The Mavericks missed out on signing Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd in a span of four days, leaving the 2011 champions with a half-empty roster and few options. Only Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood, Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones remain from the 2011 title team. There is not a point guard on the roster and only scraps left in free agency. Yet team owner Mark Cuban is not concerned.
"I got this," said Cuban, hoisting up jumpers at the American Airlines Center. "You know, I lift weights with the team sometimes and hang out with players. We're friends and everything. I'm sure I could step right in and play some point guard. I'm 5-11 and you don't want to mess with me."
Cuban said he always dreamed of being a professional athlete, but got "sidetracked with business ventures and was never picked for any teams growing up, probably because everyone was jealous of how awesome I am. Right, Dirk? Tell 'em, buddy."
"Heh. Yeah, Mark," said Nowitzki, immediately turning around and leaving after seeing Cuban was there.
"We're best friends. He probably just had somewhere to go," said Cuban, putting up a three-pointer that landed in the middle of the lane. "Anyway, as I was saying, I'm really awesome and I'll probably actually make this team better. I don't want to guarantee a title, but … we'll definitely win one this year."
Cuban then was informed that Nowitzki had left the arena floor to request a trade.
"He's probably just joshing," said Cuban. "The guys are always like that. They're all like: 'Get away from me, man. You're so annoying. We're not friends.' That's just how bros are together."
The Mavericks owner wrapped up his shoot-around by attempting a layup. It was an airball but he nearly touched the net on his jump.
"Damn. I've got mad ups," said Cuban.