by Yusuf Gadlin
How do you motivate millionaires? I guess its the million dollar question Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle is pondering right now. Energy and consistency is plaguing a franchise that legitimately had hopes of winning a championship this year. The Dallas Mavericks currently have the seventh seed in the playoff race and could fall to eighth depending on if Oklahoma’s Russell Westbrook sets hits sites on Dallas current seeding.
Dallas newcomer Amar’e Stoudemire has been publicly bashing his new teammates, as if he has been with the franchise 17 years like some guy named Dirk Nowitzki. The love affair between Dallas and Monte Ellis seem to be coming to a ugly end if you read Dallas beat writer Tim MacMahon’s columns. In a recent article MacMahon states: “The Mavs organization has been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis’ moodiness has on the team soul.”
Combine that with the hard-headedness and stubbornness of Mavericks newly acquired starting point guard Rajon Rondo, and you now have a world class dysfunctional back court. With less than 12 games to go till the playoffs begin, Dallas is desperate for answers on how to motivate uninspired millionaires. My only answer to the Mavs problem is no other than future Hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki must be something he has never been his entire career. ‘Demanding’ Dirk must challenge his teammates and hold them accountable for gambling with his chance at a second championship ring. Effort and heart should not be missing from a veteran group poised to make a deep post-season run. Nowitzki 36, must inspire with a raised level of play while displaying a nastiness his fans have never seen. It seems only right for a group of players that desperately need a rallying cry.
Until then, its on Coach Carlisle to motivate his unmotivated millionaires.