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Rick Carlisle: 'Team's got a lot to prove'

Despite rosy optimism, Mavericks need to improve roster before considering contention

Updated: October 27, 2010, 12:02 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- A photo of the NBA championship trophy decorates the back wall of Dirk Nowitzki's locker, a daily reminder of the only thing missing from his magnificent career with the Dallas Mavericks.

"That's been there a long time," Nowitzki said with a deep sigh.

Guard Jason Terry recently got an even more permanent reminder of the Mavs' mission. That trophy is tattooed on the inside of his right bicep, with room left to add the date if/when the Mavs win the franchise's first ...

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