So if anyone saw the Dirk pres conference after the Mavs won it all, we saw him talk a lot about coaching, and its importance. Dirk cited Rick Carlisle's decision to play or bench players at certain times. Peja was big in the playoffs prior to the finals, but Carlisle's knowledge to sit him and take him out of the series was obviously huge. Then there was a lot of talk about teams being put together being like a puzzle, and the Mavs had the better puzzle. Well as we learned, not only is the overall roster a puzzle, but in each series, there needs to be a different puzzle to match up with different teams. A coach needs to know when to put JJ Barea in the game, or Brian Cardinal! At the same time, Dirk also specifically mentioned that Carlisle allowed the Mavs to keep the defensive principals that Avery installed in them, but Carlisle gave Kidd more offensive freedom, allowing him to control the offense and push the ball sometimes. First off, I find it good that our coach was given some defensive credit for winning Dallas a ring. The D on the big 3 was fantastic. At first we should be worried that Avery couldn't do it because his strangle hold was too tight, but if you all remember, as soon as we got Deron we saw that he let go of the old Avery. I think he finally realized that if he wants to win, he has to let a great PG run the show out on the court from time to time. It was a big deal at the time, and it was as if he realized he was wrong in the past.
Is it enough to take us deep into the playoffs if we get a few more pieces? Or will Avery revert to his old ways? Only time will tell, but so far from what I see, so far so good. I am hopeful.