Originally Posted by RidonKs
Who built the goddam team?
nellie was a gm in name only. donnie nelson (nellie's son) and cuban were the ones that really built the team. nellie was only the gm until the first 2-3 years that cuban owned the team and even then donnie was the one that pushed the mavs to draft dirk. sure, nellie has his fair stake in turning the mavs around, but if you're talking about the last 4-5 or so years of personnel moves, nellie wasn't big part of the process. desanga diop, was a pet project of one of the mavs assistant coaches (Sam Vincent i think). nellie actually favored marquis daniels a LOT more than josh howard.
credit nellie for pulling the mavs out of the doghouse and turning them into a legitimate 50 win team. credit avery/cuban/donnie for turning mavs into a legitimate title contenders (despite their choking ways).