Fans react to NBA statement regarding Dallas Mavericks investigation

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What should have been a ramp-up toward a deep playoff run with Kyrie Irving turned into an utter disaster for the Dallas Mavericks.

They went from having one of the six best records in the Western Conference to being on the verge of being knocked out of play-in tournament contention when they faced the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

One would think that Dallas would have given it their all in that contest to avoid the embarrassment of missing out on the play-in tournament, but instead, it rested several of its key players and lost, 115–112. Which would cause it to finish outside the top 10.

The NBA is now reportedly investigating the team’s decision to release several of its best players, including Irving.

The fans feel that the Mavs should be disciplined for such a decision.

On the other hand, tanking and load management have become major problems in the league over the years, and some fans feel the Mavs shouldn’t be the only team scrutinized.

On paper, it looks like Dallas has the team it needs to win at least 50 games, especially if its current roster is put together a full season.

However, it could look quite different next season.

Irving will be a free agent, and while he is a great player, he is widely considered a toxic influence, and will demand a lot of money.

Furthermore, the Mavs are a very weak defensive team, and they will need to start on that end of the court if they are to recapture the form that carried them to the Western Conference Finals last year.

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