DALLAS-- One hundred ten games, that is the sum total of playoff experience that the five players-Elton Brand, Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo, that the Dallas Mavericks added to their roster this summer via free agency.
All but Kaman, who spent last season in New Orleans, have playoff experience as recent as last season, but no matter what their respective backgrounds are during their time in the Association, these five newest Mavs are united by one single desire-being able to play not just for a winner, but a club that could contend for an NBA title.
Kaman has 11 games of playoff experience, all of which was gained with the Clippers in 2006 as Los Angeles advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the Suns in seven games. But other than that, the Michigan native hasn't experienced much in the way of playoff basketball, something he hopes changes this year.
"A lot of people think with losing Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, there's ...