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Painful Loneliness Makes Mark Cuban Jealous of Draymond Green: “The Stress Starts Building”

Published 04/02/2024, 3:46 PM EDT

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Since Mark Cuban took control of the Dallas Mavericks back in 2000, he has garnered a reputation for being a highly involved owner. The Mavericks’ rise to prominence has directly coincided with Cuban’s ownership. It was under him that the Mavs won their first title in franchise history back in 2011. However, Dallas’ 2011 title triumph remains the only piece of silverware inside their trophy cabinet.

The Dallas Mavericks have not been able to make a significant push towards winning the Larry O’Brien trophy since 2011. During a recent appearance on the Draymond Green Show, Mark Cuban expressed his desire to add another title to their 2011 title triumph while stating his envy towards Green and the Golden State Warriors for their success.

“He’s lonely (talking about the Larry O’Brien trophy), I’m jealous of you. That stuff is hard, and it has been so long now.” Cuban added further, “It’s almost anti-climatic. It’s more a stress release than it is a celebration… Nothing really changes other than the whole city going nuts and everything. But then the stress starts building again the next season.”

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It has been more than a decade since the Mavs won an NBA title. Despite this, there is a prevailing sentiment within both the organization and among fans that another title could be on the horizon sooner rather than later. Now, with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving leading the team, could 2024 be the year that the Mavericks finally end their title drought?

Dallas Mavericks: Dark Horse for the 2024 Championship

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The Dallas Mavericks have an outside shot at winning the NBA title this season. Following a mid-season dip in form and performances, the Mavs are currently motoring towards their goal of achieving a guaranteed playoff spot. In fact, the Mavs are currently on a seven-game winning streak. This form has catapulted them to the 5th spot in the Western Conference standings, with 45 wins from 74 games.

One particular reason behind the Mavs’ late-season resurgence is the stellar performances of Luka and Kyrie Irving. Doncic has averaged 34 points, 9.8 assists and 9.1 rebounds per game this season. Whereas Kyrie has averaged 25.3 points, 5.3 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Furthermore, they have been perfectly complemented by Dallas’ trade deadline additions of Daniel Gafford and PJ Washington.

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In addition to Luka and Kyrie, the Mavericks have benefitted from the emergence of rookie center Dereck Lively II, who adds a strong presence in the paint and rim protection. Dallas’ careful roster construction around Luka and Kyrie is beginning to bear fruits, evident in their status as one of the league’s top teams. Recent performances underscore this success, with Dallas boasting the best record in the NBA over the last 15 games, securing victories in 11. It remains to see if the momentum leads the Mavs to their second title.

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Ever since the Lakers’ Orlando Bubble victory, he has maintained a vigilant eye on the NBA with his research-heavy perspective, along with a specialization in covering predictive lineups. He keenly observes the evolving narratives that unfold each season.
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