Found December 14, 2011 on Fox Sports Southwest:
DALLAS For a few painful days, it looked like the Mavericks wouldn't launch a defense of the NBA title at all. The prospect of a luxury tax hit a couple years down the road, something that had never bothered owner Mark Cuban in the past, caused the Mavs to allow center Tyson Chandler and guard J.J. Barea to end up on different rosters. Mavs apologists said it wasn't prudent to pay a "complementary" player such as Chandler 16 million per year to stick around for four more years. But these were the same people acknowledging that Dallas wouldn't have come close to winning a title without Chandler's presence in the middle. He quickly became the best center in franchise history, and he brought an element of nastiness that the Mavs had been missing for years. None other than Charles Barkley hopped on our local radio show last Friday to voice his frustration with his close pal, Cuban. "You know I'm a big Mavericks fan, but it's going to be one and...
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