It’s been far too long since we’ve heard Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sound off on something or get in trouble for this or that. His Mavericks meanwhile remain in a race for playoff positioning. If the postseason were to begin today in the NBA, Dallas would find themselves in the 8th and final spot out West. Hot on their trail too are the Pheonix Suns, who seem to be ready to make one final push under new coach Alvin Gentry. And in the 7 hole is Utah who has won 6 in a row and doesn’t appear to be heading anywhere but up at this point. Let’s check in with Cuban, who joined ESPN Radio Dallas with Michael Irvn on Thursday to talk about the final 25 games or so of the season, former coach Avery Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki as well as the possibility of any future roster shake-ups with twenty some odd games left in the 2008-2009 NBA season.
On his reaction to those who say Dallas can’t win a title with Dirk Nowitzki as the primary star:
“That’s crazy. You can say that about any given player if that star doesn’t have enough help. Paul Pierce is a champion now and people used to say he dominated the ball. You put Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Dirk together, we’re the odds on favorite.”
On whether Dallas has the resources to make a major roster move in the future to make Dallas more competitive:
“I think we’ve got the #1 trading asset available and that’s money. It’s not so much cap room, it’s are you willing to take back money from other teams particularly in these times.”
On whether he would have taken Stephon Marbury:
“Earlier in the season, probably yes. But now I think J.J’s [Barea] really coming along we want to continue his development. I think our second unit is playing a lot better. You know James Singleton, Antonie Wright who’s now a starter is playing a lot better. We were really concernd about having power coming off the bench and Stephon really would have helped us there. Or we could have started him at the 2 guard and created more scoring. Now we’re improving there. We’re starting to get things from 6, 7 and 8th guys that we weren’t getting before.”