The Dallas Mavericks will be practicing in a new facility next season.
Owner Mark Cuban said he’s in the process of closing on a building in downtown Dallas that will be renovated into his team’s practice facility. He also said the Mavs will be in that facility for two years while a new permanent multipurpose practice facility is built next door.
“With ours it’ll be a multi-step process,” Cuban said. “The first step is we’re just going to renovate a building.
“I think we’ve got the spot, but I think we’re going to renovate what’s there so we can get into it sooner, and then parallel start working on the bigger plan. So hopefully we’ll have something for the summer.”
The Mavs have been practicing in an underground facility inside American Airlines Center since the arena opened in 2001. But it only has one court and is outdated when compared to what most other NBA teams have.
Cuban said he didn’t consider moving the facility to Frisco, where the Dallas Cowboys are moving their headquarters and practice facilities this summer. The Dallas Stars also practice in Frisco, and the Mavs’ D-League team — the Texas Legends — plays there.
The Texas Rangers’ Double A team, the Frisco RoughRiders, also make their home there.
“We can’t have a practice facility that far away,” Cuban said. “We’re playing so many games, it’s got to be convenient, so it’s got to be some place where they can stay close. ... so there was no way we were going to take it to Frisco or McKinney.
“They’re great communities, but there’s no way we could have done that. I’d rather have it in walking, bicycling or golf cart distance in downtown and make it easier than having to get in a car and drive somewhere.”
Although his team is short on depth in the backcourt because of injuries, coach Rick Carlisle didn’t go into Game 2 against Oklahoma City on Monday thinking he was going to be at a huge disadvantage.
“These are all national TV games with long timeouts, so everybody’s minutes get stretched out a bit,” Carlisle said. “I think we can handle it.
“Our depth allows us to have at least a couple of guys left that can start and play backup, which can help.”
Deron Williams was doubtful, but started and got the Mavs off to a tremendous start with 11 points in the first quarter. Williams is dealing with a sports hernia, which forced him to miss eight games late in the regular season and has limited his mobility.
Meanwhile, guard J.J. Barea sat out Game 2 with a strained right groin, but hopes to play Thursday in Game 3 when the series shifts to Dallas.
“Of course he wants to be out there,” Cuban said. “But I think him getting a little bit of time, and hopefully when we get back there on Thursday he’ll be ready.”
Center David Lee, who missed the first two games with a partial tear in his right plantar fascia, also hopes to play in Game 3.
With all the condos and parking garages that have practically surrounded American Airlines Center in recent years, Cuban was asked if he saw this coming when the arena first opened in 2001.
“It wasn’t supposed to,” said Cuban, referring to the parking spots eliminated by all the new condos. “I wasn’t real pleased with it.
“That was kind of par for the course.”