Sunday, June 18, 2006

Rebound, Run, Slam, and Jam

Nevada Refinance
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The title says it all. Do you remember those old commercials? How could you not? They had Emmitt Smith singing it and someone else. It was absolutely pathetic, but I loved the commercial; still do. It's interesting that the things the Mavs can't do this series is what has cost them the past two games... rebounding, running, and finishing (slamming and jamming).

What does that mean? Well, I'll tell you what it doesn't mean. It does not mean that Ross Perot Jr. is an oracle who can see into the future that the Mavs need to rebound, run, and dunk. It does mean that the Mavs need to get back to basics. And let me tell you why that will happen.


I've worked around professional sports teams before, and let me tell you two things that I learned. First of all, players, no matter how good or bad they are, absolutely hate to share a hotel room with a teammate. And Avery made them do just that. And not only are they sharing, he stuck the oddest pairs together. Dirk's with DA, 'Quis is with Pavel, Stack is with Diop, and I forget the rest. Why did Avery do this? Because the players were on vacation. Now, I'll be honest, I was pretty surprised by that. I thought the players would be all business in Miami. But I guess not. Apparently, they were out all night partying in South Beach, which is awesome, as long as you're not fighting in the NBA Finals. So, this new roommate arrangement is more about making players focus on the goal at hand and not a punishment. When Dirk wakes up and sees DA in the bed next to him, he'll remember what he's doing immediately.

The second thing I've learned from working around a professional sports team is that to change plans is a big deal. Travel and hotel plans for teams are set very precisely, and for a coach to change them takes a lot. That's not to say that he shouldn't have done it, but imagine the conversation Avery had. He essentially asked the team to dump thousands of dollars worth of plans and add sink thousands more into a different plan. I give a lot of credit to the team for following Avery's directions. I shouldn't expect any less because these guys are playing for a title. But what they did, changing plans on a dime is no small task. And it takes something to request it. We can just hope it works.

So how is Avery going to help the Mavs rebound, run, slam, and jam? He already did. These guys have been engulfed in basketball for the past two days. They have probably watched at least 20 hours of film. Dirk knows how bad he has been, and he's going to turn it around. Josh knows he needs to make more hustle plays. And the whole team knows it has to take less 3's.

As for their missing comrade. Yes, it may be ridiculous. And yes, he will be missed. But it's time for other guys to step up. I'm sick of seeing the same guys come out gunning. Dirk, Josh, JET, and Stack. I want 'Quis and KVH to step up and do something. Anything. Whether it's strip a ball or hit a 3, just something. Stack gave the Mavs the fire they need by laying out Shaq then getting suspended. These guys need to step up.

Collect missed shots. Sprint down the floor. And I can't believe I'm saying this. Play like Mavs Man.


Anonymous said...

I need to find a copy of this commercial. If only to see how far the Dallas Mavericks have come. I remember the "Rebound, Run, Slam, and Jam tell me who's a Dallas Mavericks Fan?" like it was just yesterday. Images of Donald Hodge and Doug Smith "highlights" are running through my head for all of 2 seconds.

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