Dallas lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs for the third time in four years. The Mavs head into an interesting off season for a team that’s won 50 games for 10 straight seasons, but has only one trip to the NBA finals to show for it.
After the final 97-87 loss last night, a disappointed Dirk Nowitzki, who has been with the Mavs since 1998, said:
"I wanted to obviously have a long playoff run here and go for my dream again," Nowitzki said. "And now I'm just obviously too shocked and too disappointed. I haven't really thought anything about my future yet. I guess I've got some time now to think about some stuff, think about my options."
Not exactly a vote of confidence that Dirk will pick up his $22 million option and return to Dallas next season.
Not a word about "wanting to return if everything works out right," no "love this town," or anything like that. Sure Dirk just lost a playoff series but it doesn't sound like he's committed to staying in Dallas.
After last night's game, owner Mark Cuban told the press, “I’m not proud of the NBA. I’m not proud of my inability over the last 10 years to have an impact like I want to have,” Cuban said. “So I kind of feel like I owe fans an apology. But that’s just the way this business goes.”
Translation: Mark Stern (Commissioner of the NBA) has no integrity and he has made it very clear that the Mavericks will never win a championship as long as Cuban is the owner. All the NBA officials concur.