Or better yet, as the Dallas Observer puts it, the Mavs “lift our hopes, only to break our hearts again.”
Too true, although I think there’s merit in the Observer’s advice not to overreact. Meaning: it’s frustrating to see the Mavs – again! – bounced early from the playoffs, but it’s not worth blowing up the team for, unless you’re willing to return to 20 to 30 win seasons for a few years in a row (No, thank you!).
While it was bitter for Mavs fans to watch the hated rival Spurs boot the Mavs from the playoffs, this season still ended better than it would have had Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood not joined the Mavs in mid-February.
Now, of course, it’s all about what’s next for Mavs fans. Game 6 provided a tantalizing look at what a great player Roddy Beaubois could be, but will he remain in a Mavs’ uniform come the 2010 season?
My take is yes. The most likely scenario is Roddy B. stays, two out of three of Butler / Haywood / Dampier goes, and some sort of free agent 2/3 G/SF joins the party (I’m laying my marker: I hope it’s not Joe Johnson, which would be great for a year or so, but potentially an albatross-like contract in years 3/4/5).
But let me emphasize, “most likely” does not mean “really likely”, it means 60/40 or 50 / 40 / 10 with the 40′s and 10′s representing “land the superstar” scenarios, where D-Wade or Chris Bosh come to town. Those scenarios would probably mean parting with Roddy B . . . but it would totally be worth it, right?
With that I’ll stay quiet on the Mavs until big free agent news hits the ESPN ticker, hopefully proceeded by a massive press conference with Cuban and Donnie Nelson, and [insert LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade here] . . .