3 things the Dallas Mavericks can learn from ‘The Last Dance’
By Tyler Watts
3. Remain patient
Having a superstar does not guarantee a championship. As fans can see in The Last Dance, Jordan was one of the best players in the NBA as a rookie in 1984-1985. His Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.
It was a gradual process for MJ. In his fourth year, the Bulls made it to the second round. Seasons five and six, they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the “Bad Boys” Pistons each time.
Jordan finally broke through and won the title in his seventh season. Pippen was just reaching his prime and in his fourth year in the NBA. Winning a title takes time and experience.
Dirk Nowitzki’s career followed a similar path. He did not make the NBA Finals until his eighth season in 2006. It was not until his 13th year in 2011 when the Dallas Mavericks won a championship.
The Mavs need to stay patient and keep building during this run. Luka Doncic had them back in the playoffs in year two. He is 21 years old. Continue adding pieces and improving the team around him. He makes his teammates better. Prime Luka will have the Mavericks right in the middle of the title hunt if they stay the course.
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