The next big event on the NBA calendar is the draft. Before I could even finish asking who Terry thought his Mavs should take with the 26th overall pick, he said, "Isaiah Thomas. Jason Kidd is going to need someone to back him up... and Isaiah Thomas is a sleeper in this year's draft. He's a phenomenal player, a huge athlete. Even more than that, he's a floor general."
I've been thinking for weeks now that the Mavs would go big with their first pick, but Terry's idea is intriguing and makes sense, especially if the team is unable to re-sign one key guard. "We want J.J. Barea back, but we don't know if we're going to be able to sign him."
As free agency came up, Terry's No. 1 priority was clear, "We gotta bring back Tyson Chandler." There's no doubt that Chandler's demeanor, leadership and play on the court had a profound impact on what this team was able to do this year.
If they can retain his services, it makes sense to consider them a contender for next year's title as well. Tons of experts said this was their one shot, but Terry doesn't buy that, "They talked so bad about us, how our window of opportunity was closing. Well, we opened that window right back up."
When I asked him what his motivation for next year would be, Jet cited a veteran leader, "One of the players who doesn't get enough credit for us is Jason Kidd. Watching him is what fuels us, what motivates us.
"He told me the other day that he's not retiring, he's coming back and he could do this for a couple more years. That's all the motivation I needed."
The Mavs were the hungriest team in the NBA during the 2010-11 season, and that hunger led to a title. By all indications, these guys haven't satisfied their appetite for winning, "It would be disappointing not to have another opportunity to get it done."
I'm sure they'll get that opportunity. And the experts would be wise not to bet against them this time.