Young n Old

A glaring omission in the “Rookie vs. Sophomore” game at the American Airlines Center is a Dallas Maverick.

At the same time, the Dallas Mavericks will have two, count them two, All-Star players come Sunday night.

Dirk Nowitzki, an 11 year NBA veteran will start for the West All-Stars, while Jason Kidd, a 15 year NBA veteran was recently named a reserve after Kobe Bryant decided not to play.

The lack of youth is alarming though.

There is a thin line between building a successful team around a young core, and building a team with a veteran foundation. What side of the fence are you on?

Maverick fans are no different than any fans in sports, they want championships. A key factor in building a successful team around a young core is patience. Something not too many fans have.

Detroit Pistons have fallen from a championship contender to lottery participant. With veterans like Hamilton and Prince on the trade market, it’s obvious they are intending on building their team around the core of young players they have. Stuckey, Gordon, Maxiell, Bynum, Jerebko, Summers, and Villanueva provide a young foundation in Detroit.

The Atlanta Hawks provide optimism for building around a young core. Atlanta has allowed their young players to develop as players, develop team chemistry, and have a constant coach. Portland and Oklahoma City are both on their way as well.

Dallas’ foundation is built on a veteran foundation. Dampier, Kidd, Nowitzki, and Terry provide cornerstones of a 10+ NBA year foundation.

It’s a two-way street. Which side are you on?

Topics: Dallas, Detroit, Dirk Nowitzki, Eric Dampier, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Mavericks, NBA, Oklahoma City, Portland, Rookie Challenge

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