We heard something Friday we haven't heard in a long time.
Animated Mike. Magnificent Mike. Dominant Mike.
The discussion related to the fans' expectation for this year's team. Corby and Danny were more or less giving the Mavericks a pass, taking the position that they remained grateful for last year's magic run. It's not like they weren't disappointed by what looked like it was going to be a speedy exit for the Mavs (and so it proved to be, as of about ten minutes ago), but they were giving management the benefit of the doubt on the Cuban/Nelson cap strategy. I don't want to be critical of Corby or Danny or misrepresent their position; their point of view is one you hear a lot, and, as I say, it's not like they didn't care whether the Mavs' won or lost. In fact, I believe Danny, and maybe Corby (I forget) were predicting Mavs' first-round success.
Mike begged to differ.
Actually, "begging" doesn't begin to describe it.
He was angry.
I wish I could quote it in full, but it was absolutely smashing to hear. He reserved his greatest bile for the notion that the top free agents -- the reason management was supposedly conserving cap space -- are going to be attracted to to this deadass burg. He practically screamed that they are not. They don't want to come to Dallas, he said, it's not a nightlife town that the posse-laden superstars will ever be attracted to. He went on for some time with some heat, and it was by far the best radio I've heard from Mike in months.
It was great to hear and it reminds the faithful that when this legend is engaged, he's unbeatable. Would that he would spend some more of that passion more often grabbing control of (what I, at least, still cling to the thought of as being) his show.
|Mike R is Disgusted|
Not that anyone's looking to me for HSO's, but I am in complete agreement with him. I was appalled at the effective dismantling of the World Champions and the short-sighted band-aid of the feckless Lamar that was mishandled from the second it became apparent that the guy was, essentially, a thief. A cap-space strategy makes sense only if one has some reason to believe that today's free agent is going to find this team, city, owner, and coach attractive, and there are a lot of reasons to think that the Mavs offer none of those things. My God, how many more years of Effective Dirk do we have left? Long-time readers will have discerned that I spent some time in Chicago, and as a Bulls fan during both of Jordan's stretches with the team, six titles in eight years, hearing that it's somehow just too bad that management sacrificed this year but, wow, it was fantastic while it lasted -- it's really sad. Hell, I was furious when Dirk showed up out of shape this year. "Heart of a Champion," shit.
WWNRAJDD? (What Would Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels Do?) Not what Mark and Donnie did. Bearing in mind that I understand zero about caps and the like, I will leave it to informed Confessors to instruct me (gently, please) on why this year's strategy was a good one.
So: I'm with Mike.
The Mavs' new long night has officially begun.