Mavericks won't be pushed around

Team loaded with newcomers and missing its star shows aggressive, scrappy style

Updated: October 31, 2012, 3:10 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

LOS ANGELES -- A huge grin broke out on the face of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was giddy that his team ruined the grand opening for the glitzy Los Angeles Lakers, as he was leaving the Staples Center visitors' locker room late Tuesday night.

"Dirk who?" Cuban kidded.

Of course, longtime face of the franchise Dirk Nowitzki's recent arthroscopic knee surgery is no laughing matter. However, Dallas' 99-91 season-opening win sent a message that the Mavs aren't going to be a ...

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