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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Jackson, Brown praise post-trade Mavs

By Jeff Caplan

Stephen Jackson wanted to come to the Dallas Mavericks, and some think the Mavs should have pulled the trigger earlier in the year to get Jackson from the Golden State Warriors.

In hindsight, it appears the Mavs' patience paid off. Not only did Dallas acquire a scorer somewhat similar to Jackson in Caron Butler, they also got much-needed post help in 7-foot center Brendan Haywood.

After the Mavs rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Bobcats in Charlotte on Monday night, 89-84, Jackson said he likes the look of the post-trade Mavs.

“It’s changed them a lot because it takes a lot of the pressure off Dirk and (Jason) Kidd. Now he can be the great Hall of Fame point guard that he is by just getting guys the ball that need the ball," Jackson said. "Rick Carlisle has a lot of trust in him to get that done. With Caron and Brendan, they are a better team and it’s been showing. They’ve won eight in a row and they’re playing real good right now.”

Bobcats coach Larry Brown called the Mavs "a team to be reckoned with."

“You see what (Caron) Butler and (Brendan) Haywood have done for them, that’s a pretty impressive rotation," Brown said. "They have a lot of guys that know their roles."