Dallas Mavericks: Outstanding Basketball in the Heart of Texas
When people think about sports in Texas, they often
imagine rodeos, horseback riding, or football. But in reality, Texas is home to some of the best basketball in the nation
- including the Dallas Mavericks. Often referred to as the Mavs, the Dallas team is one of the most outstanding in the league
and continues to bring in sold-out crowds to their games year after year.
The Mavericks, while a newer
team than some in the NBA, have had the time to develop some intense and exciting rivalries. One of their biggest is against
home-state rival The San Antonio spurs. The Mav's NBA debut was against the Spurs, who they defeated 103-92. Since then, the
rivalry has only grown. The Mavs and the Spurs meat in the playoffs in 2001 and in the 2003 Western conference final. The
rivalry reached a new intensity in 2005 when Don Nelson, Mavs head coach, resigned, leaving the coaching to former Spur Avery
Johnson. Another intrastate rivalry that the Mavs have is the Houston Rockets. The two cities, which are relatively close
in proximity, hold their basketball team is high esteem. The teams met in the 1988 and 2005 playoffs.
Dallas Mavericks are an outstanding team this season, and investing in Dallas Mavericks parking passes and Dallas Mavericks
game or season tickets will afford you a chance to watch the team believed to be the 5th most valuable team in
the nation. The team has a roster of all-star talent, including shooting guard Vince Carter, power forward Dirk Nowitzki,
and point guard Jose Calderon. This season, the team is coached by Rick Carlisle, who has also coached the Detroit Pistons
and the Indiana Pacers.
The Dallas Mavericks are a younger team than many. They were started when businessman
Don Carter bought the right to bring a basketball team to Dallas in 1979; in 1980, they league voted to allow the team to
come to the city. They joined the Western Conference (Midwest division). The Mavericks enjoyed moderate success until the
mid-80s when they rose to power as a basketball force, winning the Midwest Division title in the 1986-1987 season. After a
slow-down due to injuries in the early '90s, then began a rapid improvement when Jason Kidd joined the team in 1994. Since
the mid-90s, have added some all-star talent to the roster, like Dirk Nowitski, and since, the Mavericks have enjoyed some
great successes as a franchise.
Hall of Fame Players
Several outstanding players have spent their time playing
for Dalls. Hall-of-famers include Alex English, Adrian Dantley, and Dennis Rodman.
Did you know? The
Dallas Mavericks were named by a vote taken by fans. The name was chosen over the Wranglers and the Express. There was some
controversy over the naming, though, since the University of Texas at Arlington also calls their sports teams the Mavericks.
While the franchise was a contender for the championship for several years, their first
championship was clinched during the 2010-2011 season. During that season they were considered the underdogs, yet in the final
round they were able to defeat the Miami Heat. Their second best showing in the playoffs was during the 2005-2006 season,
when they made it to the finals, won two games in a row, then lost the series.