It helps if you send in a great email, like the one I got a couple days ago from a Cindy H. You know who you are Cindy.
Anyway, she had this to say about the Mavericks:
"I hope that in an article you might consider ''calling out the players for lack of effort.
"Considering the economy and the fact that many people are truly suffering through tough times, the least people should be able to expect when watching or attending a professional sporting event is for overpaid and over-privileged athletes to give their best effort - EACH AND EVERY TIME THEY PLAY A GAME. People need to be entertained at least given a bit of distraction from the tough times many are experiencing.
"That does not mean win every game but it does mean play your best. I am so very tired of seeing a team with the 2nd highest payroll in the NBA put up lackluster and lazy performances. Not only is it insulting to the fans but it is a poor example to be setting for young people who really look up to the players.''
Actrually, her email came in right after Mark Cuban did exactly that -- call out the players.
Since then, the Mavericks have played hard, winning against San Antonio and losing against New Orleans.
If they show that kind of pride and passion in their work the rest of the season, I believe Mavericks' fans will be happy with what they get -- which will be at least some fun in the playoffs.