Dallas Mavericks: Hot Button
It's hard to envision that happening, although we don't know just how bummed Nowitzki is after the Mavs' big fish-or-bust summer went belly up.
However, on the slowest sports day of the year, that doesn't stop us from debating whether a trade would be in both parties' best interests. Hit the Hot Button for more.
So, we'll do it for them.
For me, The Los Angeles Clippers present the best bet for the Mavs to avoid becoming the first defending champ since the 2007 Miami Heat to be wiped out in the first round.
My colleague, Jean-Jacques Taylor says bring on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
What do you think?
Vote in today's Hot Button here.
It's the topic of discussion for ESPN Dallas' latest Hot Button. So we leave it to you, the DFW sports fan, to make the call. But before making your vote, Ben Rogers of the Ben & Skin Show on 103.3 FM and ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan debate the topic.
A little taste:
Rogers: The Rangers have definitely surpassed the Mavs in terms of Metroplex popularity ... after finally becoming true contenders after years of clockwork mediocrity. At the same time, the recent postseason failures of the Mavs -- despite a fantastic string of 50-plus-win seasons -- have created a fatigue or lack of trust in DFW sports fans.
Caplan: The collective heart of Mavs fans has been stomped on more than once, but interest in the Mavs' fate remains as intense as ever -- even if it's in anticipation of a train wreck so some can officially anoint Mark Cuban's club the "One-and-Done Boys."
To read their full defense, and then cast your vote on who's more popular, click here.
And if you'd like to discuss the matter further with other Metroplex sports fans, click here.
This week's ESPN Dallas Hot Button asks whether these Mavericks have what it takes to win the Western Conference. ESPN 103.3 FM hosts Jeff "Skin" Wade and Ian Fitzsimmons debate the question, and you can cast your vote and join the discussion. Check it out here.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.