Dallas Mavericks Tickets
The game of professional basketball has been entertaining the world since the late 1940s. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world and consists of thirty teams including the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks or “Mavs” as popularly known to its fans, is one of the younger franchises in the NBA, but no one can deny the fact that they have enjoyed their fair share of success. True, the team may not have a storied history as that of Boston Celtics but the Mavs have still provided many memorable moments which is why the fans make sure to get their Dallas Mavericks tickets whenever they set out to face their opponents.
Arriving at the NBA landscape
It all began in 1978 when a businessman from California, Garn Eckardt, met with a lawyer, Dough Atkins, and mentioned his interest in moving an NBA team to the city. Atkins then introduced Eckardt to his client, Don Carter. Eckardt soon backed out of the negotiations but Carter remained interested. At the same time, Norm Sanju, the president and general manager of the Buffalo Braves was looking to bring the NBA team to Dallas, but it moved to California as San Diego Clippers. When Sanju returned back to Texas, he met with Don Carter. They both tried to purchase Milwaukee Bucks and Kansas City Kings respectively but the deal didn’t work out due to the disagreement on relocation.
The duo later aimed for an expansion team but the league initially resisted in expanding to Dallas as Texas was already home to the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets. However, in 1979, the NBA commissioner, Larry O’Brien stated that the league would be introducing two new teams in the 1980-81 season in Dallas and Minneapolis. Negotiations were later held with David Stern and in 1980, The Dallas Mavericks saw the light of day.
A stern disciplinarian who led the Washington Bullets to the NBA Championship in the 1977-78 season, Dick Motta was appointed as the first head coach of The Dallas Mavericks.
Let the good times roll
The Dallas Mavericks kicked off their journey in the NBA as an expansion team in the 1980 -81 season. The first game that they played was against The San Antonio Spurs. The match took place at the Reunion Arena. When the dust settled, it was the Mavs who won by defeating the Spurs, 103-92. Sadly, the winning ways for the newly formed club ended there and the team concluded the season with a record of 15-67 despite of emerging victorious in their last eleven games.
Soon, The Dallas Mavericks acquired three star players in the 1981 NBA draft, Rolando Blackman, Jay Vincent and Mark Aguirre. The trio contributed their efforts to the team’s success and in 1982-83 season, the Mavs became serious contenders after they won twelve games out of fifteen at the All-Star break. However, they could not maintain their momentum and finished behind the Denver Nuggets by seven games in the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The team later went on to earn their first playoff berth and also set the winning record of 43-39 in the 1983-84 season. Their first game in the playoff was against the Seattle Supersonics that they defeated and finished fourth in the Western Conference.
Since 1984, the Dallas Mavericks appeared in the playoffs four consecutive times. In the 1986-87 season, the team gave their fans something to cheer about as they not only win their first division title but also set a record of 55-27 and finished as the second seed in the western conference playoffs. In the next 1987-88 season, they made it to the playoffs once again and emerged victorious in the conference semifinals by winning against the Denver Nuggets, but lost the Conference finals when they collided with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks later became more popular when they replaced one of the elite teams of the NBA, Dallas Cowboys as the Metroplex’ team.
Against all odds
As the Dallas Mavericks were on their way to become one of the dominant teams of the NBA, things started to fall apart. The team’s head coach, Dick Motta, resigned in the late 80s and soon the players begin to fall under the injury spell. The Mavs started to perform poorly and came close to setting the all time worst record in the history of the NBA. Just when it looked like all hope was lost, the team recruited Jason Kidd who breathed new life in the team and with the passage of time, the Mavericks started to show some improvement.
In the late 90s, The Dallas Mavericks made some notable changes to the team and it was not long before they started recapturing their lost glory. The team went on to win two more division titles in 2007 and 2010 and also bagged two conference titles in 2006 and 2011. In 2010-2011 season, the team brought joy to their fans as they won the NBA Championship by winning over the Miami Heat. In their most recent 2015-2016 series, the team once again entered the playoffs but was defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunders.
Now, ranked as the ninth most valuable basketball franchise in the NBA by Forbes, the Mavs are ready to entertain people once again with their thunderous performance. So it is no surprise that fans are rushing to grab their Dallas Mavericks Basketball tickets. Get yours today if you can’t wait to see them live in action.