Mavericks owner explains off-season strategy, team’s culture in blog post

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On a recent post on his blog, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban discussed some of the inner workings of his organization, including the team’s recent sales pitch to free-agent hopeful Dwight Howard.

Cuban posted a video that he showed to Howard last month when the Mavs were trying to sign him.

“We saw it as somewhat of a risk, but felt like because Dwight, by all appearances and checking we did, is a good guy and with our support systems, we believed we could make it work,” Cuban wrote. “If not, he was obviously a very tradeable asset. But, as everyone knows, we didn’t sign him.”

Cuban was candid in explaining why the culture of the Mavs is important and why that’s the reason he will never trade 11-time All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki.

“Dirk sets the tone for our team,” Cuban blogged. “He works as hard, if not harder than anyone.

“He helps our younger players understand what he expects and what they need to do to excel. On the court he is selfless. He would rather not have to score a point if we would win the game anyway.”

Cuban referenced a Star-Telegram headline during the 2010-11 season, which noted that “the Mavs don’t have what it takes” to win a championship.

The Mavericks won the 2011 title, only to have Cuban break up the team after the season, a move he acknowledged went against the wishes of some within his organization.

Cuban also described players such as Jason Terry, Vince Carter, Tyson Chandler, Brandan Wright and Jerry Stackhouse as “fallen angels” who he knew would fare much better in the Mavs’ system than they did with their previous teams.

“We pay less attention to what they did in their last system than what we believe they will do in our system with our group of players,” Cuban wrote. “We are not always successful as last year pointed out, but we have a good track record.”

As far as the upcoming season is concerned, Cuban wrote that he’s “REALLY POSITIVE” about what will occur.

“If we stay healthy, I think we can have a good team,” Cuban blogged. “How good? I don’t make predictions.

“I do believe that by having a core of players that we can grow and develop with, and cap room in the upcoming season and what we feel is the ability to develop and improve the performance of our players, we are in a good position for this year and for the future. We have been hurt by not having a core of players in place that free agents see as teammates they want to play with. That shouldn’t be the case next year.”

Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Devin Harris are among the free agents the Mavs have added to next season’s roster.

“In addition, because of all the financial restrictions that the new CBA puts on teams, I believe more teams are going to be blown up and the new popular approach will be adopted by more teams,” Cuban said. “Which in turn will make that approach even more difficult to be successful with.

“Hopefully this will create opportunities for the Mavs to add new players either via cap room or through trade that get us back in to the Finals and rewards our fans with another ring.”

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