A New Culture for the New-Look Mavs is Here


The Dallas Mavericks 2019-20 season is going to be different. They have the reigning Rookie of the Year in Luka Doncic, and they have a NBA unicorn playing his first meaningful basketball in nearly two seasons in Kristaps Porzingis. Beyond roster changes, however, they are building something they’ve lacked for the past few seasons; a real team.

Back in 2008, Will Ferrell and John C. Rielly starred in Step Brothers, a movie about two middle-aged men who become step brothers when their parents get married to each other. Both still lived with their parents, so they begrudgingly are forced to become roommates. Throughout the course of the movie they begin to build camaraderie. This leads to the often quoted line from Ferrell’s character, Brennan, “did we just become best friends?” Rielly’s character, Dale, gives a resounding, “Yup!”

If you were going to give a title to the 2019-20 Dallas Mavericks season, “Euro-Step Brothers” might just fit the bill. The years in between the 2011 championship team and the current roster for the Mavs was interesting, to say the least. Instead of running it back with the same core that landed the franchise their first championship, owner Mark Cuban decided to let key pieces walk away in free agency.

The 2011 team had grit, and the roster was full of savvy veterans who were all looking to add that final piece to their resume, a championship. Led by the teams only current all-star, Dirk Nowitzki, they did the improbable and won it all. You could tell that team had respect for one another, but they also had an unbreakable bond. Jason Terry even tattooed the Larry O’Brien championship trophy on his arm before the season even started.

As the seasons came and went since then, the Mavericks lacked the chemistry that the championship team had. As a result, the team also had no real direction. Outside of making the last years of Dirk’s career enjoyable for him, they didn’t really go anywhere. This season, however, things are going to be different.

New Team Camaraderie

The team has rallied behind Doncic as their leader. With fellow European star Porzingis back on the floor, the team is using this season as a cornerstone for many seasons to come. Throughout the offseason, we saw many different times the team spending time together.

Fans saw the team hanging out in Miami in what has been said was a team-bonding experience. Players flooded their Instagram stories with various scenes away from home. Tim Hardaway Jr. said of the trip, “It was great for team bonding and getting to know everybody as a team. Hopefully we can do it many more years to come.”

Fans even got an up-close look at Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber hanging out together at the State Fair of Texas, which is known for deep frying anything and everything edible.

Probably the funniest team dynamic in the offseason was the constant back and forth between Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson. Whether it’s arguing about NFL teams, dance moves, or the size of each others heads, it’s safe to say there is a brotherhood on this team that they have lacked in quite some time.

The Mavs are going to face stiff competition this season in a very crowded Western Conference. How everyone will play together on this team has yet to be determined. However, one thing is certain; the Dallas Mavericks finally have genuine team chemistry.

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