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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-06-11

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-06-11

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-06-11
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Last year's league MVP remains the franchise's foundation. Dirk Nowitzki led the team in scoring (23.6), rebounding (8.6) and heart. His playoff flop a year ago wasn't repeated during the season or the first round against New Orleans. If the rest of the team cared as much as Nowitzki, the Mavs would still be playing.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Josh Howard, hands down, takes home this (dis)honor with a selfish and confusing pattern of behavior late in the season. Not only did the one-time All-Star struggle to fit into the Jason Kidd-led offense, but his admission of marijuana use and decision to throw a birthday party after losing Game 4 puzzled/angered the coaching staff and several of his teammates.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Mavs need an infusion of youth and athleticism, especially on the perimeter. A pair of swingmen who have been playing overseas, Reyshawn Terry and Renaldas Seibutis, will be given a hard look this summer. The team would love to find another minimum-wage gem, as it did with F Brandon Bass a year ago.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The team has strong interest in unrestricted free agent G Antoine Wright. Reserve point guard Jose Barea, a restricted free agent, is an option, though the team will try to upgrade. The future is unclear for free agents Devean George, Eddie Jones (player option), Juwan Howard, Malik Allen, Jamaal Magloire and Tyronn Lue.


--F Dirk Nowitzki is leading Germany into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens (July 14-20). The top three finishers (out of 12) will qualify for the Olympics.

"It is our big dream to be at the Olympics, and this goal requires our entire focus," Nowitzki said in his first press conference since returning to Germany from Dallas.

Nowitzki also told the assembled media: "I want to still play six years at the highest level. I want to win, unconditionally, the championship in the NBA. And I want to be with the national team at the Olympics in Beijing.

"It didn't happen for Sydney and Athens. I unconditionally want to fulfill my dream and reach Beijing."

--F Josh Howard and Mark Cuban have traded more phone calls and texts in the last several weeks than the last several years. Howard's admission of marijuana use and the subsequent fallout hasn't been easy for anyone to deal with.

"He realized he made a mistake," Cuban said. "We've talked about it. He realizes he's got some catching up to do in terms of reclaiming some people's confidence, but he's also man enough to realize that he's going to do it and make a commitment to do it."

--G Jason Kidd and the rest of Team USA will face host China in the last game on Day 1 (Aug. 10) of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. The Americans will play all their games at either 8 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. Beijing is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

The quarterfinals are on Aug. 20 and the semifinals are two days later. The gold and bronze medal games are scheduled for Aug. 24, the final day of the Olympics.

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