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Jason Terry on the Mavericks: ‘It’s time for a change’

The Mavericks are in the midst of a 2-6 stretch since the All-Star break, and if Jason Terry‘s latest comments are any indication, emotions in the defending champs’ locker room appear to be boiling over. Following the Mavs’ head-scratching loss to the Kings on Friday — a day after he complained about being benched late in Thursday’s loss to the Suns — Terry talked about how the Mavs are in dire need of making an adjustment.

“It’s time for a change,” Terry said, according to ESPN Dallas’ Jeff Caplan.

“We’re not a team right now. … It shows, so until we become a team and play together on both ends of the court, we’re not going to be very good.”

The Mavs have fallen to seventh in the West, and any chances of them repeating as champs appear to be dwindling. But after they gutted their roster in the offseason to prepare for the upcoming free agency sweepstakes this summer, those chances probably weren’t very real to begin with. It’s obvious Dallas needs to make adjustments, but, with Deron Williams and Dwight Howard potentially there for the taking this summer, the long-held belief is that Mark Cuban is going to wait until the offseason. As for Terry, who is in the final year of his contract, it’s possible “the Jet” could be flying elsewhere next season.

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Dirk Nowitzki ‘I Haven’t Seen one Team in the West That I’m Scared of’

Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks are tied for the Southwest Division lead at 12-8. Though the defending champs haven’t looked like the best team in the NBA through the first part of the season, Dirk still believes his team is the favorite to reach the NBA Finals.

“I haven’t seen one team in the West that I’m scared of,” Nowitzki reportedly said Friday. “I really haven’t. I think we can compete with all of them.

“Oklahoma City has probably the best record, but I think we’ve played them well every time we’ve seen them and everybody else has been up and down.”

The Mavs have split with the Thunder this season, losing the first matchup on a last-second three from Kevin Durant, and winning the rematch at home by 13. Dallas also beat Oklahoma City in the Eastern Conference finals last year.

Despite Dallas’ 0-3 start, and Dirk sitting out some games to rest his knee and get into better shape, he’s right — the road to the Finals goes through the Mavericks. The only problem is the Thunder may be good enough to beat them this year.

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Dallas Mavericks Get Their Championship Rings (Video)

There has been so much chatter about the Dallas Mavericks’ championship rings, it’s somewhat surprising that we actually got to this point. Nine players from last year’s Mavericks team received their rings on Wednesday night in Dallas. Seven players are still on the team, while Peja Stojakovic, who is now retired, attended the ceremony. Former Dallas point guard J.J. Barea’s Timberwolves were playing the Mavs, so he got his ring as well.

Of course you’re wondering all about these bad boys, so we have the details via the Star-Telegram.

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Tyson Chandler Saw Mavericks’ Struggles Coming

Tyson Chandler is one of the players the Dallas Mavericks let walk in free agency. Dallas would have loved to re-sign him, J.J. Barea, and Caron Butler, but they had to spend wisely given the new luxury tax rules. The Mavs could be saving their money to make a run at Dwight Howard and Deron Williams next year, but the approach is hindering them this season; they’ve suffered two blowout losses. Chandler, now with the Knicks, says he saw it coming.

“Yeah, honestly, I kind of saw it coming because when you put a team in a situation where you say, ‘You’re the defending champions but we’re not necessarily trying to repeat.’ When I say that, I’m not saying they don’t have the pieces there — I obviously think very highly of those guys,” Chandler said. “I say that because they offered everybody one-year deals, so they knew nobody was going to necessarily accept that. You’re basically telling all the players in the locker room, ‘We’re playing for free agency next year,’ after a championship.

“You’ve got veteran guys in the locker room. In this time in their career, it’s tough to face that. They’re going through a little lull right now, but I’m hoping for those guys that it turns around because there’s truly good guys in that locker room.”

In the past, Mark Cuban probably would have spent to keep Chandler and Barea, while still making a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Now that rules have changed, he can’t. Whether they land those two superstars next offseason will help determine if this year’s frugal approach pays off.

Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle Want Ring Over Mark Cuban’s Bracelet Idea

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said after his team won the NBA title that championship rings are done and that he wanted to take the tradition to the next level. We’ve seen plenty of ideas ranging from statues to private islands, but our personal favorite is mini-giraffes. And if Cuban is planning to take it to the next level, he better be going exotic with his idea. As it stands, the notion that he’s just going to get the team bracelets is pretty weak.

Speaking on PTI Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki agreed. “I’m an old school guy and when he brought that idea up I think the whole team was a little dumbfounded,” Nowitzki said. “I don’t think the last word has been spoken there. I think he was thinking about a bracelet or something but the ring is just so classic and everybody I think wants a ring.”

In separate yet related comments, Dirk said “I’m a man, I don’t know how I’d feel about a bracelet.”

Coach Rick Carlisle expressed a similar sentiment saying “It’s got to be rings. I don’t know what [Cuban's] thinking. You win an NBA championship, you gotta have a ring. If he wants to give guys something else (in addition to) a ring, that’s great.”

I’m in agreement with what Carlisle said. Cuban can get his team something else, but he should also get them rings. And if he’s making this big of a deal over bracelets as Dirk intimated, then I’d be really disappointed. That’s not next level, that’s poker stuff. When we think of Mark Cuban and next level, we think of private islands, customized cars, and heck even NBA franchises. There’s no way he’s going to do bracelets, so the suspense is mounting.

How the Dallas Mavericks Mounted the World and Became 2011 Champs

It’s over now, the journey that led the Mavericks through heartbreak and frustration and, finally, redemption. They won the title Sunday. They beat the Heat and bathed in champagne, 250 bottles worth apparently.

After 13 seasons, Dirk Nowitzki and Mark Cuban finally became champions. They made their mark. They partied with Lil Wayne.

Dallas was the unexpected contender. Few expected them to get out of the first round, much less win it all. They kept coming, though. Kept coming like a tidal wave, Hurricane Dirk crashing on the shores of Portland, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Miami. Hurricanes Terry and Barea crashing intermittently behind. Rick Carlisle orchestrating the whole thing like Poseidon, a crafty, Grinch-looking sea wizard.

The Mavs were resolute. They didn’t complain when they lost, didn’t brag when they won. They were a team of destiny. They defied setbacks and challenges, including Dirk’s illness and the injury to Brendan Haywood. Like Khal Drogo they aimed to mount the world, and they did. Few of them did it beside a woman as hot as Daenerys, though. And by few I mean J.J. Barea. Lucky jerk.

Ultimately, the Mavs stunned LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and won their first title in franchise history.

How did they pull it off?  Here were three keys to Dallas’ 2011 Finals victory:

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Mark Cuban Drops $110,000 Celebrating Win Including $20,000 Tip

What is more insane: dropping $110,000 during a postgame celebration or working as a waiter and getting a $20,000 tip?  We don’t mean to beat the concept of the Dallas Mavericks celebrating their championship win at Club LIV in Miami to a pulp, but the tab Mark Cuban ran up and the tip he left is worth it’s own post.

As we mentioned before, Cuban reportedly bought 250 bottles of champagne for the celebration.  According to the NY Post via Ben Maller, the final damage on the night — or should we call it a nick when you have as much money as Cuban does — was $110,000.  A $90,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac that the Mavs owner purchased for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Brian Cardinal, and Shawn Marion made up the largest chunk of the bill.

I know the wait staff in a place like Club LIV is used to high rollers, but imagine scoring a $20,000 tip in one night?  I don’t care who you are, that is a chunk of change that can be put to good use — even if they had to split it 10 ways.  We all know Cuban has an endless amount of money, so what better time to spend it.  What I’m really wondering is if a $110,000 celebration doesn’t qualify as something special other than championship rings, what will?  People may be annoyed by Cuban and think it’s dumb that he’s trying to be unique, but you have to be curious about what he has up his sleeve.