Monday , Jan , 07 , 2013 Matt Formica

Nowitzki frustrated with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is getting fed up with his team because he’s now publicly expressing his discontent with the organization.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Dirk has a point.  The Mavericks’ management has failed to make any good moves in the past few years.

It was only a year and a half ago that the Dallas Mavericks were at the top of their game.  They defeated Lebron James and the Miami Heat in six games to win the 2011 NBA Title; the team’s first ever.  After that game, owner Mark Cuban and numerous players partied it up with Lil Wayne and other celebrities in celebration. 

Since then, however, the team has struggled; mainly due to poor decisions by management and an injury to their franchise player, Dirk Nowitzki.

After their 2011 championship run, Dallas’ downward spiral began when the team decided to let Tyson Chandler sign with the Knicks.  They then let JJ Barea leave for the Timberwolves.  The exodus continued as Peja Stojakovic retired, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd were traded and DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler signed with other teams.  They did, however, acquire Delonte West, Vince Carter, and Lamar Odom, but all of those acquisitions turned out to be busts.

But still, in the eyes of the Mavericks, they had at the very least, cleared their books to make a run at another big market player to come help take the pressure of Nowitzki.  The Mavs were particularly hopeful to land either point guard Deron Williams or center Dwight Howard.

But unfortunately for Dallas, they didn’t get either.  In fact, they didn’t get any big market player, and are now left with a team well below .500 on the season and a very frustrated star.

Nowitzki finally expressed his frustration after the Mavericks lost to an even worse Charlotte Bobcats team on Saturday night. 

“It’s going to be tough now,” Dirk told ESPN Dallas.  “I always like to think you don’t want to build your franchise on hope.  We hoped for Deron las year.  We hoped for Dwight.  Why would he leave the Lakers?  To me, it makes no sense.  He’s in a great situation.  Why would CP3 leave?  (The Los Angeles Clippers are) the best team in the league probably right now.”

Dirk has a point.  The team does have two solid young players in OJ Mayo and Darren Collison but that’s just not going to be enough to compete against the best teams in the league right now.  Not to mention, Dirk sat the first 27 games of the season with a knee injury and let’s face it:  the dude is 34 years old and playing on recovering knees.  At seven feet tall, there’s a lot of weight coming down on those knees every time he steps on the court.  As much as he’s a great player, the Mavs are only 1-6 since his return to the lineup, so he’s going to only going to need more help as time goes.

There’s no question that Dallas is in a tough spot.  And Dirk has reason to be skeptical about their future.  They didn’t make the big moves they needed to in order to stay competitive and are now 13-21, 8 games below .500, in a very tough western conference.

For the The Mavs and Nowitzki, getting back to a championship-caliber level is going to be an uphill climb.

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