Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler believes many problems on defense are related to the fact that the team is incorporating a lot of new faces into its rotation.
Of the 15 players on the Mavs’ roster, 10 weren’t with the organization last season.
“You miss a couple of defensive assignments because it’s new personnel and then all of a sudden you’re thinking about that, and the next possession you’re standing up,” Chandler said. “You’re not in a stance, you’re not locked in.
“But when you run off streams of stops, all of a sudden you’ve got a little more energy, everybody’s in a stance everybody’s in here talking. It’s a confidence thing.”
Chandler isn’t sure how many games it’ll take before everyone is on the same page defensively.
“I don’t know the answer to that and I’m not at the level to be coaching yet,” Chandler said. “It better be soon.
“We’ve got to make sure from the start that we’re communicating, everybody’s in a stance, everybody’s ready to go because that energy, it seems like everybody feeds off it, and it’s contagious.”
Fadeaway vs. Shake
From Mark Cuban’s vantage point, Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fadeaway jump shot is more impressive than Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake.
“I’ll take the one-legged simply because even though [Olajuwon’s] shake and his footwork were amazing, he was in an era where there were a lot of bigs that had different go-to moves,” the Mavs’ owner said. “Guys in his era, there were a lot of low post guys.
“There weren’t guys for Dirk to use as a template to copy and improve on. And I think that’s the difference.”
Cuban, of course, made the assessment with all due respect to Olajuwon.
“Hakeem took what was happening in the game and perfected it,” Cuban said. “Dirk took something that hadn’t happened before and created it.”
Ever the man with the pulse on his team, Cuban said Chandler Parsons’ shooting woes stem from nothing more than the four-year veteran putting too much pressure on himself.
Going into Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Parsons was 2-of-20 from the field with nine points over the previous two games. He scored 19 on 7-of-19 shooting in Tuesday’s victory.
“The guy is pressing,” Cuban said. “He’s trying to do all the right things.
“He’s trying to be a big impact player and it’s not easy. I’m not worried about it.”
Big D impact
Before he purchased the Mavs on Jan. 4, 2000, Cuban didn’t realize the impact it could have on a city.
“It’s a unique business where an entire city’s attitude and mood can go up and down when you’re doing well,” Cuban said. “You don’t have other businesses where kids, when they’re sick, they want to meet their favorite player or come watch their favorite team and use that as a way to put all the challenges they’re going through out of their mind.”