The Dallas Mavericks started the season off horribly, at one point they had a 6 game losing streak followed by a 4 game losing streak. But as of late they've been playing a lot better. They're 6-4 in their last 10 games, but they honestly could be 10-0. Their 4 losses have all been very close, and their last game against the trailblazers was a nail biter that came down to a buzzer beater that gave the trailblazers the win. Dirk Nowitzki still hasn't been as good as he was in their championship season two years ago, age really seems to be taking a toll on him. Vince Carter continues to have hot nights, and O.J Mayo can go off on any given night. The talent is there for the Mavericks, but they've only got 2-3 more years before their veterans retire. And the ones that don't retire won't be able to supply a reliable source of offense or defense, so they're basically in the same boat as the Boston Celtics. Both teams have a few good young talents, but their veterans are the ones that keep the team contending. If the Mavericks don't start making a serious run at the title in the next two years, then I think it'd be in the best interest of the team to just trade their veterans for young talent, and began to slightly rebuild. The owner of the team, Mark Cuban, has the money to spend, so trying to get a big name in next years free agent pool would definitely be a high priority because this team is running out of time. Hopefully Cuban isn't in denial and realizes that he needs to start making moves quickly.
In other Dallas sports news, the Cowboys were reportedly planning on hiring Derek Dooley as their WR coach, but despite the fact that Adam Schefter reported that he was hired, he in fact was not. It was reported that Dooley agreed to the coaching job on Saturday, but as of today he has still not been hired. Although Dooley wasn't a very successful head coach at Tennessee, he did coach with Jason Garrett for the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006, where Garrett was the quarterbacks coach and Dooley coached the tight ends. Those two years are the only pro experience that Dooley has. I think that hiring him could bring even more chemistry to the team. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli already have chemistry, so bringing in more chemistry between the WR coach and the head coach definitely couldn't hurt. If Dooley is indeed hired, then he would bring yet another big name to the Cowboys coaching staff. Kiffin, Marinelli and Dooley have all been head coaches at some point in their career, so they obviously can bring leadership to the team, which the Cowboys are currently lacking in. And bringing them in to coach the positions that they specialize in will definitely bring huge positives to next seasons team.