DALLAS — Even after his defending NBA championship team was eliminated in the first-round, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had no regrets about his post-lockout decision not to retain the core of last season’s team.
“If you want to nail me for something, I’ll be the first to admit that it was a huge (expletive) that I didn’t fight for the new (collective bargaining agreement) harder,”That was my mistake”
After the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a four-game sweep of the defending champs last night with a 103-97 victory, Terry said Cuban knows the roster assembled wasn’t good enough to make a serious run at another title.
“Yeah, he knows it, the city knows, we all know it as players,” Terry said. “But with the team we have, the nucleus we have, the core group of guys, we feel like we can beat anybody; that’s just us as competitors. But, again, you have to have the personnel. You have to have the personnel to get it done.”
Terry said losing key players such as Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson, and replacing them with Delonte West, Vince Carter in the twilight of his career and Lamar Odom, whose emotional baggage got the best of him , made the Mavs a long shot to contend.