Originally written on TheProBasketballTalk  |  Last updated 11/8/14

PITTSBURGH - MAY 31: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks attends game four of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on May 31, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Mark Cuban’s boys may have sweated a few drops in thinking their dream of hosting a Championship Ring night would be dumped on by a ridiculous NBA lockout.  They will get their wish, with a Christmas Day rematch with the Miami Heat, to dole out said rings.  It will be a night to honor their improbable run last season, but more importantly (as I guarantee captain Dirk Nowitzki will point out), the final remembrance of past events.  It’s time to DEFEND that Championship, and the Mavs have the firepower to do so. Several key players in attaining that title have fled town (Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, the injury-plagued Caron Butler), but the Mavs kept their core intact (Nowitzki-Jason Kidd-Jet Terry-Shawn Marion-head coach Rick Carlisle), and added several key acquisitions and transactions (Lamar Odom, Vince Carter, Delonte West).  While a shorter season means doom if you stumble out of the block, or have a bad month, the Mavs will not fall into such pitfalls.  They may not continue ...
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