The farce is over. The Mavericks 2011-12 season has come to an abrupt and fitting end, so it's time for the Deron Williams watch to begin.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban is now attempting to hedge his bet by saying he doesn't have a specific plan in mind this summer. But anyone who professes to believe that is likely drawing a paycheck from the man.
It's hard to recall an owner in professional sports who has whizzed away his public goodwill from a world title faster than Cuban. And he's making it worse by insisting the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement is to blame for placing a poor product on the court this past season.
Unfortunately, they rarely raise banners to celebrate financial flexibility. The Mavs broke the mold for winning a title in 2011, and then decided they didn't have the stomach to continue that path. Cuban's apologists were quick to note that not even NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler could've helped the Mavs overcom...