Dallas Mavericks: Best addition of the year won’t be seen on the court
By Kohl Rast
The addition of Cynthia Marshall to the Dallas Mavericks front office is going to pay off in a big way in the long run.
The best move the Dallas Mavericks have made so far in the year 2018 wasn’t trading for Luka Doncic. It wasn’t signing DeAndre Jordan and it wasn’t bringing Dirk Nowitzki back for another year. No, the Dallas Mavericks best and most significant move happened at the beginning of the year when Mark Cuban brought on Cynthia Marshall as new CEO.
Marshall, former employee of AT&T, came to the Mavericks during crisis time and many were concerned that things were going to go south in a hurry. Instead, Marshall stepped right in and began cleaning things up left and right. Whatever needed to get done to get the tarnished Mavs image back on the rise, Cynt was going to take care of it.
Most of us know the circumstances by which Marshall was hired, so I will spare you the details, but the important thing to remember here is that she came into an organization scrambling to keep its name from falling off a cliff and she immediately implemented plans to fix the organization going forward.
I truly believe that the NBA granted some leniency to Cuban and the Mavs in large part because of what Cynt Marshall has proven capable of doing over the last several months. Cuban’s natural instincts to approach any issue head on really paid off in this case and it continues to pay off every day.
I have no doubt that the Mavericks will be a model organization going forward and Marshall is the key contributor to that. It is impossible to undo the past, but the next best thing is prevention in the future. Here is a short interview that Marshall did on ESPN with Rachel Nichols.
It will be incredibly important to see what the Mavericks do going forward, but I have a good feeling that everything is going to look better and better as long as Marshall is a big part of the decision making.