Coop in Europe: 'Very challenging situation' for Mavs

ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Chuck Cooperstein, aka "The Voice of the Mavericks", is with the Dallas Mavericks on their first European excursion and will blog on the team's events daily for ESPNDallas.com.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a very unique ability to cut to the chase. As it relates to the Mavericks second preseason game vs FC Barcelona Regal, he said, “Simply put, it’s an NBA team. They’ve got three guys that have played in the league and two or three other guys that are going to. They’ve been together two months and we’re in the early stages, so this is a very challenging situation.”

One if the goals of the trip was to try to bring a new team together on the fly and begin the process of chasing that elusive chemistry that the Mavericks had in spades in their championship year of 2011, but could never quite get right last year.

"We’ve had a lot of meals together, and guys have done a lot of things together by choice,” Carlisle said. “And that’s a very positive thing. Now we just have to finish the job and play well tonight.”