Mark Cuban has been trying to simply build a championship team for so many years that when he finally succeeded, he had no idea how to keep the team on top.
After winning the 2011 NBA Finals, instead of keeping the core together, Cuban blew up the Dallas Mavericks. He chose to add Lamar Odom, Vince Carter and Delonte West instead of bringing back Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson.
One of Cuban’s former players believes that he has the inside scoop to what insanity is bouncing around inside his cranium.
Tyson Chandler told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com…
“I understand what he's (owner Mark Cuban) thinking. He's thinking about next summer and Dwight and D-Will and maybe being able to hit a home run and landing both. But the problem with that is if Dwight ends up in L.A. or with the Nets or anywhere else, it kind of shatters that whole thinking. Then I guess it's back to the drawing board.”
Chandler almost single-handedly dominated the Miami Heat on the boards throughout the Finals. As the Mavs’ defensive anchor, his presence in the paint was the difference between last year’s Dallas team and all of the contenders that fell short in previous years.
Stevenson brought an in-your-face attitude and a defense-first mindset that Dallas had been lacking as well. Barea caught fire in the second half of the series and provided such a spark that the Mavericks couldn’t have won without him.
With the same rotation, Dallas would’ve been a favorite to contend for the championship yet again. You could even throw in Odom because they gave up nothing via trade to add the Sixth Man of the Year.
Odom, Barea and Jason Terry coming off the bench; you’ve got to be kidding me.
But no, Cuban ignored the ring on his finger. If Chandler's theory is correct, he looked into the future where he noticed Dwight Howard and Deron Williams were becoming free agents next offseason, sacrificing the Mavs' completed championship puzzle for a pipe dream.
The odds that the Orlando Magic fail to complete a trade that Howard would approve of are slim to none, and there may be numerous teams looking to give Williams a max deal.
Cuban dismantled a championship team 10 times faster than it took him to build one.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.