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The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the more relevant, consistent NBA teams since the start of the millennium. Since 2000, the Mavericks have made the playoffs in 15 of the last 17 seasons, and are one of four teams who have made multiple Finals appearances and won a championship during that time frame.
But ever since winning the 2011 NBA Championship, the Mavericks have been on a downward spiral. In four playoff appearances in the six years following the championship victory, the team has compiled a 5-16 playoff record, getting eliminated in the first round each time.
Aside from their on-court woes, including the DeAndre Jordan circus from the 2015 offseason, it has become apparent that the organization has had cultural and structural issues far beyond the team itself.
In an article released by Sports Illustrated yesterday, it detailed specific quotes that bring to light years of potential instances of sexual harassment, misconduct, and domestic violence among current and former Maverick employees.
The article prompted the Mavericks to issue this statement:
The Dallas Mavericks issue the following statement on an upcoming Sports Illustrated article:https://t.co/GQ8bOHTBln
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 21, 2018
This comes about 24 hours after Cuban made remarks about his preferences for the remainder of the season. Cuban stated, “losing is our best option” as it pertained to the Mavericks in an interview with Julius Erving.
The comments prompted the league to fine Cuban a nice chunk of change.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by NBA for public statements detrimental to league. Cuban made the comments on Feb. 18 regarding Mavericks' competitive success.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 21, 2018
It has been a whirlwind of a week for the Mavericks and none of it has been positive.
We don’t know exactly what went on behind closed doors. The ongoing investigation will likely inform us. However, accusations such as these should be handled swiftly. The NBA is a family and there should be support coming to and from each other. The environment in which the members of the organizations are in off the court can very well play a role in how the team performs on the court.
The Mavericks have continued to trot out a disappointing roster over the past few seasons, resulting in down years. However, the issues that have plagued the Mavericks stems far deeper than those on the court. The organization needs fixing and it needs to start from the top and trickle all the way down.