The NBA lockout, which officially ended on December 8th, 2011, has affected every team, but so far it has been hard on the Dallas Mavericks and may have lingering effects on the Mavs' chance at repeating as champions.
Perhaps it’s a tad bit premature to say a team’s title defense is in trouble when the team is first place in their division and fourth in their conference.
And you would be right to say that. I want the Mavericks to win another championship almost as much as I want the Texas Rangers to win their first.
Luckily for the Mavs, every team as struggled with post-lockout difficulties. However, there are still three months to go and the lockout will take it's toll.
Here are five issues that are impacted by the lockout.