ve seen a resurgent San Antonio Spurs and a New Orleans Hornets’ teams that has rediscovered its desire. And within the Southwest Conference standing this hasn’t exactly bode well for the Mavericks at this juncture. They sit behind the Spurs , Hornets and the Houston Rockets at present.
Though now seated as the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings. Were the playoffs to start today their fortunes as it is would lay in their own hands. But having to take on the presumptive favorites within the conference in the Los Angeles Lakers would undoubtedly prove to be an ominous task. As well as they’re thought to be playing Cuban has felt that they’ve just not been playing well enough. If anything he should be questioning the approach of the coaching staff and their failure to communicate with the players. \
In Rick Carlisle he possesses one of the better but yet one of the more understated coaches within the NBA. His pedigree is one where he’s coached in Indiana and in Detroit . And as a former player in the NBA he does know what it takes to play at the highest level within the game. They say that a team does tend to take on the persona of its coach. So if that is indeed the case then Cuban’s tirade if anything ought to be directed at his coach. Albeit that it is the players who are on the court playing the game. It’s from the coach that the players indeed get their instructions and the strategy that’s entailed for a game. And even if the players aren’t always held accountable for the results . All too often in the end it’s the coach that often ends up baring the brunt of the blame.
Mark Cuban has often been known to direct his animus at the officials and at times directly at the game’s hierarchy. And the fines borne by him over the years have been enough to build several large family homes. And to a billionaire like Cuban money is afterall no option. When you’re said to be worth in excess of $2.6bn and ranked at #161 of Forbes’ 400 Richest Americans. A paltry fine of a couple of hundred thousand is minimal when it’s all said and done. And as his tirade isn’t directed at anyone within the game’s hierarchy this time around he hasn’t really anything to worry about . Other than that of his own gigantic ego and how he’s viewed as a whole by the fans and public at large. But in reality Mark Cuban has never really been all that worried what anyone thinks about him. His concerns are directed at the things that he can control and the empire he purveys. And if nothing else in Cuban’s fiefdom his word is final mo matter whether or not he’s right or wrong. The narcissist in him wouldn’t have it any other way.
As the season winds down within the NBA . The Mavericks have some stark choices ahead of them as a team. If they continue in their present groove then there can’t be much hope as to their postseason ambitions. They’re going to have to raise the level of their play to a degree that in many respects one doubts that they can maintain on a consistent basis. We’ve seen all too often over the last couple of years that this is merely a team that can be very good in the regular season. But in the postseason they’re all too often like a stacked deck of cards. You’ve only got to blow on them in order for them to come tumbling down all too quickly. And that could very well be the fate that awaits this Mavericks’ team if they can’t find an identity and some resilience as to their play.
When you play soft and act soft then you’re often personified as being soft. But when you play hard and act hard then the perceived thinking is that there’s toughness and attitude to your game overall. The thought is which is more appropriate for the Dallas Mavericks at this juncture ? Hard or soft ?