Mark Cuban, via Tim MacMahon via The Jason Terry Show: “The Lakers have been playing worse than us,” Cuban said. “Utah has been playing well, but not as well as they were now that Andrei Kirilenko is out. And if we dial in, we know we can kill anybody.”
Tom Ziller spells out why it makes sense for Dirk (and Yao Ming, as well) to opt-out this summer and sign a long-term deal. It definitely seems like the best move for Nowitzki on an individual level, though in this case the Mavs would be footing a substantially larger bill than they would otherwise. All indications point to the new CBA completely changing the free agent game, meaning that if Dirk choose not to opt-out this summer, he’ll likely end up signing a shorter, less lucrative deal.
Mark Cuban on the Western Conference, via the Dallas Morning News: “I think all eight teams are better than they were last year. I don’t think anybody’s really taken a step backwards, and we are better than last year, and we’re gonna have to be much better. But, I think, what it comes down to, there’s nobody in the Western Conference playoff run who’s afraid of any other team. Everybody’s beaten everybody. … It’s about injuries, and it’s gonna be who’s hot. … Whether you play San Antonio with the way (Spurs’ guard Manu) Ginobili’s playing, that’s not going to be easy. Portland, Oklahoma City, Phoenix– who is it that you want to play?”