Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Supposedly, Dallas Mavericks outspoken owner, Mark Cuban, never makes predictions about his teams.   But after the Mavs' Sunday practice at American Airlines Center, Cuban came pretty close to doing just that.   Via Star-Telegram.com:   "If we stay healthy I think we'll surprise a whole lot of people.We've got a lot of guys with something to prove that are team guys and willing to buy into the system, and that's what we've seen from everybody."   "Everybody's coming in early to work hard.''   Of course Cuban is going to talk up his team whenever he has the opportunity to do so. That's a big part of the Cuban schtick.   For the first time, possibly ever, I agree with Mark that if the Mavs stay healthy this year, they could surprise a "whole lot of people."   But here's the rub.   It's because I believe the majority of NBA fans, like myself, have pretty low expectations for this team. So if they do manage to squeeze into a 7th or 8th spot in the playoffs this year, I will be among the surprised.   The Mavs have a new roster, with new faces (including former Spur DeJuan Blair) and still have Dirk Nowitki. Needless to say, they do have a fighting chance at making the playoffs. But long are the days of Dallas being a title contender. Something this squad isn't.   So, what gives Spurs fans? Do you see the Mavs delivering big surprises this year?     From the Mavs this year, I expect no surprise.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rockets GM: We think we can win NBA title despite injuries

Browns GM Ray Farmer suspended over text messages

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box after murder

Byron Scott: Opposing players say they want to play for Lakers

Falcons reportedly will lose pick over pumping in crowd noise

Report: Sam Bradford wouldn't sign extension with Browns

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes ride on top of a moving plane

Colts owner addresses Indiana religious freedom bill

John Calipari addresses controversial ND comments

Arizona coach Sean Miller rips critics: 'Go cheer for ASU'

Report: NFL could push extra point back to 15-yard line

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.