NBA Playoffs 2011: The Dallas Mavericks a Team Full of Losers

Courtney BuchananContributor IIIMay 17, 2011

NBA Playoffs 2011: The Dallas Mavericks a Team Full of Losers

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    DENVER - MAY 05:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 5, 2009 in Denver, Col
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    If you pay close attention to all the people associated with this revised Dallas Mavericks team, you will start to notice that the team is full of players who have always come up short.

    In other words the team consists of players, a coach and an owner who have always seemed to thrive at losing.

    Luck has never been nice to these guys, and so I will give you five reasons why bad luck will continue to haunt Dallas.

Bad Luck Guy # 1 Peja Stojakovic

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8:  Predrag Stojakovic #16 of the Sacramento Kings during the NBA game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Arco Arena on November 8, 2002 in Sacramento, California.  The Kings defeated the Grizzlies 99-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Peja Stojakovic has been around for a while now and played on a Sacramento team that lost a close game because a buzzer beater by Robert Horry.

    He also had the bad luck of getting injured and being replaced by Hedo Turkoglu.

    His whole career he has always seemed to come up short in the big ones.

    NBA Championships = 0

Bad Luck Guy # 2 Jason Kidd

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 18:  Jason Kidd #5 of the New Jersey Nets sits on the bench towards the end of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2007 at the Cont
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    Jason Kidd has also had his share of disappointment. His team was swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals.

    Kidd is 38 years old and his whole career he has always seemed to be on the short end of the stick.

    Kidd played for Dallas early in his career but was traded before being brought back to Dallas towards the end of his career.

    NBA Championships: 0

Bad Luck Guy # 3: Shawn Marion

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    LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 31:  Shawn Marion #31 of the Phoenix Suns shrugs in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 31, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    After numerous early exits in the play-offs, Shawn Marion and the Suns finally made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2005, but they were eliminated by Tim Duncan and the Spurs, 4-1.

    Marion and the Suns would get another crack at the Western Conference Finals the following year in 2006. The Suns would take game 1 against the Mavericks, but as luck would have it they would go on to lose the series 4-2.

    NBA Championships: 0

Bad Luck Guy # 4: Dirk Nowitzki

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks walks by head coach Rick Carlisle during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mavericks defeated the Suns 91-83.  NOTE TO
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    It's the Big, bad luck Nowitzki.

    After several seasons of coming up short with partner in crime Steve Nash, The Mavericks eventually traded Nash and kept Dirk Nowitzki.  In 2006 the Mavericks were riding after making it to the NBA Finals.

    Nowitzki and the mavericks shot out to a 2-0 lead against the Miami Heat

    As luck would have it, they would not win another game and would eventually surrender 4-2 to the Miami Heat.

    2007 and 2008 Nowitzki and the Mavericks were eliminated in the first round. 

    NBA Championships: 0

Bad Luck Guy # 5: Rick Carlisle

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    DALLAS - APRIL 18:  Head coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 18, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    Coach Carlisle has seen his share of failure.  As the Pistons coach he led them to a 50-32 record, and won coach of the year. 

    After a season like this, for some reason Carlisle was still fired by the Pistons and replaced by Larry Brown.

    Rick Carlisle was immediately hired by the Indiana Pacers.  In his first season, Carlisle led the Pacers to the Central Division title and NBA's best regular-season record 61-21.

    Carlisle's Pacers would go on to defeat the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

    As luck would have it he would be defeated by the same Detroit Piston team that fired him the year before.

    The Larry Brown led Pistons would go on to win the NBA Championship. Ouch!

    NBA Championships: 0

     

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