Two years ago the Dallas Mavericks came out of the All-Star break thusly:
In his first game back in Dallas after a trade from New Jersey point guard Jason Kidd took the opening possession against the Hornets in New Orleans and threw a perfect lob pass that Josh Howard dunked. I was at Buffalo Wild Wings on Lemmon Ave., and the place went bonkers.
"This trade," we said in unison, "is gonna work!"
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Oops. Kidd and head coach Avery Johnson never saw eye-to-eye and the Mavs were summarily whipped in the first round of the playoffs that spring by those same Hornets.
Tonight in Oklahoma City, the Mavs begin their post-All-Star run with another extreme makeover. Caron Butler starts at shooting guard and Brendan Haywood gets significant time at center and ...
I'll be naively tuned in.