The Dallas Mavericks, who won the 2011 NBA championship, could have another run in for the title, if they would have stayed together, according to Corey Brewer.
The veteran from Portland talked on that team, considering the 2011 Mavericks underrated.
At the end of the season, the Mavs went on to rebuild the team around Dirk Nowitzki.
“Oh, for sure. It’s definitely underrated, man. It was a great team and I think if guys could’ve come back for another year, we had another chance to make a run at a championship again. But, yeah, it was a really good team,” Brewer said on an interview with HoopHype’s Alex Kennedy.
The former Dallas player was a peripheral figure on the Dallas’ roster, which was led by Dirk Nowitzki impressive presence during the 2011 post-season. According to Brewer, this squad knew that they could win anybody, including the ‘Big 3’ of the Miami Heat.
“Yeah, we just had that feeling. You know when you’re playing your best basketball and you just feel like you’ll win? I think that’s the same way we felt the year that we won our first national championship . We won and nobody gave us a chance; we were ranked, like, 75th in the beginning of the year. But I feel like when you just hit a groove, you just feel like you can beat anybody and that’s the same feeling we had when I was on that Dallas team. I felt like those guys had that mentality. Shawn and DeShawn Stevenson both thought they could guard LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Dirk knew what he could do. He was Dirk, man! And J-Kidd was just the great leader that he is. We had Jason Terry coming off the bench and he could just score. And then JJ Barea played out of his mind; he was amazing and you gotta give him a lot of credit for the way he played. Tyson Chandler was our big anchor on defense. Our bench was great too with Peja Stojakovic – one of the best shooters to ever play in the NBA – and big Brendan Haywood coming in at center. We just had a really good team and I think everybody believed.”