Don Nelson says Dallas Mavericks could be this year’s Warriors
The man who did as much as anybody to build the Mavericks franchise — and also shake its foundation — believes this team has a unique opportunity.
If things fall right for them, they could be like Golden State, circa 2007.
Don Nelson has seen this setup before and he thinks the Mavericks — or somebody else in the Western Conference — could join the Warriors as No. 8 seeds who have beaten the top-seeded team in the first round.
"I think anybody can beat anybody, just like when we beat Dallas, we were eight and they were one," Nelson said. "I think it could happen again."
Why? Because injuries are playing havoc with the West. Nelson believes that with the Lakers missing center Andrew Bynum, nothing is guaranteed.
"I don’t think everybody’s as deep as they thought," Nelson said. "Even the Lakers are lacking something. They’re still winning, but they’re not as powerful. ... If Bynum doesn’t come back, they’re as vulnerable as anybody else who’s missing a major player."
That said, playing the Lakers is a gamble of long odds. The Mavs have every reason to want to climb the ladder for a higher spot. Still, somebody who’s been there thinks anything’s possible.
Edited by MDI, March 26, 2009 - 11:48 AM.