Mark Cuban Gets Candid on the Mavericks’ Slow Start to the Season: ‘We Got a Long Way to Go’

As the 2021-22 NBA season continues to roar on, the Dallas Mavericks have found themselves off to a lackluster start in the midst of the Western Conference.

Many throughout the NBA world have been critical of the Mavericks’ play thus far, including team owner Mark Cuban. In an interview with Sky Sports, Cuban opened up about the Mavericks’ performance so far this season.

“We got a long way to go. But we’re getting better. I like that J-Kidd is working to develop us into the best team that we can be. Sometimes that means you’re not always playing for the short term, which is what we agreed on and what he wants to do.”

“At the end of the day, the goal moving forward is the playoffs. There are things that might not on the surface seem okay. Or you might ask, ‘Why did you do this in this game at that point,’ and there’s a longer-term meaning for it. He’s invested in his team to make it as good as we can be.”

The Dallas Mavericks are currently 9-7 on the season, which is good for the fifth seed in the West. They are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak, having lost back-to-back contests against the Suns and the Clippers.

“We haven’t played our best basketball yet, and we will at some point. It’s too early on the standings. Other than Golden State and Phoenix, everybody else is battling it out. But it’s still early. A lot of things can change. We’ll get Maxi Kleber and hopefully Luka [Doncic] back. We’ll get our guys back, but I really, really like the fact that each game is part of the development.”

The team will look to bounce back Tuesday against the Clippers yet again.