DALLAS -– No one has to tell Rick Carlisle that no one is looking at his Dallas
Mavericks squad and thinking NBA championship.
Then again, Carlisle could care less what prognosticators think about his team. He knows the Mavs won 57 games and were the Western Conference’s No. 3 when they won the NBA title in 2011.
That gives Carlisle hope that the revamped Mavs have what it takes to win the whole thing again this season.
“We won the championship as kind of what in football and baseball would be viewed as a wild card type team,’’ Carlisle said. “We were on the radar, but we weren’t prominently on the radar.
“You look at the last two Super Bowl winners (Green Bay Packers and New York Giants) -- both wild card teams. Last year the (St. Louis) Cardinals won the World Series -- wild card team.’’
While the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs may be considered one of the five teams with the greatest chances of winning this year’s NBA championship, Carlisle sees a growing trend in sports that he likes.
“There’s more and more parity in sports and I think that’s something that’s going to continue to work its way into the NBA game with the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement),’’ Carlisle said. “Coming into this we feel like we’re in that handful of teams that’s got a shot, and we’re going to approach it that way.’’
-- Dwain Price
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