Dallas is not eliminated yet, but with a 3-0 against it seems that it is only about putting a date on it. That may be part of Jason Kidd’s thinking. The Mavericks coach attended the media after the third loss to Golden State with a serious countenance and wanting to send a message of optimism to the fans, as he understands that falling now in the Western Conference finals should not be seen as a failure, but as the game point to mark an era in the coming years.
“This is just the beginning of our journey. I know you saw us as champions before the start of the season. It’s a joke. The reality is that this is much bigger than what this match or this series entails. This is huge for our franchise because none of you saw us here. You were all supposed to be on vacation. So it’s great to go through this. You can call them dynasty. They have three great players who will all be Hall of Famers, so we’re learning a big lesson. This is not the end. This is just the beginning,” he says, referring to the bright future that Mavs can have.
The truth is that he is right, but to make such a wish come true you need more than words. Dallas has completed an outstanding season in which it has left the best team of the regular season, the Phoenix Suns, by the wayside. However, things can change a lot from season to season. The Clippers will return to the fight with Kawhi Leonard recovered, the Lakers will be better, Denver will get back the stars who accompany Nikola Jokic…
By this we do not mean that the Mavericks can not repeat success in twelve months, but they are forced to take a step forward. Luka Doncic plus a mid-level group dedicated to the cause has worked this year; nothing ensures that it will continue to do so in the 2022-23 campaign. Undoubtedly, this summer is the ideal time for the office work to allow Texas to remain in the elite of the NBA.