Originally written May 16, 2012 on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL:
Although Dallas Mavericks General Manger Donnie Nelson was pleased to sign head coach Rick Carlisle to a four-year contract extension on Wednesday; the move is not about to pacify the fans of the franchise, who are still seething that the team took a major step backwards this season. A good friend of mine is a rabid Dallas fan and he was up in arms from the moment Caron Butler, Jose Juan Barea and Tyson Chandler left the team via Free Agency before the start of the campaign. Although he was well aware of the fact that the club’s plan was to get under the Association salary cap to be able to sign Free Agents this summer; he was not enamored with the concept, as he subscribed to the old bromide; “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It.” Currently he considers Nelson and Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban to be Public Enemies numbers 1A and 1B and most likely he represents the viewpoint of a great part of the team’s fan-base in the Dallas area. Although it is disappointing; when a team loses a player ...

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