The Los Angeles Lakers hogged offseason headlines by acquiring two potential Hall of Famers in point guard Steve Nash andcenter Dwight Howard to play alongside proven champions Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. However, the Dallas Mavericks owner cited recent history as proof that offseason splashes don't guarantee postseasoncelebrations.
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"The Lakers have done this before.Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn't work," Cuban said Monday, referring to the 2003-04 Lakers, who lost in the Finals, when introducing his team'sacquisitions to the media and season-ticket holders. "It takes great chemistry. ... It takes guys wanting to be there. I don't know if all their guys want to be there."
Cuban may have been referring toHoward, who can become a free agent after this season.
"It's going to be interesting," Cuban continued. "Look, they're going to have a great team, but I remember when we made our run, we weren'tsupposed to win any series. Remember the Lakers were the defending champs, and we swept them and they had everybody back.
"A lot of teams do a great job of winning the summer, but I never get so antsyabout what happens over the summer. I just want to know what happens during the season. As long as we keep on getting better and we're healthy going into the playoffs, then anything can happen."There was no way the Mavs were going to win the summer after Deron Williams decided to move to Brooklyn with the Nets instead of returning home to play in Dallas.
The Nets are another team that got alot of attention in July. They persuaded Williams to remain the face of their franchise in part by trading for Joe Johnson despite his monster contract and re-signing Gerald Wallace to a rich deal....