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Tyson Chandler not shocked at Mavericks 0-2 start

Dec 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks have gone from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy to getting blown out two games in a row on their home floor to start the season.

It’s ugly. Younger teams ran the Mavs into the ground and Dallas’ transition defense was nonexistant. It should get better, but it’s ugly now and next up is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yikes.

Tyson Chandler — the anchor of the Mavericks championship defense who left for New York because they only offered him a one-year contract to stay — is not surprised at the slow start. He told the New York Post he saw it coming when he and other veteran free agents only got one-year deals.

“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,’ and when I say that, I’m not saying that they don’t have the pieces there, I obviously think very highly of those guys, but I say that because they offered everybody one-year deals,” he said.

“So they knew nobody was going to necessarily accept that. … And when you have veteran guys in the locker room, the type of guys they got, in this time of their career, it’s tough to face that.”

We knew it would be different, but the chemistry is going to take time in Dallas. They won a ring with a core built around Dirk Nowitzki that had been together for years and knew how to make the whole more than the sum of their parts. They moved the ball, their defensive rotations were crisp because guys knew where the others would be and trusted them after years of repetition (Chandler just fit neatly into that puzzle). This year the players are different and that trust has to be rebuilt. It will get there but it takes time.

Mark Cuban has made his gamble — he has chosen cap space and a run at free agents next summer over going for the repeat title. If he lands Dwight Howard and/or Deron Williams and others, he’s brilliant. If not, well, it may be a tough few years for Mavericks fans. And that probably wouldn’t shock Chandler, either.

  1. acdc363 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Tyson-edict Arnold

    • dysraw1 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      yo acdc didnt read the article. whats that man going to do with a 1 year deal at this stage of his career

      • acdc363 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Yo dysraw I was just kidding

  2. chargerdillon - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Mark Cuban, I think you’re one of the best owners in the NBA and you’ve built a championship team to prove it. You dont ruin a good thing. You had a great blend of veteran leadership with young, fast, hungry guys like Barea that could counter certain styles…… YOU HAD THE FORMULA TO BEAT THE FREAKIN HEAT…..

    Now collectively, there isnt a front court or bench that can last with the Heat. I’m not saying you just made it a lot easier for the Heat, Mark……BUT YOU DID.

  3. fordman84 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    If Tyson would have taken a 3 year deal, I’m sure it would have been offered. but he is no spring chicken and wanted the biggest and longest deal he could, and rightfully so. That just isn’t the direction Dallas wanted to go. We knew our team was old, and the last thing we want to do is lock up old guys for longer than they should in HOPES of repeating. Dallas caught lightning in a bottle last year, we knew we weren’t going to do that again. There will be rebuilding, and that requires you to yank off the band aid. That is what this short season will be, the painful yanking of the band aid. Hopefully it works out where next year is better, and we have Dirk and another top FA to hand the reigns over to in a couple of years when Dirk retires.

    I’m pretty sure Cuban told Dirk “Look, this is going to be a short year and we are going for draft position and FA money. Tough this one out for me”.

    • leearmon - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      While Tyson isn’t a rookie, he is only 29 years old, just three years older than Dwight Howard.

    • beagle11 - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      Forman do you work for the Mavericks?

      • beagle11 - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM

        Draft position would only help the Lakers. The pick for Odom is unprotected

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Everyone knows why they made 1 year offers. The Mavs have the “opportunity” to land Howard and they don’t want existing players getting in the way of that opportunity. Can one really blame those players who know they’re second choices to go places where they will be first choices?

    Make it personal – If your girlfriend (the Mavs) says she “just wants to be friends” (a 1 year deal) because she thinks some other guy (Howard) looks better, will you wait around and “hope” after bedding her a few times the new guy decides to move on? That’s what Cuban is asking his players to do. I hope it works out for Cuban. If not, he will have made his team into the NBA version of a booty call.

    • fordman84 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      Good analogy, but you shouldn’t make it sound like Cuban is the first owner to do this. The Nets recently did the same thing, as did the Knicks.

      And I don’t think anyone is blaming anyone for leaving. This is a business, not a relationship. The team knows what it wants to do, and the player knows what he wants to do. If those goals lineup then you sign a deal. If not you go separate ways and search for someone that has your same goal in mind, or can benefit from your direction. Dallas was looking for people to play for one year, maybe build some market value for themselves. Players here are either looking for any sort of paycheck, or to build said value that they might roll into another contract.

  5. wlubake - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    This idea that they had a long-standing group that was broken off this season is just false. The guys who left were Peja, Chandler, Stevenson, Butler & JJ. Stevenson and Butler were acquired in February 2010 by trade. Chadler was an offseason addition last year. Peja was mid season. That means only JJ was a long-time Maverick.

    Cuban is trying to repeat what he did with his 2011 title team. Find key free agents and trades that can make his team better on a year-to-year basis. It is less about landing some superstars and more about adding flexibility by getting under the cap. Will Cuban go after Deron and Dwight if they are available? Heck yes. But it is faulty to think that’s the only reason he made the roster moves he did this offseason.

  6. mrsdestinydevine - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    It would be nice to have Dwight or Deron, but what are the chances that we will get either one of them. I’d rather have kept Chandler, than to bring Odom.

  7. worldbfree4me - Dec 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I’m not buying any of this. I’m convinced Cuban is trying to sell the team so that he can go after the L. A. Dodgers thus fulfilling his lifetime achievement bucket list, Biilionare, NBA Owner, MLB Owner. But sadly L. A. will once again prevail by way of the Lakers getting Howard and Magic getting the Dodgers.

  8. theallegedone - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    I don’t understand all the “the Mavs don’t care”, “the Mavs don’t wanna repeat”…and all that other talk of Cuban making mistakes. Does nobody else see the bigger picture here? The reason former Mavs players were offered 1 year deals is because that’s exactly what they deserved. How was it such a big mistake to not re-sign Tyson to a multi-year deal? The guy is almost 30 years old and has been in the league since he barely turned 18. That’s a lot of tread on some 29 year old legs. No matter how you look at it, he wasn’t worth a 4 year/$50+ Million dollar deal. As for Barea, that dude did NOTHING all year, and then appeared in the playoffs. He’s not the type of PG that you lock up for multiple years. He’s nowhere near the same level as Kidd or other NBA Pg’s. On to Caron Butler. Didn’t he play like 15 games for the Mavs last year? And he’s coming off a bad knee surgery? These Mavs just need to gel. Get a chemistry on offense and defense. It’s 2 games into a 66 game season. This isn’t the NFL where you go into panic mode after starting 0-2.

    As for the “The Mavs will never get Dwight Howard” talk, he said he only wants to play for 4 teams. Dallas, L.A, Orlando and New Jersey. Well, New Jersey had the best offer and didn’t take it. And then Brook Lopez got hurt. The Lakers deal will never go through for 2 reasons. 1, they will NEVER trade Bynum AND Gasol. It will take both. 2, Orlando GM already has said he will not have another Shaq like situation and have his hand forced. You think he’s gonna deal with L.A. again? No way. And then there’s Dallas. They don’t have any trade chips other than Beaubois. But Dallas can offer Brendan Haywoods terrible contract in return for Hedo’s GOD AWFUL contract in return. Dallas can also trade the rights to 2 draft picks still currently in Europe as well as multiple 1st round picks. Dallas’ guards are all at the end of their careers. WHEN the Mavs land Dwight Howard, Deron Williams will walk right into the Mavs hands. You think he’s gonna stay in Jersey/Brooklyn with no help? There’s 2 big name players that can opt out next year, cause Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere, and these 2 big name players wanna play together. Dallas will be the only team that can provide them the money they want, but ALL players in the NBA want to play for Mark Cuban. He’s a players owner. If there was a betting line in Vegas, i’d definitely bet that Howard & D Will play with the Mavs in 2012/2013. BET ON IT.

  9. goforthanddie - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    This is a bullsh!t season anyway. If Cuban did decide to F it in favor of next year…well, he is a billionaire and owns the reigning champs, I’ll trust his thinking.

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